Walter Winans with gun and dead buffalo (LOC)

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    Walter Winans with gun and dead buffalo

    [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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    Call Number: LC-B2- 2911-14

    blacknov, icedbuddha, f.s.s., and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. budderflyman 59 months ago | reply

      A horrible reminder of what the white man did to the buffalo. The animal was nearly shot into extinction like the passenger pigeon. Sometimes I think we Americans have been incredibly stupid. Look what is happening now in the Gulf of Mexico.

    2. icedbuddha 59 months ago | reply

      Whats up with the tree climbing buck?

    3. budderflyman 59 months ago | reply

      The buck? Just another animal shot for sport.

    4. FreeRangeBob 59 months ago | reply

      Winans looks like he is the one who was stuffed. That looks like a fake back-drop to me.

    5. muha... 59 months ago | reply

      great shot

    6. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

      The original photo was posed before a painted backdrop. The dangling buck appears to have been painted there, also. But the bison looks real -- did someone drag the heavy, rotting corpse into a photographer's studio, or is this only the massive head and hide, already fabricated into a rug? (And heavy enough, even then.)

      Wikipedia says that Winans was born in Russia of American parents, but lived most of his life in England, and didn't actually get to hunt in The States until he was 58, ten years before he died. That would explain his distinctive British hunting costume, designed for shooting grouse on the Scottish moors.

      Winans with more Big Game:

      Winans riding in his Prestashka:

      Another shot of Winans' Prestashka:

      Winans had a troika, too:

      From the Glenaffric and Strathglass [Scotland] website:

      Walter Winans, the American millionaire, who rented nearly 250,000 acres in Glen Strathfarrar, was it’s most famous and most notorious sporting tenant. He also rented land at Fasnakyle, Knockfin and Glens Cannich and Affric. Before stalking was established, deer were driven to the hunters. Winans had gigantic drives, culminating between Lochs Beannacharan and a’ Mhuillidh, which local stalkers considered wholesale slaughter, compared with the skill of stalking. Winans could bring down stags galloping at 100 yards, and once went so far as to paint a white horse dapple-grey - the colour lasted ten weeks and the chemicals kept the midges off!

      Sculpture of Sitting Bull, by Winans:

    7. budderflyman 59 months ago | reply

      To Peter Travolis:

      The buffalo nearly became extinct because white men shot them for sport or just for their tongues and left them piled up by the hundreds of thousands along the railroad line out West. Maybe if you did a little reading on it, you would see I was not exaggerating. White men like this fellow did NOT shoot buffalo to feed their families.

      I take offense at your personal attack, Travolis. If this fellow is someone whom you admire in America's history, I feel sorry for you. Yes, I drive a car. Does that make me responsible for defective equipment or human error on a deepwater oil rig in the gulf? No oil rig should ever be built if humans cannot get to it to make repairs before it gushes enough oil to ruin the entire Gulf of Mexico.

    8. sensor.sweep 56 months ago | reply


      couldn't agree more. it's so upsetting to think about.
      especially how eradicating the buffalo was used to "control" the indigenous populations.

    9. Ironcheese 40 months ago | reply

      Walter Winans and Teddy Roosevelt did more for animal and nature preservation than most ...and back when almost no one was concerned with that sort of thing.
      He won Gold Metals for America in both "Art" ......and "Sharp Shooting" in the Olympics held in Sweden. Yes, Art was actually part of the Olympics in the early days. He was also responsible for many of the champion blood lines in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He was also an author of several books.

    10. budderflyman 40 months ago | reply

      What did Winans ever do for animal preservation? Nothing. Breeding horses doesn't count. TR helped establish the National Park system, but he was very much interested in blasting animals into oblivion.

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