The Sucker’s Teeth

by Joe Back


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Experience the humor and danger of the hunting camp and what it took to stop the near extinction of the American elk.

Joe Back, the author of that much-loved and beautiful book of the trail, Horses, Hitches, and Rocky Trails, again takes us into high hunting country and the pack site. But this time he tells a rollicking good story that, despite its humor, has at its core a serious concern about men, animals, and nature.

By both word and his more than twenty inimitable drawings, Back gives us the real feel of a hunting camp. We are introduced to every type of person there—the licensed outfitter and guide, the cook, the horse wrangler, the outfitter’s wife, and the “all sizes and shapes” of hunters who come to get the big game.

And we also become acquainted with a nefarious “sport”—hunting elk for their ivory teeth—that nearly wiped out the American elk in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A wonderful lot of people move through this story, and we glimpse them through the words and the drawings that only Joe Back can put down for us.

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Johnson Books





Publication Date

October 15, 2020

The Author

Joe Back

Joe Back

Joe Back was born in Ohio in 1899 and moved to Wyoming when he was thirteen. He served as machine gun instructor during World War I, then took up trade as a cowboy, guide, and packer. Later he spent four years at the Art Institute of Chicago where, to use Joe's words, he "damn near starved to death." Art education changed his life, however, and although he went back to packing and guiding, he also became nationally known as a sculptor. Joe Back died September 7, 1986, at the age of 87. Joe and his wife Mary were inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2013.