To those who love the open and have never had the pleasure of a journey to the interior of the Silent North, there is yet waiting you a trip that is unsurpassed for beautiful mountain scenery, wonderful glacial fields, interesting mineral deposits, plenty of game and an insight into the life and history of Alaska; all of which combined makes the trip so interesting and instructive.
A lifeless waste of snow and great peaks that resemble, in their ermine hoods, an endless chain of mammoth cakes as it were frosted by a hand more deft than that of the baker. Against the azure background they stand in corrugated grandeur, these titans of the Rocky Mountains, whose gaping sides, like huge wounds of long ago, lie mercifully concealed under a soft mantel of white.
The first day our route lay thru timber for the most part, and not until we reached our first camp site at Medicine Lake did we obtain a comprehensive view of the country we were invading. Our tents were set at the foot of a mountain whose wooded sides broke abruptly onto an undulating meadow bordering the long and narrow lake.
The following resolutions were adopted by the board of directors of The Friends of Our Native Landscape for the purpose of placing certain facts before those interested in the best development of our National Paries. To bcome effective it is ncessary that organizations, Representatives and Senators as well as individuals, be urged to help in every way possible to further this necessary movement.
1. We believe that our national parks and national monuments are a priceless recreational, educational, patriotic and economic national asset which must be adequately conserved. 2. We believe that adequate conservation consists in both use and preservation; in protection against commercialism; in immediate development for the benefit of the people; in passing them on to the next generation unimpaired as shrines of native beauty.
We ask of the National Park Service and of our Senators and Representatives in Congress immediate and persistent effort along the line of these recommendations: 1. That Congress pass at this session the bill (S. 1555 and H. R. 171) to repeal the proviso in the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, limiting the annual appropriation to $10,000 and that an appropriation adequate to the immediate needs of this park be included in the sundry civil bill for the fiscal year of 1919.
I have often been asked by stay-at-home people, what has been the most exciting experience I have ever had. When a man has had hunting, adventure and excitement for fifteen years in all the out-away frontiers of the world he need not be surprised if he sometimes meets with a little more excitement than he desires.
Just as the state of being, defined as provincial, is likely to lay hold on a man who, unfortunately, is confined to limited surroundings, so may a sportsman thru his fascination for a few things disregard others nearly as satisfying once they are carefully observed.
Mr. Stanley Graham wrote a very instructive article on the pumas of the Rockies, and plainly explained that he referred only to the Rocky Mountain variety. No doubt but climate, altitude and food conditions exert an influence on all animal life, and sufficient to cause a division into varieties.
It would be unfair to characterize history as fossilized fiction, which I have done in print, in these “Campfire Talks” and else-where, and also from the lecture platform, and then hide the truth about my own people, the Old Time Westerners, the men and women—and children, remember— of the frontier.
"Here," say I to another Lantern Bearer, as we pore over the chart of some wild township, "here we shall be by nightfall; and here"—five squares away—"by late afternoon of the following day." Five squares—pooh! a move on the chessboard; we may do even better.
THE American Game Protective Association has addressed a letter to the Secretary of War, requesting, on behalf of the sportsmen of this country, that all areas used for military purposes in this country be made wild life sanctuaries. It has been moved to take this action largely by the suggestion of Mr. Isaac T. Norris, a veteran sportsman of Baltimore, and one of the most devoted soldiers in the great conservation army.
It is not my purpose here to argue for the legitimacy of live bait fishing, the method needs no defense. There are days and days when the best, almost the only successful lure for muskellunge, is a small sucker, shiner minnow or green frog. The angler who refuses to employ live bait may be compelled to depart from the fishing grounds without his “wasserwolf,” and, while the modern angler does not fish for fish, he is human and likes to take home with him ocular proof that he has been fishing.
Rogue River, having its source in the snow-capped heights of the Cascade Range of Oregon, meandering its entire length of over two hundred miles thru a rough and mountainous country to empty its waters into the Pacific, is one of the grandest trout streams in the world.
Will you please tell me something about bluegills and crappie; where found, size, color, baits used for their capture, etc.?—-C. H. B., Stoneham, Mass. Bluegills and crappie are both members of the sunfish family, cousins, as it were, to the black bass, for bass are sunfish and not bass at all, scientifically speaking.
The farmer boy wants to be a school-teacher. The school-teacher hopes to be an editor. The editor would like to be a banker. The banker would like to be a trust magnate, and every trust magnate hopes some day to own a farm and have chickens and cows and pigs.— Ladies Home Journal.
