Instructions to Young Sportsmen in All that Relates to Guns and Shooting

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1826 - Firearms - 456 pages
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Page 168 - Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement ; but angling, or float fishing, I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end, and a fool at the other.
Page 296 - ... cap, with a flap behind, similar to a coal-heaver's hat, and dress them as follows : — " ' Take three quarts of linseed oil, and boil them till reduced to two quarts and a half, the doing which will require about three hours, and when the oil is sufficiently boiled, it will burn a feather. (The addition of some Indianrubber was suggested to me, but of this...
Page 302 - is generally condemned as being only an employment for fishermen, because it sometimes interferes with ease and comfort; and dandies (who shoot as they hunt, merely for the sake of aping the Adonis at breakfast, or recounting their sport over the bottle) shiver at the idea of being posted for hours by the side of a river, or anchored half a night among the chilling winds in a creek.
Page 190 - When one looks down upon the sea from the precipice, its whole surface seems covered with infinite numbers of birds of different kinds, swimming and pursuing their prey. If, in sailing round the island, one surveys its hanging cliffs, in every crag or fissure of the broken rocks may be seen innumerable birds, of various sorts and sizes, more than the stars of heaven when viewed in a serene night. If they are viewed at a distance, either receding, or in their approach to the island, they seem like...
Page 244 - The real Newfoundland dog may be broken in to any kind of shooting ; and without additional instruction is generally under such command that he may be safely kept in if required to be taken out with pointers. For finding wounded game of every description, there is not his equal in the canine race ; and he is a sine qua non in the general pursuit of wild-fowl.
Page 190 - There is a small island," says the celebrated Harvey, "called the Bass, not more than a mile in circumference. The surface is almost wholly covered during the months of May and June with their nests, their eggs, and young. It is scarcely possible to walk without treading on them : the flocks of birds upon the wing are so numerous as to darken the air like a cloud; and their noise is such, that one cannot without difficulty be heard by the person next to him. When one...
Page 396 - ... the pursuing, taking, or killing of hares, rabbits, pheasants, partridges, or other game, as shall be used within the precincts of my said manor, by any person or persons who by law are prohibited to keep or use the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this — day of . " ." (Seal.) Sealed and delivered in the presence of , of aforesaid.
Page 297 - ... them till reduced to two quarts and a half, the doing which will require about three hours ; and when the oil is sufficiently boiled, it will burn a feather. The addition of some Indian-rubber was suggested to me ; but of this I did not make a trial, because the dressing answered so well without it. When the oil is quite cold, take a clean paint-brush, and well work it into the outside of the whole apparel, and it will soon find its way to the inside.
Page 235 - ... for any length of time. Birds that have fallen in the water, or have not had time to get cold, should never be packed like others, but sent openly, and dressed as soon as possible. Sportsmen are often heartily abused by their acquaintance (I cannot yet bring myself to hackney the word friends quite so fluently as I ought to do) for sending them " tough and good-for-nothing game...
Page 165 - ... able to get the hook back again into its mouth. Then take the minnow between the finger and thumb in the left hand, and the large hook in the right hand, and run the hook all down its back...

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