Captain Bogardus was born in Berne, New York about
His first public shooting appearance was in 1868 in St. Louis. Until then he had never seen a pigeon trap. From this came a match between he and Gough Stanton of Detroit, in Elkhart, Indiana. Bogardus won the match and shooting became a career. In 1875 in London he earned the title of champion shot of the world.
He made Elkhart, IN his home after 1858. The home still stands and is known as the Christian Home. He was successful enough to afford a private siding and railroad coach. This became a favorite stopping place for Buffalo Bill and his show. The show camped in a field west of Bogardus's home. Bogardus's 1884 book, "Field, Cover and Trap Shooting" came out of his time at the Christian Home.
He married Cordelia Deerstein of New York, with whom he bore four sons, all skilled shooters. Captain Bogardus died March 23, 1913 and is buried in Elkhart Cemetery.
1832. At age 15 he began his shooting career. He had no formal training but became renowned as the champion wing shot of America.