Hunting, Fishing and Sport, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-22


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HUNTING, FISHING AND SPORT. A monster lobster measuring twenty inches in leiiEth and weighing nine pounds has been captured by a fisherman mimed Leslie off the Isle of Kerrara, near Oban, northwest Scotland. The quail shooting in Illinois this year the open season for which, closed on Wednesday, December 10 was better as" a rule than it was a year ago. due probably to the fact that the breeding season was a favorable one, with no bad storms when the birds were young to deplete the bevies brought forth by the mother birds. American Field. Capt. Jas. lloyce was out with his gun on the Norlhstend, at Scarborough, when he shot a rabbit which popped up twenty yards away. Upon getting up to it he found he also shot a weasel about ;i foot long. The weasel had apparently just seized poor "bunny," and both were shot together, tho weasel still holding the rubhit tightly in its teeth when the sportsman got to it. Loudon Sportsman. The most important buffalo hunt In more than forty years has been completed west of the Missouri Kiver. One hundred and thirty-two animals, which composed part of a herd of 800, have been killed to supply demands from various western cities where buffalo meat is considered a hrist-mas delicacy. The buffaloes are the property of a pioneer rancher, who started in business a number nf years ago with a small herd. The decrease of muskrats as a result of slaughter for their pelts is said to have lxen the direct cause of poor duck shooting during the present season on ducking grounds in southern Canada which wen; formerly famous for good sport. The reason given is that the disappearance of the muskrats from the marsh lands permits a growth of noxious weeds and other undesirable plants which are supplanting the natural foods of migratory waterfowl. It Is the opinion of state game warden Dellart of .Montana, that over 900 elk have been killed in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park during the present hunting season. "The heavy snows drove the elk out of the park much earlier than usual," says warden DeHart, "and there are thousands of these animals now outside the protected urea, and the result is. that the slaughter bus been unusually heavy this autumn. The elk need more safeguards if any are to be left for future generations. A big increase in wild game throughout Kentucky is cited by J. C. Quincy Ward, executive agent of the game and fish commission, us the reason for the unprecedented number of bunting licenses Issued this season. The number Is expected to surpass 55,000. In other years It was approximately 30.000. Franklin County has shown an increase of 50 per cent, with more than COO to date, liourbon County lias issued 1.200, a large increase, nnd Jefferson County has issued over 7,000 permits to hunt.

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