"Hunting anecdotes and essays seem out of place in an age of ecological awakening. Tales of the hunt seem part of a dim, best-forgotten past. For well over a century and a half at the pinnacle of the Raj, those who set out to track, trap or shoot game, big and small, also left behind written accounts of what the land looked and felt like. Their accounts are not so much a celebration of their deeds as a compendium of memorable impressions of the natural world. It is not only motivated by a sense of nostalgia but out of the need to learn creatively from the past.
It is certainly often about a world we have lost."

 

Mahesh Rangarajan

The Oxford Anthology of Indian Wildlife. Volume 1

Although formal trade with Europe started in 1498 with the arrival of Vasco de Gama, the British had to wait till 1610 to establish a presence in India. The country was perceived to be inhospitable, filled with savages, deadly diseases and dangerous animals, not to mention the risks en route. However Britain's  colonial policy was a beacon for those seeking fame and fortune in far away lands and the East India Company's administrative and military services provided employment opportunities. With limited options for recreation, hunting became a pastime especially for those, whose work brought them close to forests that were filled with game. For many, bagging an animal became a rite of passage and the methods to do that varied from conducting beats, to sitting in a machan or on top of an elephant, to tracking animals on foot armed with nothing more than a primitive rifle.

For the politically correct, the hunters from those days will be viewed as flawed and wretched relics of a time when the world was ethically stunted. However, licensed hunters shot game adhering to a strict code of conduct and hunters like Jim Corbett and Kenneth Anderson almost always killed only to put an end to animals that put proved a risk to human life. Their stories are not just of extraordinary courage and resolve but are filled with moments, people and places the world will never know again.

Other notable authors include :

Aflalo, F.G: The Sportsman book for India (1904)                                Allen, Hugh: The Lonely Tiger (1960)          

Baillee W.W: Days and Nights of Shikar (1921) 

Baker, Edward. B:  Sport In Bengal: and how, when and where to seek it by (1887)          
Best, J.W: Tiger Days (1931) and Indian Shikar Notes (1922)            Burton, R.G: Book of the Tiger (1935), A Book of Man eaters (1932)

Burton, R.W: Tigers of the Raj (1987)                                                      Campbell W: The Old Forest Ranger (1845)
Carrington-Turner, Joshua E:
Man-Eaters And Memories (1959)     Dunbar A.A: Wild Animals of Central India (1926)

Eardley-Wilmot, S: Forest Life & Sport in India                                     Eliot J: Field Sports of India (1973) 

Evans G.P: Big game Shooting in Upper Burma (1911)                       Fletcher, F.W: sport on the Nilgiris and Wynaad (1911)
Forsyth, Captain J: Highlands of Central India (1896)                         Gee, E.P: Wildlife of India (1965)
Glasfurd A.I.R: Musings of an Old Shikari (1928), Rifle and romance in the Indian jungle (1906)

Glossop, B.R.M : Sporting Trips of a Subaltern
Gouldsbury, C.E: Tiger slayer by Order (1916), Tigerland: Reminiscences of Forty Years' Sport and Adventure in Bengal
Hackle, Silver : Man-Eaters And Other Denizens Of The Indian Jungle (1928)          

Hamilton, General Douglas : Records Of Sport In Southern India (1892)

Hanley P: Tiger trails in Assam (1961)

Hewett, Sir John: Jungle Trails In Northern India: Reminiscences Of Hunting In India (1938)
Hornaday, W: Two Years in the Jungle (1922)                                      Inglis, James (Maori): Tent life in Tiger land (1888)

Kinloch, Brigadier General Alexander: Large Game shooting in Tibet, Himalayas, Northern & Central India 

Knowles , George Hogan: In The Grip Of The Jungles (1932)            Marshall E: Shikar & Safari (1947)          
MsDougall C:The Face of the Tiger (1977)                                            O
smaston, B.B. : Wild Life And Adventures In Indian Forests (1977)

Pollock, Lt Col .A.J.O.:Sporting Days in Southern India (1894)          Pollok, W.T.F: Fifty Years Reminiscences  of India (1896)

Russell C.E.M: Bullet & Shot in the Indian Forest, Plain and Hill (1900)          
Shakespeare, Major Henry: Wild Sports of India (1860)                     Smythies, Olive: Tiger Lady (1953)          
Somerville, Agustus: At Midnight Comes the Killer (1962)                 Stracey P.D: Elephant Gold (1963)          
Reade, Lovell :The Elephant Hunter (1967)                                            Scott, Jack Denton :
Forests Of The Night (1959)

Smith, A.Mervyn: Sport And Adventure In The Indian Jungle (1904) Strachan A.W: Mauled by A Tiger (1935)
Stewart, A.E: Tiger & Other Game (1925)                                               Suckdsdorff: Tiger in Sight (1970)          

Sunquist, M: Tiger Moon (1968)                                                              Turner, J.E.C: Man eaters and Memories (1967)          

Wardrop A.E: Days and Nights with Indian Big game (1923)
Wilmot, Sir E: Forest life and Sport in India (1910), Leaves from Indian Forests (1930)

Wood, Lt. Col H.S.:Shikar memories: A record of sport & observation in India & Burma