John Muir


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86 Hunting Shasta Wild Sheep & elk [BrSkins] fastened on [bow] [to] [dry] & abundance of [sun] variously show the [traveler] that he is in a [country] [ ] [ ] [ ] [On] coming up here a month ago I knew at once [that] I was in a [game] region for there [were] antler of deer & elk visible [& I was not surprised to find hunters] & will not be surprised to learn that this is a favorite resort of hunters of deer bear, etc. Sisson is a keen hunter & kills from 50 to 80 with his [single] rifles. Trout salmon deer bears & wild sheep are more abundant in the woods & waters [around the] of Shasta The woods & waters of Shasta contain more wild life in that form wh hunters call "game" than those of any other mtn region that [I knew] it has ever been my fortune to ever [entered] [into] Trout & salmon in the streams deer & bears in the forests & wild sheep in the rocks [with] grouse quail sagehens ducks & geese

87 21 On my return from the summit of Shasta I [was] [found] 4 hunters British, 3 from [bonnie] Scotland one from Eng all sterling good fellows. Keen hunters, who instead of traveling [tenuously] to a few [touristical] marvels guide book in [hand] [mingle] with hunters & trappers & drink in the grandeurs of our matchless wilds in magnif [enfranchise] of all [ ] & creeds roads. Winter came early. By the first week of November the frosts & rain & snows had stripped off most of the fine [autumn] [lvs] [leaves] & bleached all that were left. The robins [gathered &] fled to warmer climes before the wild cherries were half done. The deer came down out of the snow & stood about in shelter groves & thickets as if unable to decide what to do. The bears also began to shuffle down out of the snow from the high founts of [silver] fir into the brushy valleys & while on Shasta I saw that the

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