Willie M. Pickett known as Bill was born December 5, 1870 and passed on April 2, 1932. He was a cowboy, rodeo, Wild West show performer and actor. In 1989, Pickett was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. In 1971, Pickett was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Bill Pickett was known for inventing bulldogging which is now referred to as steer wrestling.
Bill Pickett invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. It was known among cattlemen that, with the help of a trained bulldog, a stray steer could be caught. Bill Pickett had seen this happen on many occasions. He also thought that if a bulldog could do this feat, so could he. Pickett practiced his stunt by riding hard, springing from his horse, and wrestling the steer to the ground. Pickett's method for bulldogging was biting a cow on the lip and then falling backward. He also helped cowboys with bulldogging. This method eventually lost popularity as the sport morphed into the steer wrestling that is practiced in rodeos.
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