The following snippets from the Altoona Tribune give an interesting glimpse of hunting in Blair County back in 1927.
All records for the sale of hunters' licenses, for any one day, were broken yesterday in the county, when 1,415 licenses were issued, the total number sold to date reaching 9,415.
It was thought the increase in the price of licenses from $1.25 to $2.00 would decrease the number sold this year, but such did not prove to be the case.
As yesterday was the last day, prior to the opening of the fall hunting season there was a rush of belated sportsmen to attend to this necessary procedure and the office of County Treasurer John F. Royer at Hollidaysburg was crowded all day. Mr. Royer, his deputy, Charles Way, and clerks, Misses Edna Snowberger and Rose Connors, were kept as busy as beavers attending to the hundreds who crowded the office. Only two nonresident licenses were issued during the day, the total number of those licenses to date being four. Most of the applicants for this form of license are deer hunters, who do not apply until later in the year as the deer season does not open until December 1.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, November 1, 1927, page 1
Andrew Kipple, 97, of Altoona, a retired Pennsylvania Railroad employe, and possibly the oldest hunter in the state, obtained his license yesterday, according to his annual custom, and will be out bright and early this morning, as eager as the youngest to get a crack at the game that crosses his path. Although having attained such a ripe old age, Mr. Kipple is still very active, retains good eyesight, a steady nerve and can handle a gun almost as well as in his younger years.
Early in the season few women obtained licenses, but within the past several days more than one hundred have done so and will be in the woods and fields today, to open the season.
The great majority of the hunters will visit adjoining counties where the game is more plentiful than in Blair county, However, rabbits are fairly plentiful here and many squirrels came in when traveling in search of food, but have mostly passed on, as there are no nuts and few acorns in this section.
Wild turkeys, protected last season have increased somewhat, several flocks having been observed on the surrounding mountains. Grouse remain scarce and there will be little sport for the grouse shooters. Ringneck pheasants are plentiful in places, as are quail.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, November 1, 1927, pages 1 & 2
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