Large Game Shooting in Thibet and the North West

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Harrison, 1869 - Big game hunting
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Page 3 - By far the greater number of them are pastoral, dwelling in tents of black hair cloth, and moving from place to place with their flocks and herds according to the season of the year and the consequent necessity for changing the pasture grounds.
Page 16 - I shot the mother, and as the cubs concealed themselves among some rocks, I barricaded them in, and went on with my hunting. On arriving in camp, I sent men back to try and catch the cubs: in this they succeeded, and brought them to me. They were about the size of half-grown cats, and more spiteful, vicious little devils cannot be imagined ; they were, however, very handsome, with immense heads and paws.
Page 11 - ... more men with me. Crossing the river by a ford just behind the village, where the water was about waist-deep and very cold, we followed a footpath leading south, which soon brought us to some ground where the long grass had been burnt off. Here we soon espied some zebras and hartebeests. The zebras allowed me to walk up to within one hundred and fifty yards of them, and I killed two with my first two shots. I might have shot more of them, but I wanted a hartebeest for meat for myself. Firing...
Page 33 - ... that if due care be taken, it is not very difficult to obtain a shot. The grand rule, as in all other hill-stalking, is to keep well above the herd, whose vigilance is chiefly directed beneath them. In places where they have been much disturbed, one or two of the herd usually keep a sharp look-out while the rest are feeding, and on the slightest suspicion of danger the sentries utter a loud whistle, which is a signal for a general rush to the nearest rocks. Should the sportsman succeed in obtaining...
Page 33 - ... females and young ones may be met with all the year round, and often at no very great elevation. Although an excessively wary animal, the Ibex is usually found on such broken ground, that if due care be taken, it is not very difficult to obtain a shot. The grand rule, as in all other hill stalking, is to keep well above the herd, whose vigilance is chiefly directed beneath them.
Page 42 - No animal seems more indifferent to cold, from which it is well protected by its thick coat of hollow hair which forms as it were a sort of cushion, which acts as an insulator and enables the deer to lie even on snow without much loss of animal heat. It is amazingly active and sure-footed, bounding along without hesitation over the steepest and most dangerous ground. Its usual...
Page 6 - The hair is long and brittle, and extraordinarily thickly set, forming a beautiful velvety cushion which must most effectually protect the animal from the intense cold of the elevated regions which it inhabits. A peculiarity about this Antelope is the existence of two orifices in the groin which communicate with long tubes running up into the body. The Tartars say, that the Antelope inflate these with air, and are thereby enabled to run with greater swiftness...
Page 3 - Shäpoo in one day and on the same ground, but such an incident must I fancy be very rare. Here and there along the banks of the rivers are situated villages which are really oases in the desert. Irrigation being largely employed, fine crops of barley, peas, and beans are grown ; while the eye rests with pleasure on groves of walnut, apricot, mulberry, poplar, and willow.
Page 18 - No animal is more wary than the Ovis Ammon, and this, combined with the open nature of the ground which it usually inhabits, renders it perhaps the most difficult of all beasts to approach. It is, however, of course, sometimes found on ground where it can be stalked, but even then...
Page 16 - stands considerably higher than the common, jackal ; he is also much longer in the body and more wolfish-looking. The colour is a reddish-yellow ; the hair is soft and woolly, and about two inches in length. The tail is long and bushy, and carried like a fox's, but it is not so full as the brush of the latter animal.

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