The Complete Sportsman; A Manual of Scientific and Practical Knowledge Designed for the Instruction and Information of All Votaries of the Gun

The Complete Sportsman; A Manual of Scientific and Practical Knowledge Designed for the Instruction and Information of All Votaries of the Gun

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...the rare and well rewarded sport their shooting will afford. Like the black duck, they are always on the alert for the approach of danger, and while a portion sleep, a few are ever on the qui vive, to give the alarm at the approach of an enemy. During the day they sit out in the middle of rivers and bays, and when there is no floating ice in the river, behind which one may propel a skiff, their safety is practically insured. On the approach of evening they rise from the water, the rapid motion of their wings producing a sound like distant thunder, and visit the streams and pond holes in search of food. At such times the sportsman may shoot large numbers. If there should be a large point or isthmus in the locality, over which they are in the custom of passing in their flights, the hunter often obtains very good, shooting by concealing himself here. Decoys can be used advantageously, and while those in imitation of the red-head are best, broad-bill stools will answer admirably. Two dozen set out on the water will often prove as effective as a much larger number, while the difficulty of placing them out and taking them up again will be less. The canvasbacks swim very low in the water, and present a very small mark to hit. It is, therefore, good policy first to flush them before shooting at them. They swim very expertly, and dive with such perseverance, and remain beneath the water for such long intervals, that after one has been only wingbroken, the attempt to chase it is invariably futile. The author has frequently pursued one after dropping it into the water, and when engaged in the chase, has sustained the mortification of perceiving a whole flock of canvasbacks alighting among the decoys thus injudiciously abandoned. He therefore recommends the..show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675134
  • 9781236675132