"Come on papa, they are cranking her up! Hurry!" It was little 5-year-old Ted starting on his first safari. The “boys” were unscrewing the crank brake on the ox cart, preparatory to the long-delayed start, and the little chap was anxious to be off on the trip he had been planning for a year.
As we had now remained out about the length of time that one-half of our party had planned on staying, and as we had a large amount of meat, we decided it would be best to send down to tidewater and secure a couple or three pack horses. Mack and Sinclair volunteered to go.
It was one of those dark and stormy nights you have read so much about, when our trim little yacht, Dinty Moore, glided out of Vancouver harbor headed for the Powell River country, where we were going to hunt goats and deer in the Coast Range mountains of British Columbia.
In the June number (1915) of Out-door Life I read a short article in regard to hunting in Wyoming and how to get there by way of Idaho Falls, making a saving of time and expense. I wrote the author of the article and got in communication with W. C. Vail, a registered guide, and soon had plans arranged for a hunt on Willow Creek, Wyoming.
This fall Alaska will be invaded by one of America’s greatest sportsmen—Ralph Edmunds of Idaho—whose hunting field will be the famous Cassiar District, the best big game territory now left on this continent. Mr. Edmunds will be equipped with one of the most complete hunting outfits that ever accompanied a sportsman to that section.
Years ago, while living on the Dakota prairies, I used to think there was no sport like the hunting of prairie chickens. As we shift around a bit over the country our opinions on a great many subjects are apt to change. No one will deny that the hunting of prairie chickens is great sport, especially when one is fortunate enough to be the possessor of a well-broken pointer or setter dog.
The above photograph was taken by Clyde Cobb, one of our most ardent Montana readers, as he and his partner, Herbert Yeaw, were returning from a two-weeks’ lion hunt in Northern Montana during the middle of last winter. They encountered very deep snow, running between three and seven feet on the level, and necessitating the use of dog sled, toboggan and snow-shoes.
In these days of auto travel, an account of a little trip just completed by a party of friends, including myself, may be novel and interesting to your readers. There were four of us in all, two married couples, all intensely interested in hunting and fishing—in fact, in any good, clean sport.
It is gratifying that the protection afforded the beaver for the past few years is showing splendid results and that these interesting and valuable animals are rapidly being restored to their former populous haunts, says Carlos Avery, State Game Warden for Minnesota.
Why is it as a rule that people doubt the troutfulness of the fisherman and believe the golfer on his wonderful points, the baseball player who struck out on purpose, the boxer who has never been knocked down, the hunter who kills at 493 yards, the lawyer who would rather lose his case than do anything wrong, the politician who would rather be right than President and so on?
“There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st But in his motion like an angel sings.” Constant variety is the price of interest, as no two publics have the same tastes, and even the same public ever calls for something new, so here is an essay on music by a man who cannot hum a tune.
Editor Angling Department:—We have here an old Missouri river bed, about seven miles long and half a mile wide, which has been stocked with croppie, pickerel and large-mouth bass. Now I have a hard time to get a pickerel or bass, tho I use live bait —minnows and frogs—and artificial lures.
Containing Some Advice Regarding Landing Tools and How to Use Them, Not to Mention Finishing the Battle.
O. W. Smith.
History tells us that Austerlitz placed the iron crown upon Napoleon’s brow, while Waterloo swept it off. There is no victory until the last battle is won. No doughty bronze-back is netted until he is netted. Which is but another way of saying that more fish are lost at the net’s edge than at any other point in the game.
Being Descriptive of a Class of Reels Well Worth the Attention of Any User of the Short Rod and Artificial Lures.
O. W. Smith.
We have dealt with the free-spools, of which there are several makes upon the market; we have spent some time with the question of self-thumbers, describing at length the two best-known winches of the type; now we turn our attention to the self-spoolers, those' reels that are provided with an ingenious contrivance for distributing the line evenly on the spool.
