Marion County Hunting Transcribed

KILLED A BIG GOBBLER…Tom J. Rouse, the young assistant in B. F. Condon’s bicycle store went out to Silver Springs yesterday very early on his wheel for a few squirrels. He was not thinking of turkeys, when huge gobbler flashed across in front of him and he shot him down. The shots were small and the turkey was only slightly wounded. Tom gave him the other barrel and rushed in, grabbed the huge bird and was almost whipped to pieces with the large and powerful wings. He held on however and conquered and today at the Condon home where he boards, the fine gobbler was served. Ocala Evening Star: 1-14-1909

Talk About Gobblers…A Gainesville Sun boasts about big turkey gobblers weighing twenty-eight and a half pounds and raised in Alachua County. They are no where compared to the thirty- five and forty pounders, George Close never fails to have in his cook at holiday times.Ocala Evening Star: 12-11-1900


MOSS BLUFF NEWS...Cane grinding is about a thing of the past and as we have been having such nice cool weather, hog killing is the order of the day. Mr. E. L. Martin killed five very fine ones. Ocala Evening Star: 12-19-1907

H. E. and Jim Martin are making it warm for foxes, wildcats, panthers and all other wild varments, killing an average of four foxes and three cats a week and the stockmen of this vicinity feel very proud of these two young men. Ocala Evening Star: 11-18-1902

Mr. J. J. Brinson one of the "old guards" informed the writer that he had closed his trapping for the season after capturing ten large wildcats, seventy raccoons and thirty opposums and one large otter. Ocala Evening Star: 2-28-1908

Mr. D. B. Brinson while turkey hunting a few days ago, heard a commotion among some hogs and going to see what the trouble was, he discovered a big barrow dying from what he found to be a rattlesnake bite. The hog soon died. Mr. B. thought he would see if he could find the snake. On going about twenty feet from the hog he discovered a rattler. Thinking that the hog had killed the snake, he touched it with a stick, when the reptile came near biting him.  Ocala Evening Star: 12-10-1901

Mr. D. B. Brinson who was accidentally shot a few weeks ago while alligator hunting on the river is slowly recovering. Ocala Banner: 8-16-1907

Mr. Charlie Mixson went squirrel hunting the other day and killed several in about two hours. Ocala Banner: 11-6-1908

KILLED TWO BRUINS….Mr. Melvin Long and Mr. Rueben Marsh killed two black (not teddy) bears across the Ocklawaha Saturday. One weighed four hundred pounds and the other three hundred pounds. Ocala Banner: 11-6-1908

The bird law will begin Wednesday and Saturday, quite a number took advantage of the ideal weather and went out hunting. There were several different parties and all were very successful and spent the day most agreeably. In one party were Mrs. George W. Martin, Miss Cora Griffin, Miss Ossie Griffin, Master George Martin, Mrs. Lee Miller and Mr. Louis Lang. In another party, who went out beyond Kendrick, were Mrs. Clara Burnside, Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Lindsay, Mr. Terrell, Messrs. Workman and Cantrell. Source: Ocala Banner: 3-3-1905

Uncle Peter Durisoe of Connor, while ‘possom hunting last Friday night had the misfortune to lose his fine dog, “Dash,” the animal being bitten by a rattlesnake and in consequence, Uncle Peter says there is no ‘possom hash. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-26-1909


W. H. Clark, the turpentine barrel sportsman, went up the country this noon on the S. A. L. with a Spencer repeating shotgun and another fowling piece after ducks. He said he was duck prospecting for his sons and sons-in-law and if there were any ducks left he would remember the Star’s local reporter. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-24-1902

Mr. McJamison, of Stanton, having become surfeited with small game, coons, wildcats, possums and foxes, has struck out for larger game and last week his dogs ran down a large buck on Heather Island. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-29-1902

Sheriff Galloway is determined that while he is Sheriff, all laws on the statute books shall be enforced and true to the warning given out in the local papers last week. He arrested six hunters Monday for hunting on Sunday, which is a violation of law. He will continue to do this until this practice is broken up or until the law is repealed. The men arrested were all white. He gives notice that he will arrest also all persons who are caught carrying concealed weapons, whether they have procured a license to carry a firearm or not, as this license does not authorize them to carry pistols concealed. Sheriff Galloway also arrested a colored man Monday for conducting a Sunday “blind tiger.” He is starting out right and is verifying the prediction of his friends in saying that he would make a vigilant official. Source: Ocala Banner: 7-6-08

C. D. Souter returned yesterday from an extended hunting and fishing trip to Gulf Hammock and the coast with a load of fish and game. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-1-1900


A Great Deer Slayer

Mr. J. D. Williams, ex-marshal of Ocala, has perhaps killed more deer than any man in Florida and he is not yet an old man and has retired from the chase for some years. The notches on his stick measure more than six thousand. Source: Ocala Banner: 11-21-1902

Accidentally Shot

While Dr. G. B. Parramore of Eureka was out hunting in the Ocklawaha Swamp, one day last week, his gun caught in a bush and went off, the load entering his right hand, badly injuring that member.

The star hears this painful news with regret and hopes the doctor will soon again be able to attend to his numerous patients. Source: Ocala Star: 12-11-1900

To Replenish Birds

Our sportsmen complain this year of the scarcity of birds compared with other seasons and it is feared that, like the buffalo on the plains, the Florida quail will soon become remarkable for their scarcity. In order to obviate this difficulty, Maj. T. P. Bond suggests that the sportsmen “chip in” from ten to twenty five dollars each, or whatever sum is necessary and purchase one or two thousand birds and turn them loose in different sections of the county.

