THE sportsman, the fisherman, the photographer, and the naturalist will be interested in several well-written papers in our July number. Hunting the wild turkey near our southern border, experiences with the big horn and the secrets of the trap line, will form a set of articles that will delight the heart of the big game hunter; while the anglers will welcome Dr. Wetherill’s able paper on Yellowstone Park fishing.
The first chapter of this story, published last month, told of the beginning of a hunt which the author and three companions had on Knik Arm, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, this part concluding the story. The last chapter ended with the recital of the killing of a nice ram by the author.
The author walked 3,000 miles since October, 1913, starting from Chicago. He spent six months in the South—Kentucky, Tenness e, Alabama and Missouri — traveling through the most unsettled portions of those states. He covered 1,000 miles afoot in Colorado since March, 1914.
’Tis raining out tonight; The drops against my pane Like tears, are glist’ning bright, As falls the April rain! The sobbing winds I hear While loud without they call, And trees and flowers rear Their heads, and droop and fall. Somewhere I know a wood, All green and dense and bright, Above the hill it stood,— ’Tis raining there tonight!
The three grandest American trophies (with, possibly, a couple of Arctic exceptions) are undoubtedly the moose, the grizzly bear and the sheep, in the order named. But judged by the difficulty in hunting and killing them, the order would be reversed—placing the sheep first, the grizzly next and the moose last.
Being description of the plans, profits and pleasures of early spring trout fishing.
O. W. SMITH
There are 365 days in a year, some of which are denominated holidays while others are called holy days, but no holy day or holiday bulks larger in an angler’s affections than Opening Day, the day that marks the beginning of the trout season. The day may not be typed in red upon our calendars, for it varies in different states, but no disciple of Walton needs a calendar to inform him when the law is off.
A tent is a house of cloth—in a storm it may be a house of cards—and there are as many shapes and kinds, and almost as many sizes, of tents as there are of houses. First we will very briefly consider what applies to all tents, then some of the tents best suited to American conditions here and there.
When summer suns begin to beat, And roast the hard asphaltum street, I long to take my poor, tired feet Where river water cools. This is no mere poetic ream, Nor a fantasia of dream, For there are things within the stream, That hide deep in the pools.
I have been a hunter and lover of the outdoor life since boyhood, and many has been the day that found me inspecting the toe prints of old Father Bruin—both in the cane brakes of the South and among the Western Rockies —some of which experiences I shall be glad to relate in a future issue.
Colorado is my native state. For many years in these pages have I written for you, and now may I not write once for myself, and of my native hills? Not in cheap boosting—we are all coming to detest that hack term of the dog-inthe-manger vacant real estate gambler—nor again as a knocker, who sees nothing but better fishing farther up the creek, and better hunting on the other side of the mountain—just as long ago I learned, by much experience as a newspaper man, to avoid as the plague anything seared with the word “reform.”
The pickering frog, with his picolo notes, Is singing beside the upturned boats Of the mottled swamp cabbages that appear Whenever they think the spring is near. And the crows they caw, And the bluebirds sing, But the pickering frog picks a higher string, Clearest and purest, without a flaw—Pearls of sound strung on highest C, And heard above all of spring’s minstrelsy.
Editor Angling Department:—Last summer we had a new member on our fishing trip, Billie, aged ten months. Just loaded him and his Ma into a buggy, with his gocart, a lot of bags and boxes filled with grub, fishing tackle, etc., and started them for the trolley line a mile away.
For many years certain simple lures have been used to entice the speckled beauties from their hiding places when bait and artificial flies proved unavailing. Proba bly spinners were first employed, losing size with the passing of the years until today they can be had small enough and light enough to cast well with the daintiest fly-rod, and meet the whims of the most fastidious angler.
Any grouping, or classification of fishes holds in itself both practical and sentimental value. In the rudimentary stage of the angler’s development the catching of the fish seems to entirely hold his attention riveted, and the fact that there is call at all times in trout fishing for shrewdness, cautiousness and real, true skill offsets the fact that he spends little time in studying the nature of the fish itself, or in acquiring the faculty of distinguishing one specie, or species, from another.
