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Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna for much of his life. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness, as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, foxes, and other large animals through the Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna for much of his life. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness, as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, foxes, and other large animals through the state’s north-central mountains, earning wide renown among his contemporaries. His stories contain suspenseful chase scenes, accidents, and narrow escapes, inviting the reader to view a still-wild Pennsylvania through the eyes of one who “was never conquered by man or animal.” Pioneer Life, originally published in 1854, has since been reprinted several times. This classic hunting memoir includes the following chapters: I. Birth and Early Life II. Hunting the Elk III. Capturing a Live Elk IV. Face of the Country V. Face of the Country — Continued VI. Danger From Rattlesnakes VII. Wolf and Bear Hunting VIII. Another Elk Hunt IX. Elk-Hunting on the Susquehannah X. Elk-Hunting — Continued XI. Nature, Habits, and Manner of Hunting the Elk XII. Elk and Bear Hunting in Winter XIII. Hunting on the Clarion River XIV. Hunting and Trapping XV. The Bear, Its Nature and Habits XVI. Hunting Deer at Different Seasons XVII. Nature and Habits of the Panther, Wolf and Fox XVIII. Rattlesnakes and Their Habits XIX. Distinguished Lumbermen, Etc. XX.. Reminiscences of Cornplanter XXI. Indian Eloquence This book originally published in 1854 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting


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Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna for much of his life. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness, as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, foxes, and other large animals through the Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna for much of his life. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness, as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, foxes, and other large animals through the state’s north-central mountains, earning wide renown among his contemporaries. His stories contain suspenseful chase scenes, accidents, and narrow escapes, inviting the reader to view a still-wild Pennsylvania through the eyes of one who “was never conquered by man or animal.” Pioneer Life, originally published in 1854, has since been reprinted several times. This classic hunting memoir includes the following chapters: I. Birth and Early Life II. Hunting the Elk III. Capturing a Live Elk IV. Face of the Country V. Face of the Country — Continued VI. Danger From Rattlesnakes VII. Wolf and Bear Hunting VIII. Another Elk Hunt IX. Elk-Hunting on the Susquehannah X. Elk-Hunting — Continued XI. Nature, Habits, and Manner of Hunting the Elk XII. Elk and Bear Hunting in Winter XIII. Hunting on the Clarion River XIV. Hunting and Trapping XV. The Bear, Its Nature and Habits XVI. Hunting Deer at Different Seasons XVII. Nature and Habits of the Panther, Wolf and Fox XVIII. Rattlesnakes and Their Habits XIX. Distinguished Lumbermen, Etc. XX.. Reminiscences of Cornplanter XXI. Indian Eloquence This book originally published in 1854 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting

30 review for Pioneer life; or, Thirty Years a Hunter, Being Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Philip Tome (1854)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel L Snider

    Hunting and HISTORY The writer was very repetitive in his hunting stories. The book became much more enjoyable when he related the history of the region and its people in the later part of the narrative.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ken sizer

    Early life in Pa. Interesting. Not well written, but it shows an interesting view of the past in Pa. Well worth reading to learn about the past.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Martin

    Thirty Years a Hunter is an apt title for this book as it was all about hunting game in the late 1700's. I found much of it interesting, the techniques used in the day to hunt wolves, bear, elk, rattlesnake, deer, eel, fish, panthers (mountain lions), fox et all. I also found interesting the stories of the hunting trips, through my home state of Pennsylvania, walking for days to track the herd or a single animal even though they were everywhere in the state. Walking up to four foot of snow and d Thirty Years a Hunter is an apt title for this book as it was all about hunting game in the late 1700's. I found much of it interesting, the techniques used in the day to hunt wolves, bear, elk, rattlesnake, deer, eel, fish, panthers (mountain lions), fox et all. I also found interesting the stories of the hunting trips, through my home state of Pennsylvania, walking for days to track the herd or a single animal even though they were everywhere in the state. Walking up to four foot of snow and digging in it to find more firewood to stay warm and ward off frost bite. Walking for 15 miles a day through the dense forest. Talking with Chief Cornplanter about herd migration and the like. But after a while the book became redundant, I mean, how many elk hunts can you read about? Over and over it was the same thing after the beginning of the book explained the hunts. These hunters took a good bit of meat but it was used, no waster, thankfully. Bottom line for me, I could have learned just as much without the redundancy by reading an internet article.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Trunnell

    Awesome book!! If you enjoy traveling with the author through the life of a hunter procurer in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s, this is your book. There’re numerous historical names and events contemporarily that encourages the reader to stop and investigate the same for a broader understanding of the times.....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judson Smith

    Unbelievable make-believe None of this happened. Everything is just fabrication...of a person having nothing but armchair imagination. The writer has only a loose concept of how creeks run....and therefore in describing ascent of a stream....actually describes lay-of-land that one would encounter in descent of a stream-system.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Willis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good to read what it was like in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania from late 1700 to early 1800 you work hard to survive

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Caffee

    Good information about animals Very interesting book. Mr Tome provides the reader with a great deal of information about various animals living in the Penn. wilderness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    phillip m. pranger

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donald Murray

  10. 5 out of 5

    Francis LaDuc

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim Rutledge

  12. 4 out of 5

    Garry

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joel Hamner

  14. 4 out of 5

    R. Paul Ruggles

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joann Kunkle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bauer

  17. 4 out of 5

    jim neili

  18. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Eugene Mills

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peter Power

  20. 5 out of 5

    richard jayne

  21. 4 out of 5

    kelly O'Dell

  22. 4 out of 5

    scott lecuru

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carl R.

  24. 4 out of 5

    farrell mcjunkin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frank E Hanson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert Young

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martha Szymoniak

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Campbell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy K. Jensen

  30. 4 out of 5

    bruce jenkins

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