Recounting the incidents of a successful sheep hunt on the timberline ridges of Wyoming’s best hunting territory. Elk are also added to the bag.
Today there is probably no game animal in the United States more highly prized by the sportsman than the Rocky mountain sheep (ovis montana, or more latterly called ovis canadensis), known also as the mountain sheep, and by some as the “Big Horn.”
A glimpse behind the curtain of African real life. How a native beauty forsook the cover of her kinship's caravan for that of the Americans.
L. R. FREEMAN
There are few rules that can be laid down for the guidance of the man who would go among savage people, and the only really important one chances also to be that which is always the first to be disregarded. This may be comprehensively expressed in "Mind your own business;" and, particularizing, in "Be not too forward with the ladies."
The following pages show a few photographic reproductions of sport (?) in France among the nobility. In the first photograph we have the spectacle of hounds being blessed before departing on the spoor of a deer (as if harm of any kind could come to such a set of dogs in pursuing a defenseless animal).
Before proceeding with the details of this expedition which Geo. W. Kendall, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, once gave to the public, it seems necessary to give an epitome of the settlement of Texas in order that all may understand the chaotic condition of its early boundaries and judge of the merit of the conflicting claims.
The rugged grandeur of one of Montana’s mountain gems is uncovered by a sportsman who has been there.
For the nature lover who appreciates mountain scenery, who enjoys a camp beneath the spreading cedars or a climb above the clouds, I take pleasure in drawing a word picture of one of the most delightful outing trips that can be taken in America or the world, and all right here at home in our beautiful state, Montana.
“Speakin’ av yer fighters,” says Morarity to Dennis, “Wanst whin big McCloskey wus a-tootin’ av his horn; Braggin’ av the min he’d licked, a lithle chap McGinnis, Stud right out ferninst him thin and laughed his wards to scorn. “Says he: 'I'm gittin’ tired av yer swaggerin’, me husky, And though yer twoice me size, I’ll bet me claim agin’ yer own.
William Hugglefasser, who has run a farm near Prairie Lake for the past thirty years, had an accident last week. He was milking the old roan with the crumpled horn and studying the stars across her jagged hip-joint when he heard something splash.
“Always, when I was a boy on the farm, I wanted to tame some wild thing and call it my own. I’m an old man now, but I never got over the notion, and I don’t suppose I ever will. It’s a sort of hobby of mine, and wild geese kinda makes you think of the spirit of the swamp.
Africa has not a very important place in the “mind-map” of most of us Americans, but he who spends a few months there finds a people with many things of interest to the sightseer and traveler. A trip across Spain and rambles through the various countries that I shall narrate is not without interest, and there are plenty of interesting scenes, even though one’s time may be limited.
We publish some correspondence this month anent the W. B. Meetch attack on L. L. Bales that should be read by every man with an iota of sportsman blood in his veins. We are proud to record herewith the expressions of two such honorable and noted jurists as Hon. W. E. Humphrey of Washington and Judge Williams of Colorado.
In our February number “Sixshooter” asked some information on hunting and on game conditions in Mexico, and we are glad to see that three of our readers have come forward, each with some interesting information on that country, which, owing to the decreasing game in the United States, is bound to receive more attention in the future from Americans.
Information Wanted on the Grand Canon Country of Arizona
Editor Outdoor Life
I want to take my next hunting trip in the Grand Cañon country of Arizona, for mountain lion. Can you give me any pointers as to reliable guides, open season for game, the best point to start from, the best time to go, what kind of weather one is likely to find in the Cañon, and any other information you may deem useful.
During the year 1908 the open season on deer in Alaska was from April 1st to February 1st. No limit was placed on the number a person might kill during a season. Sex or age were not mentioned and neither does nor fawns were exempt from destruction.
Instance of a Lion Attack—Mexico’s Hunting Advantages
Editor Outdoor Life
Referring to your article on page 598, December number, relative to the attack of a mountain lion on a young lady, I believe with you that this is a rare occurrence; but am personally acquainted with the facts in a similar case. A mountain lion attacked and killed a small Mexican boy near Casas Grandes, Mexico, partially eating him and covering up the remains.
