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"Sportsmen Find Long Sought Ideal Spot in Dare County Paradise", The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 18 November 1932
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Sportsman Find Long Sought Ideal Spot In Dare Country Paradise
Year Found Fishing for Those Who Like the Road; Equally Ideal Hunting
Conditions of Gunners
Northern Sportsmen Attracted To Dare Building Clubs, Some Valued at More
Dare county is rapidly becoming one of the most popular centers for hunters
and fisherman. In season the visitor to Manteo may see automobiles bearing
the license plates of nearly every state in the union parked in Manteo
while their owners roam through this sportsman's paradise.
For many years men came to Dare for its duck and goose shooting alone. But
of late years the shore birds have furnished an interesting and attractive
feature of Dare county hunting. The Golden Plover, Yellow Legs, and other
varieties of shore birds come in great quantities excellent quail and
The duck and goose shooting is believed by some to be unsurpassed. This
year the season opened in November 16 and will continue two months to
January 15, 1933.
Northern sportsmen are being more and more attracted to Dare and many of
them are locating camping and hunting lodges in the county. Some of these
clubs are valued at well over $50,000.
Among those who are established there are Andrew and George Mellon of the
Duck Island Club, Francis L. Pruyn and David Lindquist- of the Bodie
Island, Joseph P. Day of the Goose Wing Club, and Henry Phipps well known
The annual migration of the water fowl [waterfowl] in Dare county begins in the early fall.
Through the gray skies in precise formation they streak out of the north
following blindly the inherited instinct of thousands of years into the
wild marshland of Dare.
In Dare too, the bird has an even chance for nature has arranged safeguards
for them. The country is noted among other things as the sportiest
shooting ground in America. The Albemarle and Pamlico sounds stretch away
from the eastern shores of the sand banks in a broad expanse of quiet
water wherein the birds may find comparative safety from the storms of the
Atlantic and from the guns of the sportsman.
[Caption] General Lewis A. Basch, left, and
Captain John A. Gilman, right, at boulder erected by National Aeronautical
Here the sportsman cannot depend on the gun alone, but must match his
knowledge of the habits of his quarry and his skill with the gun against
the instincts and wariness of the birds. Sportsmen who seek and appreciate
these qualities in hunting will find Dare County affording the maximum in
As to the fishing, there is no month in the year when some kind of fishing
is not permitted, and both fresh and salt water [salt-water] fish have been caught every month in the
year. There are few parts of Dare from which one cannot see the sea and
innumerable streams thread through and cover the greater part of the
Government surveys show that this is greater variety of fish in Dare
Country waters than in any other country in the United States. This is
verified by the great variety of fish brought in by angling parties.
Among the gamest of the fish to be found in great numbers are the Channel
Bass or Drum. During April, May and June catches of from 10 to 15 in a day
are not unusual and specimens weighing from 50 to 75 pounds are frequently
taken by skilled anglers.
Among the smaller game fish are the blue fish which for fighting qualities
is seldom excelled. Though he rarely attains a weight of over three pounds
or a length of more than eight inches, he is rated by anglers as the most
fight-per-pound fish in existence.
Termed the aristocrat of the sea the speckled gray trout abound in great
quantities in Dare waters. Catches of six or seven ponders are not
The rock or stripped bass, the pig fish [pigfish], black fish, and many varieties of perch
are found in great numbers in the inland water of the country.
For those who desire them guides are plentiful and competent: Also, since
Dare County has established connection with the mainland, there are ample
accommodations for everybody. Hotels, clubs, and rooming houses have been
provided by local people.
In recent years numbers that the sportsmen have found hat the smooth sand
beaches of the region serve as excellent landing fields and increasing
numbers of them are flying down.
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