ONE THOUSAND WAYS TO MAKE FORTUNE – CHAPTER XXV.

FORTUNE IN ROD AND GUN.

How to Combine Profit and Pleasure–Some Truths About Trout–Stories of the Wild North–Fortunes in Furs–Nearly Five Million Skins a year–Cost of Birds for Ladies’ Hats–$25 a Day and Your Own Game Keeper–An Elephant Hunt in Africa.

Happy is the person who can mix pleasure and revenue. Most males use the rod and gun for sport, however there are a selection of individuals who observe the enterprise “professionally.” Especially within the nice forests of the north are found thousands of males to whom the skins of untamed beasts could also be mentioned to be meat and drink. Some of them even attain a competence and retire on their financial savings from the sale of furs. This is much less shocking once we keep in mind that folks within the nice northern wilderness spend little past what’s needful for the naked necessaries of life.

887. FAT QUAILSThe quail has been referred to as the sport chicken of America, as a result of it’s discovered virtually all over the place. Some of the very best capturing is present in North Carolina and Maryland, the place a hunter of common ability can bag fifty birds a day. Price, $1.75 per dozen, or $7 for his day’s sport. Hunters should seek the advice of the sport legal guidelines, which differ in numerous States of the Union.

888. TROPICAL BIRDSIt is estimated that the variety of birds it’s essential to slaughter yearly for the ornament of women’ hats quantities to the big variety of 9,250,000. These are largely tropical birds, and are shot within the forests of Brazil, Central America and Mexico. Some are natives of our Southern States, particularly of Florida. On account of the good distinction within the price of the feathers, no estimate of the worth could be given, however it’s mentioned {that a} expert hunter of those shiny wings can simply bag $10 price of the birds in a day.

889. IVORYElephant looking in Africa may be very worthwhile for individuals who have the braveness and style for the work. Seventy-five thousand elephants are slain yearly to provide the world’s knife-handles, billiard balls, and piano keys. There are various individuals engaged within the killing of elephants for the sake of the game, however most hunters accomplish that for the revenue. Ivory is price about $1 a pound, and the tusks of a male elephant weigh about fifty kilos. The common of 1 elephant a day is taken into account day’s work, though 5 – 6 have been taken below essentially the most favorable circumstances. The most secure plan is by the use of a pitfall, as then the enraged beast is unable to assault his aggressor. The elephant looking enterprise is price about $5,000,000 a 12 months.

890. THE TROUT PONDIn New England there are lots of of fish sellers who personal ponds which they’ve stocked with trout, and which they promote for $1 apiece; and this value they typically obtain even when the client as sportsman catches them himself. The income of fish elevating lie in the truth that fish are prolific to an extent vastly better than some other creatures used for human meals, the feminine generally laying as many as 150,000 eggs. There are house owners of trout preserves who obtain as excessive as $25 a day from sporting golf equipment for the unique use of their ponds.

891. FABULOUS PRICES FOR FURSHunting and trapping in British America and within the North Woods of the United States have at all times been very worthwhile. Here is an inventory of the variety of furs taken, with just a few of the costs obtained: A great sable pores and skin brings from $20 to $150, in response to high quality; 15,000 are caught yearly. Almost as useful is the fur of the pine marten; 200,000 skins taken yearly. Another high-priced pores and skin is that of the mink; 250,000 are taken yearly. The ermine is one other selection fur, of which 400,000 are taken yearly. A stupendous materials for robes, girls’ units, trimmings, and many others., is the fur of the Canada lynx, of which 50,000 are taken yearly. The fur of the otter is way esteemed for caps, collars, and gloves; 40,000 taken yearly. Almost the identical variety of beavers are captured yearly; the fur is used for caps and mufflers. Three million muskrat skins are in demand yearly. Of all types of foxes some 200,000 discover their means into our markets or are exported to Europe. The pores and skin of the silver fox of Labrador has been offered in London for $500. The raccoon furnishes us yearly with 500,000 skins, and the badger with 50,000. We have as a abstract 4,745,000 skins marketed yearly, affording employment for 1000’s of hunters and trappers.