Jack O’Connor was the undisputed dean of outdoor writers. For decades, his feature articles in Outdoor Life Magazine brought excitement, enjoyment and a sense of appreciation for wildlife and hunting to millions of people throughout the world.
The sense of adventure that came alive in his many writings inspired, informed, and educated outdoorsmen and hunters about wildlife conservation and modern wildlife management.
The Jack O'Connor Center opened June 3, 2006. It is the permanent home of the O'Connor wildlife collection, which is comprised of 65 mounted heads from around the world, numerous photographs and O'Connor memorabilia, as well as a complete collection of O'Connor books and many outdoor magazine articles.
Jack's famous Biesen stocked M-70 .270 is on display as is Eleanor O'Connor's 7x57 Mauser. These two rifles have appeared in more articles and had more written about them than any rifles in history. Other O'Connor firearms are also on display.
The center houses a gift shop with clothing and other logoed merchandise as well as original O'Connor books for sale.
The Center's well equipped classroom/meeting room is available for large or small groups, click here for more information.
Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours of Operation:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE,
Don't miss your chance to purchase a raffle ticket for the 2015 .375 H&H Winchester Rifle! Drawing will be held June 13th, 2015 at the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center in Hells Gate State Park.
Jack O'Connor's favorite "African Rifle"
Jack's original .375 H&H magnum, based on a pre-64 model 70 Winchester and built by Al Biesen over 60 years ago, has been carefully recreated by Al's son Roger Biesen of Spokane, Washington. Jack's original .375 was completed in 1960 and was a replacement for a Griffin & Howe custom model 70 .375 that Jack gave to his professional hunter, John Kingsley-Heath, at the conclusion of a successful 1959 Tanzania Safari. The rifle was stocked with a piece of Iranian Walnut that Jack received as a gift from his friend Prince Abdorrezza Pahlavi (Brother of The Shah of Iran). Jack used the rifle on several safaris and it was featured in several "Outdoor Life" stories. The rifle is currently owned by Jack's old friend, Bob Lee.
The 2015 rifle will be the third and final rifle built, one year through 2015. Each rifle will be nearly identical, differing only in wood and engraving.
About the rifle:
• Built by Roger Biesen
• Engraved by Paula Biesen-Malicki
• Stocked in deluxe French walnut with ebony for-end
tip, checkered in Fleur-de-lis-pattern, 24 lines
• Biesen pistol grip cap engraved with cape buffalo
Leupold bases and rings with Leupold 1.5x5 VX111 scope donated by Leupold
Pre-64 model barreled action, Biesen floor plate and
trigger guard modified for 5 round capacity and engraved.
For more information about purchasing a raffle ticket for this fine weapon, please call: 208-743-5043
2 Runner Up Prizes!
• 2nd Prize - Leupold Optics
• 3rd Prize - Custom Buck Knife