AS WILDFOWL shooting had never been good in the Miami Valley before the spring of ’99, the sportsmen were really unprepared for the sport which offered. It was through a strip of country where there was little water and, for that reason, poor feed, and the ducks and geese had always passed it by without stopping.
INFURIATED cats! Just so, but not the ordinary, every day, naturalized, tame article that laps milk from a saucer and sleeps back of the wood-box. Nor yet the beast of bespangled brow and terrifying mien that inhabits our rivers, lakes and archipelagoes and ’mongst whose numbers the small boy with the pin-hook and the passe pants makes his annual havoc.
IT WAS many moons ago, during the lifetime of Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull, and that good old Chief Ouray, “the white man’s friend,’’whilst with a geological survey party along the northern borders, and having completed our labors, that I concluded to wend my way south for the winter in quest of pleasure and recreation.
POOTY, ain’t it? Water ’n’ grass ’n’ trees ’N’ ant'lope jest as nat’ral’s tho’ they’s thar! It’s sing’lar w’at strange things a feller sees A-crossin’ the Mojave. This hot air— Wha’s thet? Ye'll camp thar! Well then, adios ! I hain’t the time.
IN ONE of the leading magazines a few months since there was published an illustrated article descriptive of the Canadian mounted police, lauding their bravery, as it doubtless deserves and chronicling their achievements in a strain calculated to impress the reader with an idea that the like has never elsewhere been accomplished by mortal man.
OUTDOOR LIFE has said much in defense of the elk of Wyoming and in favor of the extension of the National Park down past the Jackson Hole country in order to provide these animals with better winter quarters, but nothing we could say in cold print would speak as loudly as the photo-reproduction which we publish on the opposite page.
BUSY-LOOKING den! Not exactly the lair of a wild beast and yet with lethal suggestions enough in its crude furnishment to characterize its occupant’s semi - savage temperament and love for the unbridled license and unrestricted liberty of forest and plain and stream, where civilization has as yet not laid her curse and sown her sordid discord.
When yer trigger finger itches and an anarchistic gleam Steals out from every twinkle of your eye— When the gun and ammunition stores and tackle windows seem To hold an added charm as you go by— When the grub you try" to masticate requires an extra squeeze In order to dispatch it to its goal ; When with cold feet you’re afflicted and your countenance’d freeze; A Hawaiian girl’s voluptuous inner soul— Then you’ve got the huntin’ fever and you ought to take a sneak Into the effervescent country air— Take your gun and dog and shells and traps, and hie ye off a week, And burn all bridges twixt yourself and care.
The Fin and Feather Club of Dallas, Texas, is one of the large institutions of that state. It is a sportsman’s club, organized for the comfort and pleasure of those men of Dallas who rely on shooting, fishing and hunting for their recreation, and who do not object to pay for the extra advantage of having their organization to a great extent exclusive.
All day we toiled to reach the dizzy summit Mist-wrapped, ice-crowned— The world fell from us as a falling plummet Sinks to the ground. Above, the blue ethereal vault impending, Around, illimitable solitude! Anon an eagle from the heights descending Unto her brood.
COLTON being our objective point for the day, we left Red-lands on the 6 o’clock motor, equipped for a day among the little blue valley quail in Riverside, our adjoining county. We were amply prepared, my brother and I, for this little hunt, which we had been planning for some time.
The average beginner in photography seems to have formed the idea that the more plates he can expose in a day’s outing, the more proficient he will become in his knowledge of photography. This is almost the greatest mistake he could make, as under such a system about the only person benefited is the plate manufacturer.
The percentage of photographers who practice still life from a really serious point of view is practically small, says “Erudio” in the Photographic News, when taking into consideration the vast multitude that follow the other phases of work.
The use and abuse of retouching has long been a subject for discussion among photographers, and while a negative has often been greatly abused, retouching has many legitimate reasons for its support, and might with advantage be more largely extended in both portraiture and landscape.
Among the many branches of photographic art the photographing of interiors is one of the most fascinating and at the same time one of the most difficult. To successfully portray an interior the artist has mauy difficulties to contend with, and not only a good technical knowledge of photography is essential, but the photographer must have the knack of proper arrangement, otherwise his product has the appearance of having been specially arranged for the occasion.