For several years I have been trying to get my brother Charley to discard his bait rod for a fly rod, but he has always been skeptical regarding stories I told of the big ones, and the sport of getting them on a light tackle. So when I received word he was coming to spend part of his vacation with me, and wanted to see me land a 16-inch rainbow, I got busy and rigged up for a two days’ trip to my favorite stream, the Hunting River.
Anglers are certainly going to be well taken care of this summer at San Francisco, and all lovers of the long and short rods should so plan their visits as to leave the days from August 12th to 15th open. There will be valuable prizes hung up for all sorts of angling.
In your January number Mr. Chauncey Thomas discusses the Munson army shoe in a very intelligent manner, and the information he gives is a real help to sportsmen. This seeming detail of footgear is really a big subject and worthy of full discussion.
There have lately appeared in your magazine two very instructive articles on field glasses, devoted principally to the prism binocular. There are probably many of your readers, like myself, having a preference for the Gallilean type of glass for hunting purposes who wish a comparison of the best makes in 5½ to 7½ power and weighing (without case) about 12 ounces.
Modern Methods of Waterproofing Clothing and Leather
Editor Outdoor Life
The following letter clipped from Paris correspondence in the Journal of American Medical Association is self explanatory. Anhydrous wool fat means the wool fat without water. That regularly sold in stores contains 30 per cent water, but any druggist can easily secure the other at a little extra expense.
I have recently received a letter from the Jos. M. Herman Shoe Co., 159 Lincoln Street, Boston, makers of army shoes, saying that they will now send the “real Munson” last army shoe to all who write for them. Heretofore several efforts for the Munson last brought only the old model “marching” shoe.
Enclosed find photograph of the outfit in which I traveled 400 miles overland last February. Last summer I traveled from La Junta, Colo., to Jefferson, Colo., with the two burros packed through some of the most scenic parts of Colorado. At Jefferson I bought a buggy and drove from there to Eaton, Colo.; reached Eaton in October and stayed until February 3; then I drove with the outfit in the picture to Rock Springs, Wyo., and then made a ninety-mile trip from ROCK Springs.
In the June, 1914, number of this magazine I gave a suggestion, together with complete drawings, for an ideal camp stove, and as I had one made and have given it a thorough try-out, I would like to give a few more pointers to those who may be contemplating having one built.
Will some one who knows please tell us tenderfeet how to handle a fire in a tepee ? It can be done, for it was done for perhaps centuries by the Indians, but today it seems to be almost if not wholly a lost art, like the Indian how and arrow and the flint arrow heads.
Some time ago I read a receipt for water and fireproofing canvas per English army method, using sugar of lead and alum, and I want to say right here for the benefit of those who would like to know that that receipt is not worth the paper it’s written on, as I used it myself according to directions on 10-ounce D. F. canvas which I used to roof my shack, and the sparks from the stove pipe burned holes in it that a dog could be thrown through.
You’re callin’ from over the ocean; You’re cryin’ across the sea; You’re beck’nin’ fer me to drop my plow And jump in the jamboree. You’re hintin’ fer help on one side— Fer aid on the other one; But your Uncle Sam won’t drop his plow For any kind of a gun.
While so much is said pro and con concerning the federal migratory bird law, and as changes are likely to be made in this law, why not start the ball rolling and get the matter lined up for a federal license? Have an annual license for small game, for instance, a state license that would entitle the hunter to hunt within the border of his own state as now at from $1 to $3, according to the state laws of the resident.
I believe I have herein outlined something entirely new in game conservation and at the same time opened a way to enable individuals and companies to make a business of the propagation of game animals for the market and do so at a profit to themselves and to the general good of the public at large.
