Museum Moments to feature tales of delta bear hunts

The story of famous hunter Robert Eager Bobo will be discussed by James T. McCafferty
February 10th, 2016     Community Organizations, Misc.

Museum Moments  on Thursday,  February, 18, at noon,  will feature the wild and wooly big delta bear hunts in the early 1900s as scribed by James T. McCafferty, a former New Albany resident now living in McComb .

McCafferty’s latest book is called “The Bear Hunter:  The Life and  Times of Robert Eager Bobo in the Canebrakes of the Old South.   In it he focuses on one of Mississippi’s most famous hunters – Robert E. Bobo (1847-1902) who lived in Coahoma County and was a hunting  guide for many of the famous bear hunts at the turn of the century .

Author James T. McCafferty

Author James T. McCafferty

The book  focuses on Bobo’s bear hunts in 1894 and 95 when the hunts carried the men and dogs in to the “wild, trackless Delta canebrakes ..where a horse’s stumble over a cypress knee could mean certain disaster…”

The main objective of those  bear hunters was t0 protect the dogs when the hunt was close. So they pursue their game; charge into the cane to knife the bear before the bear could decimate the pack and they would “taste the fear when the hunter become the hunted.”

This isn’t McCafferty’s first literary foray into the world of Delta bear hunts. The famous story of Holt Collier is told in his children’s book,  Holt and the Teddy Bear, he describers how Collier was chosen to guide President Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting trip into the Delta and the classic story of how Collier convinced the President not to shoot the bear , thus the inspiration for the “Teddy” bear.

And McCafferty is not finished with his stories of big game hunters – , he is now well into a book  about another famous  big game hunter with many local connections – Paul Rainey.

McCafferty , who has a law degree,  now lives in McComb.   His time in New Albany was spent here when he was in high school here.

Museum Moments at the Union County Heritage Museum,  114 Cleveland Street is free with the help of the Community Partners.  Kappa  of New Albany will supply a light lunch beginning at 11:30 and the program will begin at noon.  For more information call the museum at 662-538-0014.


Jill N. Smith


Union County Heritage Museum

114 Cleveland Street

New Albany, Mississippi 38652


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