As I don't see much in your little book about Pittsburgh hunters, I thought I would tell some of the sports about the conditions around here. For game we have rabbits, squirrel, grouse, quail, coon and some ring-neck pheasants. Now of course you all know Pittsburgh is a big city and we must go out quite a ways to get any hunting, but this is such a hilly country that a fellow can jump quite a few rabbits and sometimes a grouse right in the city limits and now the wild life league of Pennsylvania are planting ring-neck pheasants around here.
The other week I took a stroll out over the hill, about twenty minutes car ride from the heart of the city, and saw a tine pair of ring-necks in a little thicket, not very tame either. On seeing me they started off and it didn't take long until they were out of sight. They are a very pretty bird, but cannot come near the ruffed grouse. As a game bird they run too much before a dog, are too slow getting up and make a bigger mark.
Now for hunting — I go out about twenty miles and often bring a nice bag home after a day's sport. But last year was pretty poor — birds were protected — rabbits scarce, and I haven't a coon dog just now. Squirrels seemed to be the only things that were plentiful and I got my share.
For guns I have a Winchester Model 1912, 12-gauge with 28-inch modified barrels, and it is a nice quick handling gun for rabbits, grouse and quail, and an old Iver Johnson single barrel 32-inch long, which is a cracker jack for squirrels in tall timber; a Stevens Favorite .22 caliber which is as fine a little single shot rifle as is made. I have it fitted with an ivory bead front and Lyman peep rear sight and can shoot very accurate up to 200 yards with it.
For big game we must go to the wilder parts of the state and I have a 30-30 Winchester and think it will drop Pennsylvania's biggest game, including elk, if hit right and not at too great a distance. I have this rifle fitted with a gold bead front and Lyman peep rear sights. For coon hunting I use a Harrington & Richardson, .32-calibre revolver with 6inch barrel and it hits where you aim.
For cleaning my guns I use Hoppes No. 9 for the 30-30 and Marble's Nitro Solvent for the others, with 3-in-1 to lubricate the working parts.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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