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The "Indians" melted into the sagebrush, and the hands loosed the first bull. It galloped by the waiting hunters at a distance of 40 to 50 yards. They popped up from their cover and began firing. The first arrow (with a one-by-three-inch hunting head and fired from a 100-pound test bow) hit the beast behind the shoulders and passed through his body. Another went plumb through the neck, and the bull dropped, cleanly killed, with seven arrows in him.
"Those boys were really good," boasted Higgenbotham. "They hauled arrows out and shot as fast as you could pump a shotgun."
They weren't so good with the next two, however, and the riflemen quickly finished them off. "We could have stopped those two easily," one miffed bowman complained. "Those fellows didn't have enough confidence in us."
By this time the herd was pretty upset. The lead bull was snorting and throwing dirt in the air, and the rest were spooking from the horses, noise and blood, so the final three were dispatched by rifle fire.
And that's the way Manitou got its meat. It's a good thing no Sioux was around to watch—it would most likely have driven him East. As for Zebulon Montgomery Pike, if he had realized what he was opening the West to, he would probably have stood in bed.
SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes). C—clear water; D—water dirty or roily; M—water muddy. N—water at normal height; SH—slightly high; H—high; VH—very high; L—low; R—rising; F—falling. WT50—water temperature 50�. FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
TROUT: OREGON: Wickiup Reservoir producing 3-pounders on flies. Upper Deschutes, Little Deschutes and Crescent rivers FVG with small dries. Most waters L and C with OVG.
CALIFORNIA: Thunder showers past week produced season's best fly-fishing on both slopes of Sierra Nevada. Local agent reports hottest spot is east side of Alger Lake where goldens up to 1� pounds are rising. Convict Lake trollers netting out-size browns.
IDAHO: Weather unsettled, with nights going down to 40�, days 72� to 75� and some snow at high elevations. Rainbows best in Seven Devils and Coeur d'Alene lakes. Lost Lakes dry-fly paradise. Warm Springs Creek, Little Wood River canals FVG with wets or dries. FVG on Middle Fork of Salmon near Flying B Ranch, mouth of Camas and Big Creek with water L and gin-clear. Twelve-pound rainbow reported hooked on large Mickey Finn at outlet of Morehead Lake.