A Days Sport at Blooming Grove Park, Junius Brutus Stearns, 1873.
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Club founders Fayette S. Giles and John Avery with a deer, fowl, and fish at their feet. A beagle stands at the water's edge and a man tries to pull a canoe from the water.

Credit: Blooming Grove Park Association, Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club

In the late 1800s, hunting and fishing became an increasingly popular gentleman's sport, and the forests and streams of northern Pennsylvania a popular destination for well-to-do outdoorsmen. In 1870, the Pennsylvania General Assembly granted a charter to the Blooming Grove Park Association for the establishment of a hunting and fishing club on 11,000 acres in Pike County. The charter gave the Association the power to make and enforce its own game laws to propagate fish and game.

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