National Geographic : 1908 Jun
VOL. XIX, No. 6 WASHINGTON JUNE, 1908 M AIA ILi ONE SEASON'S GAME-BAG WITH THE CAMERA* BY HON. GEORGE SHIRAS, 3RD Mr Shiras' achievements with the camera and the flashlight have encouraged many big-game hunters and field naturalists to adopt these methods of pursuing or studying wild life. When serving as a member of Congress Mr Shiras devoted much time to preparing or advocating measures designed to permanently conserve the birds, animals, and fish of our country. One bill putting under Federal con trol the migratory wild fowl and another extending governmental supervision over fish in the tidal waters, the Great Lakes, and interstate rivers, have received the hearty approval of the leading game and fish protective associations in the United States and Canada, while the author's extensive brief in support of such constitutional power has met with the approbation of many leading jurists and lawyers. Within the next year active steps will be taken to have these bills enacted into law.- ED I TOR ABOUT two years ago the writer contributed an article to the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE upon "Photographing Wild Game with Camera and Flashlight,"t the pur pose of which was to show what an ad mirable substitute the camera is for the gun in the skillful pursuit of wild life and in the capture of trophies much more enduring and attractive to the hunter, his friends, or the public, than where the animal or bird paid the forfeit of its life in the game of hide and seek. The old doctrine of the frontiersman, trapper, explorer, or remote home steader, that the edibility of certain wild creatures justified their destruction, was and is still a rational one, when we con sider how human life has been sustained * Copyright, 1908, by George Shiras, 3rd. or the otherwise limited larder of those in the wilderness bountifully varied by the modeite taking of game animals and birds. To a considerably less degree we may ascribe some reason to the thrifty market hunter who turns his ducks into dollars or moose meat into money, since he seldom kills or abandons a mountain of flesh for the sake of a pair of antlers or for the temporary gratifica tion of an accurately placed bullet in an animal so tough or so remote from civili zation that its flesh cannot be utilized. But how about the modern sportsman who hunts for the love of sport and the freedom that comes with a trip into the wilderness? Are the antlers of an aban doned and festering stag to be recog nized as a trophy of unsullied honor, SWith 72 illustrations, July, 1906.