Wyatt Earp

Topics: Hunting, Rifle, Shooting sports Pages: 2 (658 words) Published: January 31, 2008
Wyatt Earp's buffalo hunting approach was very different then that of "old timers". The "old timers" had a standard way of going about there hunt. The hunter would provide five four-horse wagons, and enough supplies to last several months. They would also bring along a driver, a stocktender, a camp watchmen, a cook, and four skinners. Part of the buffalo hunter's code forbade a hunter from skinning his own kill, so a top-notch buffalo hunter as well as anyone above a skinner would never do something below his level of dignity. The weapon that most hunters choose to use was a Sharp's "Fifty" rifle. The rifle had a long shooting range but had a high cost for ammunition, was heavy, and had to be cleaned every few shots to keep its accuracy correct. The hunter would go to an area where they had a good view of the heard, and start shooting one buffalo at a time, till the scent of blood sent the herd stampeding out of the area, causing the hunter to have to find conditions suitable for another stand. The best of the hunters could average around fifty kills a day, but the average was more between thirty and forty kills. The earnings from the hunt where split into two portions, one for the hunter, and one to be split by all the others.

Wyatt Earp saw flaws in the way the "old timers" went about their hunt, and decided to do things differently. Wyatt purchased one wagon, four animals for harness, and one for which he could ride. He brought along with him only one experienced skinner, who would also drive and cook, and Wyatt would participate in the skinning of the kill. Wyatt made an agreement with his skinner to split the profits of the hunt, with himself keeping the team and wagon afterwards. For his weapon he chose a shotgun which made him have to get closer to the heard than he would have to with a rifle, but allowed him to fire rapidly with no harm to the gun. He would set up an area, and shoot one buffalo at a time stopping when he shot all that he and...
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