It is almost impossible to hunt these wary cats without a pack of well-trained hounds. Due to the scarcity of good dogs it is imperative for the casual hunter to obtain the services of a professional guide and his hounds. Even treed, the cougar will rarely attack man. Hunters seeking it in the Southwest can engage an expert guide for a 10-day hunt for approximately $500.
A head or neck shot is recommended for an instantaneous kill and a light carbine has sufficient power to bring the big cat down.
This ponderous, stuporous mammal of the Alaskan coastal waters hasn't been hunted by white men since 1941. Now, with a recent amendment to the law protecting the walrus, white hunters will be permitted to shoot one bull a year, provided the hunter is accompanied by an Eskimo guide and turns the carcass over to him after the kill. The trophy, including hide and tusks, may be taken home. Most successful shoots will occur between mid-April and early June during the northern migration.
Although the Eskimos have been hunting walrus with a motley of weapons, the trophy hunter should employ a powerful rifle such as a .375 H&H Magnum. The preferable method for hunting is to go out in an umiak (an Eskimo craft made of walrus skins) until a solitary bull is sighted on a floe. The hunter should cautiously stalk the beast until he can get a precise shot at short range. Once alarmed, walrus generally head for water.
Of all the felines only the lion and tiger are larger than this formidable cat which ranges from northern Argentina to Mexico with an occasional straggler crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. Because the jaguar is essentially a nocturnal animal, it must be hunted early; dogs are essential in hunting it during daylight, as a jaguar has wary habits. Although it is very fast, the jaguar's lungs are small and it gets winded easily, coming to bay shortly after being started. A 12-gauge shotgun with a rifled slug or a high-powered rifle is suggested for the kill.
Another method of hunting the cat is at night with lights. Some hunters also employ a horn similar to a moose call which they use to "call up" the jaguar.
North Americans may hunt jaguar in Mexico by obtaining the necessary permits through the Mexican Consulate. Tourists planning to hunt in South America, where the terrain is usually more accessible than the dense Mexican jaguar haunts, normally have to go through a good deal of red tape before securing the necessary permission. One way to avoid this is to contact a professional guide. One of the best is Ernest Lee of Tucson, Ariz. His expedition, with all arrangements made beforehand, is leaving this winter for Colombia. The total cost is $1,000, which includes everything except weapons and transportation.
The origins of this wild pig in the U.S. are obscure. New Hampshire biologists, who claim their strain is the only pure one, say that the boar was brought over in 1898 from Germany and released on a badly fenced preserve north of Danbury. The southern strain is believed to have been imported in 1910 by an Englishman who dreamed of establishing a game preserve in a timbered tract just southwest of the Great Smokies. The southern pigs have occasionally interbred with feral razor-backs. Those in California are thought to have been shipped there from the South.
Boar may be hunted throughout the year in New Hampshire. There are intermittent seasons in North Carolina (October to January), Tennessee (October and November) and California (October to March).
Whether crossed or pure, the wild boar is a creature of exceptional stamina. The only practical way to hunt it, due to its keen sensitory organs, is with dogs. In New Hampshire, which has more than half the U.S. boar population, this is invariably a wintertime pursuit because of easier tracking. Boar hunting is exhausting, for the animals can run for days and it is heavy going following the dogs.