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By Eldon G. Wolff

В книге рассмотрена история пневматического оружия с древнейших времен по 1909 год, с кратким обзором современного (на момент выход книги) состояния этого вида стрелкового оружия.

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Wolves, pumas, foxes, and lynx all suffered declines because of the determined eradication efforts of settlers. On the other hand, predators also benefited from the presence of settlements because farm animals provided them with a new source of food. This supply helped healthy populations of foxes and lynx survive (as did the reluctance of some foxhunters to kill fox pups), but the determined efforts of farmers and bounty hunters all but eliminated wolves and pumas from the eastern United States by the early nineteenth century.

48 The growth of the railroads also facilitated short hauls from coastal cities into the hinterland. ”49 Because steam-powered transport provided rapid delivery, it also greatly extended the range of poor white hunters who supplied hotels, restaurants, and city markets along the seaboard with game from the interior. 50 Several factors contributed to the depletion of game, but like Herbert, most conservation-minded hunters in the South placed the blame on hunters who ignored the rules of sport. These reformers recognized the utility of hunting, but they argued that the lack of hunting laws and the deceptive abundance of American wildlife encouraged profligate wastefulness.

L. R. ”1 G. T. N. 2 Eagerly promoting their favorite diversion, some hunting advocates took the offensive against their perceived detractors. In the conclusion of his book Carolina Sports, South Carolina planter-politician William Elliott launched a vitriolic attack against anyone who denounced hunting as wasteful extravagance. He insisted that “the history of man, in every phase of his existence—in every stage of his progress, from the grossest barbarism to the highest pitch of refinement—shows that amusement, under some shape or other is indispensable to him.

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