It’s estimated that only 4 to 6 percent of Americans are active hunters, and yet hunting dominates a whirlwind of debates — from gun control to wildlife preservation to divisions in class and more.
How did hunting become such a sacred yet fraught tradition? Is it in our DNA? Is it love of sport? Or perhaps a desire for independence and self-reliance?
Award-winning historian Philip Dray’s latest book, “The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America” provides a revelatory view into our country’s legendary hunters and evolving attitudes towards wildlife and conservation. The term “Fair Chase” itself refers to a code of hunting ethics inspired by advocates of conservation.
Dray joins host Larry Mantle to talk about the classic, rugged pastime and its indelible impact on American culture.
Philip Dray, author of many books including his latest, “The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America” (Basic Books 2018); finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his 2002 book, “At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America” (Modern Library, 2002)