It is almost universally recognized that the principal, if not the sole, cause of fading in photographic silver prints is due to sulphur or to sulphur toning, says the Photographic News. And this is more especially the case with those prints which are produced by the combined toning and fixing bath, the most enthusiastic advocate of which method will scarcely claim anything beyond a very moderate life for his productions.
The consistent conduction of any publication entails far more responsibility and care than appeals to nine out of every ten of our readers. Especially is this true of sportsmen’s journals with any pretensions to prominence and influence.
To the thousands of indignant protestants who have inundated this office with letters of wrathful denunciation of the arbitrary injustice and imperious maladvertance of the present game laws, we have but one answer to make: “It is your simple duty to stand by the bad bargain you voluntarily made against our earnest warning and obey to the letter the foolish laws of your own making.”
The principal merit of the following story is that it is the truth. A man, who has been a congressman and has held many other important public positions in the West, one of the most sterling, modest and genuine natures in the world, was given a live turkey for Christmas.
Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 6.—I have just read Mr. R. C. Fisk’s very interesting article on the weights of grizzly bears. The photo he shows is of a fairly good-sized silver-tip bear, which I should judge would measure from the tail to nose seven feet.
On an extensive experience and observation, the Lost Park in Colorado seems to have lost its over-rated representation as a game country. A few years ago it contained grouse, deer, elk, mountain sheep, buffalo and mountain goats a plenty, but the persistent pot-hunter has nearly exterminated them all.
And who wouldn't? I heard it up on the range last fall. We were camped on a dry branch of "Old Woman's Folk." But game was plenty, and we were used to dry things. We sat by our camp fire, smoking Hoffman House Boquets (?), Long Bill and I. Bill was a champion at story-telling, so I suggested a yarn before sleep claimed us.
The general government has set aside various tracts of land in the public domain of Colorado as forest reserves, for the protection of timber and water for future use. Why not use said reserves for game for future use? Let the state join in with the federal government and prohibit hunting at all times of the year on same lines as the Yellowstone Park, in said reserve, and make them perpetual game preserves.
The accompanying photo was sent to us by one of our subscribers, Frank Hart of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The following is an extract from Mr. Hart’s letter: “Southeastern Pennsylvania is a poor game section, and there is consequently little to write about that would interest the sportsman.
Is the best offered to the public. It Is very large and adapted to school purposes. Every teacher of geography and every business office should have one. It will be sent postpaid to any address on receipt of 15 cents in postage stamps or coin. Address John Sebastian, G. P. A., Chicago, 111.
THE requirements that are necessary to become a good marksman are not so many as one might think, yet these requirements are more exacting in the certain fulfillment of obligations to a formula or plan, to gain satisfactory results than any subject one can call to mind.
Arkansas City, Kas., Dec. 10. The Arkansas City shoot held here on the 5th and 6th was one of the most interesting events ever Dulled off in Kansas and reflects unbounded credit on the promoters, who left no stone unturned to give all a good time.
The regular shoot of the Outdoor Life Gun Club was to its members a success. While it was impossible for all members to be present, this was regretted most by those absent. The score made by those present shows an increase over the score of last month, which is much to the encouragement of the new organization.
The Longmont Gun Club held its regular shoot at the club grounds Monday, January 1, and started off the new year in a lively shoot, nearly 1,000 targets being thrown to ten shooters. Below is the score in the medal shoots, the championship prize this year being paid in cash, instead of the usual medal.
Fort Collins, Colo., Jan. 1. The Fort Collins Gun Club held a shoot on Christmas, and although there was a strong wind blowing, .some good scores were made, as will be seen by the following result: Fort Collins, Colo., Jan. 19. The following scores were made to-day by the Fort Collins Gun Club at clay birds.
A large crowd witnessed the annual re-entry shoot of me Denver Rifle Club on New Year's day. A. W. Peterson won out with the only "ossible, the third time it has been made on the grounds. A year ago the same score was made, and at the state shoot last September M. C. Remsay of Grand Junction accomplished the feat.
A 25-target race took place at the club grounds. here to-day between four members of the gun club. The match was shot for $10 per gun, and the contestants were A. D. Lewis and Burns Will against J. C. McKlernan and F. M. Gibson. The scores were nothing extraoriinary, but should have been much closer had lot Gibson, who usually shoots well, fallen lown low in the race.
