The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985 Page: 18
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The hunters would crouch in a buffalo wallow or take advantage of
some natural cover that might hide them. They would carry extra gun
barrels, canteens for cooling these barrels, and plenty of .50 caliber car-
tridges. The gun barrels were made in a variety of thicknesses, some as
large as is/1 inches to prevent overheating from constant firing. When a
buffalo was hit and went down, others would become curious, sniff the
blood, and mill around. The firing would continue until finally an animal
would take alarm and start away. To prevent the entire herd from fol-
lowing in a stampede, the hunters would try to bring down the leader.
Expert hunters could keep shooting into the herd for nearly an hour, pos-
sibly killing sixty or seventy animals; this was called "making a stand."
When the herd left the scene, other crew members brought up the
hunters' horses to follow them, and wagons with skinners and butchers
came in to reap the harvest from the kill. For every actual hunter there
could be up to twenty-five crew members for skinning and butchering and
for curing the hides and meat. The empty shell cases were gathered to be
reloaded with black powder and new primers in camp.
Ben Carlton Mead, the artist of this cover, has long been known for au-
thentic paintings and illustrations of the Southwest; much of his work is
based on personal knowledge. He planned this painting of the buffalo
hunters after several weeks' association in 1931 with Tom Miller, former
participant in the trade, who told him the details. Ben's first sketch for
the painting was made in 1939 as part of a series submitted for murals in
the Amarillo post office. Several revisions of the work ensued. The final
painting, a g' x 5' canvas done in acrylics, was exhibited at the Associa-
tion's annual meeting in 1983.
Cover: Buffalo Hunters from Ft. Griffin "Making a Stand" near the
Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River in 1878. Painted by Ben
Carlton Mead, with the assistance of Hazel J. Canon, who helped with
the underpainting. 1983.
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