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Friday, May 16, 2014

Big Bull Elk from Colorado's Past

Renowned 19th century wildlife photographer Allen Grant Wallihan photographed “Dummy” Smith (standing in rear door) and an unidentified friend in the doorways of his taxidermy shop near Lay, Colorado, circa 1894.

While compiling material for the book Colorado's Biggest Bucks and Bulls, author and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Life Member Susan Campbell Reneau met a customer in the Norwood Hardware Store who recognized Dummy Smith, a popular character from the turn of the century, in this phenomenal photograph. 

As far as anyone knows, none of these bull elk were ever officially scored. 

Photograph courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Collection

Expanded for the 30th anniversary edition of Colorado's Biggest Bucks and Bulls highlights and Other Great Colorado Big Game, Third Edition, this 416-page book contains thousands of photographs and stories of all 13 categories of big-game animals from Colorado that are entered in the Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young and The Longhunter Society. Hundreds of detailed hunting stories and a chapter on “Your Odds for Taking a Colorado Trophy Mule Deer, Elk or Moose” give you hours and years of reading enjoyment.

1 comment:

  1. This book is a must have for any serious Colorado hunter! Love it.