A di tinguished western sportsman (who is, by the way, a member of Congress from the state of Washington) recounts the thrilling experiences of a whale hunt off the British Columbia Coast. Interesting incidents connected with the killing of an animal whose carcass contains 200,000 lbs. of meat.
W. E. HUMPHREY
The world has been reading the experiences of Mr. Roosevelt in Africa hunting big game. His stories of his hunt in this most wonderful of all countries for big game shooting are remarkably interesting, but Mr. Roosevelt has not yet hunted the biggest of all big game.
Do you know, dear, when these October days, With all their wealth of crimson, brown and gold Bedeck the earth, and when the mellow haze Of autumn lingers lightly to enfold The drowsy world in shadows, and the sun Sinks in a blaze of glory—do you know That, like the many-tinted after-glow Which fills the heavens when the day is done, Your love fills all my heart with rosy dreams Of those October days long, long ago, And autumn leaves, and purling, pebbly streams Singing a melody so sweet and low?
You went back home the other day. It was summer where you were and you reasoned that it must be the same season back there. The hankering in your heart became irresistible. And you found the old place the same—yet changed. Just the alterations brought by time had crept along the door casings and made them sag a bit.
An experienced hunter tells of a successful trip on the Wisconsin River How to build a duck-boat. The advantages of live decoys.
F. R. RUESLER
Nearly three years had passed since I pulled the trigger of my old pump Winchester, a most unusual and heartrending experience, but the opportunity for making up for lost time was near at hand, and the 1st day of September found my partner and myself in our old familiar haunts of boyhood days—on the banks of the Wisconsin River, in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
A resident of Alaska gives much valuable information on hunting on the Kenai Peninsula. Tips regarding supplies, equipment, etc.
W. G. WEAVER
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, probably offers more inducements to hunters of big game than any other known portion of North America. Being on the coast, it is easily reached, requiring but a week’s trip from Seattle by steamer. The hunting grounds are also easy of access.
A California sportsman relates a trip in that state on which walking was the greatest hardship and killing bears the keenest joy.
E. C. PRICE
Two days of staging brought Harry Knecht and me from the railroad town of Redding to the little village of Hay Fork, in the heart of Trinity County, California. Ordinarily, staging is a tiresome proposition. But to us, fresh from the arid end of California (where every trickle of water supports several farmers and an equal number of lawyers), each mile of mountain, green with dense timber, and rioting in running streams, was a new joy.
Describing a serious encounter with a grizzly and a successful trip for goats in one of the best habitats for these animals in the United States.
What is known as the Two Medicine country in the mountains of Montana affords one of the most desirable hunting grounds of the West. There can be found elk, grizzly and black bears, mountain sheep, white and black tail deer, white mountain goats and several varieties of smaller game.
Moonlight walks may be all very nice By the inlet or anywhere; But it’s better afloat, with your girl in the boat, To fish in the thoroughfare— Just you two. You may get some fish or never a bite, But it’s mighty little you care; With your chosen maid curled up in the shade Of your sail, in the thoroughfare, Close by you.
Oh, give me the joys of the Western Land, Where the warm seas lave the shimmering strand; Where the sun-kissed hills, chameleon-like, glow And the soft wooing winds of the West Land blow— And the air is laden with rich perfume From flower-filled gardens and orange bloom.
A phenomenon of Nature is to be seen along the Gros Ventre River in Wyoming—a country affording some of the best big game hunting and trout fishing in America—in the wonderful sliding ground to be found there. To any one who has been through the Yellowstone Park and noted the treacherous sink holes or watched the changes that have appeared in the geysers during the past twenty years—for geysers have died and new ones have been born during that time—the fact of large tracts of this ground taking a sudden slide may not seem so strange.
If you leave Fort Worth, Texas, on the Ft. Worth and Denver railroad and travel northwest about 300 miles, you emerge from Central Texas out onto the great plains of the Panhandle. Just after you get on top to where the vision has no boundary, you look a little to the southwest and see the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goodnight probably shimmering and dancing in the mirage —but if you will look long enough it will take definite form with other houses, windmills, trees, barns, a depot, a brick college building, a church, shipping pens and all the other appendages to a western village, and beyond to the south you can see the beautiful, blue outline of Mulberry Cañon.
Have you seen our new “Motoring” department? Look it over, even if you are not using a motor boat or an automobile. This new department will be a regular fixture hereafter, and will hold much of interest for our large number of sportsman readers who either drive a car or run a boat.