We think the suggestion is a good one and hope that it will be acted upon at once by our local and visiting sportsmen. Source: Ocala Banner: 2-7-1902

Don McIver, W. A. Goin and a few others went out fox hunting last night with Mr. McIver’s fine pack of fox hounds and enjoyed a fine run. A big fox was caught after a long run. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-21-1902

Will’s Hunting Resort

Word comes from Orange Lake that the only “Pansy on the Beach,” Will Hopkins, so well known to our people, has established a hunting resort on the lake, where sportsmen can find horses, dogs and boats and if desired to be entertained Will will see that creature comforts are not wanting to those In need.

Ducks are very plentiful, sport is fine and in four mornings last week Will Hopkins pocketed sixty-two ducks. 

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-13-1900


Season For Deer

It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, chase, kill, molest, or have in his, her, or their possession, any wild deer in the state except during the months of November, December or January of each year. Any person violating this section shall be fined for each deer killed in his, her, or their possession, not more than $100 or less than $25, or be imprisoned not more than six months or less than three months. Source: Ocala Banner: 10-23-1908

July, The Possum Man

July Brown, the original and only ‘possum man, is now in all his glory. The possum season is now in full blast and July captures from six to a dozen on each of his nocturnal pilgrimages. He, for a small consideration, will take out a lover of sports and introduce him to the mysteries. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-17-1900

Don McIver recently received a pack of six fine hounds from South Carolina and this morning went out to try them for the first time. The result was two foxes and Don is very proud of his dogs. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-21-1900

$25 For Killing Birds

Mr. Mason Tison was Saturday brought before Justice Sumter Bullock on a charge of killing quail out of season. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $25, which was immediately paid. His hunter’s enthusiasm got the better of him about two days before the season opened and he couldn’t resist the temptation to bag a few of the little speckled beauties with the above results. Source: Ocala Banner: 11-10-1905

Mr. S. A. Standley was out hunting with a party of friends last week and killed a large buck. It being his first offense in that direction the event was celebrated in the usual way. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-4-1901


The Hunt of the Season

All the details have been arranged for the hunt of the season, to take place next week in the big scrub across the Oklawaha. The procession will move Monday, marshaled by J. L. Smoak, followed by John Galloway, Henry Livingston, Otto Mente, C. E. Ball, George Davis, Rev. C. C. Carroll and several others. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-16-1907

Eddie Helvenston remembered his boyhood days yesterday and went out with a 22-calliber rifle to commune with nature. He killed a hawk at ninety yards, earning the gratitude of his neighbors and re-establishing his claim of marksmanship and then secured half a dozen bullfrogs, the hind legs of which furnished himself and some of his friends a super that made fried chicken look dim. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-4-1911

Messrs. George Davis and Walter Perkins were very successful in their hunt in Marshall swamp. They killed more squirrels than they could carry. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-16-1911

Messrs. Joseph Bell, R. B. Bullock and some of their friends have returned from a hunt along the Oklawaha. Mr. Bullock shot a grandfather deer, the biggest seen in some time. Another deer was bagged and the party had a good time. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 9-25-1912

Masters Willie and Julian, sons of W. S. Bullock, went down to Inverness Friday afternoon to enjoy an outing with dogs and guns. George Carter, sheriff elect of Citrus county, , will see that they have a good time. Miss McCrary, a lovely and talented teacher in the Ocala school, accompanied the boys down the road. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-26-1904

Got It In The Neck

Last Thursday a week ago C. Y. Miller and Mr. Newburn, his prospective son-in-law and who will be married tomorrow evening to Miss Miller at St. Johns church, Cotton Plant, went after Quail. In the excitement of the hunt and the two gentlemen being separated by heavy undergrowth, Mr. Newburn flushed a covey of quail, fired at them, with the result that Mr. Miller who was in the same direction in which the birds flew, got much of the shot, which were small, in his neck. Fortunately their was no harm done, the surprise and sting being greater than the hunt. Source: Ocala Evening Star:12-5-1903


A party of hunters, including Messrs. W. W. Stripling and J. L. Smoak of Ocala, had a very successful four-days’ hunt in Gulf Hammock last week, returning home Saturday. Besides a good quantity of small game they bagged two deer. No member of the Star force is suffering from eating fresh game, but “Strip” testifies that there was game in abundance brought in. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-16-1921

Rev. J. A. Hoges and John Hagan started out Saturday for a day’s sport on Orange Lake, hunting and fishing, but, alas! A kicking gun sent the former over into the cold water, followed by an upset boat and another wet man. No serious damage, except to clerical cloth. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-5-1900

Reports was currant on the streets this forenoon that Messrs. Henry Livingston and J. L. Smoak invaded gun swamp yesterday with their guns and dogs and killed a fine buck and a sleek doe, while lots and lots of birds his the dust. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-11-1908

A Good Day For Ducks

Messrs. Lou Haley, P. B. Dukes, C. W. Joseph and Will Hudson returned this morning from ChassaKowitzka river, ten miles below Homosassa, where they have been for several days camping out, hunting and fishing. They had a delightful time and brought back 100 ducks, the result of yesterdays sport. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-17-1902

A Fox Hunt

Messrs. S. T. Sistrunk, W. P. Edwards, and W. F. McAteer went out south of town last night with their fox hounds and had a splendid chase. Two foxes were jumped, one of which the dogs killed and the other was “treed” in a gopher hole. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-18-1905

A Deer Hunt

General R. Bullock, Dr. J. W. Hood, R. B. Bullock and Mr. Hutchins returned yesterday afternoon from a deer hunt down in the big scrub. The party was fortunate in killing one big deer. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-24-1902

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