Some twenty Southerners had the time of their lives during the spring of 1916 at the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch and at Ponca City, Okla., as the guests of the Messrs. Miller, at Bliss, and of Judge J. W. Lynch, on one of whose ranches Ponca City is located, and of His Honor, W. H. McFadden, mayor of the said Ponca City.
The most popular way of stream fly|fishing for trout in this country can, perhaps, best be described as “doing a Marathon.” I guess you know what I mean. The sportsman generally starts out with the idea of covering anything from two to five miles of water.
It used to be when I went out, a-fishin’ in the hills, I’d carry a preventative, to keep away the chills; But now I can’t grab anything, stronger’n sage tea, It shorely is discouragin’, at least ’pears so to me. For then I’d get the limit, of bass or perch or trout— Yes, always fill my basket, each time ’at I’d go out; The fish shore know the flavor, when you expectorate— If you expect to catch ’em, you must spit on the bait.
Having made several trips to Alaska and Yukon Territory and having had many inquiries from big-game hunters requesting information in regard to various trips, outfits, etc., it would seem that an article on the subject would be seasonable.
Fifty miles northwest of Denver is the Rocky Mountain National Park, of all such parks the youngest and most accessible. It includes 360 square miles of the grandest and most diversified of all the Rockies’ magnificent scenery. In the entire “backbone of the continent” there is no group of mountains which will equal in massive grandeur, in nobility and stalwart beauty this army of snow-capped veterans, which, with flower-carpeted and ice-worn gorges, lakes and park-like glades nestling between rocky walls, gives a variety of mountain beauty found nowhere else in so small a space.
A hunter-prospector covers 800 miles down this wonderful stream from Kirkman Creek to Tanana in a rowboat. A trip devoid of hunting but full of interesting experiences.
B. R. BRITTON
Our winter’s prospecting has shown us the futility of further hunting for a rich pay streak on Kirkman Creek, and as we were not interested in a “lowgrade” proposition, my brother and I decided to go down river (the Yukon) to the American side.
AUTHOR OF “MOTOR BOATS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION,” ETC.
THOMAS H. RUSSELL
One day last summer my young son surprised me by returning unexpectedly from a vacation fishing trip to a Northern Michigan lake reputed to be full of gamey big fellows, with tributary trout streams running into it from the north. The trip was to have lasted two full weeks, which is about the Chicago limit for a rising young engineer’s vacation in wartime, and as the youngster is a born fisherman, I had visions of his return with the sportsman’s legal allowance of goodsized bass and speckled beauties fresh from the live box.
On October 3, 1916, Jesse Evans, his brother Jack, their father, my brother Walter and I started out with eight burros for our little pack train on a trip for the big rams at the head of Dinwoody Creek, which flows into the Wind River, seventy miles above Riverton, Wyo.
When the last world’s famine was I do not know. It is so far back in history that today the people of the earth have come to accept as a steady fact, like the rising of the sun, that there is food enough on the earth for all mouths, and that if there is a lack here or there that the tion, not in total hour practically every human thinks at all feels that such is the case.
Letter No. 314.—The Caliber of a Light Salmon Rod.
Letter No. 315.—Plenty of Information in Los Angeles.
Letter No. 316.—Books on Mountain Trout Fishing.
Letter No. 317.—The Ethics of Sportsmanship.
Letter No. 318—Tackle for Texas SaltWater Fishing.
Letter No. 319.—Preserving Salmon Eggs.
Letter No. 320.—A Stocked Pond Problem.
Letter No. 321.—Sucking Sound of Fish.
Editor Angling Department:—Could you give me any information as to what lure to use for trout at this time of year? I have been fishing twice this spring, but can’t get a rise out of the fish with any of the flies used—gray hackle, brown hackle, white miller, wasp, March brown, red ant and some freak flies of my own building.
As to whether the surface-underwater was an invention or a discovery, I am Unable to say. I am inclined to think it the latter. Someone discovered that a stick whittled in a certain shape, if drawn thru the water, would submerge, coming to the surface as soon as tension on the line was released.
“One of the earliest writers by whom the pike is distinctly chronicled is Ausonius, living about the middle of the fourth century, and who thus asperses its character: ‘Lucius obscurus ulva lacunas Obsidet. Hic, nullos mensarum lectus ad usus, Fumat fumosis olide nidore popinis.
