August 13, 1916, I sailed from Seattle on the S. S. Northwestern of the Alaska Steamship Company, bound for Seward, Alaska, on a hunt for moose, sheep, etc., on the Kenai Peninsula. On board I had the pleasure of meeting several hunters, among whom were Carleton Shaw and W. D. Hyatt of Toledo, Ohio, who were going to the Cassiar region ; also George Zinn and wife of Somerset, Va., who, like myself, were going to the Kenai Peninsula.
Disciples of Izaak Walton, fisherman, as you know, are not lacking in interest in the great sport. However, it is intended by this article to show a phase of the pleasure that may be had, the profit and the satisfaction of having many varied patterns of flies in your collection at all times, as well as the intensely interesting time spent in making any particular fly of your fancy.
Ancient America is the home of ruins. Central America, Old Mexico and the Southwest have prehistoric monuments as remarkable as those of Babylon and Egypt. Southwestern Colorado has architectural wonders in the Cliff Dwellings of the Mesa Verde such as cannot be matched elsewhere in the United States.
His name was Norval—is yet for aught I know—and he is reckoned one of the best guides in Massachusetts Colony. As perfect a specimen of physical manhood as one could find in a long day’s journey, Norv stands six feet high in his moccasins, broad-shouldered, muscular and lithe, with piercing black eyes and an underhung jaw that betokens determination and grim courage.
For those who desire to refinish a split bamboo rod the following hints will enable the amateur to do the work quickly and neatly. It is understood that if the rod is to be refinished, the old wrappings and varnish have been removed, either with a varnish remover (a preparation which I am told is used in the tackle shops), or by most careful scraping with a very dull knife.
The readers of Outdoor Life who have never visited the Yukon Territory may be interested in a short article concerning the Kluane (pronounced Kloo-awney) District of this territory. Kluane Lake is a large and beautiful body of water, and the country embraced in the section around this lake is called the Kluane mining and hunting districts.
War above all things needs a clear head and a sure hand, not a frantic running around in circles. Bunting is all right, and necessary, but it is of less importance than beans. Keep cool. When the band in the movie strikes up “Oh, Say,” stand up, even tho you observe the chewing gum ad that is immediately flashed on the screen; but the emotional patriot who “rushes” to get her picture in the paper in a Red Cross uniform while yesterday’s dishes are stacked unwashed, is only making a nuisance of herself.
My little pipe of briar is lonesome for the hills, For the hills and big pine ridges and laughing mountain rills, It’s longing for the campfire, the embers glowing red, The sighin’ and the whisperin’ of the pine trees overhead. It wants to hear the horse bell a-tinklin’ on the hill, The coyote’s wail a breakin’ thru the night when all is still, It wants to see the moon, atop the snow-capped peak A-lookin’ down upon our camp pitched peaceful ’long the creek.
While undoubtedly underwater lures were the first to appear, recent months have produced very few, if any, new ideas in the type. It will be said that the surface-underwaters have all the advantages of the deep-swimming lures and none of their disadvantages, which is in part true, but not wholly.
When we turn to the muskellunge of the Great Lakes, a muskie which some anglers say does not exist, we are confronted with a fish very similar in appearance to the pike just described. We have the same general body form, tho often more pot-bellied, as was pointed out.
The other morning it was raining as tho the promise of the rainbow was to be forgotten, and I was like a caged lion, for I had intended to spend the day on a bass water. Finding it absolutely impossible to remain in the house, I slopped and sloshed my way to “O. W.’s” home, where I knew he would be heels over head in work as always, and needing someone to call his attention from that old typewriter.
Winner First Prize for Large Mouth Bass in the Rush Tango $50 Gold Prize Contest.
The Okefenokee Swamp, situated in the southeast corner of the state of Georgia and extending down into Florida, is another place that can be termed a “Sportsman’s Paradise.” The Suwanee River, made famous by poetry and song, forms the drain of this great swamp running through the center from the north.
Letter No. 328.—How Do You Preserve Minnows and Frogs?
Editor Angling Department:—Where in Spain can I get gut before it is made up into leaders? Raw gut in hanks is what I want. I hope you can give me this information thru the magazine or direct.—A. G. L., Denver, Colo. Any dealer in fly-tying material should be able to supply you with gut in bundles.
We are reading a good deal lately about the Munson shoe. A Major Munson of the army after years of experiments and lots of X-Rays has found the “ideal” last. Now the writer had the luck of freezing the right, little toe in Alaska and has since hunted for an easy shoe.
