From the author of Last Horizons, Peter Hathaway Capstick now presents Death in a Lonely Land, a second volume of his hunting, fishing, and shooting adventures on five continents—stories collected from such magazines as Outdoor Life, NRA’s American Hunter, Guns & Ammo, and Petersen’s Hunting.
The stockbroker-turned-outdoorsman recalls his days as an African pro hunter in “The Killer Baboons of Vlackfontein.” “Four Fangs in a Treetop” records a foray into British Honduras for the jaguar, “a gold-dappled teardrop of motion.” Capstick narrowly escapes the Yellow Beard, Central America’s deadly tree-climbing snake, and cows “The Black Death” (Cape buffalo) in the kind of article that makes this author “the guru of American hunting fans” (New York Newsday). On Brazil’s forsaken Marajo Island, he bags the pugnacious red buffalo, which has the “temperament of a constipated Sumo wrestler and the tenacity of an IRS man.”
The author discusses 12- and 20-gauge shotgun loads; recalls the pleasures of “biltong” (African beef jerky); describes the irresistible homemade lures of snook fishing expert John Gorbatch; and kills a genteel take of Atlantic salmon with the brilliantly simple tube fly.
Featuring more than thirty gorgeous drawings by famous wildlife artist Dino Paravano, Death in a Lonely Landis another collector’s item by a writer who “keeps the tradition of great safari adventure alive in each of his books” (African Expedition Gazette).
From his articles published in sporting magazines during the past two decades, Capstick gathers material for a collection that packs technical pieces on guns and ammunition plus lively stories about fishing and big-game hunting. In the most controversial essay here, he defends wholesale slaughter of marauding baboons in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He takes us pigsticking in Argentina; hunting the red buffalo, the most dangerous of all game animals, in Amazonia; snook fishing in the Gulf of Mexico; and salmon-fishing in Iceland. All is delivered with a light touch. Capstick advocates the use of a BB gun on a regular basis to sharpen eye-hand coordination; he offers recipes for biltong (jerky). The book is proof that the Great White Hunter is alive and well.