Hunter is by far the longest article in the Reader's Digest Junior Omnibus, going on for ten pages, including the full page illustration that begins the story. Hunter lived in a different time; he went to Kenya in the first decade of the 1900s. Children nowadays aren't so likely to be reading the story of a man who writes that when he saw a lion or leopard from his train window he "would lean out and bag him." Hunter was a talented shooter who loved what he did.
Hunter is a collection of anecdotes about shooting big game. Reading it now is slightly distasteful but I have no recollection of being repulsed when I first read it, when I was five and six and seven years old; just curious. The illustrations had more of an impact; I have never forgotten them.
John Alexander Hunter was born in 1887, in Dumfries, Scotland. He arrived in Kenya in 1908, and worked for the safari outfitters Leslie & Tarlton. Hunter spent his entire life as a professional big game hunter in East Africa. He used several rifles in different calibers for his hunting, including 416 Rigby, 500 Nitro Express and 505 Gibbs. He held several world records for Big Game at various times, and lead a group that killed jut under a thousand rhinos in a single year in Kenya. He married Hilda Bunbury and had six children. His grandson and namesake Alex Hunter is a safari guide in Kenya.
Hunter was his best known book; it is still considered one of the best about big game hunting. Other books by Hunter (four of which are being re-printed by Safari Press) include: