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March 31, 2010

Bourjaily: A Happy Ending to the Bo Whoop Story

By Phil Bourjaily

Previously I posted about the sale of author Nash Buckingham’s missing A.H. Fox shotgun  “Bo Whoop,” the most famous American shotgun of all time. It disappeared in 1948, resurfaced in 2006, and was sold at auction earlier this month. In a followup post I said it sold for $175,000 at James D. Julia’s auction on March 15. Wes Dillon of Julia’s corrects me: there was a 15% buyer’s premium (a fee the buyer pays to the auction house) added, so the full price paid was $201,250.

Dillon also told me the buyer’s name: Hal B. Howard, Jr.  Howard is Buckingham’s godson, the son of Nash’s best friend, and a frequent hunting companion. Not a gun collector, Howard bought the gun purely for sentimental reasons. He will present it to Ducks Unlimited at DU’s national meeting in Dallas this May. Bo Whoop will go on display at DU headquarters in Memphis, alongside Nash’s second Super Fox, Bo Whoop II, which is already there. Short of Howard or his children – he is 84 -- knocking down limits of greenheads in flooded timber with his godfather’s gun, that is the absolute best ending to the Bo Whoop saga imaginable given that Buckingham was from Memphis and devoted so much of his energy to waterfowl conservation.

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Is there any word on whether or not he went hunting with it?
If I shelled out that much for sentiment,I now I would have gone hunting.

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from duckcreekdick wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

And so, after many twists and turns, the famous Fox shotgun comes home. It should still be taken out of its' display case once a year to shoot a limit of ducks. D.U. should start a raffle for this. A one-day guided hunt at Stuttgart shooting Bo-Whoop.

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I should also ask ," Wouldn't you?"

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Now that's a "fun-draiser"

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from Mark-1 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Cool.

The Hope Diamond of the Shotgun World...without a curse.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Perfect ending.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Glad to see that this "Once upon a time" has a happy ending.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Good news! Thanks for the update.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

It's an amazing story - legendary, actually. The gun has gone full circle. I wonder if the story ends here.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I agree, great news.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

My old friend Charlie who passed away summer before last at age 93 lived his whole life in and around Memphis. He apparently hunted with Nash several times over a half century ago including for "birds" (aka bobwhite quail) near Coffeeville, MS. Charlie had several Fox guns over the years and prefered them to any other double, I wonder is Nash influenced him.

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from PbHead wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Wow! I know guns can not talk but I bet Bo Whoop is at least smiling.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Phil,
I think this is a neat story, and thanks for sharing it on the blog. I am noramlly a very practical person, but a bit sentimental as well. When my father passed,I received his guns, while they are run of the mill factory issue; they all have special meaning to me.
I still hunt with them and feel my dad's memory contributes to the hunting experience. It's all about the memories...

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Great ending to a great story!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from BowtechWVU wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

good guy who appreciates the value of a valuable gun

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from jersey pig wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

damn fine ending. maybe there is someone up stairs making sure eveything falls into place.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

that's a fine looking shotgun!

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from elmer f. wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

that's awesome! the gun endedup in the rightfull owners hands, and now it will be in a museum for all to see. now, if D.U. doesnt get broken into, and bo-whoop I and II dont get stolen! that would be a real kick in the *****!

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Is there any word on whether or not he went hunting with it?
If I shelled out that much for sentiment,I now I would have gone hunting.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from duckcreekdick wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

And so, after many twists and turns, the famous Fox shotgun comes home. It should still be taken out of its' display case once a year to shoot a limit of ducks. D.U. should start a raffle for this. A one-day guided hunt at Stuttgart shooting Bo-Whoop.

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from Mark-1 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Cool.

The Hope Diamond of the Shotgun World...without a curse.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

My old friend Charlie who passed away summer before last at age 93 lived his whole life in and around Memphis. He apparently hunted with Nash several times over a half century ago including for "birds" (aka bobwhite quail) near Coffeeville, MS. Charlie had several Fox guns over the years and prefered them to any other double, I wonder is Nash influenced him.

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I should also ask ," Wouldn't you?"

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from Robert Ewing wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Now that's a "fun-draiser"

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Perfect ending.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Glad to see that this "Once upon a time" has a happy ending.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Good news! Thanks for the update.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

It's an amazing story - legendary, actually. The gun has gone full circle. I wonder if the story ends here.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I agree, great news.

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from PbHead wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Wow! I know guns can not talk but I bet Bo Whoop is at least smiling.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Phil,
I think this is a neat story, and thanks for sharing it on the blog. I am noramlly a very practical person, but a bit sentimental as well. When my father passed,I received his guns, while they are run of the mill factory issue; they all have special meaning to me.
I still hunt with them and feel my dad's memory contributes to the hunting experience. It's all about the memories...

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from BowtechWVU wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

good guy who appreciates the value of a valuable gun

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from jersey pig wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

damn fine ending. maybe there is someone up stairs making sure eveything falls into place.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

that's a fine looking shotgun!

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from elmer f. wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

that's awesome! the gun endedup in the rightfull owners hands, and now it will be in a museum for all to see. now, if D.U. doesnt get broken into, and bo-whoop I and II dont get stolen! that would be a real kick in the *****!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Great ending to a great story!!!!!!!!!!!!

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