October 1—Vanderbilt cup race. October 3—Reliability run of Louisville Automobile Club, Louisville, Ky. October 7-8—Speedway meet at Los Angeles, Cal. October 6-7-8—Track meet at Santa Anna, Cal. October 8—Fairmount Park road race, Philadelphia, Pa.
The automobile has been very much in evidence in the public prints during the summer season of 1910, not only as a popular means of transportation and hence a prolific source of news, but as a factor in the public discussion of national prosperity and prospects.
If there are any evils existing in the business world today, which have not been attributed to the automobile, someone had better speak up and point them out quickly or the opportunity will be lost, according to Mr. K. P. Drysdale of the Cadillac Motor Car Company.
The main street of the typical prosperous village is no longer monopolized by horses of a Saturday afternoon. The old rail around the courthouse is falling into disuse, for the steed of the present doesn’t have to be tied. The farmer brings his family into town in his automobile.
Plans for production that were made at the beginning of 1910 indicate a growth during the present year that is almost unbelievable. From detailed reports from manufacturers throughout the country it was found that preparations had been made for the manufacture of nearly 350,000 automobiles, their total value amounting to more than $550,000,000.
If electrical matters are not your forte, ignition is a likely point of failure; hence the first thing to do when the engine unexpectedly refuses to give the regular beat of its explosion is to see whether you obtain a spark between the frame of the machine and the insulating cap of each sparking plug when the engine is turned by means of the starting handle through one or two complete revolutions (of course with mixture cut off and compression released where provision for this is made in the machine).
Don’t purchase an automobile without considering what it is to be used for; a banker would scarcely want to be taken to his place of business in the morning on a five-ton truck. The trouble that some autoists have is due to having selected the character of automobile that fails to accord with their needs.
During the Illinois State Fair this year, motorcycle races will form an important attraction, and October 5th has been set aside as the date for these events. Barney Oldfield and his wife will make a tour of the world. They start in the latter part of November, making their first stop at Honolulu and will visit Japan, China, Australia, India, Egypt and various European points.
Every man who owns a motorboat, whether a family cruiser or an out and out racer, wants every bit of speed he can get, and you will see him buying new spark plugs, new propellers, new vibrators, batteries and new wires because that is a part of the outfit he can see.
The editor of our “Motoring” department was at Lake Minnetonka in August. He is the modest-looking individual in the cap, and is not responsible for the disordered condition of the forward deck of this thirty-foot launch, equipped with a Westman 10-12 h.
A new method of exhausting under water is with the patented device made by the Mechanical Devices Co., Watervliet, N. Y., by whose courtesy a cut of the exhaust outlet is shown herewith. It will be seen that a vane is suspended so as to automatically reverse with the action of the passing water, and providing an outlet either backing or going forward.
Mr. Jay Carver Bossard, in a recent number of Fly, brings out some curious and interesting legal points in connection with aviation, among which are the following: Private parties who possess aerial craft, and desire to operate the same in aerial territory other than their own, must obtain from land owners special permission to do so, such permission to be granted only by agreement, founded upon a valid consideration.
Off at the quarter pole they start, In clouds of dust away they dart, So close they ride, it looks like trouble. And then across the paddock’s stubble Is seen a flashing skirt of blue, And stringing out in brightest hue, These daughters of the Happy West, Their ponies mettle put to test.
TRAINING, HANDLING, CORRECTING FAULTS AND CARE OF THE BIRD DOG.
ED F. HABERLEIN
The shooting season is near at hand and sportsmen having dogs which they expect to work on game should give them some attention at this time. For lack of exercise, too much but unwise feeding, non-attention from his master, and getting into the habit of loafing, etc., renders a dog inobedient, which, of course, results in dissatisfaction when wanted to do his duty.
The bee, in searching through the leafy bower, Soon scents the fragrance of the honeyed flower; The vulture, scorning what is pure and good. Finds only foulness in the verdant wood. So ’tis life—that which we seek we rind; Good men look for good motives in mankind: Bad men look for the bad and find it there Both bee and vulture breathe the selfsame air.
Will you please publish the enclosed article from the American Field? It is the best article I ever read and it hits the nail squarely on the head. I don’t think they have any more right to spend this money for fish than I would have a right to check on your bank account.
