Rifle in Hand by Jim Posewitz

This title is part of BHA's Jim Posewitz Digital Library: Required Reading for Conservationists


In 2016, BHA, along with Orion – The Hunter’s Institute, established the Jim Posewitz Award for Ethical Hunting and Fishing and honored Randy Newberg as the first recipient. Establishing this award in Jim’s name just made sense as he is the premier author on hunting ethics and our sporting heritage. 

If you have ever been around Jim, his prose is natural and doesn’t waste a word. I re-read and enjoy all of Jim’s books often: Inherit the Hunt, Beyond Fair Chase and Taking a Bullet for Conservation. But I chose to single out Rifle in Hand. In this book, Jim does a masterful job of telling the American conservation story with those we know well, like Theodore Roosevelt, as well as lesser known contributors to our conservation legacy. We all have a role to play.

Like all of Jim’s books, Rifle in Hand is an easy read but offers much in return. In order to protect and promote what we have today it helps to see, through the eyes of a hunter, how we got here.



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About Zack Williams

Backcountry Journal editor