If Lieutenant Seeley A. Wallen knew the nature and conditions of country hunted in by Klondike hunters he would also know that it is almost an impossibility for a wounded (even slightly) animal to escape, from the fact that practically all the country hunted in is devoid of cover and is under, approximately, two feet of snow at the time hunting is being done.
Mr. F. L. Crosby of Tacoma, Wash., has sent us a poster advertising a “side” hunt for “varmint” which began on December 1, 1909, and ends on February 28, 1910. Mr. Crosby says: “This is our third annual ‘side’ hunt for ‘varmint.’ The $200 in prizes is given by the county commissioners, from the game fund, and the results from the two hunts we have had before show that the money was well spent.
In another part of this number there is published a letter from an Alaskan reader deploring the present game laws of that country. We have received a letter from E. D. Beattie of Juneau enclosing clippings from a newspaper of Juneau which outlines some proposed amendments to the present laws.
Several times I have noticed in the columns of your very interesting magazine discussions as to the cannibalistic propensities of bears. The following may help: Several years ago I spent some time with a bear trapper in the Bitter Root mountains, my object being to photograph game animals and do some bear hunting.
The elk of Jackson’s hole and how to properly care for them in winter, has been a perplexing subject to the sportsmen, to the settlers of Jackson’s Valley and to the government. For the purpose of providing a winter range for these animals the last Wyoming Legislature passed a bill asking Congress to set aside a plat of land on the Gros Ventre River south of the southeastern corner of the Park, as a winter range.
I read with regret the attacks on Colonel Roosevelt in the various magazines in which he is called game butcher and other epithets. Mr. Editor, I have some of his books and have read a great many of his articles, including all the Scribners, and I have yet to see any evidence to support such claims.
John Gunnett of Salem, Mo., writes: "I hope you can get some of the old timers of black-powder and muzzle-loading days to write up some of their hunting trips. Probably some of these stories might sound a little 'piggish,’ but most of us have been there.”
James Doyle, Alcatraz Island, Calif.—Being a sportsman and an enthusiastic reader of your magazine, I would like to ask a little information about the cost of outfitting two men for a six months’ trip to the Great Slave Lake, Canada, and fare from San Francisco, Calif.ornia (eliminating luxuries).
As you lie sound asleep in your tent, down in southern Indiana, comes a noise that awakens you. Out of bed you go, just at the break of day; you jump into your clothes, half asleep; out from behind the willows you go, out across the sand-bar, looking and listening to find where the noise came from.
I have been informed by a neighbor sportsman that General Nelson A. Miles once made the assertion that the Indian would never be subdued so long as the buffalo existed, in consequence of which our government put a bounty of $1 a head on buffalo.
Did you ever see what we farmers call “buttermilk calves?” Well, some of you have seen them. You know when they are not bred regularly, they get in the habit of sucking each other in different parts. If one of them is a steer they will get to sucking at the testicles and will keep at it until the organs comuletely disappear.
I will leave on my trip to Mexico sometime this summer. I have a 3A camera and will get an enlarging outfit, so can send in some fairly large-sized pictures. Have not yet got a partner that is entirely to my liking for a long trip. You don’t know anyone who would like to go in for a year, more or less, on a hunting, prospecting, exploring trip, do you?
W. D. N., Raymond, Wash.—There is some sort of disease among the dogs in this vicinity which takes away most every one afflicted. Some call it salmon sickness, caused by eating salmon, which are very plentiful here. It seems to be catching, because when one dog gets it and others coming in contact, they, too, soon get the same thing and usually die in course of a week or ten days.
The subject of the fit of the bullets used in high power rifles has been receiving attention for many years past. In fact, since the match between the New Jersey State Rifle Association and the Ulster Riflemen was lost largely because of the ill-fitting bullets used by the American team, the importance of using bullets sufficiently large to completely seal the bore of the rifle as the bullet passes out has been appreciated.
Apropos of the .22 caliber revolver discussion, it seems that the revolver model best adapted to the cartridges and the purposes for which the proposed arm is to be used has not been mentioned. The Model 1891 single action Smith & Wesson revolver would be the ideal .22 caliber hunting and target arm.