It was an enthusiastic and representative crowd of shooters that attended the big New Year’s shoot at Sedam Park, Denver. It had been some time since I have nad the pleasure of seeing an exhibition of marksmanship equal to that which friends J. W. Garrett of Colorado Springs and G. G. Pickett of Denver put up in their 100-live bird race on that day, and I know that the shooters of Colorado will bear me out when I say that these two cracks must come together again.
A. G. Spaulding & Bros. have decided to offer a medal or prize to be emblematic of the Colorado state inanimate championship. The new officers of the Steamboat Springs (Colorado) Rifle Club are as follows: President, F. A. Metcalf; vice president, L. B. Crawford; secretary and treasurer, Jeff Clark; captain, W. C. Shaw.
The rifle competitions inaugurated by Outdoor Life last May providing for prizes of a Winchester Schuetzen rifle, donated by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, for best team score, and a Stevens Schuetzen rifle, donated bv the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company, for best individual score, closed last December.
The Golden Gate Rifle and Pistol Club held the closing shoot of the year on Sunday, December 24. The weather was favorable for good scores, the light good and very little wind. As it was the closing shoot of the year there was considerable excitement all day in all the clubs, some of the matches being in doubt till sundown.
I went down to Los Angeles on New Year’s to attend the “cruelty to animals” shoot. When I arrived on the grounds twelve of the boys had already shot one bird each, when the sheriff took tnem down town to “enter,” which they informed me cost $10 cash bail, or thirty days on the rock pile.
The Denver Trap Club, with grounds two blocks from Broadway and five blocks north of Orchard Place, has been organized in Denver with forty members, and officered for the first year as follows: President, George G. Pickett; vice president, F. A. Ellis, Jr.; secretary, Chas.
Mr. W. F. Sheard’s communication of December 6, appearing in your New Year’s edition, bears the evident earmarks of the “bear with a sore head,” and after nominating me as the object of his wrath, he calls particular attention to his own condition at our recent October shoot, and launches upon a tirade involving Messrs.
Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 20 On account of bad weather and a consequent lack of support, the merchandise shoot that was to have been given by C. G. & H. Strang of this place to-day was not held. The few "fiends” that did attend enjoyed a good afternoon’s sport.
Will you kindly inform me, if you know, whether or not a woodchuck will climb a tree? I desire this information so as to be able to decide a bet. P. P. NELSON. Hayward, Wis. Answer—While woodchucks do not, in the common acceptation of the term, climb trees, they have been known to run up an inclined tree which has been torn down by storm or otherwise.
The photographic supply department recently added to Daniels &. r'isner’s, Denver, is one of the most complete in the West. In addition to carrying every accessory and article used in the art, there have been tilted up many convenient and necessary adjuncts for tne use of the amateur—free.
In the Rocky Mountain country, more especially where cloudless days and rare atmospheres are the rule and not the exception, and where the camera is beginning to play so important a Dart in scenic sections, on camping trips, excursions and game hunts, the following extract from Seed's Manual, published by the M. A. Seed Dry Plate Company of St. Louis, relative to their fast plates, may interest our photographic friends: “Gilt-Edge, 27—This is the fastest plate we make, and should be used where very short exposures are necessary and for feebly-lighted subjects.
Tarpon anglers will find interest in the knowledge that the world-famous Kentucky reel makers, B. F. Meek & Sons, of Louisville, Kentucky, have added to their line a reel especially made for tarpon and tuna fishing. Before placing the reel on the market, with their accustomed care and caution, the new candidate was given most exhaustive tests and was submitted to the use and examination of several noted tarpon takers.
A machinist who has served many years with the best concerns in the country, a business man of rare managerial ability and a courteous and honorable man to deal with, J. E. Crane should have little trouble in creeping to the front in the cycle trade ranks of Denver. While his specialty is fine bicycle repairing—employing anable set of men for this work—he has a large stock of tires, rims and cycle accessories continually on hand, and has the largest supply of small parts for repairs west of Chicago.
The subjects for 1900, up to and including the month of July, are as follows: March—Home Portraiture. April—Architecture. May—Still Life. June—Animals. uly—Mountain Scenery. RULES OF COMPETITION. Competitors may send in as many exhibits for each competition as they see fit, but each exhibit must have firmly attached to it a coupon cut from this magazine, showing the date and subject of the competition for which it is intended.