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Jack rabbit hunts, special game permits, fire & lead shot ban

Reflections from the Saratoga Sun


100 years ago

February 27, 1913

Big Jack Rabbit Hunt

About seventeen men went out on Jack creek on Sunday morning to rid the ranches in that area of Jack Rabbits which were eating up considerable feed from the stock. The men all lined up at Jack creek lane and started up the creek in a long line spread out taking in the valley, and they hadn’t gone far before the Jacks began to run. Well, run they did, in every direction of the compass. And the cannonading started with a roar that lasted until they came into camp around noon just below the Blydenburgh ranch.

After dinner they started part up the creek and the rest took a back track. When the final round up was made 108 Jacks were piled up that would never bother the ranches again…. There were any number of rabbits that got away before anyone could get in gun range, and a great many that were smoaked up that left for parts unknown when they felt the tingle of shot in their fur.

75 years ago

February 24, 1938

Special Game Permits Will be Issued

The state Game and Fish Commission has announced it will issue 50 special moose and 50 special mountain sheep hunting permits during 1938. Resident hunters have until July 1st to apply for 25 of the 50 moose permits and 25 of the sheep permits. If more than 25 applications are received for either permit, a drawing will be held July 1st to determine who shall receive the permits. A resident moose permit will cost $25 and a sheep permit $15.

Non-residents must apply for sheep and moose permits before May 1st. Non-resident permits for moose and sheep cost $75 each.

Checks or money orders covering the cost of the permits must accompany each application.

50 years ago

February 21, 1963

Fire Friday Levels Workshop Here

Fire leveled a one-room skid cabin being used as a work shop Friday night at the Earl Huntley home. An explosion ignited the fire and sent three men fleeing from the shop which contained several chain saws, parts, and tools belonging to the Ten Mile Saw Shop of which Mr. Huntley is manager.

No one was injured by the explosion although the blast knocked Mr. Huntley through the open doorway and onto the ground. He was returning from outside with a saw he had just cleaned with an explosive cleaner when the blast occurred.… In the building at the time of the explosion were Emmett Masse and Wilho Petkinan, Both of Elk Mountain.

25 years ago

February 24, 1988

Saratoga Gun Club to hold public meeting on led shot ban

The Saratoga gun club will present a public meeting on the led shot ban. Mr. Bill Rudd will make the presentation for the club at the Public Library on February 27th, 1988 at 6:30 p.m. All club members are urged to attend as there will be a club meeting following the presentation. Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting as it will be affecting us in the near future. You do not have to be a member to attend the meeting.

The new officers for the 1988 season are: President- Gary Millhouse, Vice-President- Dan McCartney, Secretary- Joe Huntley.


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