A sportsman-naturalist-explorer tells us some things about the habits of this most interesting game bird. Their wild life, as well as that in domestication, is written of.
Much has been written about the large game animals of the Great Northwest, the moose, the caribou, the sheep the goat and the bear. Their conspicuous position in the strong light of outdoor life has somewhat overshadowed the plumy people—the commoners of the air.
The sun has kissed the earth a last good night; And with one backward glance that sends a blush Across the heavens, vanishes from sight. The winds are all asleep; a drowsy hush Falls over all the fields—a dreamy calm Is in the air—no rude noise breaks the spell— But faintly to our ears, like healing balm, There comes the music of a distant bell.
Story of a successful hunt in the Province of Batangas, with a wealthy Filipino as host. A typical hunt, such as those in vogue before Uncle Sam took possession.
W. E. PULLIAM
At various times of the year, especially during what may be termed the cool season — from November to March— some of the prominent natives, owners of large haciendas in the provinces adjacent to Manila, organize hunting parties, to which they invite their friends.
Last evening the twilight fell a bit earlier than usual. The change was slight but it was noticeable. It lingered redder through the patches of the western foliage, and the shadows were deeper and darker. In them was a tinge of cooler weather.
I feel sure when I mention it you will immediately remember the old home place “back East” where you were raised. You will remember that my father’s place was right across the county road from that of your father, and that we were chums most all of the time.
A 69-year-old boy (who has ridden 100,000 miles on a wheel since his 55th birthday) writes of the fascinating travels enjoyed by himself awheel on a trip across the continent.
MAJOR EDWARD A. WEED
Over eight thousand miles on a bicycle, or more than twice the distance across the continent, is what was recently performed by a “young fellow of 69,” in spite of the Osler theory that old men are of no account, and should be chloroformed. My bicycle record for 18 months and 25 days, in 25 states, was 8,145 miles.
In camp beside a mountain stream I hear the coyote’s call; My rod and line lie carelessly Against the old windfall; The feverish tension of the day Subsides as night comes on, And sweet sleep lures me to my cot— Another day is gone. The noisy ripples of the stream As dancing on, they play, Bring dreams of childhood’s days to me With laughter wild and gay.
A trip for rest and recreation in the land of the Aztec. The delightful mountain retreats of Chihuahua and Sonora, where big game and good fishing abound.
J. A. McGUIRE
We were riding over the 150-mile treeless desert waste lying between El Paso and Casas Grandes, Mexico, carrying a “ticket-of-leave-man” entitling us to a three weeks’ outing in the hills of the Aztec. Through the generous courtesy of Mr. E. E. Bowman of the Union Mercantile Co.
Eternal summer lingers in the air, The day is redolent with sweet perfume Of honeysuckle and magnolia bloom, And roses lend their fragrance everywhere. Here, ’neath the palms, and sheltered from the glare Of tropic sum, I weave on fancy's loom, From skeins that have been stored in memory’s room, A tapestry—a picture far more fair— Of ice-clad hills of woodlands bare and bleak, Of snowy slopes, and frost-bejeweled bough On hemlock, pine and fir—and on my cheek I seem to feel the north wind even now— And though in sunny climes my feet may roam, I love my Northland’s frozen snows—and home.
Had anyone been so, (must I say) unfortunate as to be standing in a certain valley—which, no doubt, is still tightly wedged in between an array of browbeating hills somewhere away out in the midst of the Rocky Mountains—on a dismal autumnal afternoon of several years ago, he could have seen three weather beaten horsemen come over the brow and down the precipitous sides of one of the before mentioned hills, in rather a ragged condition of body and mind.
Estes Park, Colo., an American Switzerland—the Medicine Bow Forest Reserve—an opening for the eastern artist—a nearby glacier—a mighty canon thirty-four miles long, as well.
To ride with staggering animals ten miles the upland trail, and then on foot, through boulder field and over ice glare—the eyes stary from the altitude —to the snow ridge beyond, which was only sky, and then to find it was not the world’s roof, but to see before you huge mass after huge mass heaped up and plunging forward into the storm and oblivion, a range, the mighty Medicine Bow—past experience vanishes and in tumult a lifetime’s perspective is destroyed.
