Ever since I hunted grizzly bear in Alaska with Rex Beach I have longed to make a trip to the Arctic regions for Polar bear, musk oxen and walrus. I corresponded for two years with J. F. DeGisbert of Hamburg, Germany, who lias taken expeditions to the eastern coast of Greenland for the past twelve years.
The literature of trout fishing, in general, can hardly be described as startling ly informational regarding the practical details of the game—such important questions, for instance, as how to cast a fly, how to strike a rising trout, how to land and kill a trout successfully struck, the difference between wet and dry fly fishing, whether to fish up or down stream, and matters of like nature.
It was on a July day, when the sun was almost hot enough to raise blisters on the corrugated roof of a land turtle, that three vacationists, Mr. Hawk, his son and the writer, shook the dust of Denver from our mountain climbing brogans and turned our faces southwest-ward, determined upon the conquest of Mount Evans.
Chum! I miss you! These my good friends might wonder why. The air is sweet and balmy and the sky That was so blue at noon is slowly changing hue To grey ; the lake is lovely—but I miss you, Chum! If you were only here! A blackbird host swings by With noisy chatter; a darting dragon-fly Glides near the water; my flies wing swiftly too; A bass strikes suddenly—e'en now I miss you, Chum !
"Bob White" of "Artificial vs. Live Bait" Fame and "Steel vs. Split Bamboo Rod" Controversy, Meets "Coaxer" Jamison of "Coaxer" Bait Fame, and Is Shown Something.
We are always looking for distinctive features in sport and scenery when we plan a trip for vigorous outdoor recreation. Our endeavors to locate and exploit original territory for pleasure ground in which to conquer the wary inhabitants of the water, or the alert inhabitants of the wilderness are becoming fleet and sharp.
“Bill” Burns was the straightest shot with tobacco juice I ever saw or heard of. He could hit a knot, in a tamarack, the size of a dime from ten paces. “Bill” Burns talked little, and only when answering a query. He would then expectorate, move his quid from one side of his mouth to the other and drawl out the reply.
Just a-fishen, And a-wishen, For the days of long gone bye, When we sneaked a-fishen on the sly, Down beneath the old willow tree. Gee! but those were days for you and me. Where now we stand and cast a fly We sat and used a worm in the days gone by, And our steel rods of now, ain’t in it, tho, With the willow poles of long ago.
The wrong idea, industriously cultivated by real estate agents and other parties for the benefit of their own pocketbooks, that soon “all our land will be gone” has given rise to a mistaken public impression that in a short time the United States will be one great farm from ocean to ocean, and from Mexico to Canada, thickly sprinkled with great cities.
Pheasants, Grouse, Etc., Sent Free by A. G. P. & P. Association For Propagating
Editor Outdoor Life
Wild duck, quail, ruffed grouse and pheasants will be raised by the American Game Protective and Propagation Association for free distribution among members, according to its March bulletin, just issued. Between five and six thousand acres have been secured near the town of Tremont, on Cape Cod, to be used as a game farm and sanctuary.
I have noticed considerable discussion in your magazine lately as to the call or scream of the mountain lion or cougar. Although I spent many years in the mountains, and raised a mountain lion from a kitten until he was five years old, I never heard one “scream.”
Enclosed find two photographs which I thought you might possibly find use for in your excellent and growing magazine, which I have read since its first number. The deer which was killed in North Park during the last hunting season by Mr. James E. Pittman, of Boulder, Colo., and photographed by him, is of the neuter gender (hermaphrodite) and must be somewhat of a curiosity.
As I am a subscribed to your magazine, I would like to have the following questions answered: When there is a party out hunting together and one man owns the dogs and there is game killed by the help of the dogs, or without, what portion of the meat and hides or pelts belongs to the owner of the dogs?
The accompanying photographs were sent us by Dr. H. M. Beck of Wilkes-barre, Pa., with the following comments: "Under separate cover I am mailing you two photographs, one being of a mule deer head which has 45 points and a spread of 38½ inches.
I have been much interested in the discussion of the protection of our elk, and would ask the privilege of adding a word to the good cause, through the columns of your valuable magazine. While I do not wish to take issue with any one in this matter, I wish to say that my sympathies are decidedly with the elk in this instance, and I would like to see more and better protection for our noble game animals.
For a long time I’ve been going to ask through your columns what a “prairie pigeon” is? I've been often told out around Kearney, Neb., that the local sportsmen have fine sport shooting them, and having never seen any of them, I would like to have this query answered, either by you or your readers, in some future issue of your magazine.
A Suggestion for the Solution of the Wyoming Elk Problem
Editor Outdoor Life
Why has the suggestion never been offered apropos of our elk problem here in Wyoming of a closed season of from three to five years on national forests advantageously situated with reference to the range now occupied by these animals, also furnishing summer grazing with winter range contiguous?