While not a subscriber to your valuable magazine, I never fail to secure a copy of it from my news dealer and heartily congratulate you upon its splendid merit. I have from time to time noticed the opinions of various sportsmen on what each thinks to be the best all around gun, revolver or pistol and am somewhat surprised to see such a great difference of opinion.
Since subscribing to Outdoor Life I have taken careful note of the articles appearing in it from time to time. Now, I am not a revolver shot, but a rifle crank instead, but I have shot the revolver a bit and I want to say a word in regard to the editor’s answer to Carl Peterson of North Dakota.
In the September issue Lieut. Whelen “answers” some of my statements and not only gets “mixed” with the two guns I had under discussion, but again goes off into his favorite field-target hunting. In view of the fact that he is undoubtedly in a position to discuss that field, and further fact that he has at last agreed with my opinion that the Winchester rifles are about as near perfect as sporting rifles can well be made to suit the majority, I thank him for the information I have received from his letters.
After reading a letter from Mr. C. L. Gilman, in your last number, regarding the manufacture of a small-caliber revolver, I cannot resist getting in on this myself. (This is my first attempt, Mr. Editor, so be lenient.) I also read Ashley A. Haines’ answer to Mr. Gilman and I am heartily in accord with Mr. Haines’ view of this proposed new gun.
Such articles as “Special Loads for High Power Rifles,” and some of the suggestions made regarding the proposed .22 caliber revolver are the kind that make a “crank’s” magazine worth reading. But these articles would be more satisfying if the writers would go farther into the details in some instances.
Mr. Himmelwright in his book, “The Pistol and Revolver,” gives, on page 49, some pistol cartridge ballistics which differ entirely from the figures given in his chapter in “Guns, Ammunition and Tackle,” a volume in the American Sportsman’s Library and edited by Caspar Whitney.
I have been asked to outline what I think would be a satisfactory pocket gun, a gun made for pocket use at close range and for nothing else, suitable for both men and women and under all conditions of dress. The requirements of a pocket gun are these: It must be safe, light-weight, short, flat, compact, hammerless, free from all projections that catch or wear the clothing, quick double action, light trigger pull and heavy striking power.
My friend the gunsmith here, had a very interesting gun in to be repaired, which I thought would be of interest to your Arms and Ammunition department. It is a device to change any repeating shotgun from cylinder to full choke, automatically, while firing.
Will Users of the .32 Winchester Special Please Comply?
Editor Outdoor Life
I am very much interested in the Arms and Ammunition department. I own a .32 Winchester Special rifle and reload my own shells using 23 grains Lightning powder and Ideal bullet No. 321297. I succeeded in getting my deer this fall, making a clean shot, the game dropping instantly.
I have become greatly interested in the articles that have recently appeared in the columns of Outdoor Life regarding the manufacture of a revolver of .22 or .25 caliber, but believe that this gun could be made to give better satisfaction if made to use the .25-20 center fire cartridge, instead of rim fire, as has been suggested.
Will Some of Our .22 Rifle Shooters Please Answer?
Editor Outdoor Life
Will some of your experts give me their experience with .22 caliber rifles at 25 yards? Also would like to know if there is any book printed on this subject. Would appreciate replies through your columns at an early date. N. H. J. H. FITZGERALD.
Just a line to thank yourself and Captain Hardy on the different articles on “How to Become an Expert Shot” and especially his advice on revolver shooting. I have shot both rifle and pistol for thirty years and as a rifle shot on the 200yard range can associate with a very good class of shooters, but with the pistol I was a failure, and couldn’t figure it out until reading Captain Hardy’s article on revolver shooting.
I would like to ask you how the barrels in the rifles made in the United States compare with those of the Mauser. While in Old Mexico, three years ago, on a hunting trip, together with two friends, we took a 7 mm. sporting Mauser along to try it against the .30-40.
One of our readers is very anxious to correspond with Mr. A. M. Roberts of North Dakota, author of the article in our February number entitled, “Information Wanted Regarding the Remington Pump Gun.” As the copy for Mr. Roberts’ article was destroyed when the proof was read and corrected, we have no means of knowing his address, so we hope if this notice falls under his eye he will correspond with us.