Enclosed you will find photo of the results of a coyote hunt that took place here (Great Bend, Kaps.), just a few days before Christmas, (1909) The feature of the hunt was that the seven full-grown coyotes were run down with the automobile to which they are hung, and it was all done in one afternoon.
I enclose you herewith a clipping from the Tribune of this city (Oakland, Calif.), to show that California hunters still hold the championship for rifle shooting. I am sorry that I am not able to tell with what make of rifle these hunters were armed.
In your March number you published a photo of Mr. Case’s beautiful caribou head. Enclosed you will please find a photograph of a splendid caribou head in my collection. The head comes from Newfoundland, and I want to call your attention to the difference in the formation of the antlers of the Newfoundland and Alaska animals.
I succeeded in killing some nice specimens of brown bear on this (Chickagoff) island last spring. Have just ended a three weeks’ cruise around the keys and coast of Chickagoff and Admiralty islands. A person who has not been here to see or who is not properly advised would hardly believe how numerous the bears are.
We have received a circular dated July 29, 1910, from the Secretary of Agriculture, notifying us of the following changes in the Alaska game laws, effective August 15, 1910: The season for killing deer in 1910 in southeastern Alaska shall end November 1st and thereafter the open season shall be limited to the period from August 15th to November 1st, both inclusive.
"Buffalo” Jones has deposited with the society the two-year-old East African lioness which he captured near Kijaba, British East Africa, and the animal was safely quartered at the lion house in the park June 15th. To effect her capture the lioness was trailed with dogs and lassoed when she came to bay.
Below is a photograph of the lowland fall shooting covers of the Puget Sound country—the place where the ruffed grouse is harvested by the nimble gunner when October strips off the maple leaves. These covers are alder and maple bottoms along the larger rivers, where giant spruce and cedar trees grow scatteringly among soft maple and alder open timber.
On August 4th I was invited to attend a meeting of the sportsmen of Garland county, Ark., to be held in the city of Hot Springs for the purpose of completing thei organization, and formulating plans for the better protection of the fish and game of the state.
I am interested in augmenting the natural history collection of the Jefferson Institute of Arts and Sciences of Louisville, Ky., U. S. A., of which I am president, and I desire offers of suitable specimens; singly, or in groups, or collections, with prices, measurements, history and description, with photographs if convenient.
I enjoy every article in your magazine as well as the advertisements, everyone of which I read. I have a suggestion to make to your contributors. It is this: In the article, always at the beginning or ending, give the name of the station, state or territory, also railroad where they are to go into the woods, and also the full name and address of the guide.
The accompanying picture is of a big Airedale dog, Lucky Jeff, who a few weeks ago whipped a good-sized badger in 14 minutes, and yesterday mixed up with a 30-pound lynx and killed him in a few minutes. His fighting in both cases was methodical.
Advice received from Edmonton, Alberta, says that Colin Fraser, a well known fur trader, has reached there with the season’s catch, totaling in value $31,000. He brought over 30,000 rat skins, which were sold to the Hudson Bay Company for $16,000.
There comes a month in the weary year— A month of pleasure and healthful lest, When the ripe leaves fall and the air is clear— October, the brown, the crisp, the best. My life has little enough of bliss. I drag the days of the odd eleven, Counting the time that shall lead to this— The month that opens the hunter’s heaven.
One of Outdoor Life’s readers has kindly drawn the accompanying illustrations for the benefit of our readers—they being to our mind, the most clear and clever illustrations and descriptions of how to throw the Diamond Hitch ever shown. Any of our readers desiring clear copies of these cuts and who do not desire to mar this copy of Outdoor Life by clipping these pages, may have some by sending us 25c in coin or stamps.
The triple tournament of the Ohio State Rifle Association (August 8-13), the National Rifle Association (August 13-18), and the National matches which took the range August 22nd and closed today—a shoot which, while not the largest of the four held on the Buckeye range, will be memorable for smashed records, for the advent of a younger generation of prize-winners in the individual contests, and for the passage of national-guard rifle-team supremacy from the East to the West.
The great work of John W. Garrett of Colorado Springs, the fast pace set by W. R. Thomas and the general satisfaction of the shoot under A. E. McKenzie’s management, were the features of the Colorado Handicap Tournament in Denver on August 30-31 and September 1.
