Top 10 Hunters

  • List of 10 most famous hunters of the past and influential hunters of today. *in my opinion

    "Buffalo Bill," nicknamed after his contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat

    No.1 Buffalo Bill

    Number one spot on this list is reserved for one of the most famous and well-known figures of the old “Wild West”. Buffalo Bill's legend began to spread when he was only 23. After the American Civil War, he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. He killed 4,282 buffalo in eighteen months in 1867 and 1868.

    Theodore Roosevelt as Badlands hunter in 1885. New York studio photo.


    No.2 Theodore Roosevelt

    Served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He bagged 296 animals on one safari alone. Elephants, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, giraffes… If you can name it, he probably harvested it. Just imagine president, or any other high profile public figure, hunting in today's times...


    Louis XV stag hunting in the Forest at Saint Germain-en-Lay

    No.3 Louis XV of France

    King of France from 1715 to 1774. To the King hunting was an all-absorbing affair, in 1722 he drove from his coronation to his first hunt in the Villers-Cotterêts forest and by 1725 he hunted 276 days in the year and in that same year he was at the death of 362 kills, having ridden 3,121 leagues (12,166 km) behind his hounds. The King hunted with a huge pack of hounds called The Great Pack, made up of 40 to 90 couples (80 to 180 hounds) of different breeds, the number increasing during his reign.

    Hemingway posing with a buffalo on safari in 1933

    No.4 Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899–1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, journalist and sportsman. Introduced to fishing and hunting by his father when he was four years old, Hemingway maintained a lifelong love of both pursuits, trout fishing and duck shooting in various locations, deep sea fishing for marlin and tuna in the Gulf Stream and big game hunting in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming as well as conducting two safaris in East Africa with Philip Percival as his guide. Hemingway shot brown bear, black bear, wapiti, deer and bighorn sheep in America and lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo, kudu, roan antelope, zebra and numerous gazelle in East Africa, his sporting experiences gave him material for many of his short stories and novels. Hemingway hunted with a 6.5x54mm Mannlicher-Schönauer and a .30-06 Springfield sporter both by Griffin & Howe, a 10.75×68mm Mauser, a .470 Nitro Express double rifle and a .577 Nitro Express double rifle by Westley Richards (with which he also hoped to sink a German U-boat during World War II) as well as several .22 Rimfire rifles and shotguns for small game hunting.

    Statue of William the Conqueror in Falaise, France

    No.5 William the Conqueror

    William I (c.1028–1087) was King of England from 1066 to 1087. Few hunting details have survived about William except that he was a keen huntsman whose introduction of royal forests and forest law to England (including the creation of the New Forest) have left an enduring impact on the ecology of that country to the present day. William of Malmesbury stated William’s hunting was a form of relaxation to escape the pressures of daily business, the chronicler Ordericus Vitalis wrote that William enjoyed his regular hunting expeditions to the Forest of Dean and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle stated he loved the red deer "as if he were their father." John Manwood listed the five animals protected by law for the early Norman kings as the hart, hind (both red deer), boar, hare and wolf, and it is assumed from the few hunting accounts of William's sons that the royal hunt was conducted on horseback with hounds. The royal accounts of 1136 from Henry I detail payments to over 100 hunt servants and archers as well as payments for numerous horses and hounds, the hounds were divided into the wolf pack, the king's pack and the main pack, the first two for the king's recreational hunting, the last for use by royal servants for supplying game to the royal table.

    Jack O'Connor with an Eland and his .375 H&H model 70

    No.6 Jack O'Connor

    John Woolf "Jack" O'Connor (1902–1978) was an American author, outdoorsman and big game hunter. After a brief Army career, O'Connor commenced teaching whilst moonlighting as a reporter. Moving on to writing magazine articles about hunting and rifles, he became best known as a writer for and later the shooting editor of Outdoor Life magazine, he also wrote several books about hunting, shooting and game animals. Over the course of his life O'Connor shot among other animals brown bear, black bear, cougar, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, mountain goat, moose, wapiti, caribou, deer and pronghorn in North America; lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, kudu, sable antelope, oryx and various other antelope in Africa; tiger, ibex, urial, red sheep and blackbuck in Asia. O'Connor used and wrote very highly of the .257 Roberts, 7x57mm Mauser, .30-06 Springfield, .375 H&H Magnum, .416 Rigby and the .450 Watts Magnum, although for North American hunting he was an advocate of lighter flatter shooting projectiles and his name is synonymous with the .270 Winchester, his favourite cartridge.

    ...and a few well known hunters of today


    No.7 Cameron Hanes @cameronrhanes

    Cameron Hanes deserves to be in this list, as being probably the most influential hunter today. He is a bow hunter, author, athlete, and hunting show host. His instagram account is currently followed by over a million people and his numerous appearances on Joe Rogan's show revived bowhunting.


    No.8 Steven Rinella @stevenrinella

    Steven Rinella is an American outdoorsman, conservationist, writer, and television personality known for translating the hunting and fishing lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences. Steven Rinella is the host of MeatEater, a weekly half-hour series that airs on Netflix. Prior to MeatEater, Rinella hosted The Wild Within, an 8-episode series on the Travel Channel.
    - The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game
    - The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine (2006)
    - American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (2009)
    - Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter (2013)
    - The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook (2018)


     No.9 Kendall Jones @_kendalljones_

    Kendall Jones has a love for outdoors and helping others. She is sharing her adventures on YouTube, Instagram, you can listen to her on podcasts and writes a blog on her website. She became well known in 2014 when her hunting adventures went viral and created a storm of criticism, but all that only made her stronger.


    No.10 Eva Shockey @evashockey

    Eva Shockey is an author and a bowhunter with massive social media following. With 500k followers on instagram and over 1 million followers on Facebook she is a great bowhunting ambassador.

    Let me know what do you think about this list and who would you put on it.
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