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The Battle of Pelee
November 07, 1960
"The miracle of Pelee Island," says the Rev. Theodore Brain, pastor of its Anglican congregation, "is not that the pheasants multiply like flies on a summer day but that so many hunters get out alive." Pelee Island, which lies in Lake Erie some 16 miles off Kingsville, Ont., is perhaps thicker with pheasants than any other natural preserve: there are 24,000 birds in its 36 square miles. There were, that is, up till last week, when 966 hunters arrived by plane and boat to join 200 of the island's 500 residents in Pelee's annual two-day pheasant shoot. Providentially, there were only two accidents of any consequence (see page 26).
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November 07, 1960

The Battle Of Pelee

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Bundled in foul-weather gear, Mrs. Fred Garling of Dearborn, Mich. totes her gun like a flagpole. At Lake Erie's edge (right) two hunters bring down two pheasants heading desperately for open water.

On the beach, Mrs. James Blake of Newark, Ohio leisurely fires from an abandoned, backless Morris chair. Many pheasants, frightened by the fierce fusillade, sought peace and quiet over the waves.

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