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Dateline Cowichan: Hunting restrictions rankle Duncan officials
Three quail families used my garden as a stop in their daily foraging route this year, the little ones scuttling along behind dad with mom encouraging the lingerers from the rear. As the days passed, the size of the covey diminished as cats, mink and the neighbourhood raccoon discovered an easy lunch.
In August 1919, the Leader published Vancouver Island’s hunting seasons for the year. Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 23, hunters’ daily limit for quail was 20; season limit was 100.
Wild bird hunting was a big part of life in the early years of the 20th century, and opinions differed on when the seasons for deer, ducks, geese, grouse, pheasants and quail should be.
Mayor T. Pitt, chairman of the Duncan Board of Trade’s game committee, was a critic of the Game Conservation board regulations that had been approved by the provincial government.
Instead of a three-week lull between the grouse and pheasant seasons, grouse shooting should be allowed right up to the beginning of pheasant season, he said. As well, how could the provincial police check on the kills on top of their regular duties, he mused.
That year, bounty on cougars was increased to $25 and that on wolves to $15.
The Board of Trade’s public works committee pressed for immediate telephone communication between Glenora and Duncan and for upgrading to the road to Cowichan Lake.
At the annual aquatic sports day at Maple Bay, A. Bazett won the under-18 single sculls. In the men’s single sculls, Hugh Drummond finished first with Percy Springett in second place. Douglas Elford won the greased pole contest.
The Leader surmised that 1,500 men served overseas during the 1914 – 18 war. These names would be published in a bound volume called the Cowichan Roll of Service that would contain portraits of the fallen.