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American Buffalo | Steven Rinella

Posted by Dave Allee on


You know when you finish a book and you like it so much that you want to buy a copy for everyone you know who may appreciate it? I just finished Steven Rinella's  American Buffalo and I was ready to buy a whole case from Amazon.

I may be 10 years late to the American Buffalo party, but it was every bit as sharp and relevant today as the day it came off the press. Thoughtful, informative, and packed with history of man and this particular beast, and how they have affected each other dating back to the Pleistocene; as well as taking a deep dive into the author’s personal relationship with this iconic species.

Steve is a great communicator with a specific gift for explaining issues of wildlife and hunting in a way that disarms preconceived notions. The story of packing 800 lbs of bison meat down an Alaskan River was the most shocking “what am I reading!?” moment of the whole book. I was squirming in my seat trying to comprehend the unenviable situation he got himself in.

Truly thankful for the people who dedicate their lives to ensuring the longevity of this incredible icon of the American West. Here’s a photo I snapped outside Jackson, WY in 2016.