The Father Who art in Heaven made man and He shaped the land To bring forth fruit. But who made the brute That is tortured on every hand? Unfettered beasts of the jungles, their beds of the fragrant fern, Wake to hopeless rage in steel clad cage, Do Your lessons their keepers learn?
I would like a little information regarding the fox terrier as a tracker and still hunter for deer. I hunted one day between two trained terriers in southern Oregon and will say that they were perfect in tracking, baying and heeling crippled deer.
Over twenty years ago a young boy scarcely in his teens moved from the eastern part of Nebraska to the then new and growing town of Curtis in Frontier county, Nebraska. This was a division point on the Cheyenne line of the Burlington, and at that time traffic arrangements with the Union Pacific at this western terminal were harmonious.
The bull elk start bugling about the 10th of September and keep it up until about the 10th of October. This corresponds to their rutting season. At this time in the year one bull is usually found with from six to eighteen cows, according to the size and fighting ability of the bull.
One of our old Arms and Ammunition contributors, Mr. G. L. Lehle of Chicago, has sent us a clipping from a daily paper containing a communication from a Texas sportsman that we believe is good enough to reprint, so we gladly reproduce it herewith for what it is worth.
The Camp-Fire Club of New York, through its committee on game protective legislation, of which Dr. W. T. Hornaday is chairman, is making an heroic effort to protect the fur seals of the Pribilof Islands of Alaska. About 1867 these islands were acquired by the United States from Russia.
A meeting of prominent Chicago sportsmen was held at the Union Restaurant, Chicago, on the evening of July 15, 1910, for the purpose of the organization of the Camp-Fire Club of Chicago and the West, with affiliations with the Camp-Fire Club of New York.
The game legislation enacted in 1909 was greater and in some respects more important than that of any previous year. Regular legislative sessions were held in all of the states except seven, and special sessions were held in Alabama and Ohio.
Through the earnest and untiring efforts of the American Bison Society it would now seem that the bison of this country will never have a chance to disappear. Through an Act of Congress of March 16, 1907, $40,000 was appropriated for the purchase of a site and herd.
I herewith enclose you copy of the Arkansas game and fish laws, but will state that I am now preparing a bill to be introduced at the meeting of the next Legislature. We hope to repeal all present laws and pass a general law covering the state, providing for a license system, both for residents and non-residents.
We are informed that John P. Babcock will soon (if, indeed, he has not already) be appointed chief deputy game and fish commissioner for the state of California. Mr. Babcock is recognized as being a man of wide experience and great ability, having formerly occupied the position of chief deputy in this state, and since 1901 been a commissioner of fish and fisheries at Victoria, B. C.
I was the cook for a saw mill crew in northern Wisconsin. My husband was with me. Our shanty, fancifully called Pine Lodge was but a few rods from a fine trout stream, and when spring and the open season for fishing came I had plenty of leisure time to try for the speckled beauties.
When your Mr. Ricker was soliciting my subscription the other day I told him of some catches of big trout which I recently made and promised him I would give you the details. While myself and wife were on a fishing trip at WillowSprings several miles in the mountains from here (Gilroy), I caught some of the largest trout it has ever been my pleasure to see.
J. A. Spero, La Grange, Indiana.—Please inform me if Old Mexico has good hunting grounds and if there are any game laws in that country. Can a man ship from Mexico to the States more than one deer? Please inform me of some part of Mexico that is a good hunting place for big game.
TRAINING, HANDLING, CORRECTING FAULTS AND CARE OF THE BIRD DOG.
DOGGY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ED F. HABERLEIN
Preliminary training of a bird dog should be delayed no longer—making an early start is preferable to awaiting the open season on game. At that time the dog should be under nice control, so as to be fit for actual work afield. A puppy needs schooling beforehand, and such part of training is to be done at home.
Some two years ago we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. E. S. McColl, Spokane and British Columbia representative for the Remington and U. M. C. people, who covers Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, getting as near the Pole in his travels as any man representing an arms and ammunition factory as we have heard of.
