A FEW days ago I witnessed a pigeon match near here
that was worth going miles to see. It was for a $300
guaranteed purse, only one money. There were thirty-five
entries, among which were many professionals, including
W. G. Graham and Annie Oakley (who by the way is very
much alive). The handicap was from 24 to 30 yards. The
birds were best Lincolnshire blue rocks and shot from five
traps in an open field, with a strond wind behind them.
Only one shooter out of the thirty-five killed all nine.
Nine out of the thirty-five killed four, and only five killed
six. Out of six hundred pigeons hot at in the two days,
none refused to fly and there were only two incoming
birds. Hundreds of people witnessed this contest and
hundreds of dollars were bet on every shot. Many times
during the two days, the bird would get up and fly after
being knocked down with both barrels. What a contrast
to such a shoot in America. About twenty-five would have
killed all, and the rest would have been a tie on eight.
When Americans use only the best pigeons, don't shoot at
young birds or those that can scarcely fly, set the traps
so the birds will have the wind in their favor, and keep
the gun below the armpit until the bird takes wing, then
and not until then will pigeon shooting become a popular
sport in America.
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