Part II in our last number recounted some of the greatest hardships, yet a few of the keenest delights, of this most interesting trip, including the killing of two of the best specimens taken while Mr. Humphrey was out — one of them the most perfect head, and the other the longest set of horns.
On the mountain sides the clouds hang low, Telling the hunter it's going to snow. The cattle bunch and restless low; The dogs are wild and want to go Where the bobcat prowls, while his tracks are fresh, Where the lone wolf howls on the mountain crest.
There's a place in the road where it turns, my boy; You're heading that way today. Soon enough you'll cross over the bridge called "Youth" That cuts off the paths of play. And although it is luring, just pause awhile To revel in boyhood's lane.
This essay on the muskox was prepared for us by the author, who was a member of the Canadian Government Expedition of 1908-1909, from the notes and observations he made of this animal, at Winter Harbor, Melville Island. The sketches and photographs by him were taken from specimens he collected at the same place, in Lat.
The preceding chapter of Mr. Ricker's story related his experiences through the Inside Passage as far as Skagway, Alaska. This part introduces the reader to the only portion of the trip on which a railroad train was resorted to—the 112-mile ride from Skagway to White Horse.
He calls to mate as morn appears, 'Tis light! Her answer sounds unto my ears, Not quite! Her lord another story hears, To him who shares her joys and fears, She says as ever thru the years, You're right! He says unto the sickle keen, Wheat's right!
The constant and rapidly increasing herds of elk in this locality (Gardiner, Mont.) and the diminishing amount of winter range have caused a great deal of agitation among the guides and big game hunters here, as well as all over the country, and it has also been food for thought for game wardens; park officials and the state legislators.
With two new rifles added to my line of shooting irons, it was only natural that an anxiety to give one, or both, a try out on the mowitch should prevail. It's true that past experience with similar models and calibers had proven both well adapted to deer shooting.
Wolf Creek, Alberta, was the name of the town where we met our pack train. It was a day in early May and the thin patches of snow scattered through the scrubby timber marked the last efforts of winter to hold its own against the warm rays of the spring sunshine.
There are probably more and greater misconceptions formed among novice hunters and others regarding the mountain lion and his habits than any other animal that roams the wilds. He is pictured as a beast that preys on men and animals, his usual trick being to lie close to an overhanging limb and spring on his victim, whether it be man or beast.
I would like to have you answer the following: To whom does this deer belong. A shoots a deer, badly wounding it in the hip, crippling the deer so it can't get away under ordinary conditions. This deer crosses over on a ranch posted by owner, B. A goes to B and tells him about the deer, asking him for permission to go after it, as it only went about 200 yards inside the fence.
November 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1911, will remain a red letter day with a half a thousand men for years to come. These half thousand men gathered along the border of the Yellowstone National Park, near Gardiner, Mont., at a point known as Buffalo Flats, to exterminate elk.
You have expressed a desire, through the pages of your magazine, for opinions in regard to hounding the lion and the bear. I have certain views upon the subject that I should like to spread. In regard to hunting the first named animal, I believe that any method used in their extermination is allowable and a benefit to the wild life on which they prey, but I personally believe the bear to be in a different category.
Texas Freaks Believed to Have Been Crossed With White Tail Deer. Special Dispatch to the Globe-Democrat. Cuero, Texas, Dec. 7.—Several specimens of jack rabbits that have evidently been crossed with white tail deer have been killed in this section.
Some months ago I wrote you in regard to the spring shooting of wildfowl and asked for information through the columns of Outdoor Life as to whether it had a tendancy to improve the fall shooting in states where spring shooting was prohibited.
In his annual report on the game law, sent to Washington during the month of December, Governor Clark of Alaska makes a special plea for the repeal of the law protecting the brown bear. The governor says: "The least that can be said of the legal protection of the brown bear in Alaska is that it is an absurdity.
The Killing of Lions in Montana was a Help to the Deer
It has been the marvel of everyone in the Flathead country of Montana, that there have been so many deer the past hunting season. Hunters during previous years have been fortunate if they brought in one or two, but this year every man who goes out brings in the limit allowed by law, which is three, and then they say they could have killed dozens more.
Eelieves Running of Dogs More Sportsman-like Than Still Hunting.
Judge Beaman Cites an Incident to Prove Sport of Bear Trailing
A Voice From Pennsylvania on Deer Hunting With Hounds.
A Guide Tells of Futility of Dogs on Deer.