For several months I have followed with guilty fascination the comments of Messrs. Thomas and Decker on the injudicious and lawless habit of gun-toting. From the start I have foreseen that the time was coming when I would throw restraint to the winds and join them in their unrighteous revel.
Concerning Gun Manufacturing in Germany Fifteen Years Ago
F. J. Grube
I have read with considerable interest Lieutenant Whelen’s excellent study on foreign sporting rifles, and it is the June instalment, “German Rifles,” which causes me to inflict myself on you. Lieutenant Whelen went deeply into the subject of English rifles, justly praising the excellence of the highest priced product, dwelling also on the fact that the really first-class article is hand-made.
Those who have been so unfortunate as to have followed me in my "ravings" the past few years no doubt long ago arrived at the conclusion that the shotgun by the writer was held in very light esteem, and if such impressions have been received by any of the unfortunates referred to they are not to be censured greatly, for the fact is that, having had practically no experience with the scatter-gun for some twenty years, it had become anything but interesting in my sight, though in my younger days this sort of shooting iron was a favorite, all kinds of feathered game falling before its withering fire, with “yours truly” somewhere in the immediate rear, though not always visible, due to the dense smoke that arose, as from a furnace, at every discharge of the old heavy ten-bore.
I hope to have the pleasure of using one of the new .22 caliber Colts revolvers soon, which, it seems to me, should be an ideal little arm for women. This revolver is one for which there has long been a demand and it has, no doubt, been due to this demand having been made through Outdoor Life, more than anything else, that has led to its manufacture.
Concerning the “Old Reliables”—Finding an Old Friend
J. A. Nash
The Maynard rifle was among the first, if not the first, center fire shooting irons the writer ever saw on the plains of what was then the “Far West.” The original Maynard had a tipup barrel in which the shooter inserted a loaded cartridge having a tiny aperture in the center of the base.
American and Foreign Arms as a German Sees Them—Information Wanted
Being a very interested reader of your valuable magazine, especially of the “Arms and Ammunition" corner, I feel like writing something about American guns, and you would oblige me by giving me space in the columns of your magazine. Your statement, Mr. Editor, about handling bolt and lever action rifles is certainly correct.
There seems to be a constant, growing demand for a full grown, .22 caliber rifle, that is, a man’s size gun, a cartridge of sufficient velocity for medium sized game shooting, at a considerable distance. Possibly the cartridges now on the market adapted to repeating rifles cover the ground pretty thoroughly (they show fine accuracy), but when it comes to any considerable distance for running or flying shots I believe all, or nearly all, will admit that there is at present no cartridge adapted to a repeater, which could possibly have the required velocity and killing power.
I wish to beg Captain Macnab’s pardon for being a little hasty in that article of mine. No doubt he has hunted before I was born but had the captain explained in his first article, like he does in his second, that in his opinion there would be a change in the lever action, I would never have written as I did.
The rifle described in the “Medicine Bag” in your June number by H. S. S. of Oakland, California, is an 1895 model Austrian Mannlicher. This is a straight-pull bolt action magazine rifle. The magazine is clip-loading, holding five cartridges which have rims.
Being a constant reader of Outdoor Life, and a gun crank, would like some smart man to explain the following: With the advent of smokeless powder and small bore bullet, the United States government has developed the full metal-patched and sharp-pointed bullet for extreme accuracy at long range, and to merely wound, or disable a man, not to kill outright.
I have just received my Outdoor Life for June, and enjoyed it as I always do. Concerning the statements made by Mr. Boagni, I would like to give a few facts and figures, and ask a few questions. I take these from pages 47 to 50 of the “Directions and Rules for the Management of the Springfield Rifle and Carbine, Caliber .45.”
I am not by any means an expert or an authority on the rifle and revolver question, therefore I have been hesitating some time about the advisability of writing this letter. But as the few things I wanted to say are actual experience they may prove of interest to those of your readers who are no better posted than myself.