United States Department of Agriculture Bulletin No. 621. Contribution from the Bureau of Biological Survey, E. W. Nelson, Chief. Washington, D. C., February 16, 1918. Note:—This bulletin discusses in detail the beneficial and harmful food habits of the crow; gives a general account of its life history and geographic distribution; and shows how it may be controlled where necessary.
Two small game refuges have been established recently in Minnesota. The Anoka County Game Refuge comprises approximately nine and a half sections of land or 6,080 acres, located between the Mississippi River and the Great Northern railway tracks and extending from the north line of Hennepin county to the city of Anoka on the east bank of the river.
Owing to the exigencies incident to war the law is called off in connection with shooting doves and whitewings and other birds considered predatory as far as grain is concerned. M. Hendricks, deputy game warden of this county, has received a letter from State Game Warden G. M. Willard, stating that observance of game laws as regards doves and kindred fowl will be overlooked owing to the need of food for the allies.
The complete record of the number of mountain lions in California upon which bounties were paid in 1917, shows that there has been a slight increase in the number of claims over recent years. During 1917, bounties were paid on 188 lions as against 179 in 1916 and 162 in 1915.
To Protect Bears, and Forbidding the Use of Steel Traps, Dogs, Etc., in Their Pursuit Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of_
SECTION 1. No person shall at any time of the year take any kind of hear with a steel trap, or set, for the purpose of trapping any animal whatsoever, any steel trap larger than what is generally known and designated as a No. 4 Newhouse, and no person shall at any time of the year set a deadfall, snare or pen for the purpose of trapping or capturing any kind or species of bear whatsoever.
Bears in general are not at all dangerous or destructive enough in any manner to warrant trapping. It is already apparent to most sportsmen that bears, and grizzlies especially, have been so ruthlessly pursued that they are almost extinct in some parts of the West and are still more scarce in the East.
All men make mistakes; all magazines are made by men; therefore all magazines are mistakes—er—r—that is, we mean to say that “therefore all magazines make mistakes." And Outdoor Life made a mistake in the July issue (page 24) when we published the following note to Mr. C. M. Kreider’s excellent fishing article, “The Golden Trout of the California Sierras.”
I am a man 37 years old and have been over a good part of the Cascade Mountains. Have had experience with wolves, panthers, wildcats and other animals. The wolf is one of the hardest animals to get rid of that roams the Cascades. He stays back in the higher mountains, along the streams where deer are plentiful, and it is easy to run them to water and kill them.
The war, as you affirmed the other day, is not a respector of persons, and probably that is why fish hooks are no longer fish hooks. The English market produces all of the high grades of pennell-eyed hooks, which have become so popular not only for flies but for bait fishing as well.
Will you please advise me as to what size tent to take on a three-months' trapping trip this winter? I want it large enough to hold provisions and so on, but still not too large to make it hard to keep warm. —Frank J. Miller, Eaton, Colo. Answer.—If you are going on a trapping trip alone, an 8x10 tent with 3-ft.
Due to war conditions, which have affected the revenue of the Fish and Game department, the publication of the Oregon Sportsman will be suspended during the period of the war. This decision has been reached reluctantly, for we feel that the Sportsman has played an important part in the building up of game protection sentiment and in keeping the sportsmen together.
I desire to know whether turtle doves are insectivorous or grain-eating birds, and to what extent. Would like to know approximately the amount of grain consumed in a year; also the approximate amount of insects, and if possible the kind of insects mostly consumed by these birds; also the kind of grain mostly consumed.
Stinking Lake, the great duck breeding ground in northern New Mexico, will hereafter be known as Lake Burford. The new name is officially authorized in an order of the National Geographic Board recently received by the New Mexico Geographic Society at Albuquerque.
Primarily, my conception of the short gun is that of a pocket weapon of defense, aside from the many modifications of this weapon for compromise use, for practice, and for special purposes of interest. Inasmuch as the pocket gun has a practical and extensive use today, it is of more than passing interest to know something definite of the speed with which different types, under different conditions, can be gotten into action for protection when danger threatens.
In my forty years of revolver shooting, during which I have at times had my top bureau drawer full of revolvers and pistols, I have never become interested in the grouping of shots measured in inches at 5 0 yards. The revolver is not intended for such slow, painful accuracy.
