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The side-by-side barreled shotgun was the gun of choice for most bird hunters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. While the over-and-under barreled shotgun became more popular in the 20th century, the side-by-side continued to hold a special place among wing shooters. Wilson feels this continued use is caused by a combination of nostalgia, the beauty feel of the gun, and a certain grace this gun possesses that no other gun can match. He discusses the Vintagers, also known as the Order of Edwardian Gunners, which formed in 1994. This group not only appreciates the double-barreled gun, but many members like to dress in clothing of the Edwardian era (1895-1914), when they are in the field.
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Skinks, a particular group of lizards, form a large family that includes approximately one thousand species. Skinks are found on every continent except Antarctica. North Carolina has five species of skinks that comprise more than 40 percent of its lizard fauna. The five-lined skink is North Carolina's most familiar one and is found mainly in the Piedmont. Skinks feed primarily on insects, spiders, and earthworms. In turn, they are food for numerous predators, with birds and certain snakes topping the predator list. Speed and secrecy are two of their defenses against predators.
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The side-by-side barreled shotgun is traditionally associated with wing shooting. This gun has been around since the late 18th-century, and the modern over-and-under barreled gun was developed about a hundred years later. American gun makers now sell more over-and-under guns, and Wilson compares the two, seeking to answer the question, when accuracy is at issue, which is the better gun?
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When completed, the North Carolina Birding Trail will be a network of bird-watching sites across the state linked by highways and marked as a single entity. Over thirty states have similar trails that generate millions of ecotourism dollars and provide funds to protect vanishing bird habitats.
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Fly-tying is big business, and stores stock as many tying materials as finished flies. Bryson discusses where and how to get started, materials to use, and why creating flies is more fun and practical than buying them from a store.
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