Jack Atcheson Sr. of Butte, who built a taxidermy shop into a worldwide hunting business, died Wednesday. He was 85.
Atcheson, who moved to Butte with his family in the late 1930s, fought in the Korean War before establishing his business in 1955 with his wife, Mary Claire.
Atcheson, who became a foremost expert in international hunting, was also a dedicated advocate for Montana’s public lands, helping in the fight to establish the state’s stream access law and in opening up millions of acres of blocked public land to sportsmen.
His son, Jack Jr., said that Atcheson was the first to use the term “hunting consultant” to describe what he did — a term now used by his competitors and colleagues.
Atcheson’s memoir, “Hunting Adventures Worldwide,” was published by Stoneydale Press in 1995. In 2013 he published "Real Hunting & Campfire Humor, Short Stories from a Lifetime of Travel and Adventure.”
His business is now operated in Butte by sons Jack Jr. and Keith Atcheson.
In 2000, Jack Atcheson Sr. won Outdoor Life Magazine’s Conservation Award, “in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and your tireless efforts on behalf of hunting and fishing access for American sportsmen.” Others who have won the award include Aldo Leopold and Jimmy Carter.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, immediately followed by a celebration of life at the Butte Mcqueen Club.