As I am almost constantly traveling in the mountains from Mexico to Alaska, I only get your magazine from news stands when in cities. I notice a statement in your April number about a dog killing a wild, or bob-cat, and also its length being six feet.
There is nothing more digestible and more sustaining in hard mountain climbs, such, for instance, as sheep hunting entails, than sweet chocolate. I never go on a hard day's trip in the hills without placing in my lunch sack a couple cakes of either Peter's or Hershey's chocolate.
Over six thousand feet above sea level, some three hours distant, as the pedestrian would go, and up the Arkansas River from the famous Royal Gorge, lies a picturesque range of mountains that is not surpassed in a scenic way by the El Capitan of the Yo-semite, nor is the world-famed Royal Gorge to be compared to this great breccia.
If there is a just effort to distribute the Wyoming elk, I wish to state that no better elk range could be found than in the extreme northwest corner of California. The elk there have dwindled down in numbers until but few remain. However, the state now protects them, and that locality is covered with browse and specially adapted to elk pasturage.
By the beard of Izaak Walton, Let me cast a line and show How we anglers used to angle Forty—fifty years ago. Name of club? Why, just “Us Fellers;” Name of lake? Why, just “Frog Pond;” Names of members? Skinny, Fatty, Chubby, Ratty—names most fond.
Most women who indulge in fishing are, like children, mere fish takers, not anglers, but the craft is honored by the association of many fine female devotees who study and practice the gentle art in its fullest meaning-a devotion to the poetic, artistic, healthful and humane elements in piscatorial pursuits.
I read with interest the different ideas expressed by the experts as to the cause of the malformtaion of the trout in the May issue. I think it was caused either by the young fish resorting to swift water, or by groping for food from the rocky bottom.
It makes no difference how much a fisherman prefers the split bamboo rod to the one of steel, there are, and always has been, times when he wanted one of the latter. It has often been my experience, and my outfit now contains a $25 split bamboo (Montana Special) and one of the new “Bristol” No.
In the February number of Outdoor Life Mr. George Baldus questions the truth of a certain statement by Mr. G. H. Thomson concerning the destruction of trout in irrigating ditches. While I have not seen the statement referred to, I am satisfied that whatever Mr. Thomson said in regard to the matter was entirely correct, as I have had some correspondence with him on the subject.
The above title is suggested by the instructive article in a recent number of Outdoor Life, entitled “Dry Fly-Fishing.” Since the practice of fishing with the dry fly is English, and, consequently, essential to entrée into the inner circles of classy anglers, I felt an ambition to use this method last summer, and try for a degree of B. A. (Bachelor of Anglęrs) of the more modern school.
In a recent issue of Outdoor Life a writer tells of hooks breaking from being over-tempered and of others straightening out from being insufficiently tempered. Now, whilst it is possible for hooks to break or straighten out, it is just from reverse causes as those mentioned by the writer in question.
Drop yer bizness cares an' worries; Let yer troubles slide; Never mind life's little flurries; Grouchiness deride. Smooth away the wrinkles showin' On yer anxious brow; Lock yer desk an' let's be goin'-Trout are bitin' now! Be once more a youth of twenty; Let me see you smile; You have had vexations plenty On yer shoulders pile.
B. H. D., Shreveport, La.—Have been an ardent reader of your most excellent magazine for many years and would like to impose on you to the extent of answering a few questions for me. I have a nine months old setter puppy, which is very finely bred, and which I have hunted some this season.
Several months ago while reading "The Bullet's Flight From Powder to Target," I wrote to its author, F. W. Mann, and made the statement that, "There can be no analogy between the driving of a metal-cased bullet into a small die by a steel plunger resting on its base, and the driving of the same bullet into a rifle's bore by a gas-plunger, which not only presses upon the base, but also extends around the sides of the bullet as far forward as the gas-seal which takes place at the point where the bullet is being forced into the grooves"; the sum total was, that I received from the B 4 a first class ranking with the proletariat, some hot-shot, and a final hebdomadal "holler" for "proof," and if it had not happened that thIs final "holler" had sort of rankled, I should have probably given up the theory entirely; the following resumé gives some of the submitted proof, which comprised all told about 20 shells and bullets, and which was sent to Dr. Mann as fast as it was obtained.
There are pernaps more .22 caliber rifles in use than other caliber, and perhaps this is the reason why one will find so many apparently new .22s in pawnshops and junk heaps, and, while some of them have done service, most of these little guns could still be doing good work if their former owners had given them a little care.