Frequently we have received letters from our readers asking questions concerning the Standard rifles manufactured by The Standard Arms Company, of Wilmington, Delaware, but until recently we had never had the privilege of examining these arms, hence could hand our readers no information based on our personal experience with them.
Ten Shot Magazines for the Winchester Self-Loaders
We are sure that it will prove of interest to our many readers who are so fortunate as to own one of the popular Winchester Self-Loading rifles to learn that the makers are now prepared to furnish 10-shot magazines for the ’05 and ’07 models, the magazines for the ’05 model being used without any readjustment of the arm, though when they are to be adapted to the ’07 model it will be necessary to have them fitted at the factory.
As I promised in my other article in Outdoor Life that I would write and let the shooters know, when the revolver was finished, I felt that it was about time to do so, as the revolver has been done for some time. The revolver has lived up to all the good things that has been said about it in the past, and it certainly has the finest balance and hang of any revolver I ever owned or saw anyone else own.
I do not know if timber cruiser would come under the head of those wanted in the article by A. B. Huntley, on page 641 of the June issue of Outdoor Life, but as we are out in the woods the whole year round, and guides only a few months of the year, and as we generally carry our rifles, shotguns and six-shooters wherever we go into the woods, be it in Louisiana or Montana, there are at least some few of us capable of speaking pretty conclusively as to the merits of the guns we use.
Much matter that is entertaining and instructive appears in your excellent magazine from month to month, for us gun cranks; in this connection, I thought I would offer a suggestion in the matter of rifle caliber; not with the intention of reopening the big bore vs. small bore discussion but to guide the way for the adoption by the makers of standard rifles of a particular caliber that I know is desired by many shooters of the “grooved barrel.”
The foot-pound is just exactly what it is represented to be—one pound lifted a foot or dropped a foot; or, if one pound was suspended by an infinitely long string and was pushed horizontally a distance of one foot by a pressure of one pound, there would be stored up in that pound an amount of energy equal to one foot-pound; and if it was stopped in a distance of one-half foot, it would take a restraining pressure of two pounds throughout the one-half foot to bring it to rest.
In the August issue of Outdoor Life just received I was much disappointed to note that the Arms and Ammunition department contained no experiences or comments of readers who had tried out the new .22 caliber Colt’s target revolver. I had intended to write concerning the results which I obtained with this arm in the early part of July, but modesty bade me first await the expressed opinions of others better qualified than I to judge of the excellencies as well as shortcomings of the new .22 caliber “Man’s Gun.”
I noticed in your last number some questions asked by Mr. Geo. F. Peters with regard to the new Standard auto rifle. I have used the gun mentioned, and also their .30-30 model, the latter since last August, and will be glad to answer him as far as I am able.
The self-scoring small arms target, an invention of Lieutenant Commander Mark St. C. Ellis, U. S. Navy, is at present the absorbing topic in Army and Navy circles, citizen soldiers and civilian marksmen. It has been tested by official boards of both arms of the United States service and is commended by the highest officers in the army and navy.
B. H. Sheridan, Fruitvale, Calif.—Do the Haenel-Sauer people make the Mannlicher? What features to your mind would prejudice you to favor one over the other? As between either of them and a Krag, such as the government is replacing with the New Springfield, what would your preference be, and, briefly, why?
A touch of April weather and a glint of rosy June, With part of August thrown in as the sun gets low at noon. A sniff of Jack Frost in the air as the western sky looks grey, A hotch potch of heat and cold makes up this Autumn day.
The general excellence of the October issue prevails in the November number. There is food for the big game hunter, the traveler, the explorer, the naturalist, the common sportsman. The lover of the autumn and of the autumn hunt sees here in this superb number his dreams realized—learns what the other fellow did on his trip and fills his brain-pan full of general information from the experiences related by others.
African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. By Theodore Roosevelt. Large 8vo, pp. 529; 50 illustrations. Price, $4.00 net. Charles Scribner's Sons, Publishers, New York. Those who have denied to Mr. Roosevelt possession of a real literary style will surely be converted by this volume.
I want to congratulate you on your splendid magazine. You’re giving us too much for our money. Why don’t you raise the subscription price? A. M. McNABB, Capt. Phil. Scouts, U. S. A. Mindanao, P. I. I wish to call your attention to the fact that I have not received the April number of Outdoor Life, and as this is the best magazine of its kind in the world, I cannot be happy without it.
