New Hampshire: 1872 Sporting Hazards

One sportsman testing his skill at Highland Lake in East Andover New Hampshire

narrowly escaped with his life.

This town had been the home of a pair of herons for nearly half a century. The good people of the town had come to regard these venerable and long-legged fowl as birds of good omen.

However, in 1872 a “sacrilegious fowler” shot one of them.  The local residents were indignant and their anger “rose to such a pitch” that the sportsman’s life was endangered.  He escaped the town before he could be harmed.

Source: Appletons’ journal: a magazine of general literature
“Home and Foreign Notes
“, Volume 8, Issue: 196, Dec. 28, 1872, page 742

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