Wyatt Earp Essay

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Wyatt Earp's buffalo hunting approach was very different then that of "old timers". The "old timers" had a standard way of going about there hunt. The hunter would provide five four-horse wagons, and enough supplies to last several months. They would also bring along a driver, a stocktender, a camp watchmen, a cook, and four skinners. Part of the buffalo hunter's code forbade a hunter from skinning his own kill, so a top-notch buffalo hunter as well as anyone above a skinner would never do

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He would then work the heard away quietly by waving his coat and shouting, moving the heard in the direction that he wanted them to go. After the herd left the area, he and his skinner would work together to skin the kill for the day. Wyatt's lowest score for a single stand (he only did one stand a day) was eighteen buffalo and his highest twenty-seven, given each of them between twenty to thirty five dollars cash in hand each day. After checking tallies and the profits others ended with Wyatt's profits were much higher than the "old timers".
The key elements of business success from an operations perspective are balancing quality, speed, price and Flexibility. Wyatt was able to increase his efficiency by reducing how much he spent on his expenses. With only having five horses, one wagon, and one other person with him he was spending a lot less on expenses then the veteran hunters were. Wyatt also figured out that instead of making kills till the herd stampeded off to an unknown destination, he shot enough only for one day's work, and then gently moved the heard into the direction he wanted to go in, making it quicker for him to find the herd the next day, therefore increasing speed. Wyatt managed to balance efficiency and effectiveness.
I feel that the buffalo hunters were irresponsible for killing off the great buffalo herd as they did. By killing so many buffalo so fast they were irresponsible because the buffalo was not given time to replenish their
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