In 1896, Charles B. Corey published Hunting and Fishing in Florida: Including a Key to the Water Birds Known to Occur in the State, which provides a comprehensive view of sport in the Sunshine State. Corey spent ten years writing and taking photographs for the massive volume. During this time, the author explored “out-of-the-way nooks and corners” of wilderness to observe wildlife unfettered by development and how native people bagged game. Today, Corey’s photography serves as a fascinating look into how hunting and fishing have changed since the turn of the century, yet how timeless the pursuits remain. Likewise, the images depict Florida before it became a major tourism and entertainment hub.
Be sure to pick up the new issue of Sporting Classics, on newsstands now.