A good fish story never fails to interest a large number of readers. And if one could only put the real truth into words, many more would be interested. But it is impossible to express the feelings of one who loves angling, who, after repeated efforts, have failed to enthuse a huge trout to the striking point, and then some expert cast of the fly throws the finny monster off his guard, and, ere he is aware, the deadly work is done.
He buyeth his tackle any old place; he riggeth himself out with a pretty-to-look-at nickel-plated rod and reel, line, leaders and flies and something in a flask. He goeth forth full of hope. He fishes down the stream, but the wily trout seeth the flash of his nickeled two-dollar rod, and they hike for deep water.
Prof. C. F. Hodge, the great naturalist and breeder of game birds, in a report made by him in 1905 on the rearing and habits of grouse, had the following to say regarding the drumming of grouse: “The grouse were very easily brought thru the winter.
Wyoming’s Game Warden Objects to the Trapping or Indiscriminate Killing of Bears.
Editor Outdoor Life
Regarding your inquiry with reference to bear, will state as follows: There is no provision of law authorizing a license or permit to be issued to a resident hunter to hunt, pursue or kill any bear in this state. Any resident hunter who shall either without or with a resident hunter license issued under the provisions of Wyoming game law, hunt, pursue, trap or kill any bear of this State, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
I recently had the pleasure of shooting a dolphin 8 ft. in length and weighing 279 lbs. I shot it with a .22 high-power Savage rifle. I do not use any other rifle for big game, and I have not, while using it, shot any animal that was able to escape after being hit, which is, I think, a pretty good record for a gun.
I wish to call your attention to game conditions in this part of Alaska (Prince of Wales Island) and think you will be interested. In some places, or rather, on some of the islands, deer are very thick; I think they are as plentiful as they ever were in any part of the States in the old days.
I am writing you this note for the benefit of those of your readers who have never been fortunate enough to hear a porcupine wail, or weep, which ever it is. However, I have listened to it by the hour, and will say that it is the most weird sound I have ever listened to.
I am enclosing herewith a diagram [measuring 13 in. wide across shoulders by 12 in. long from tip of nose to tip of tail.—Editor] of the skin from a brown bear cub, taken from den near Big River, Chichagof Island, Alaska, February 2, 1916, by Robert Greenwald and two companions.
I am enclosing you some pictures of some deer we captured on the Missouri River west of Williston, N. Dak., which were captured by some game wardens under my direction. The Missouri River, by reason of an ice gorge, had backed up and overflowed the bottoms and at the point where these deer were captured the river was about five miles wide.
One of the best-known and interesting of Alaska’s characters is J. C. Tolman of Seward, who speaks relative to the. shooting of the famous Kadiak bears, a peculiar species indigenous to the southwestern island of that name. Mr. Tolman, who has been a resident of Alaska for the past twenty-seven years, has probably killed more of these bears than any man living, since his record book shows that during the two years covered by the dates of 1889-90 twenty-five of these creatures were slain by him personally, while he admits to having been “in at the finish’’ of a great, many more, the exact number of which is problematical, since no data was kept.
Grouse hunting in the beautiful hills of Western Massachusetts is indeed most fascinating sport. The hunting period comes when the autumnal foliage beauty is simply superb. But for the fact that I am by nature keyed up for very hard, strenuous hunting, and frequently return from a day’s outing in the hills considerably tuckered out, the fact that comparatively few grouse are bagged for any one hunt would hardly be an offset to the day’s enjoyment.
As to Various Means Advocated for Game Conservation.
Editor Outdoor Life
It is wonderful what a man will see (in print and out) when he hasn't a gun. If you will have a little patience I want to take a few "shots" at some "birds" in recent issues of Outdoor Life. I know you have a large stock of patience on hand or you would not waste ammunition on such questions as "which is the better gun—a $500 Francotte or a $3 Zulu?" A short time ago a sportsman took an hour of the valuable short time in which I have to make a living trying to convince me as to the superior qualities of a 16-gauge as a “game-getter” and long-distance “killer.”