I am sending you a post card picture of a big tusk my brother Tom found in February, 1916, in a washout, under seventeen feet of dirt. What is shown of the tusk is nine feet long and twenty-six inches around the base. There has been fully three feet of it rotted away or decayed.
The scene depicted by this photograph shows graphically what can be done by the “smoking out” method of capturing our furbearing animals. Sixteen skunks were smoked out of this den and killed by a trapper at Waukon, Iowa, who seems to have made the record haul at one time last season.
According to the latest government geodetic survey, Colorado now has the second highest mountain peak in the United States. Mount Elbert, which, with Mount Massive, was given the third place among the peaks of the country, and listed at 14,402 feet, according to the new survey, now stands at 14,420 feet, making it twelve feet higher than Mount Ranier, heretofore classed as the second highest mountain peak in the United States.
In April Outdoor Life (page 432) I see an article entitled “Swallowing His Enemy.” It reminds me of an incident that happened to me when I was about 14 years old, but I have never had the nerve to tell it before because I told it to my father the same evening and what he said to me has kept me from telling of it ever after.
The Du Pont Fabrikoid Company, with main offices at Wilmington, Del., has purchased the Marokene Company of Elizabeth, N. J. The Marokene Company manufactures a material similar to fabrikoid, which is used extensively by the automobile, carriage and upholstery industries.
What can you suggest as a good substitute for butter, to be used on bread and crackers, on a camping trip? We all like butter better than anything else, but it melts so easily, also turns rancid so soon in warm weather, and is inconvenient to carry.—J. W. Melrose, St. Louis, Mo.
When you hear the bees a-humming, And your pulses start a-drumming, Then you know that summer’s coming And it seems you cannot wait. Once again you get to wishing That you-all could go a-fishing, Just to watch the water swishing Round a tempting piece o’ bait.
Montana has declared against the running of bears with dogs, altho the open season for the steel trap in the pursuit of these animals is twelve months each year. Montana should be consistent. If she would stop the dog she should close the trap against Bruin.
I noticed the statement by Mr. Shaffer in the November number Outdoor Life where he mentions a hunter having told of wolves killing deer; one instance that referred to the wolf eating a feed while the deer was still alive interesting me especially, as it called to mind a sight I once witnessed in Montana about twenty years ago.
It was nearing the Fourth of July (my birthday), when my wife suggested that we spend the day on an outing up in the mountains, hunting and fishing, drinking in the cool breezes that come down from those majestic peaks and listen to the roar of the wind among the pine and fir trees.
I returned December 1st from a successful deer hunt in the Black Hills. Two of us, with our wives, and a Ford took to the hills in October, in 1915, but failed to get our deer. Altho we had a most enjoyable trip, we came home without eating any venison.
In his article, “Game Fields de Luxe,” in the February number of your magazine, Mr. Ralph Edmunds says he learned in Wrangell that “most of the Alaska salmon are caught by trolling with spoon hooks and not by the use of nets, as is the general belief.”
Being a stranger here and also strange to the hunting of turkeys, I listened to all the ways of hunting these birds that I had a chance to hear. I knew there were turkeys near where I was staying, but did not know how to go after them. I had seen their tracks in a slight snowfall that we had, and also saw where they had crossed a small stream.
After hunting season had closed, Bill, one of the guides at the Five Mile Ranch, Dixie, Idaho, and his chum, Mutt, went trapping. Late in February, coming down a ridge on Rattlesnake Creek, they had noticed several times a suspicious-looking “leanto” at the roots of a large pine tree which had blown down.
I have carefully read Mr. Edmunds' series of articles on the Cassiar District, entitled, "Game Fields de Luxe." They leave a very unpleasant taste in the mouth, I assure you. The following title would have been the more appropriate: "A Butcher's Shop and How to Reach It."
New Mexico G. P. A. Wins Fight for a “100 Per Cent Game Warden.”
After a campaign lasting over six months and featured by a running fight with hostile political interests, the New Mexico Game Protective Association has succeeded in procuring the appointment of their state game warden “for fitness and not for politics.”
Concerning Various Arms and Cartridges—Old and New.
Ashley A. Haines
I have noted with interest the remarks of Mr. Thomas Roche in the May number of Outdoor Life concerning revolver shooting from rest. If there was any one thing I had attempted to make clear in my several articles concerning rest shooting with revolvers it has been that the work reported was attempted solely to discover what the various revolvers shot were capable of doing in the writer’s hands when shot from rest.