The article by Mr. Chas. Newton on “Three-Barrel Guns” in the February number of Outdoor Life, was doubtless of much interest to many sportsmen, as it was to myself. I desire to endorse what Mr. Newton has said about the desirability of a three-barrel for general allround hunting, and especially when out to have some fun with anything that may turn up.
For the benefit of those who have purchased the new .22-caliber Savage high-power rifle and who have not had the patience to work out a short-range load for same, I would like to give my experience with one which I recently worked up. Using 3 grains weight of Marksman powder and a 53-grain eighty-to-twenty square-point bullet, I find there is no difficulty in making groups the size of a 10-cent piece at twenty-five yards.
Mr. Stevenson Furnishes Some Requested Information
Editor Outdoor Life
In the May issue Mr. Newton comments on the lack of details as to conditions under which Mr. Crossman's rapid fire tests with Ross rifle were made and expresses a desire for statements from witnesses, myself being named in particular. In reply I will state that I witnessed the firing of eight of the strings recorded on page 441, these being the last eight fired with the Ross using the .30-40, or Krag cartridge.
The prospects are good for another competition for the famous Palma trophy this year. Lieut. Albert S. Jones, secretary of the National Rifle Association, has just received word from Canada that our northern friends are willing to enter a team, the match to be held in Canada.
Considering the fact that the campaign for the single action revolver ended some time ago, at least so far as concerted effort by its advocates was concerned, many letters concerning the probability of its manufacture, from various parts of the country have been received, and particularly have these letters been numerous recently.
During the past year several of us, your subscribers, have written that we are interested in a collection of cartridges. I am sending a picture of my collection, such as I have been able to gather from time to time. If you think that it is worth putting in your magazine it might be of interest to some.
Following the plan which it first adopted in 1909, the Du Pont company again offers to both the amateur and the professional trap shooters of the United States and Canada, a beautiful solid gold watch fob as its “1912 Long Run Trophy.” The shape of the charm is unique, while the design in bas relief of a trapshooter in position at the score, makes it essentially one to be desired by the fortunate maker of a “long run.”
The enclosed steel plate was shot with the new Savage .22 high power rifle. The plate is ⅜-inch thick and was shot with a soft point bullet. I made the same test with a .30-30 soft point and while it made a big hole in the plate it did not crack it clear through.
I received your card and also read article in magazine regarding my new bullet, for which I thank you. I will say that the first article published regarding the bullet has brought me many letters of inquiry and I have since then been granted letters patent on my new reloading tool and have received some orders for the tool to be filled as soon as we can get them manufactured.
A thought about the shooting game, that surely contains the merit of truth, is, that one may discuss caliber, curve, charge and a thousand and one other factors of the game, without wearing out the subject, or, as some might state it, until a skim of ice collects at the edges with extension over the entire area of that heated apartment of the future, supposedly provided for some of those not on our visiting list.
Please advise me if I can get nearly as perfect results with reduced loads and lead bullet from the .25-35 with its one turn in 33 calibers (which is the standard for nearly all arms designed for mantled bullet) as with the .32-40 with its slower twist of one turn in 48 calibers.
To endeavor to sug gest improvements on the new 22 Hi-Power cartridge as now put out by the Savage Arms Co., would be like trying to “paint the lily,” but being a genuine gun crank, one who is never satisfied and always looking for something better, I turned to the arm manufactured to handle this most wonderful cartridge and here I found a chance to get in my work.
In answer to G. L. Chester and others as to a pocket gun with stopping and knock-down qualities, try the old style, round-handled, .41 caliber six-shot Colt, without ejector, with 2½ or 3-inch barrel. This gun uses the .41 D. A. long Colt cartridge; 200 grains lead; 21 grains powder, and can be shot in a 4-inch circle at 12 paces or 36 feet if so ordered targeted at the factory.
I would like to ask through Outdoor Life what experience some of our brother sportsmen have had with the Maxim Silencer. I bought one when first out, had it fitted perfectly, but the result has been very unsatisfactory. Let us hear from others in regard to the silencer.
Tod Powell, Colorado Springs, Colo.—To decide a wager, the following question has been left up to you and whoever else in your opinion is thoroughly capable of making a decision authoritatively: “Which has the safer and stronger action, Model '86 Winchester or Model '95 Winchester?” Answer.—Before answering directly let us say that we are fully convinced that either action is perfectly safe and amply strong.
Sporting Firearms, by Horace Kephart; 153 pages; 70 cents; Outing Publishing Co., New York. This book is divided into two parts, Part I. dealing with the rifle, and Part II. with the shotgun. Mr. Kephart goes at some length into the questions of range, trajectory and killing power of the different types of rifles and charges, and also has chapters on rifle mechanisms, sights, barrels and so forth.