Donald S. Hopkins Interview, June 28, 1979


Donald S. Hopkins


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Donald Hopkins discusses his personal and professional accomplishments, which include his reputation as one of the top ten hunters and one of the best anglers in the world. He recalls his hunting history and his involvement in the development of wildlife cartridges for American and African game. Hopkins details hunting trips in Africa and close encounters he had with rhinos, hippos, and even humans on a hunt during the Mau Mau revolution in 1962. He talks about his involvement in the Boone and Crockett Club and the Campfire Club, and he recalls receiving an honorary lifetime membership to the Boone and Crockett Club in 1977. Hopkins describes serving on the Club’s records committee and serving as an official judge. He shares his concerns about some of the records-keeping practices, but he praises Samuel Webb and his efforts in establishing the records-keeping system. Hopkins mentions the Sagamore Hill Award and its significance. He also mentions various Boone and Crockett members such as DeForest Grant, Bob Ferguson, and Duncan Hodgson.


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Document Type

Oral History


DeForest Grant; Bob Ferguson; Duncan Hodgson; Elmer Rusten; George Weiss; Hunting, Africa; Big game hunting, Africa; Mau Mau revolution; Campfire Club; Sagamore Hill; Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Trophy hunting; Fair chase regulations

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 297-031, 032

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_031_032.mp3; OH_297_031_032.pdf

Donald S. Hopkins Interview, June 28, 1979