Despite the cautionary finger held up by Mr. Haines, the temptation to open up the old single vs. double action controversy at the suggestion of Mr. Platt is so strong as to lure me to the typewriter. I probably should be able to resist had not Mr. Platt done me the honor of naming me in pretty fast company.
Having had the opportunity to judge of the reliability of the Remington autoloading rifle, I take pleasure in saying that I have found it all and more than is claimed for it by the makers. I have used a Remington autoloading rifle almost constantly for the past four years on big game and have not had a failure in a single instance in any way.
Interesting Note Concerning the .351 Winchester Self Loader
Editor Outdoor Life
In reply to J. R. Ward, Nebraska, in July Outdoor Life, I will say that I have owned a .351 Winchester, model 1907, for about eight months, and while I have not trie it on deer or other large game, I have shot quite a number of woodchucks and have tried it to my satisfaction on the 100 and 200-yard Standard American target, and for accuracy it can’t be beat, and when I pull down on Mr. Chuck at 75 to 100 yards with the .351, the books are closed.
Just recently an acquaintance cornered me and expatiated on the victory he had achieved over a rabbit—a tame one—with his trusty .32 auto pistol. Gut-shot it at the third trial, pursued it until it became exhausted from exertion and loss of blood and, finally capturing it as it was about to escape up a drain-pipe, crushed its skull with his bare hands.
I note in the July issue of your magazine an article by Chauncey Thomas in which he comments upon a discovery that the shorter a pistol barrel is, the less the apparent recoil, fortifying his discovery with the results of certain experiments with the Remington double derringer and the Colt derringer and different cartridges.
In the May number Outdoor Life’s Arms and Ammunition Queries we published a query from a Mr. Hall from which we quote as follows. “I have a very finely finished Marlin rifle, .22 caliber, ruined by neglect. Would it be possible to have it rebored to one of the various .25 caliber cartridges, and if so could the action be altered to handle same?
PAUL WEISS Optician 1606 CURTIS STREET DENVER, COLO. Denver, Colo., Apr. 19, 1910. Outdoor Life Publishing Co., c/o M. E. McCumber, 1824 Curtis St., City. Gentlemen: Your favor in the shape of letter from Mr. L. J. Hadley received. We have already written to the gentleman and feel sure of getting his order as our new special field glass is the best bargain we have yet offered.
Dear sod-roof house! My heart is truly sad At thoughts of leaving thee, Dear house, dear home, how can it e’er be true, Thy Nan for four long years afar must roam! Afar from these dear log walls, Afar from these gray, old floors, Afar from—dear sod-roof home!
Flying Machines, Construction and Operation, by W. T. Jackman, M. E., and Thos. H. Russell, A. M., M. E.; pocket size; 250 pages; fully illustrated; flexible leather, $1.50; The Chas. C. Thompson Co., publishers, 545 Wabash Ave., Chicago.
The sale of King rifle sights has taken a phenomenal jump during the last year or two —ever since the manufacturer placed on the market his new line of rear sights which he is now selling in conjunction with the front Triple Bead. And to tell the truth, we are not surprised at the sudden leap that these sights are taking in popular favor, for the man who could not make a satisfactory selection from the list now put out by Mr. King would have to be pretty hard to please.
We publish herewith a cut showing the new Stevens No. 14½ Little Scout Rifle. This model supersedes the old No. 14 and is vastly superior in every detail. This gun has a regulation varnished rifle stock and forearm, case hardened frame, positive horizontal extractor, 18-inch barrel, open rear and German silver front sights, and weighs 2¾ pounds.
The successful hunter of today is neglecting no part of his outfit or equipment the attention to which is apt to bring him better success. We are told of Alaska hunters for moose and brown bears, who not only must curtail on their eatables in order to lessen weight, but who even carry light pocket knives, so careful are they not to overburden themselves for that final dash at the crucial moment.