I was somewhat in terested in the statement of Bro. G. H. D., in the January issue of Outdoor Life, in which he speaks of a special load for his .32-20, and incidentally tells that he uses a bullet made of 60% lead and 40% “good babbitt metal.” It just occurred to me that a bullet of this composition might be needlessly hard, if not altogether undesirable, on account of the high percentage of tin in the alloy.
It is my intention to give myself some cheap shotgun practice and I would be obliged to some of the many readers of Outdoor Life for instructions in buying or constructing an inexpensive portable trap and targets, and also in loading shells.
The tenth annual meeting of the United States Revolver Association was held at the 71st Regiment armory, 34th Street and Park Avenue, New York City, on January 17, 1910. The meeting was called to order at 8:40 p. m., Mr. Crabtree presiding. There were present Messrs.
Have enjoyed reading the January, 1910, Outdoor Life. In re article on “The Pocket Gun” by Chauncey Thomas, page 74, would suggest that Mr. Thomas get him a three-barrel gun, with bayonet attached, to use on those midnight alley holdups, firing shotgun barrel first, rifle next, and bayonet last; then, if Sir Holder-Up is still alive, detach bayonet and use gun as a club, which certainly ought to do the work.
Concerning the Purchase of Mobilelubricant. The following quotation from a letter written to Lieutenant Whelen as to where Mobilelubricant can be procured will prove of interest to many of our readers who will want this to use with their high-power rifles to prevent metallic -fouling.
I am mailing you under separate cover a picture of a “bird” that we do not think flies around the Rocky Mountains. The gentleman standing nearest the middle of the animal is Mr. Hiscock. who is down in the Panama Canal Zone, and who is a native of the states.
Around Estes Park, Colorado, are mountain scenes of exceptional beauty and grandeur, In this territory is Long's Peak and one of the most rugged sections of the Continental Divide of the Rockies. The region is almost entirely above the altitude of 7,000 feet, and in it are forests, streams, waterfalls, snowy peaks, great canons, glaciers, scores of species of wild birds, and more than a thousand varieties of wild flowers.
How to Train Your Own Dogs, by Harry J. Mooney; 50 cents; illustrated, 75 pages; The Saalfeld Pub. Co., Akron, O. Mr. Mooney's position as trainer with Barnum & Bailey entitles him to much knowledge with regard to the training of dogs that will be found valuable to the readers of this book.
So many requests have come to us for information in regard to the Maxim Silencer, that we requested the Maxim Silent Fire Arms Co., New York City, to supply us with more complete details and illustrations, which they have done, and the result is published herewith: Every .22 calibre coupling (Figure 1), is accompanied by four No. 3 spacers (Figure 3).
The E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Co. of Wilmington, Del., are doing something right now that will serve as a lasting monument to their generosity toward trap shooters in the United States, and toward the encouragement of the trap-shooting game in this country.
This interesting and much discussed topic is the subject of a very convincing argument in the new and enlarged catalogue lately issued by W. J. Jamison, 2751 Polk street, Chicago, ill., and it is backed up by a lot of testimonials from anglers in all parts of the country.
Sportsmen who go on camping or packing trips for big game, or on automobile trips where lying out nights is a possibility, should become acquainted with the Comfort Sleeping Pocket made by the Metropolitan Air Goods Co., Reading. Mass. The editor of Outdoor Life has used one of these pneumatic beds made by the above company, and can attest to their absolute comfort, durability and general utility aside from the fact that they are packed into a smaller bundle than any other camp bed made.
E. P. Follett & Co., 2827 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, have put on the market a pneumatic concentrator, the purpose of which is to increase the carrying capacity and range of shot when fired from a shotgun. The concentrator is a strong paper shell with a brass cap crimped on the bottom, so that the metal does not come in contact with the gun, even though a choke bore be used.