Mr. Edmunds Shooting Well in Practice at Long Distances.
Editor Outdoor Life
The elk wintered much better than could have been expected, as the snow slid down in many places, leaving considerable feed available; and the scab, while bad enough, was probably greatly exaggerated. Late reports indicate that a considerable number of elk wintered and are breeding in the Grand Cañon country.
Steve Elkins, the bear hunter, of Kalispell, Mont., writes under date of June 21: “I was busy with the bears this spring; only got eight, including two big grizzlies, for the Drs. Kerr. We could have caught a lot more of the small variety, but would not let the dogs run anything but grizzly toward the last.
Eugene, Ore., May 24.—A skeleton found in the forest bordering Cash Creek, above Mabel, 40 miles from Eugene, yesterday afternoon, was today identified by C. A. Morris of Harrisburg as that of J. R. Buckman, lost 18 years ago while hunting.
There seems to be a current belief among Eastern sportsmen who visit this section that rattlesnakes are so plentiful in California that when hunting it is almost impossible to prevent treading upon them constantly and thus rendering one’s self subject to sudden death of a most horrifying character.
Men who camp out, go fishing, shooting or just tramping have long known and recognized the fact that a good bed and a real shelter are two things absolutely necessary for comfort in the wilderness. A good bed to be practical must be warm, waterproof, clean, easily transported and of very light weight—a hard combination to work out right, on the face of things.
"El Comancho" writes good articles, but some that I take exception to. In one he says, “Let the coffee come up to two boils.” Ugh! The two boils will sure give it that “old-pipe taste.” Perhaps the tobacco user smokes to get that kind of a taste out of his mouth.
The Evinrude Motor Co., Milwaukee, Wis., is offering an Evinrude motor for first prize for photographs of outboard motor scenes, the contest closing September 15, and being open to anyone. There are ten prizes in all.
The Order of Owls, numbering 300,000 members, has established an international park, to be controlled by the order, where recreation, angling and game shooting can be furnished to its members. The park has now been established. The order has purchased a large tract of land in Central Vermont, one mile distance from the village of Gaysville.
The first motorcycle ride from coast to coast ever attempted by women on individual machines started July 4th from Sheepshead Bay when two New York City girls, Miss Adeline Van Buren and Miss Augusta Van Buren, tackled the daring 3,800-mile ride on motorcycles.
Chauncey Thomas:—“Why is it that a rifle cannot be made to shoot exactly into the same hole every time? I do not mean the effect of wind, drift, light and other varying conditions, but under as favorable conditions as it is possible to create, say down a long tube as in a shooting gallery, where all these disturbing elements are eradicated.
Explosives are of three kinds—(1) Disruptive explosives, which we employed to produce crushing or shattering effects, as in blasting, and in the bursting charges of shells and torpedoes. (2) Propellants, which are employed for imparting motion to projectiles of all kinds.
Interesting Letter From a Champion of the Trigger.
Editor Outdoor Life
The pressure is getting too great, so I guess I will have to bore you with some of my experiences with automatics. When I first tried out my Colt .45 auto. I thought it a wonder; but as I compared its accuracy with that of my .38 S. & W. Special or with my .44 S. & W. Special, at any range beyond twenty-five yards, I was woefully disappointed.
Denver, Colo., July 25, 1916. Chauncey Thomas:—Have just read the article in your June issue of Outdoor Life, by Ed McGivern, entitled “Quick Work With Six Gun,” wherein he says: “I have just finished a test, or series of tests, along rapid-fire lines of 7,380 cartridges, using 158-grain bullet and 3½ grains Bull’s-eye powder—no cleaning only 3-in-1 on joints and pins—all in one gun, a Colt’s O. M., 7½-in.