As it is about six years since I last worried you with a letter I make the following suggestion with some confidence that it will receive your favorable consideration. I want you to get Mr. Newton, or some other competent writer, to give us a short article on the following subject: Why is it that an ordinary military bullet fired reversed from a rifle, will penetrate a steel plate that a similar bullet fired in the ordinary way will not penetrate, under exactly similar conditions, with, of course, the above exception?
For practical service to shooters, especially with the high cost of ammunition, can be found in the new art hanger, "Recommended Game and Trap Loads” which The Remington Arms Union Metallic Cartridge Company, Inc., has just issued. The purpose of this hanger is to help shooters choose shells which will render best service.
Last Saturday afternoon Mr. Crane and myself, the only two members of the club out to the Hamilton Range, became a little disgusted at not being able to make any very respectable scores at 5 0 yards on the S. M. target owing to the strong wind that swept across the range, decided to try our luck at 100 yards, after finding a spot to stand that was sheltered a little, and at the same time furnished a good clear view of the target.
I have an idea and I’m anxious to know what results would obtain by following it out. Would it be possible to neck down the .25-20 Winchester cartridge to .22 caliber and use this cartridge in a made-over Model '92 Winchester rifle, that is, have Mr. Peterson of Denver bore the barrel and remodel the action of the rifle, if any is necessary.
In the July issue of Outdoor Life last year, I note in Mr. Askins’ article, "Shotgun Ballistics," the following results as obtained with his L. C. Smith gun: 12-ga. Three drams Du Pont, 1⅛s No. 8 shot, 25 yards: 70-shot hit magazine; one shot penetrated 27 leaves, most of the shot penetrated 19 leaves."
I have just bought a Hopkins & Allen .22-cal. single shot pistol with 10in. barrel and am very much pleased with its design and general appearance. The grip fits my hand much better than that of the Smith & Wesson pistol and I think the breech fastening is better.
Winning the Grand American Handicap, heralded these many years as the premier event of trapdom, is the hope and desire of every trapshooter. It is this hope that springs eternal that brings out such a goodly crop of trapshooters for the event year after year.
For the past quarter of a century trapshooting has struggled along without any organized direction or help from the amateur, the one individual best fitted to aid in placing his sport on the same high plane to which other sports have been elevated by organized national effort.
Harley F. Woodward is 15 years old and is the trapshooting champion of Texas. Winning a state trapshooting championship is a great achievement, and winning a state title at 15 years is an even greater triumph. In winning the Texas State Championiship young Woodward had to defeat E. F. Forsgard, a veteran, and one of the best shots in the Lone Star state, in a shoot-off at SO targets.
The winning of the Grand American Trapshooting Handicap at Chicago, in June, 1910, by “Farmer” Riley Thompson, of Cainsville, Mo., was one of the greatest pieces of target shooting ever seen. Thompson had not been shooting up to form when he came to Chicago and was in doubt as to whether he wanted to enter the big race, but at the last minute some of his friends talked him into it.
Many do not fully realize the danger connected with the careless handling of gasoline. In a general way they recognize the explosive power of the liquid, but few of them know how great that explosive power is. A writer in one of the magazines devoted to the automobile trade seeks to make this clear and more impressive by comparing the explosive power of gasoline with that of dynamite.
Would you woo success at the traps or in the field? Get a gun that fits. This may seem very like a common remark, inasmuch as most guns are built to standard measurements and are purchased on the same principle. It is, however, almost an axiom that the cause of most exhibits of poor marksmanship rests usually in the fact that the gun used does not fit the shooter.
The Columbus Cup, for the past eight years in competition in the Southern Trapshooting Handicap, will hereafter be shot for in the Grand American Handicap Trapshooting tournament. When the Southern Handicap was held in Columbus, Ga., in 1910 the Columbus Chamber of Commerce put up the Columbus Cup for the high-average shooter, with the stipulation that it would become the property of the trapshooter who won it three times.
Lloyd George got this letter in his mail a few mornings ago: Sir: I sees in my paper this morning you says that we're goin' to fight till de last man. That last may be my man. Now, if that be him what I would like to know is: oo’s agoin’ to bring my man 'is rations?
There is only one other sport I like better than beagling, and that is otter hunting. Perhaps we will take up the otter hound in the next issue. Beagling is the essence and personification of the chase; it is the poor man's sport par excellence; it is the sport that furnishes more pure sport, with less harm to the animal followed, than any other; it gives the followers of the sport more stamina, bigger lungs, greater endurance, better poise and health, than any other.
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