Our big premium catalog (1910 edition) is just off the press. It contains prizes for subscriptions in size and importance almost from a fly-hook to an automobile. Everything in the hunting and outing line is listed. If you want a gun, make your selection from this catalog, note the number of subscriptions necessary to receive it, and take an evening or two off, go among your friends and get it.
The Marlin Firearms Co., New Haven, Conn., have put out a new 12-gauge field gun, being a take-down pattern with six shots, that looks like it would he a star performer among the feathered tribes. It is a high grade repeater, built extra light but extra strong.
The Harrington & Richardson Arms Co., Worcester, Mass., announce their latest production, a small bore double barrel hammer gun of high grade, just what the sportsman has been looking for. It is light in weight, at a reasonable price and has all the latest features of high-priced hammerless guns, ineluding coil main springs, top lever, cross bolted through extension rib, etc., with fine checked, imported walnut stock and fore-end.
The man-eating tiger is one of the most dangerous animals encountered by the big game hunter. We never like to copy the fairy stories sometimes put out by tyro hunters and yellow journal newspaper reporters about the great danger of mountain lions and common bears; but we do Lake off our hats to the hunter who, unassisted except through his own weapon, brings low one of these man-eaters.
The Savage Arms Co., Utica, N. Y., have gotten out a very neat little watch fob, cut of which is reproduced herewith. This fob is an exact reproduction of the Savage automatic pistol, and will be sent to anyone on receipt of 15 cents who mentions this notice.
Schoverling, Daly & Gales have been in the sporting goods business for over half a century and 45 years ago, they issued the first gun catalogue printed in this country. They have been publishing catalogues annually ever since. This house is recognized by the sporting world as carrying the largest, most comprehensive, and up-to-date stock of guns, rifles, revolvers, fishing tackle, sportsmen’s clothing, lawn tennis, baseball goods, cutlery, cameras, camping outfits, and athletic supplies of every description.
At the Union City Tournament, Union City, Tenn., Aug. 24th, Mr. Wolfolk Henderson, shooting his Lefever gun tied for high general average, breaking 580 out of 600 targets. At Paris, Ky., Mr. Wolfolk Henderson, shooting his Lefever gun, won first high average and Mr. LeCompte, shooting his Uefever gun, won second high average in the Blue Grass Championship shoot, Mr. Henderson scoring 99, ex. 100 in the Championship Event.
One of our latest fishing tackle advertisers is the New Century Rod Bait Co., Holland, Mich., whose goods have been pretty well exploited before our readers during the past season. This company furnishes a guarantee with every New Century Fishing Rod sold, which reads as follows: “This New Century Telescopic Rod is guaranteed against breakage due to defective materials or workmanship, in every way, provided the rod is kept oiled as per directions found on the handle.
The Winchester Repeating Arms Co. have just put out a 10-shot magazine for their self-loading rifles of .32, .35 and .351 calibers. By the use of this magazine the number of shots that can be fired without recharging is doubled, as the regular magazine holds only five shots.
The new edition of the Ideal Hand Book (No. 20) is a 140-page book with hundreds of illustrations; it tells how to prepare your own ammunition—all about the expansion and resizing of shells, the casting of bullets, how bullet moulds are made.
Few men can keep up the trap-shooting gait shown by Neaf Apgar, whose summer record shows that he has broken 2,103 out of a possible 2,170 (96.91%). These scores, scattered over so many different dates and so wide a territory, means mighty consistent shooting.
Sportsmen all over the country are now preparing for the fall shooting season. The game which these sportsmen procure depends entirely on the locality in which they live or hunt. Wherever the sportsman is located he is sure to get some beautiful specimens of birds and animals this fall, and what would be more interesting or profitable than to mount and preserve them for himself?
Practically every event at this big shoot was won with Winchester cartridges—the red W brand—and new high records were established with them in five important events. In all, with Winchester cartridges, were won the Individual Military Championship of the U. S., National Individual Match.
We can recommend without hesitation the Indian moccasins manufactured by Metz & Schloerb, 84 Main street, Oshkosh, Wis. This firm has been in the business of making moccasins farther back than most of us can remember, and they have the work down to a fine art. They also make the finest buckskin hunting shirts we have seen.
Mr. William Hudson, game warden of Breckenridge, Colo., writes us stating that he killed the albino magpie whose cut appeared in our September number. In the notice appearing Mr. William Forman was given credit for the killing of the bird.