A Visit to the Jack O'Connor Center

On a recent trip to the Clearwater River in Idaho I took an afternoon break from fishing and drove into Lewiston to visit the Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center.

I won't rehash O'Connors biography.  Suffice it to say that as a boy my curiosity in the outdoors and taste for adventure was fueled by the stories that graced the pages of the sporting magazines. A handful of legendary writers dominated the outdoor magazines of the day.  None were as iconic as Jack O'Connor.  His name graced the masthead of Outdoor Life for over three decades.  During that time he wrote hundreds of pieces about hunting and firearms.  The stories generated by his hunting adventures are an important part of hunting history and will educate and entertain sportsman for generations to come.  Out of print copies of his books fetch princely sums.  Fortunately, many are available as reprints.

The Center houses mounts of big game that O'Connor collected over a lifetime of hunting.  Several of his personal and family photos are tastefully arranged amongst the displays along with guns and other memorabilia.  Many of the heads and photos will be recognizable to O'Connor fans as they have appeared either in his books or magazine pieces or those that have been written about him.

Here is a brief photo tour of the Center.  Better yet, stop in for a visit if you are in the Lewiston area.  It's well worth the time.

Part of the welcome sign in the entry of the Center

Jacks typewriter and spectacles - he produced a lot of work without the benefit of word processing

One of many magazine covers on display -- O'Connor and his writing entertained generations of sportsman and did much for the success of Outdoor Life

The Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep (from left to right - bighorn - Stone's - his wife Eleanor's Yukon Dall - desert bighorn - Dall) - desk and typewriter - family photos

Trophies from the Dark Continent along with family photos and guns

This brief display says it all --- no doubt about it - O'Connor was the best