Rifle In Hand

Format: Hardcover & Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-45-5
ISBN: 1-931832-41-2
Author: James Posewitz
Pages: 112

Rifle In Hand:

How Wild America Was Saved

by James Posewitz

The North American model of wildlife conservation is unique, and it has restored wildlife abundance to an entire continent. While courts defined a public-trust relationship with fish and wildlife, sport hunters developed a philosophy and initiated programs that resurrected waterfowl, upland birds, and big game from the ashes of commercial exploitation and the habitat desecration. Today, against all odds, we enjoy a wildlife abundance that is the envy of the world.

"Rifle in Hand" traces the evolution of our society's relationship with the animals that share this continent. It introduces the reader to a few of the heroes who made it all happen, people who, while  passing through history, left a conservation legacy and hunting heritage for all to enjoy. It is a story that challenges us to accept the responsibility to sustain this remarkable legacy.

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About the Author

Jim Posewitz was born in 1935. After introducing himself to the joys of hunting, fishing and trapping he moved to Montana in 1953 pursuing fish and wildlife management studies. After graduation from Montana State University he spent 32 years with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, leading the agency’s ecological program for 15 years. Since his retirement  Jim has worked tirelessly to educate the public about the traditions of the hunter-conservationist and the ethics of fair chase hunting. He is the author of “Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting”, “Inherit the Hunt: A Journey Into the Heart of American Hunting”, and most recently “Rifle in Hand: How Wild America Was Saved”.

In 1993 Jim founded Orion The Hunter’s Institute, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of ethical hunting and wild resources essential to that purpose. Learn more at www.huntright.org In addition to Orion, Jim has been executive director of the Cinnabar Foundation since its inception in 1983. Cinnabar awards environmental protection and wildlife conservation grants in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Through the years numerous groups have recognized Jim for his work. Among the many recognition’s are the American Motors Conservation Award; Montana State University’s Blue-Gold Award for “distinguished services which have contributed to benefit mankind” and, most recently the 2004 Outdoor Life Conservation Award for his contribution to our national conservation effort.


"A splendid book! It is not merely enlightening and a joy to read, but I found it moving as well in places. And not too many books have done that to me!"

—Dr. Valerious Geist, Professor  Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary

"This will be an important tool in heightening awareness of hunters, new and seasoned, about important concepts and their obligations to uphold them."

—John F. Organ, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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