I went to British Columbia early in April last year with Ashcroft as my destination. I left Ashcroft, which is the jumping-off place of the Canadian Pacific when one is headed for the big woods, and journeyed 300 miles north on stage. At the end of the stage line I hired a trapper and we went another hundred miles northeast to Barkerville, an old mining camp.
I am just in receipt of a letter from a friend in Alaska who had done the assessment on some claims for me back from the head of Cook’s Inlet and who returned about the first of the year from a two months’ trip in the interior. He writes me that he found on this trip a new sheep, apparently white and with a black tail or rump and a dark black horn, there being in the band eight rams and several ewes and lambs.
This year many thousands will pass through Wyoming and Utah on the Lincoln Highway. Undoubtedly quite a number of them would like to have a try at the elk in the vicinity of Jackson Hole if it could be done without too much delay. I am going to briefly explain how it can be done and not have to leave the autos till you take the pack trail up among the elk.
California Quail in New Mexico—Also as to Open Seasons in New Mexico and Colorado
Editor Outdoor Life
Three years ago a few of us chipped in and bought seven dozen California quail and liberated them in this (San Juan) valley. At that time there wasn’t a quail in the valley; now in my Immediate locality there are ten or twelve bunches of probably two dozen each, and the same report comes from up and down the valley, twenty-five miles or more.
What method would you suggest for breaking bear dogs from running deer and rabbits? I have some hounds and Airedales, which are excellent trailers, tree barkers and stayers when after bears or lions, but if they strike a deer track before they do a bear’s scent, they will bound away on it and be gone for hours.
I have watched your campaign for the protection of bears with much interest, and am certainly pleased to read in your last issue where California has passed the bill, but I am very sorry to have to admit that our legislators in the “Gem Mountain” State (Idaho), instead of offering a protection to the bear have placed upon them a bounty of $10.
A Large Specimen of The Yukon White Sheep (“Ovis Dalli”)
Editor Outdoor Life
Enclosed herewith please find a photograph of my Yukon white sheep head about which I wrote you some time ago. The measurements were made by a steel tape and are as follows: Length of extreme outside curve of right horn, 43 inches; length of extreme outside curve of left horn, 44 inches; circumference at base of each horn, 15 inches; straight line distance from tip to tip, 31½ inches.
Our bear bill, after passing both houses of the California Assembly, was vetoed by Governor Johnson on April 19. What influenced the executive in his action was undoubtedly a petition sent him by the Orland Chamber of Commerce protesting against it as detrimental to the sheep interests of the state.
Enclosed find photo of Miss Anna Gallagher, 9-year-old Copper River Indian girl, with a nice fat mallard that she shot with a .22-caliber Remington on Christmas eve. I have seen this poor little thing three miles from home looking after rabbit snares with the thermometer at 20 degrees below zero and two feet of snow on the ground.
Ruminations on Air Resistance—The Boat Tailed Bullet
The article on bullet form by Lieut. Swett in the April issue stirs again those restless ideas which from time to time have come up concerning an improvement in bullets which shall be as revolutionary as was the adoption of the spitzer form, after its long sleep since the days of Col. Jacobs.
Last fall the deer were not as plentiful on my range as in previous years, owing chiefly to increased number of hunters in this locality during the past few seasons. So instead of hiking to the store for a brand-new automatic, a faster pump or a machine gun, to take the place of old “Meat-in-the-Pot,” I reasoned backwards and decided to give the deer a chance to increase and at the same time get my share of venison.
Your kind favor has just been received, asking for information about my .25 caliber H. P. rifle and ammunition. My rifle has been described by myself and others in various magazines, but it might not be convenient for you to obtain these. These articles have been running over a space of four or five years.
While I do not want to get into a muss with the six-shooter experts who have been discussing the use of smokeless powder in revolvers, it is my opinion that they have neglected the best type of smokeless revolver cartridge and, for that matter, the best revolver calibers.
The article by A. C. McFarland in the April edition of Outdoor Life asking for information concerning the 1908 Smith & Wesson .44 revolver has just come to hand and I will attempt to answer concerning this matter as far as my personal experience with this arm will permit.