It looks like deliberately hunting trouble for anyone to butt into another man’s controversy, but some writers have been getting after Mr. Newton pretty hard lately, and altho he has not called for help and has always been able to take his own part, so few hunters have used his new heat-insulated bullets on actual game that it is up to the few to back Mr. Newton up.
I am mailing separately several five-shot groups made with the .250-3000 Savage and reloaded short-range ammunition. The load used consisted of 10 grs. of Laflin & Land Marksman, Ideal gas-check bullet No. 257388 and U. S. primer No. 8. The shells used were the regular factory product, shot first with the high-power load and then reloaded.
With reference to an article on page 599 of your June number Mr. McGivern quotes having broken my record from a speeding automobile and gives my score as 50, made at the Minnesota State Fair. I have never shot at the Minnesota State Fair, and in my shooting from a speeding auto, which usually travels thirty to forty miles an hour, I use a .44-40 smooth-bore rifle and shot cartridges.
Defects in Sights and Stock of Our Service Rifle Pointed Out.
Editor Outdoor Life
I reckon you, too, have heard the roar, now rising skyward, about the sight on our service rifle. Now that we are about to go to war with Mexico and maybe others, we discover to our horror that we have a rifle equipped with an inferior sight. As an open sight inferior to that of any other nation and quite impossible as a peepsight.
Killing Power, Accuracy, Etc., of the .44-40 Revolver Cartridge.
Editor Outdoor Life
I was very much interested in the revolver talk by Messrs. Haines and Thomas in the November issue, and being the owner of a .44-40, single-action Colt, 5½-in. barrel, checkered walnut stocks, ivory bead front sight, and a 2½ or 3-lb. trigger pull, was beginning to think that I had a good gun.
Pursuant to your request for a report on my freak gun, I enclose a photograph of it, and submit the following: Instead of rebuilding the old Kentucky rifle as I formerly anticipated, I concluded to build a new one, having found great difficulty in getting a proper barrel for the old one.
I was very much interested in Mr. A. C. Rowell’s article in the June (1915) number, tho his experience has been somewhat contradictory to my own. My .32-20 was the Army Special and it was never very satisfactory. I could not shoot nearly as close with it as the .38 Special in the same arm, or the Smith & Wesson, and the penetration never equalled the .38 Special.
Having seen at various times queries in the Arms and Ammunition Department in regard to the Vickers-Maxim sight, I will give my experience with it, in the hope that it may be of interest to some one else. To be plain, the V.-M. sight is simply the principle of the rear peep, only it is applied to the muzzle of the rifle.
In answer to P. B Hull, Colorado: You wish to know how to adjust a trigger pull. Well, to begin with, never file a lock gear; that is, a hammer or trigger. I have seen a S. & W. double-action revolver spoiled in this way, as you cannot better the pull of a double-action revolver.
In reference to an article appearing on pages 598-599 of your June issue, by Ed McGivern, I wish to state the following: The stunts that he claims to have accomplished with a revolver are so extraordinary that he will have to “show me.” I have been in exhibition work for a number of years and have traveled all over the country with the Irwin Bros.
In the June issue of your valued magazine somebody challenged the twist-bore brotherhood with the old comment, “All-around rifle; there ain’t no sich animal.” Whadda-ya mean; all-round rifle? With shooters scrambling to worship at the shrine of newer and more extravagant fetishes of firearms orthodoxy, very possibly the all-around rifle, or all-purpose weapon, has been overlooked.
In your July issue I wish to refer to an article written by J. E. Morris of Los Angeles, wherein he states that during the latter days of the life of the .45 Colt single action in the U. S. army it had a 5½-in. barrel instead of 7½ in. I was in the regular army, in the cavalry branch of the service, for several years before the change took place, and I never saw any 5-in.-barrel guns in the service and never heard of any such being used.
Some time ago l began using some .30-caliber Luger carbine cartridges in my Luger pistol (they are the same size and shoot the same weight bullet but with a heavier charge of powder), and seeing that they were more powerful than the regular pistol cartridges, but not knowing just how much.