For several years I have been giving some attention to bait casting and fly-fishing in the Lone Star State, and I also spend from four to six weeks each year fishing in Colorado. In fact, I spend so much time fishing some of my friends think I am slightly nutty on the subject.
Being a Sincere Attempt to Describe the Attractivity of Trout Fishing.
O. Warren Smith
(Infatuatus, p. p. of infatuare, to infatuate; pref. in-infatuus, foolish.) “Infatuate— “To inspire with a foolish and extravagant passion,” says Webster. Tho my friends hold otherwise, I maintain that my title is not a good one. While I am ready to confess to an “extravagant passion” for trout fishing, I do not for a moment admit that it is “foolish.”
Much that proves of interest concerning game protection appears from time to time in the columns of Outdoor Life, and while I've not been asked for my views, I feel like making a few remarks, as I presume that this is a sort of free-for-all discussion.
Cougar and Cat Hunting Experiences—Also a Tip on Searchlights.
Editor Outdoor Life
It was in the latter ’70s or early ’80s in Ontario (York and Ontario counties). One day my cousin arrived at our home place and we had, along with my elder brother, got our morning chores all done and had decided for a rabbit hunt, as some fresh snow had fallen and they could be tracked and chased to runways by the dog and by those who did not have guns.
During the past year several things have come to my notice that might be of interest to others, so will refer to a few. One of the first things that impresses me is the really dense ignorance of nine out of every ten men in regard to rifles, such persons at times showing no knowledge of the simplest ideas of ballistics.
Herewith you will find renewal of my subscription, and I also take this opportunity of thanking you very much for your editorial in the March issue (page 304) in regard to what a game warden ought to be. I have had the same views for a great many years and have tried to enforce the laws along the lines you have mentioned, altho of course there are a great many obstacles to overcome.
It is useless to enact laws for the protection of game after it has become extinct. We would naturally expect that a bird of such food value, and one over which sportsmen are so enthusiastic as the duck, for instance, would receive more vigorous protection and be safeguarded from extermination.
Your letter of the 7th inst., making inquiry as to the text of our new bear law, at hand. Replying, beg to say that the section protecting bear is very short, merely saying that it will be unlawful to hunt, pursue, catch or kill brown or black bears during the months of May, June, July and August.
The Sad Devastation Wrought by Storms to Yellowstone Park Game.
Editor Outdoor Life
Undoubtedly you have heard that the past winter was so harsh that thousands of the animals in Yellowstone Park died for want of food. The Department of the Interior was supposed to care for the game in the National Park but their appropriations have been so meager that the superintendent has been unable to feed all of the animals this year.
I am hunting lions in the Yosemite National Park this winter [letter dated February 19, 1917.— Ed.], also in other parts of the Sierra Nevadas this winter. I got some great lion pictures and also a fine big lion, but the climax came when I climbed an oak tree and put my wire around a big nine-foot male lion and started to pull him out of the tree.
The Idaho Game Protective Association of Idaho has been formed, writes Secretary Otto M. Jones. All members must sign the following pledge: “I hereby promise and agree never knowingly to break or violate any law of the state of Idaho enacted for the purpose of protecting the game and fish of this state, and I will do all in my power to prevent others from so violating or breaking any such law.
How Andrew J. Stone Discovered the Sheep That Bears His Name.
How one man became famous unconsciously is related in an interesting letter received lately by Outdoor Life from J. Frank Callbreath of Telegraph Creek, B. C., Canada. Mr. Callbreath is one of the two outfitting companies (the other being the John Hyland Co.), living at the above place, which is the outfitting point for hunting parties going into the famous Cassiar District of British Columbia.
To enjoy life we must retain our health. To retain our health it is not only essential, but necessary, that we take a rest or vacation at least once a year from arduous duties, if they are close and confining. To get the most benefit from a limited vacation, what is better than to get out in the woods or mountains, in the midst of wild, free Nature, away from man and his works?
The wagon is generally used by campers in the West and Southwest for the transportation of themselves, their provisions and their camping paraphernalia; and it is the arrangement of this vehicle for use on camping trips that I wish to deal with in this article.
First get a piece of canvas about 28 ins. wide and 7 ft. 3 ins. long of whatever color desired, khaki being the best, and about 10 oz. weight; then hem the ends. Next sew a piece of stiff leather on at a, Fig. 1, size 3×8 ins., the top of which is to be 3 ins.
