Charles Flohr, 04 Oct 1894, The Record-Union, Sacramento, CA
DUCKS ARE HOT YET PLENTIFUL. Only Light Bags Have Thus Far Been Made. A Tew Weeks Llenco Thero Will be Better fehootinc—Unlawful to Sell Venison. The first three days of the shooting seasou have not panned out very well. Tiie/e were scores of sportsmen out on Monday and Tuesday, and a low yesterday, but the weather was too hot aud dry for oither duck or quail shooting. Charley Flohr and several friends went down to their leased lakes below i'reoport on Monday, and thoir combined bag ■was thirty ducks, Flohr headed the list with nine, and those included sevon distinct varieties—mallard, sprig, spoonbill, gad well 'or gray duck), widgeon and blue and green-winged leal. It is said that tho upland plover are on their old ground out on the Yolo plains. These birds, while they do not atlbrd much sport to the shooter, aro delicious when cooked. Very few ducks have come to market as yet, and they are held at high prices. In a lew weeks a person can purchase a dozen lor what a pair now costs. The quail shooting will not bo good until alter a few irosts occur to strip the trees and bushes of their leaves. Beside, tho weather is too hot as yet for hillclimbing, and the birds still seek tho deep, cool canjons, the shade of the greasewood and tho vicinity of the few Streams. When the rains nil all the guileys With water, then tho birds will come out from their hiding places and good sport will be had by tho gunners. Then, too, the dogs will be able to do bettor work, aud quail shooting without a good dog is anything but sport. Those who take delight in tramping the meadows lor tho elusive jack-snipe—that gamiest of all our game birds—must content themselves wuh wailing until the meadows becomo overflowed and the ground sofi. Thero is no snipe shooting this side of tho tide washed marshes until late iv tho season aud the spring, when tho birds are on their return journey to the north. Contrary to tho belief of some persons, snipe are not found in tho hard, dry fields, hence they are not "pleuliiul in market" now, and even iv tlio snipe season ihey are so scarce that they are rarely found in market. In "this connection a little incident that occurred last fail may be ineutioued here. One day a farmer who lives down the Freeport road came to town, and a friend askeu him if there was any shooting down his way. '•Shooiiu' i Waal I should say so '." ho exclaimed. "Why, as 1 was comiu' up the road this luornin' 1 sco any quantity uvjacksnipeout'n Winters' stubbie-fieid. '1 hey was leed'n' on tiio wheat, an' there was a mighty big dock of 'em." "You're sine you saw jacksnipe feeding In a.stubbie-held?" asked the city b ports tnan. •'.^iiro'.' vVhy, of course lam ! 1 reck'n I know jacksulpe w'eh 1 see 'em!" replied the granger. A letter was received in this city yesterday by a market proprietor irom a lrieud up in El Dorado, stating that ucer weie very plentiful there, and he wanted tv send somo venison to maiKet. i lie law, however, prohibits the sale of venison at any tune. Deer may be killed withm pertain seeeons —according u> tbe notions ol the ti liferent County i>oards oi (Supervisors—but they must not be sold, nor ottered lor sale at any timo nor in :t:.y place. Market proprietors or others who wish to handle venison during the season when it in lawful to kilt deer should bear in wind that tbey can oiiiy give it away to iriends—they must not sell it.