Peter Hathaway Capstick’s “Death in the Long Grass” continues to be one of the true classics of written hunting tales. I just read it again, and loved it just as much as when it was first published in the late 1970s.
After a short but successful Wall Street career, Capstick headed to Africa where he worked for years as a professional hunter, taking visiting hunters from around the world on safaris. He was also hired to cull elephant herds in areas with over populations and was called in several times to handle a man-killing animal.
The book is basically about the dangers he faced or heard of from lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, hippos and poisonous snakes.
Hathaway, who died in 1996, was a gifted story teller and the book carries ample amounts of excitement and humor. The author also gives a good account of safari life and a realistic look at how nature really works in Africa.
He also makes it quite clear he had a fondness for a stiff drink after a hunt…deep fondness.
The book form of “Death in the Long Grass” is available on many online sites. I downloaded it to my Kindle.
One thing about it, I don’t think I’ll be complaining too much about being attacked by chiggers and ticks in Kansas!