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Of Wild-Fowl Shooting.
93 inclose the grounds round the on some tuft of rushes, which is house, which, however, will en. a Jittie elevated, and begins to circle a space of near FOURTEEN ay in March or April : her in. miles.
cubation is about thirty days, Petworth grounds are very
and the young ones
are most beautiful, and would have ap. commonly hatched in May. The peared grand, had we not just left growth of their wings is very Goodwood; but the house is a Now, and they attain more than very fine old building, and well half their fize before they are worth viewing; and the paintings able to fly, which bappens about are well chofen and excellent : he beginning of August, and the starles, dog-kennel, paddocks near three months after the time for horses, garden, &c. are, I of their being hatched. suppose, as large, convenient, and The wild-duck differs little in as well kept up as any in Eng. plumage from tbe tame.duck, but land, taking them altogether. is easily diftinguished by its Gze,
The insertion of the above, if which is less; by the neck, which approved, in your Misceilany, is more fender; by the foot, will highly gratify a sincere well. which is smaller; by the nails, wilher and
more. black; and, SPORTING Traveller. above all, by the web of the foot,
which is much finer and softer to Newmarket, Nor, 19, 1795.
the touchThe young ducks of the first year are diftinguished
from the old ones by the feet, Of WILD-FOWL SHOOTING, which are more soft and Deek
and of a brighter red. They may With an elegant defcriptive Plate. also be known by plucking a fear
ther from the wing i for, if the 'HIS race of birds, if we in duck is young, the root or end af
the quill will be soft and bloodys the shape and conformation of if old, this extremity will be the wild goose, duck, and teal, is hard, without containing any extremely numerous, and there | bloody matter. are no other birds which afford In the summer season, when it so many different species. But is known that a team of
young as of these, only the conmon ducks are in a particular piece of wild duck are found in conside water, and just beginning to Ay, rable numbers in England, we the sportsman is sure to find them shall confine our description early in the morning, dabbling at principally to them.
the edges of the pool, and among Wild ducks are birds of pas. the long grass, and then he may sage, and arrive here in great get very near to theco : it is usual flights, from the northern coun also to find them in those places tries, in the beginning of winter. at Doop. By means of a little Still, however, a great inany re boat, they may be not at any main in our maihes and fens, time of the day, and this method during the whole year, and there succeeds admirably well on small breed. They pair in fpring, and pieces of water for with the lay from ten to fifteen eggs. The help of it they may all be Willede duck commonly constructs her It will be fill more easy to effe neft at the edge of the water, pp- this, if the sportsman can contrive
Of Wild-Fowl Shooting. to kill the old duck; in that are in company, they thould di. cafe, he may tie a tame-duck by vide, so that two Rould go in the the leg with a piece of pack-boat, whilst the others spread thread to a pin of wood driven themselves about the edge of the into the ground, at the edge of pool, in order to shoot ihe ducks the pool; this must he done in in their flight. In pools which such a manner, that the duck may will not admit a trow, waterbe able to swim a little way into spaniels are absolutely necessary the water. He must then conceal for this fport, which should be himself within gun fhot. The large strong dogs, (see the copper duek will soon begin to quack; plate annexed.) and as soon as the young ones Anorbei good way to shoot hear her, they will come out to ducks in winter, and especially in her, thinking it to be their frost, at which one they dy about mother.