In the April number, Mr. Geo. A. Greenwood of North Fork, Calif., asks some advice about shooting a shot-gun with both eyes open, which was answered by the editor;, but I notice that the editor failed to touch the subject of either rifle or revolver shooting.
In reading J. E. H.’s attack on Mr. Haines and the model ’99 Savage rifles, I do not see upon what grounds he bases his remarks. As to the safety, I know where there is a .303 Savage that is one of the first I ever saw, and that has been in use for over ten years.
I am think of getting myself a Fred Adolph three-barrel gun —two-barrel, 20-grain shotgun, and one barrel .40 Newton Express rifle—26-inch barrel and eight pounds weight. What do you think of such “dam-fool-dude-doings,” anyway?
Mushrooming Effect of Revolver Bullets That Are Point-Split
Editor Outdoor Life
Having noticed in Outdoor Life the remarks on Mr. Chester’s attempt to make revolver bullets mushroom by splitting the points, I thought the enclosed might interest you. The bullets were shot under the same identical conditions, at about five yards, and from the same revolver.
I was especially interested in G. L. Chester’s letter on “Interesting Experiments With Revolver Ammunition,” and am surprised to find that making saw cuts in the points of revolver bullets had no effect in causing the bullets to mushroom or expand when fired into soft material.
Suggests Adding a Heavier Bullet For The .250-3000 Savage
Editor Outdoor Life
After many months of waiting we have with us the .2503000 Savage. In the same class with the .35 Remington and the .33 Winchester as regards power, if muzzle energy be the measure of power, and with the added advantages of extreme high velocity and low trajectory, and a very convenient and beautiful arm, many riflemen will find it near their ideal for such game as deer and black or brown bear.
Just after reading the article in the Arms and Ammunition department written by J. H. Wehrend of Okotoko, Alberta, Canada, in which he expresses a desire for a new .20-caliber rifle, center fire, smokeless, jacketed bullet, l met a boy who had picked up on the street a cartridge answering his description of the one he wished, except that the cartridge was rimless.
The Kind of “Dope” To Write If You Want To Be Popular
Editor Outdoor Life
I want to congratulate you on your article on “National Defense.’’ It is quite easy and mighty popular to shout “Lexington,” “Bunker Hill,” and “nation of riflemen,” but it takes a little courage to tell the average American what his shortcomings are in a military way.
Having had an experience similar to the one related by M. P. Dunham in your April number, I very readily believe that such is possible. Desiring my wife to become better acquainted with fire arms, I persuaded her to do a little target practice with a .38 revolver.
I wish to purchase a rifle to be used on deer and bear and would like your advice as to what is the best rifle adapted to that game, either in the Remington, Winchester, Marlin or Savage make of .30, .32 or .35 calibers, or .303 Savage. I want a takedown and pump action and prefer a hammerless gun if I can get it.
Sharpshooting for War and Defense, by W. W. Greener; 227 pages; illustrated; paper cover; 25 cents—postage extra; Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd., of London. This treatise will prove useful to all who wish to become proficient sharpshooters.
The largest general sporting goods catalog that has come to our office in many a day is the 1915 edition issued by the New York Sporting Goods Co., 15 and 17 Warren street, New York. It is in fact a sportsman’s handbook, comprising as it does chapters on “Life in the Open,” “In the Maine Woods,” “Hunting in New Brunswick,” “Nova Scotia Moose and Trout,” “Newfoundland—Caribou and Salmon,” “Duck Shooting,” “Home of the Lordly Elk,” “How to Pitch a Tent,” “The Selection of a Tent,” etc.
The new Ithaca shotgun—No. 1½—in its new dress sells for $31.50, and is a very attractive gun. The top lever, fore-end iron and guard hand are engraved; the sides of frame and trigger plate are made beautiful with large leaf engraving; barrels imported Damascus or Krupp fluid steel; stock is of black walnut, full pistol grip; made in 28, 20, 16, 12 and 10 gauge.