We have received for our office a copy of Webster’s New Standard Dictionary (library edition), which for school or office is an ideal work. It contains 840 pages, size 6x8 inches, and contains dictionaries of botany, rhymes. mythology, biographyt geography, biblical, historical and classical names, musical, legal and medical terms and symbols; word-building, rules in orthography, foreign phrases, abbreviations, metric system, proofreading, including fifteen special encyclopedic features, in addition to the dictionary proper; 900 illustrations, 28 full-page plates, 11 in colors; thumb indexed, full flexible leather, polished green edges.
Twenty different designs of rowboats are announced for the coming season by the Michigan Steel Boat Company at Detroit, Mich. It is interesting to note how. general the use of steel rowboats has become on the rivers and lakes of the entire country.
I am enclosing a letter and advertisement from your magazine that I thought might be of interest to you. As I have not had that advertisement in your magazine for over a year and a half it makes it a curiosity as well as speaks well for the advertising medium you offer.
Probably the most beautiful fishing rod catalog that ever came from the press in this country is that of Bristol steel fishing rods Issued by the manufacturers, the Horton Mfg. Co., of Bristol, Conn. The cover is worked up (cut herewith) in perfect colors from a design by Oliver Kemp, while the inside 48 pages are printed on extra heavy enameled paper.
At the three-day tournament recently held at Rogers Springs, the Lefever gun in the hands of Mr. E. B. Coe won the high average at the live birds, scoring 39 out of a possible 40. The Lefever gun, in the hands of Mr. C. O. LeCompte, also won high average for the entire tournament with the splendid score of 294 out of 300, Mr. LeCompte having an unfinished run of 115.
The Interstate Association for the Promotion of Trap Shooting has just announced the official averages for 1909. They show that Charles G. Spencer of St. Louis, Mo., is still the leading shot of the country. He shot at 8,325 targets and scored 8,092, giving him an average of 97.20 per cent., the highest ever made.
A new canoe finished in mahogany, the most beautiful creation yet in this line of water craft, is the announcement of The Detroit Boat Company, of Detroit, Mich. It is attracting the attention of canoeists, and prospective canoe buyers everywhere because of the special success the Detroit company has made in canoes.
Will you kindly announce that the last week in July, to-wit, the 26th, 27th and 28th, has been selected as the time for holding the second annual tourney and pow-wow of the Pacific Indians at Nelson, B. C. Shooters coming from the East will stop first at Spokane for the Washington state shoot, the third week in July, and finishing there, will make the short run up to Nelson the following week, thence proceeding to Seattle and whatever may follow on the Coast.
We recently had the pleasure of a visit with the Browning Bros. Co., of Ogden, Utah, the greatest gun inventors in the world. This company supplies a large amount of the sporting goods and ammunition used in the Middle West, and lately they have enlarged their automobile business, which promises great returns.
The Ithaca catalog, just from the press, spells progression in every page. It emphasizes the fact that Ithaca guns are good guns to buy, and it shows and tells the reasons why in a way only accomplished through the most artistic style of printer’s ink.
The E. & W. Mfg. Co., 115 Fitch street. Syracuse, N. Y., are advertising some cooking specialties for camp use that should receive the attention of sportsmen everywhere (see their advertisement, this issue). They make a line of toasters and broiloers, all of which revolve upon a central axis or friction joint.
A circular from H. Tauscher, American agent for the Mauser and Haenel-Mannlicher rifles, 320 Broadway, New York, has the following information concerning the bolt action guns: The bolt action was put through exhaustive government tests of which the following is in an official record: 15,000 rounds fired at the rate of 750 daily without a jar, stoppage, hang-fire or miss-fire; 9,000 complete rounds caused no alteration in the effectiveness of the barrel; 30,000 rounds were fired without any part of the mechanism showing any noticeable wear or fracture.
We recently had the pleasure of a visit in the store of the Western Arms and Sporting Goods Co., Salt Lake City, Utah, and were surprised at the great volume of business done by this company, which succeeded the Browning Bros.' Salt Lake City store in 1907.
The J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. have become members of the Interstate Association for the Encouragement of Trap Shooting.The Buffalo Power Boat and Sportsmen’s Show will be held in Buffalo, N. Y., March 2130. Dai H. Lewis, manager, at 760 Main street.