Buffalo Bill was very weak the last time I saw him, but his mind, in flashes at least, was still apparently as keen and clear as ever. Naturally, in my article in the May issue, “Buffalo Bill’s Last Interview,” I did not put down every word we spoke; in fact, I so state therein.
In these days of very high prices on shotgun ammunition, with a war on and a probability of price boosting rather than a reduction, many shooters are likely to give some consideration to loading their own cartridges. Indeed, should the Government take over ammunition factories, as might well happen, we of the shotgun would have to load our own shells or quit shooting.
Now and then a writer begins by assuring the other chap of his utmost friendship and consideration, and then proceeds to pull his backbone out by jerks. Mr. Hurlburt has not done this with me, and I shall try not to do so with him. Besides, I love the Colt too well.
Present Trapshooting Targets Compared with Those of Olden Times.
Editor Outdoor Life
Back in the early 80s when America’s sportsmen began to demand a between-season outlet for their gunning enthusiasm, some bright Yankee genius conceived the idea of the glass ball as a fitting target to try the prowess of the marksman, when the object was projected at unknown angles from a mechanical contrivance known as a trap.
I was very much interested in the controversy being carried on in your magazine in regard to the sights on the Springfield rifle. I would like to make a few remarks on the subject. I am familiar with the Springfield rifle and the sights. I would not think of taking my Springfield rifle out on a hunt with the military sight on it.
Being a reader of your valuable magazine for four years or over, I noticed in the January number (1917, page 96) a very interesting article by one “Bill” on the old subject, “How High Will a Rifle Shoot?” Being the king of gun cranks, I made up my mind to find out, and arrived at this conclusion: A rifle will shoot two-thirds the distance perpendicularly that it will horizontally.
Springfield Blows Up When .32 Auxiliary Cartridge Is Used.
Editor Outdoor Life
The following accident happened here during the past hunting season, which may be of interest to readers of your magazine: H. H. Montgomery and R. C. Paxson, members of the Missoula Rifle Association, while hunting in the Fish Creek country jumped a bunch of blacktail deer.
Am enclosing a diagram of a target I made last night, which I thought might be of interest to your readers. This target was made on a pine board 15 ins. high, 5 ins. wide and 2 ins. thick. I was coming home last night from a short ride, and when about a mile and a half from town saw the above-mentioned board sticking up in a pasture at a distance that I estimated to be about seventy-five yards.
A serial paper in three parts, by one of America’s greatest hunters, A. C. Rowell, will start in our August number. Mr. Rowell has not achieved his reputation as a student of natural history by advertising or vainglorious pomposity—but rather it has been earned by a quiet lifetime in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, while following, for more than a score of years, the avocation of trapper and hunter.
So many of our querists have asked for ballistics of our different cartridges we have decided to run each month a table giving the ballistics of the different cartridges concerning which inquiries are made. By this method we economize in space and have all the data together where it may be most readily found and comparisons most easily made.
Is the 6 mm. Lee rifle a good and accurate game gun? And is there any peep sight made that can be used on it? These guns are offered, altered into a sporting model and refinished, at the small sum of $11.85, by Francis Bannerman, New York, and I would appreciate your opinion of this gun.—Ira C. Fox, Paso Robles, Calif.
Am writing you for some information concerning a Marlin repeating shotgun, last patent on same being May 19, 1908; number on bottom of magazine being A11911. The receiver block on this gun, as you know, contains the firing pin, also the safety block which cannot be locked till the action is closed.
What is the difference between the regular .45 Colt automatic and the .45 Colt as used by the government? Is the 230-gr. bullet as used by the government any larger in diameter than the regular 200-gr.? Will the 200-gr. bullet work good in the government pistols, and will the regular .45 Colt handle the government ammunition?—L. Vaught, Hurley, New Mex.
At the May 2 shoot of the Peru Gun Club at Peru, Ind., the following notice was posted on their bulletin board: “The Hoosier Classic will be held on these grounds August 1 and 2. This shoot will be complimentary to the members of the All-American Team of 1901 who so successfully demonstrated on foreign shores the superiority of American arms, ammunition and shooters.
We have chosen the foxhound for this month’s model dog. This is the last of the breed of hunting dogs that have helped keep the great West free from predatory animals, and thereby with the coursing dogs ably assisted in the growth and development of the country.
Blue Bonnet: Debutante, by Lela Hain Richards; 300 pages; illustrated; $1.50; the Page Co., Boston. This is an enticing bit of fiction, the chief claim of which is that it contains so much of human nature; it is a book that will gladden the hearts of many readers because of its charming air of comradeship and reality.