Have you ever taken an auto camping trip? If not, you have missed something worth while. Have you ever stopped to think of the many pleasures to be had in gipsying thru the country, stopping where night overtakes, often next to a good trout stream, on the shores of a beautiful lake, or on some beauty spot commanding á grand view of mountain and valley?
I will send you a cure for poison oak: Take the vine at the same time that you get poisoned and place in an open vessel; put vessel over fire and burn the poison oak vine until it becomes ashes. Then take lard and mix ashes and lard together and apply to affected part.
Haines is never intending to make any more announcements of the nature found in his article that appeared in the February number of Outdoor Life: No, Sir-ee! Not unless he becomes unusually doped with loco. And why? someone will ask. If the time should ever hit the man asking such a question when he would worry over a matter as much as I have over many things connected with the tests I had in mind when writing the February article referred to, he will understand and save his breath and not ask such a foolish question.
An exhaustive and valuable treatise on the subjects of rifle sights for both hunting and target use.
Edward F. Ball
Gone are the good old days of black-powder rifles when for practical hunting purposes a couple of grains more or less of powder, a loose or a tight-fitting bullet, either a little longer or a little shorter than the standard, a tight or a loose chamber and various other slight deviations made but little difference in the result.
In the April number of Outdoor Life there appeared an article under the title, “Self-Defense Weapons," by George E. Pusey, in which this author criticised the writer in a rather audacious and verbose manner for asking the ballistic editor, in the January issue of Outdoor Life, a few questions pertaining to fire|arms; and as Mr. Pusey appears so far “off his base" I feel compelled to write a few lines in answer to it.
Immediately after writing our reply to Mr. Caswell’s article in the December Outdoor Life we turned around to where we had left our entrenching tool, only to find that some son-of-a-gun had made off with it, so here we are, right out in the open, outnumbered three to one and our reserves in the shape of Mr. Shumaker, who started this “ruction,” nowhere in sight.
The writer, in company with many other enthusiastic readers of your publication, has been very much interested in the “rapid-fire” tests controversy. While, perhaps, it may not be good policy to enter into any extended argument, and I trust most sincerely that Mr. Chauncey Thomas will take my exceptions in the friendly spirit written, there are one or two statements in his most excellent and interesting article that brings forth the recording of a few “tests” I saw made by Mr. A. J. Geskie, one of the expert testers at the Colt plant.
Are there any non-mercuric primers of the small size as used in a .32-20 or .25-21? In a .25 cal., with a 16-in. twist, could not a .25-21 straight shell be loaded in some way to shoot accurately—say, for instance, with a coarse or slow powder and short bullet.
Scattered thru Outdoor Life and other shooting magazines for some years back is all the information known about rifles, bullets and powders. Col. Mann—may his spirit rest in peace—gave us an invaluable book. Others have added a little here and there, but still the shooting game keeps ahead of the writers.
Before me, a notary public in and for the State and County aforesaid, personally appeared J. A. McGuire, who, having been duly sworn acording to law, deposes and says that he is the publisher of Outdoor Life, and that the following is, to the best of his knowledge and belief, a true statement of the ownership, management (and if a daily paper, the circulation), etc., of the aforesaid publication for the date shown in the above caption, required by the Act of August 24, 1912, embodied in Section 443, Postal Laws and Regulations, printed on the reverse of this form, to-wit: 1.
Will it injure or weaken the spring in the magazine of the Colt or Savage automatic pistol to leave the cartridges in the magazine for two or three months? How often ought magazine be emptied to keep spring in good condition? Is it necessary to oil spring in magazine?—Ed M. Smith, Gorham, Colo.
Trapshooters, realizing that their sport could be made even more popular by introducing the element of competition among gun clubs, organized trapshooting leagues, consisting of anywhere from three to twelve clubs each. The result has been that the club members are now deriving more pleasure and a greater incentive for concentrated effort thru the medium of friendly competition.
Will you please answer the following: (1) Is the Russian wolfhound a good varmint dog? (2) Is he a good cold-trailer or does he run by sight? (3) Is he a good dog for bear, cougar and cats?—O. S. S., Washington. Answer.— (1) It is only useful for coyotes.