Try jim Corbett he was my childhood hero along with Roosevelt and remains today. One of the great hunting conservationists and a great writer. He lived in India during the British Raj and aside from being an incredible naturalist he solo hunted man eating leopards and tigers on foot.
Man eating leopard of Rudrapryag and Maneaters of kumaon are classics but i thoroughly recommend Jungle Lore too if you can find it. Took me 10 years to find a 1st edition of that, ended up finding one of the other side of the world never letting it go now! I've also got the fortunate tiger which is good and just got My India.
OMG---I have crossed paths with very few people that have even heard of Corbett or his writings. I agree with you and loved his books and thanks to my father I was able to read them at a very young age. Enjoyed many Africa books--Hemingway, Bell, Ruark , Roosevelt,, Capstick, etc--but a book that was written from letters to his wife about hunting Alaska in the 1940's to 1980's was also a good read. " Trail of the Eagle" Not to be confused with the WWII book of the same name. My daughter read The Wahoo Bobcat by Lippincot, at least ten times, and even use dit for book reports when she was young (-;
Me too. Bawled like a baby.'Where the Red Fern Grows"
First great book I read at about 10-12 yo and I can clearly recall the effect that story had on me and crying my eyes out.
Gave that same book (my Mom gave it to me) to my son when he was 10 yo. And yep, made him cry as well.