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Times to Remember - Bob Buteux

Times to Remember - Bob Buteux
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Bob Buteux
The Little Egret Press. St Germans, Cornwall. (2008)
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Compiled by Bob Buteux

As a social animal, flourishing in small groups or tribes, modern man appeared on the scene only 150 thousand years ago, although the tribe-forming imperative of his ancestors probably went back millions of years. Survival for all at that time depended on an accumulated bank of knowledge about where to find food and when to gather it.

At some stage in our evolution we became omnivores, hunting mammals, birds and fish for meat as well as gathering the ripening harvests. Fleetness of foot coupled with a proficiency at hunting was a combination that the young braves of every tribe needed to master in order to support and protect dependant families. The non-hunting members of the tribe - children, women and a few useful artisans with vital skills - were utterly dependant on the sustained efforts of the aforementioned youth. Doubtless the knowledge amassed by an older individual would have helped his claim to stay alive long after his physical sell-by date.

What has all this got to do with the introduction to this book you may ask. Quite a lot, I suggest, since the average age of its contributors is 66. I believe the mysterious but powerful urge to write among those who have lived long enough to have gained valuable experience or some cunning insight into hunting ploys and methods- angling is just a fragment of the diaspora of hunting - is nothing but a trade off to satisfy our own survival instincts. If I am right in my conclusions, all the authors who have been rounded up by Bob Buteux have an exceptionally well-honed instinct for survival (of which they may well be aware.

Bob Buteux is a person that gets around. He is to be seen at every fair or function, seems to know everybody, especially the scribes who write about coarse fishing, and is liked by all. A look through his list of authors is bound to impress the reader.
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