This biographical hunting DVD of Jack O’Connor is equally as well crafted as any episode on the History Channel. It begins all the way back when Arizona was a territory and Jack O’Connor actually met Pancho Villa in Old Mexico. In those days the O’Connor family lived in a tent, lacking anything better. After two short military stints, Jack met his wife, Eleanor, in university and they moved to Tucson where he started writing.
We see the first footage (partially in color!) as early as 1943 when JOC is on a pack trip to Alberta for bighorn sheep, outfitted by Roy Hargreaves. Hunts for Stone sheep followed, and in one trip he shot no less than three rams (legal in those days). In a 1947 trip with Ken Niles he hunted with Roy Weatherby in southern British Columbia. In 1950 Jack and Herb Klein shot a pair of monster Dall rams, again all of it seen in authentic footage.
From there on JOC filmed many of his North American and African hunts such as his 1959 safari to Tanganyika with PH John Kingsley-Heath and the 1960 hunt in the Yukon with Bill Ruger. Eleanor and Jack often hunted together, and there is historic footage of their tiger hunts from 1955 and 1965. We see more film of Jack’s later hunts in British Columbia with his son, Bradford. We also see Eleanor’s huge Dall ram shot in the Yukon as well as footage of the last sheep hunt JOC ever took when a bagged a good Stone ram. All of this is narrated by Buck Buckner and Robert Anderson and accentuated with original photos.
A section shows us Jack’s family, including his wife, Jerry, Brad, Cathy, and Caroline at home, on vacation, and on hunts where there was joy as well as sadness. It includes an interview with son, Bradford. The guns of JOC are shown including those in private collections today. We also visit the Jack O’Connor Center in Lewiston, Idaho, where we get to see many of JOC’s finest trophies. The comments by his friends and family give this DVD magnificent insight into the hunting adventures and personal life of this American legend.
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