A new revolver match which created interest at the recent tournament of the New England Military Rifle Association at Wake-field, Mass., was the Re-entry .22 caliber Revolver match, open to all; distance 25 yards, five shots in a time limit of 20 seconds, any caliber .22 revolver, three strings to count; this match was won by Musician E. G. Reising of the Connecticut Rifle Team, who made three perfect scores, while G. T. Hoffman, superintendent of the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium, Boston, and Dr. C. E. Ordway, of Winchester, Mass., tied for second place, each having one possible and a total of 148 out of 150 points to their credit.
The growing popularity of the automobile has brought with it requirements in auxiliary lines, such as top-making, slip-lining work, etc. Few auto drivers realize that the cost of a top, for instance, comes back into their pockets the first year or two in saving as a result of keeping the leather and personal wearing apparel dry and free from sun-burn.
The advertising matter put out by the Ithaca Gun Co., Ithaca, N. Y., has a reputation for its cleverness—just as Ithaca guns have a reputation for their excellence. This company’s latest production is a beautiful hanger in colors of the snow-shoe rabbit— one of the most interesting little animals in the natural history kingdom.
The following statement has been received from the Fox Gun Co. of Philadelphia, and is published for the general information that it will be to our readers at large. HENRY G. CORNELL, Accountant & Auditor, 3154 North Sixth St., Philadelphia.
Comfortable camping is made possible by the Metropolitan Air Goods Co.’s Comfort Sleeping Pocket, and today campers are not going into the open to endure hardship, but for recreation and rest. Minor discomforts are expected and overlooked, but the body must be protected from dampness and provision must be made for the most important one-third of the twenty-four hours, when brain, bone and sinew must have absolute rest as provision against the exigencies of the morrow.
The Grand American Handicap of 1910 will live long in memory as bringing forth a new world’s trapshooting record. This was made by John W. Garrett, of Colorado Springs, and consisted of a score of 100 straight, of which 80 were single and 20 double targets.
At the recent International match between the United States, Great Britain and Australia, fifteen shooters equipped with Stevens rifles, scored from 469 to 498 points out of a possible 500. Fourteen of the crack shots were equipped with Stevens telescopes.
A mounted magpie with a decidedly large strain of albino in its system attracted our attention at the store of C. L. McFadden & Son, taxidermists, Denver, by whom it was mounted. A cut of this bird is herewith reproduced. The dark spots shown on the bird are light brown, but otherwise it is pure white.
The tournament at Columbus, Ohio, July 12-15, resulted in one of the most decisive victories that Peters shells ever won. High general average was captured by C. A. Young with a total of 490 out of 500, being 98%, with Mr. Woolfolk Henderson a close second, 487.
The J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company of Chicopee Falls, Mass., makers of Stevens rifles, pistols and shotguns, are just in receipt of a humorous fake testimonial which is a travesty on the “impossible” testimonials at times received by outdoor and shooting publications.
The F. W. King Optical Co., Cleveland. O., has issued a catalog of their hunting binoculars and glasses which should be read by everyone contemplating the purchase of such a glass. Their tourist, yachting, bird and race track glasses run in price from $7 to $32, while they put out hunting binoculars that they recommend very highly for sheep, antelope and goat hunting, selling for $22.75.
Mr. R. R. Barber, shooting his Lefever gun at the registered tournament of the Winnipeg Gun Club, held at Winnipeg, Canada, July 13-14th, won high score in the International Championship event with 47 ex. 50. Mr. Barber, shooting his Lefever gun, also won high general average, breaking 438 ex. 480 targets.
I and my brother, Mr. Ray Grate of Oakland, Ore., are going to take a hunting trip in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, about two hundred miles south of this city, in the month of October, he starting from Oregon on the first of the month mentioned.
The Warner Instrument Company of Beloit, Wis., has recently sent out a circular showing the above photograph of their vice-president and his favorite pet, which he caught in the Louisiana woods when only a mere infant, and has since brought up the native of the forest so that it is as companionable as the average house cat.
At the registered tournament of the Rogers Springs Gun Club, Rogers Springs, Tenn., held July 9-10th, Mr. C. O. LeCompte, shooting his Lefever gun, won high average with 389 ex. 410. Mr. Woolfolk Henderson won second high average with 385 ex. 410.