Buffalo hunting began as a business in 1870, peaked in 1872-73, and the millions of Buffalo were gone by the mid ’80s.
The Buffalo hunters were most easily distinguished by their weapons—usually large caliber Sharps rifles.
They had little use for the pistols so favored by the cowboys. The hunters wore buckskins like scouts and frontiersmen rather
than the clothing of the cowboys. This handsome hunter posed with his Sharps in a Denver studio
in 1878, perhaps before heading out on the plains.
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