Hunting accounts online

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Online accounts about hunting, which was usually called sport or shikar in India.

Also including online accounts about fishing.

Many accounts include detailed observations about animals and their habitats.

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Hunting accounts

Additions and corrections, pages 167-169, Volume 50, 1951, same author and publication.
Further bibliography page 866 Volume 50, 1952, same author and publication.
"Indian Game", (from Quail to Tiger) by William Rice 1884
The Spear and the Rifle; or Recollections of Sport in India by an Old Shekarree [Henry Astbury Leveson] 1860 Google Books
The Forest and the Field by H. A. L. The "Old Shekarry" 1867. India and Africa
Wrinkles; or, Hints to sportsmen and travellers on dress, equipment, and camp life by The Old Shekarry [Henry Astbury Leveson], a New Edition 1874.
Hog Hunting in the East, and other Sports by Captain J T Newall 1867.
Scottish Moors and Indian Jungles: Scenes of Sport in the Lews and India by Captain J T Newall, late Indian Staff Corps 1889
Digitise on Demand pay service Pack Gear for Elephants by G.P. Sanderson 1882. National Archives of India.
  • Sport in British Burmah, Assam and the Cassyah and Jyntiah Hills : with notes of sport in the hilly districts of the Northern Division, Madras Presidency ... by Lieut.-Colonel Pollok, Madras Staff Corps. (Fitzwilliam Thomas Pollok) 1879 Volume I, Volume II
Fifty years' reminiscences of India : a retrospect of travel, adventure and shikar by Colonel Pollock, [FitzWilliam Thomas Pollock] Madras Staff Corps 1896 version The author arrived in Madras in early 1849, and was posted to a Native Infantry Regiment. In 1853 he was appointed to the Sappers and Miners in Burma.
The Tourist's and Sportsman’s Guide to Kashmir and Ladak by A E Ward, Bengal Staff Corps 1896.
  • India and Tiger-Hunting by Colonel Julius Barras Volume I 1883; Series II 1885
The New Shikari at our Indian Stations by Julius Barras 1885 Volume 1, Volume 2
  • Reminiscences Of Sport In India by Major General E F Burton, Madras Staff Corps 1885, Public Library of India Collection. Poor quality print, but generally readable. Lacks most illustrations.
An Indian Olio by Lieut.-General E F Burton catalogued 1893., K.K. Venugopal Collection. [1884] edition 2 illustrations are reversely titled, probably incorrectly. (Olio=Miscellany)
Powder, Spur, and Spear : a Sporting Medley by J. Moray Brown 1889.
Stray Sport, Volume I by J Moray Brown 1893. Lacks illustrations. Mainly India. Volume II does not include India.
A Summer in High Asia, being a record of sport and travel in Baltisan and Ladakh by Capt F E S Adair, late Rifle Brigade 1899 2nd file, images may be marginally better.
A Book of the Wilderness and Jungle by F G Aflalo [1912]
Volume I only (although catalogued Vol. 2] 1911 edition, published in four volumes.
The author was appointed as Assistant Conservator of Forests in 1866 at Hoshangabad, C P.
  • Forest Life and Sport in India by Sainthill Eardley-Wilmot, late Inspector-General of Forests to the Government of India. 1910 The author joined the Indian Forest Service in December 1873 at Lucknow.
The Life of an Elephant by S Eardley-Wilmot 1912
  • Life in an Indian Outpost [Buxa Duar, North East India] by Major Gordon Casserly, Indian Army, first published c 1910. Hunting was a major activity. He was also the author of two books of fiction set in the same area:
The Elephant God by Gordon Casserly 1921
The Jungle Girl by Gordon Casserly 1922
Stalks in the Himalaya: Jottings of a Sportsman-Naturalist by E P Stebbing 1912. With illustrations by the author and his wife., K.K. Venugopal Collection.
"The Strap-Hanger of the Ganges" by Captain J G Bennett RAMC, page 474 The Wild World Magazine Volume 42, April 1919. Hunting a gavial (fish-eating crocodile) near Delhi.
Part 1 1933;60:5 377-392. Part 2 1933;60:6 456-461. Part 3 1933;61:1 61-70. Part 4 1933;61:2 133-144. Part 5 1933;61:4 304-309. Part 6 1933;61:5 379-393. Part 7: not online. Part 8 1934;62:2 142-150. Part 9 1934;62:3 224-233. Part 10 1934;62:5 365-376. Part 11 1934;62:6 430-440. Part 12 1934;63:2 127-134. Part 13 1934;63:3 193-206.

Fishing accounts

Tank Angling in India author catalogued Henry Sullivan Thomas and catalogued 1887., Granth Sanjeevani Asiatic Society of Mumbai Collection. Note title page and pages of the Preface are missing. Also available to readers in North America etc, on HathiTrust Digital Library.
The Angler in India ; or, The Mighty Mahseer. Being the incorporated 3rd edition of The Angler in Northern India and The Mighty Mahseer by Skene Dhu , pseudonym for Cecil Lang 1923. With chapters on Burma and Ceylon. The University of British Colombia, Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection
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Game Birds

Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India, with additional references to their allied species in other parts of the world by Colonel A Le Messurier, late Royal Engineers. 4th edition 1904


  1. Page 318 British Autobiographies: An Annotated Bibliography of British Autobiographies Published Or Written Before 1951. Compiled by William Matthews originally published 1955 Google Books
  2. "Books About Early African Hunters"