Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. 1919.

Shooting the Bear

En route to Washington, Oct. 22, 1907.

“Bad old father” is coming back after a successful trip. It was a success in every way, including the bear hunt; but in the case of the bear hunt we only just made it successful and no more, for it was not until the twelfth day of steady hunting that I got my bear. Then I shot it in the most approved hunter’s style, going up on it in a canebrake as it made a walking bay before the dogs. I also killed a deer—more by luck than anything else, as it was a difficult shot.