The accompanying picture shows a Krag rifle which I have just finished restocking with hard black walnut according to my own ideas. Length of stock, 14¼ in.; drop at comb, 2 in.; at heel 3¼ in.—not far from the length and drop of a ’94 Winchester.
After reading Mr. Haines’ article in the May number of Out-door Life I decided I would like to submit some of my pet ideas regarding pistol and revolver holsters, as I have opinions all my own about most guns and sporting equipment. I generally work a gun over to suit myself and prefer to make my own equipment when possible.
I see that in my letter on air rifles which appeared in the April number I stated that the B. S. A. Co. makes air pistols. That is not correct; the pistol I had in mind is made by Westley Richards, the Birmingham gunsmith, who also has a shop in New Bond Street, London.
Ideal Bullet No. 257312 “for high velocity in .25-20 single shot and repeater rifles" takes, according to the Ideal Handbook, a charge of “7 to 8 grs. weight of Sharpshooter powder.” This, so the Handbook states, gives same a velocity around that of the factory high-velocity load for the repeater cartridge or, presumably, something close to 1,700 ft.
As will be shown in the table below, taken from the official bulletin, the total area of our national parks is over 7,290 square miles, almost one-half of the area of Switzerland, which is 15,976 square miles. For mental convenience, think of Switzerland as being 16,000 square miles and our national parks as half of Switzerland.
Arranged chronologically in the order of their creation. (Number, 14; total area, 7,290 square miles.) National Parks of less popular interest (about thirty square miles) are: Sully’s Hill, 1904, North Dakota.....Wooded hilly tract on Devil’s Lake.
In our August issue we printed a cut of Sylvan Pass in this department, in the title to which we stated that it was the Western entrance to the Yellowstone National Park. Of course this was an error, as it should have read “Eastern” entrance.
A record of trapshooters winning their respective state championship titles for 1916 has just been compiled. It shows that 35 states have held state tournaments up to July 1st. Several champions were classv enough to hit all of their hundred targets.
Quite the big thing in trapshooting circles during the month of July was the Eastern Handicap, by the Interstate Association, under the auspices of the Keystone Shooting League. It was held at Philadelphia July 18 to 20, inclusive. The Squier money-back system governed all 16-yard shooting and at this tournament 85,555 trapped.
Relative to the American Amateur Trap-shooters’ Association it is interesting to note that in six months’ time this organization has grown from a name and an idea into a national organization with an enrollment of 960 clubs numbering 48,000 individual shooters and distributed among 39 states and Canada.
Cedar Point, Ohio, was again the scene of mingled mirth and business, when the Indian Shoot was in progress June 26 to 30, inclusive. The Squier money-back system governed the program. Chief Long Talk, the High Chief of the Tribe, Thos. A. Marshall, in an address, gave the welcoming address, which was also historical in connection with the Indians.
Rush Razee was high professional at the Montana state tournament, held at Deer Lodge, June 26 to 28; score, 606×630. C. L. Sausens leading amateur, 592×630. At Minnesota state shoot, held at Rochester, J. R. John, high amateur, 392×400; Fred Gilbert, high professional, 390×400.
Fifty-Three Experiences in New Thought, by Forty-Nine Writers; 186 pages; the Elizabeth Towne Co., Holyoke, Mass. This book is dedicated to those who want to know what New Thought has done for others in cases similar to their own. It is a symposium of fifty-three personal experiences in the realization of health, wealth, happiness and achievement by the use of an almost unlimited number of New Thought methods.
On July 5, Col. C. L. F. Robinson, president of the Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co., of Hartford, Conn., died aboard his yacht “Savarona,” sailing from Woods Hole, Mass., to Newport, R. I. Col. Robinson was born July 9, 1874, and had been a resident of Hartford for about ten years, and for several years had been president of the Colt Patent Firearms Mfg.