and are more in morion than 20 If he wishes to take them alive, any other, is to watch for them he has only to throw into the in the dulk of the evening, at the water, near to the tame durk, a margins of linie pools, where few fith-hooks tied upon pieces they come to feed; they may then of twine, and baited with pieces either be shot whilft ihey are on of the lights of a calf. The lives the wing, or at the moment on muft oe fastened to pickets placed which they alight on the water. at the edge of the water. In the When the frost is very severe, beginning of autumn, almost and the pools and rivers are fro. every pool is frequented by teams zen up, they muft be watched of wild-ducks, which remain there for, in places where there are during the day, concealed in the
warm springs, and waters which rushes. If these pools are of finall do not freeze. The sport is then extent, two footers, by going one much more certain, because the on each fide, making noises, and ducks are confined to those places throwing stones into the rushes, in order to procure those aquatic will make them fly up; and they herbs which are almost the only will in this way frequently get food that remains for thein at fhots, especially if the pool is not this period. broad, and contracts at one end. In times of great frosts, there But the surest and most successful are also finall rivers and brooks. way, is to launch a small boat, or which do not freeze, aod these trow ou the pool, and to traverse afford abundant sport. If the the rushes, by the openings which shooter follow the course of these are found'; at the same tine waiers, at any time of the day, making as little noise as posible. but particularly at an early hour In this manner the ducks will
of the morning, he will be certain suffer the sportsman to come suf to meet with wild-duck, which ficiently near them to shoot fly. are then frequently lying under ing; and it often happens that the banks, and among the roots. the duck, after having flown up, of trees which grow on the edges,, only make a circuit, return in a searching for cray-fish and infects; little time, and again alight upon and the ducks will not get up the pool. Then the sportsmen until he is close upon them, and endeavour a second time to come sometimes they will even lie until aear them. If several shooters
he has gone pait, or are hunted up by his dogs.
Opah, or King's Fish.--Tax on Dogs. 95 OPAN, or King's Fish. The tongue thick, resembling that
of a man, but l'ough, and thick seg
with beards or prickles, pointing N' Sunday last, a large and backwards, fo that any thing
rare fill, called the Opah, might easily pals down, but could weighing about 50 b. was left by not easily return back, therefore the tide at Craminood. On Mon, there might serve instead of teeth day, it was tranfmitted to Mr. to retain its prey. The eyes. reWeir, to be preserved in this va markably large, covered with a luable collection of natural pro- membrane, and shining with ductions.
glare of gold. The cover of the In Pennant's Zoology, the fol- gills like the salmon. lowing account is given of the The body diminishes very small Opah, or King's Fishi:
to the tail, which is forked, and We have only five instances of expands twelve inches: the gill this fish being taken in our feas, fins are broad, about eight inches four of them in the North, viz. long, and play horizontally; a littwice off Scotland, once off Nor tle behind their insertion, the thumberland, one in Filey Bay, back fin takes its original, where York Ohite: and a fifth was caught it is abou: seven inches high, at Brixam, in Torbay, 1772. but nopes away very suddenly,
The last weighed a hundred running down very near the tail, and forty pounds. The length and at its' termination becomes a was four feet and a half: The little broader : the belly fins are breadth two feet and a quarter; very strong and placed near the the greatest thickness only four middle of the body:.a narrow fin inches. ' Its general colour was a also runs from the anus to the vivid transparent scarlet varnish, tail. over burnished gold, befpangled All the fins, and also the tail, with 'oval filver spots of various are of a fine scarlet; but the cofizes; the breast was
lours and beauty of the rest of the bone, resembling the keel of a body, which is smooih and coverfhip, the Hesh looked and tasted led with almoft imperceptible like heef.
scales, beggars all description; We find a more ample descrip. the upper part being a kind of tion of another, by Mr. Robert bright green,' variegated with Harrison, of Newcastle:
whitish spots, and enriched with
a fhining golden hue, like the Newcafle, Sept. 13, 1769. fplendour of a peacock's feather. On Saturday last, was thrown This, by degrees, vanilhes in a upon the sands at Blyth, a very brighi silvery, and near the belly rare and beautiful' tin, weigh- the ground again predominates ing between seventy and eighty in a lighter ground than on the pounds, shaped like the sea bream.
back. The length was three feet and a half; the breadth, from back to
To the Editors of the SPORTING belly almost two feet; but the
MAGAZINE. thickness from side to Gde no: above fix inches.
GENTLEMEN, The mouth small for the lize of AVING frequently noticed the fil, forming a square opening, in your Magazine, ObservaAnd without any teeth in the jaws. I tions on a Tax on Dogs, as an