Editor Outdoor Life
J. E. WILLIAMS
D. C. BEAMAN
H. F. FANER
HARRY. T. GILLILAND
GEO. E. KNOWLES
I have read with interest the various letters on the subject of running predatory animals with hounds, and so far as I can determine, most of them have been beside the subject. Another fact that strikes me is that most of the letters have been in reply to my communication in a former issue.
I was expecting to be able to write a story for you again this year, but my expectations fell very hard. I was unable to get away last fall, but my hunting partner, Cy Allen, the man who was with me last fall, left here October 2nd for the same place in Jackson Hole in which we hunted last fall.
It is some comfort to the big game sportsmen of our country to know that the Biological Survey of the United States Department of Agriculture is taking up the subject of solving the problem for the care and winter protection of the Wyoming elk.
The skunk and civet cat are, in my opinion, the easiest of all fur bearers to trap. They seem to have no fear of man, often having their dens under a house or barn. Even the beginner will have no trouble taking them. The simplest method of catching the animals is by placing traps at the entrances of their dens.
I see you are devoting space in your excellent publication to trapping notes, and will give my methods for coyotes, greys and bob-cats. I have 66 traps, No. 4 Newhouse and Hawley & Norton, and set three traps in a place usually. I cut rings off of chains and wire the three chains to a pin made from a steel hay rake tooth, and about 18 inches long.
Furs have gradually advanced in price since the beginning of the season, until unusually high prices have been reached. In fact, values have reached an unsafe basis, in the opinion of the majority of the fur trade, and all trappers or collectors who have furs on hand should take advantage of the present high basis of values to market their goods without delay.
Season of ermine grandeur and of hoary chills! The comforter of idle leaves and flowers drowsed Away in the still deeps of fancy we have roused, By cheerful hearth from mid-winter's bleak thrills. Cast now thine eyes yon to the far-off snowy hills— Where past in green-lit vales the herd cows browsed Moving like shadowed memories now warmly housed Far from the reach of gale and snow the valley fills.
Salt water fishermen in New York city —there are about two hundred thousand of them; not professional market fishermen, nor yet practical anglers, but just plain amateur fishermen, mostly of the hand-line order—are all excited over the contention of an angler in the New York Press' Angling Department, that he caught a weakfish (squeteague, sea trout) on a cotton thread.
Believes the "Trout-in-Irrigating Ditches" Story Overdone
Editor Outdoor Life
The statement of your correspondent, Mr. G. H. Thomson, concerning trout in irrigation ditches is flatly contradictory of information I received last summer. I remember reading the item to which he refers, "North Park Farmers Fertilizing With Mountain Trout."
P. C. A. Washburn, N. D.—I would like some advice concerning a hunting dog I wish to obtain before next season. I want a dog that is good for field work, but also suited as retriever on ducks and other waterfowl. What breed do you consider best for these purposes?
The Long Shooters, and the Origin of 300-Yard Revolver Shooting
IV.—Nerves as a Factor in Holding.
V.—Pewee Valley Shoot and Burgoo.
William Brent Altsheler.
After giving the subject as thorough consideration as I well could, I arrived at the following analysis of the physical act of shooting: "It is nerve work, undoubtedly. There isn't enough physical exertion in the act of shooting a revolver to justify the use of the word muscle.
Early training has much to do with the choice of a gun or rifle. Those first made familiar with the rifle are prone to cling to it in preference to the scatter gun, and with those whose first experience is with the shotgun, it remains the premier weapon.
Under separate cover I mail photo of some of my artillery. The rifle at top is one of the old Kentucky type and a beautiful example. It is 59 inches over all; barrel, 44 inches; caliber, about .40; weight, 13 pounds. Stock is of wavy maple; mounting and inlaying is silver, except cover to patch-box, which is nickelplated and of recent date.
The first thing to do when contemplating the organization of a gun club, is to sound all persons likely to become members of such a club and find out if the plan is feasible. Don't lose heart if you get a few rebuffs (you must expect those), but work around until you can get five or six devotees of the gun pledged to assist you in your project.
As there have been many statements made in Arms and the Man recently concerning myself as an outcome of some rapid fire tests, said tests having been requested that a comparison might be made between the bolt and lever action rifles when shooting heavy charges, and which were reported in recent issues of Outdoor Life, and as many of these statements are devoid of fact, not to use a harsher, though no less expressive word, it seems to devolve on me to reply to said statements, or, by remaining silent, acknowledge same as being true.
I use a Krag carbine which I remodeled myself and U. M. C. Thomas 172-grain bullets. Find this combination very good. I found it necessary, however, to chamfer the chamber and can be remedied by rounding edge at point of contact, as shown. I have found that some of these U. M. C.'s are about ⅛-inch longer than the .30-40, and purchaser should not take these, as they slightly as the Spitzer bullet would catch.
Mr. Rickey's question brings up a gun of, I think, the kind he describes, which was brought in to me today. The gun is made by S. Bunge, of Geneva, N. Y., and is of very good workmanship. The cylinder is missing but the party owning it knows the pattern and is to have one made when the gun is to be presented to our Carnegie Library museum.
In regard to lightweight shotguns I would like to say that I purchased a 28-gauge Parker four years ago and have used it ever since. The first 28-gauge Parker I ever saw was once while I was hunting on the Platte River, when a friend of mine had one.
I notice that Mr. Chauncey Thomas has given his opinion about the bullet taking the line of the trajectory instead of the line of projection. In my tests with both the old muzzle loading rifle and also the modern breech-loading rifle, I will say that with both I found that the bullet in flying true did not follow the line of the trajectory.
"At last it has arrived," says Mr. Charles Newton regarding the new Savage .22 high power feather-weight. And on this most propitious day 1 for one, devoutly thank the Lord, the afore-mentioned Mr. C. N., the Savage Arms Company and all other accessories before the fact for one more blessing.
It is very doubtful whether it is worth while to consider the contributions by Mr. Crossman and Lieutenant Whelen that have appeared in the columns of Arms and the Man for the issues of November 23d, 30th and December 14th, due to the fact that neither of these writers recognize the fact that most of the woes with which they seem afflicted can be directly attributed to their past attitude in which they launched the bolt-lever controversy, and in which statements were made by them that they, to date, have been unable to prove.
The enclosed scores were made at the Denver Rifle Club January 1, 1912, in the Post trophy match A. G. Bitterly of Denver winning first with the phenomenal score of 476. A large gathering of some of the best shots in the state witnessed Mr. Bitterly's scores while contesting for the trophy.
I have read with much interest, and some regret, a communication in the December number of Outdoor Life from one Charles B. Gordon, who informs us that he has recently qualified as an expert under the National Rifle Association requirements.
We have received the following letter from our correspondent, Charles B. Gordon, the same being a correction of some remarks made by him in our December number: "Editor Outdoor Life:—There was a misprint in respect to the penetration of 180grain U. S. bullet in sand rock after 1,000 yards' flight (in print it read 100 yards).
I note in the December Outdoor Life Frank M. Woods' article on .22 caliber twists. While it is generally agreed that it is not advisable to use different length bullets in a given twist to obtain the best results, it struck me that Mr. Woods should have gotten slightly better results with his A-5 Winchester telescope, using shorts in a rifle chambered for long rifle.
I have read with much interest in the last few numbers of Outdoor Life remarks such as Roy N. Bower and others make about the .25-35 as a popgun, etc. I have a few remarks to make that may put a different face on the proposition. Now Mr. Bower gives a few examples, as the article in Outdoor Life for September states.
There has been some of the gun cranks here in Ovando, who have claimed wonderful things for the '06 Springfield bullet as taken from a barrel of salt. Penetrated from the side to center. Sent to Outdoor Life by M. P. Dunham, Ovando, Mont. '03 cartridge.
"Big enough for the biggest game," is an expression used very often in connection with several American made rifles. The majority of sportsmen in this country are unaware of the fact that just such rifles, and many others, are so hopelessly outclassed in velocity and striking energy by English rifles of the same caliber that they are altogether not in it.
Several articles in the Arms and Ammunition department of recent issues of Outdoor Life have attracted my attention especially, and being a full-fledged revolver crank, I feel like taking the floor for a minute. Mr. Thomas states in the November number that he has found the handle of the Colt's New Service .45 too large for his hand.
I would like to get a little information if you can give it, or let some of the readers who have experience do so if they will be so kind. How does the .35 caliber used in the new Stevens rifle act on big game? Does it have as much shocking power and bone-smashing qualities as the .45-70 H. V. made by the Winchester people, or more?
I notice that in the December number of Outdoor Life Mr. F. H. Shaw desires to know who made that double gun in which the barrels revolve. In my younger days I saw a two or three-barreled gun made in this village by Gilbert and Bales. The son of Gilbert is now living on Court street, Penn Yan, New York.
C. F. Lass, Grand Junction, Colo.—Will someone who knows give a reliable recipe for making a browning fluid for the benefit of the readers of Outdoor Life? Something similar to that used by the Stevens people on their barrels is what is desired.