Did you ever try catching and tying a grizzly cub along about June, when said cub is somewhere around four months old? If you want a real man’s job you might try it. In the spring of 1891 I helped rope and hog-tie a grizzly cub. Two of us, we'l mounted too, ran the brute for three miles over rough country before we could get a rope on him.
The campers of the mountains, They run the canyon length, They climb the walls where danger calls, And laugh to feel their strength. They lift their arms in gladness, And gird themselves with might, And drive their wedge to the highest ledge, These heralds of the light.
No. 1—Mrs. Fred’k K. Burnham of Martinez, Calif., and a grizzly killed by her in the Cassiar District of British Columbia. Mrs. Burnham also killed other beautiful specimens of big game on this trip as well as on other trips taken in the company of her husband.
Following along the general course of the Chitina River we passed over an uninteresting plateau just south of the Wrangell Mountains for several hours. At noon we had a good fifty-cent meal where some box cars were stopped and a construction crew at work.
Scattered over the deserts and thru the rugged mountains of the great Southwest are countless numbers of the ruins of what were once human habitations, which archaeologists tell us antedate the ruined cities of Europe, Asia and Africa. In fact, some are so bold as to assert that the prehistoric Americans built these rough stone walls ages before the great cities of ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt had even been dreamed of.
There comes a time to certain peculiarly organized individuals, if not to all men, that no matter how favored the land or conditions in which circumstance has placed them, they are dogged by the presence of an over-mastering impulse to retrace their steps; and once again down old trails, review the scenes of their yesterdays.
Looking for placer pangar, Loafing about in the hills, Getting your grub with a rifle, Taking your drink from rills, Getting your bed from the spruce tree, Taking your course by your dreams, And camping alone in the mountains, Siwashing along the streams.
The following quotation from the preface to Vol. II of “Across Unknown South America,” by A. Henry SavageLandor, the famous explorer, was kindly sent to me by Henry Walter Fry of Australia. As I know it is of keen interest to every scientist to whom I have submitted it, I am submitting it here to a larger circle who read some time ago in one of my “Campfire Talks” another theory of the formation of our earth, of its present geological mysteries and contradiction and puzzles, which so far no man has satisfactorily explained.
When morning-glory blooms are wrapped in sleep,As twilight deepens, in the summer eves, I hear the Katydid supinely peep Within its little bungalow of leaves.It trills continuously a dreamy tone That fascinates me with its weird delight. And, as I listen to its xylophone Accompany the Voices of the night,I feel my weary thought take magic wings And fly above the shadows far away— Above the motives of discordant things— Into a newer and a brighter day; And rest enraptured till I thinly I hear The morning stars in hallelujah clear.
THERE will be found prominently displayed in this issue of the Bulletin a sportsmen’s creed, written by Zane Gray. The principles it contains are the result of the collaboration of such well known sportsmen as Messrs. Charles Sheldon, John B. Burnham, Dan Beard, E. Bartlett Hayward, W. S. McCrea, Frederick K. Vreeland, and others equally well known.
The bait fisher, any variety of muskellunge fisher in fact, will find the middle of summer the most unremunerative season of the year in which to seek the “wasserwolf.” While ’lunge are taken in July and August, they are not as inclined to feed during hot weather, are morose, surly and lethargic, lying for long hours upon the surface basking in the warm rays of the sun or “sleeping.”
To begin with, I am not much of a star in the literary world, the extent of my endeavors along that line being a short note to my wife whenever I am away from home for awhile, explaining why I failed to be at the station on time or why collections were slow.
Just an old trout basket, wrecked and rotting; yet how vocal its gaping side and broken cover. Can I, who know its history, pass it unregardfully by? No, a thousand times no. I must needs rescue it from the refuse heap, and, sitting down, hold it tenderly in my lap, while it speaks to me of our past; for its past and my past are inseparably linked together.
All species of salmon die after spawning. The young salmon go out into the Pacific Orean as soon as they get to be a few inches long. No one knows where they go to but at the end of four years they return to the streams where they were born, and spawn and die.
Undoubtedly no single article of the bait fisher’s outfit is of equal importance with his hook, for upon it depends his success or failure. If the hook fails to impale or retain his quarry—shape and point governing the first and position and form of barb the latter—he is doomed to disappointment.
Dear Reader:—You may not perceive or absorb the fact as to why this article ever came to be written. Here’s hoping you do. These lines have been in my mind for weeks, trying to release themselves, crying to be told. I’m telling them to folks I believe will understand.
Letter No. 468.—Catching a Bass and Hog-Tying a Pickerel.
No. 469.—Gaffing Fish.
Letter No. 470.—A Wyoming Cut-throat.
Letter No. 471.—The Color of Trout Flesh.
Letter No. 472.—A Blind Fisherman.
O. W. S.
Editor Angling Department:—I am expecting to go up into northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip, visiting a place where there is said to be good bass (both varieties), northern pike, pickerel and muskellunge fishing. My outfit consists of a No.
The ground squirrel is first cousin to the prairie dog—in fact, he is in my judgment far more closely related than cousinship; the two are very likely the same animal, modified by generations of breeding under different circumstances and in a different country.
In the August issue of Outdoor Life, on page 118, there appears an interesting account of some lambs born in Smoky Valley, Nevada. These lambs are supposed to be the product of a cross between a wild deer and domestic sheep. The picture accompanying the article shows three lambs, and underneath the question is asked, “Are They Lamb-Fawn Hybrids?” Evidently there is some doubt in the mind of the editor, and those interested are invited to express their opinions.
Bona fide tavelers, American citizens or citizens of allied or neutral countries who come to Canada are assured of courteous treatment and are welcome to enter and leave Canada without difficulty, according to a revised memorandum on passports given out by the Superintendent of Immigration at Ottawa, Canada.
The woodcock, one of the finest of America’s migratory game birds, is decreasing in alarming numbers. To say that it is one of the vanishing birds is not to overstate it. “That the woodcock has steadily decreased is the view of Dr. E. W. Nelson, chief of the United States Bureau of Biological Survey.
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 bear 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.
I am in favor of no traps and a limited bag on bears. As we cannot get into the best of our bear country here until late June, I should like to see May and June open. September being our open season for big game, should also be open for bears, as many sportsmen would get chances while after other game that they would never get otherwise; and, of course, as they are in good fur from then till denning-up time, usually about Nov. 1, in this country, the season should remain open.
Only eight states protect the bear, bruin being without benefit of the statutes in the other states where it makes its abode. These eight states are Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.
There is a question much discussed as to whether cougars scream. This question has been threshed out in different sporting magazines, and as yet opinion is very much divided on the subject. I do not claim that I am an authority on the subject of a cougar’s habits or life and I do not expect to convince any of you to the fact that they do scream, but I must say that I am very much convinced that they do, and it will take quite a bit of evidence otherwise to destroy that conviction.
A man weighing 150 pounds approximately contains 3,500 cubic feet of gas, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen, in his constitution, which at 80 cents per thousand cubic feet would be worth $2.80 for illuminating purposes. He also contains all the necessary fats to make a 15-pound candle, and thus, with his 3,500 cubic feet of gases, he possesses great illuminating possibilities.
The method of poisoning you printed in your last paper is alright to use in the early fall, or when the animals are not very suspicious. But later in the season more precaution must be used in making up poison baits. The three constituents are honey, lard and strychnine.
Today there is an unusually good market for every kind or variety of native American fur, but there are fewer men available for trapping, so there is open an opportunity for good winter-time profit for others who, up to this time may not have considered trapping seriously.
Like the bad penny, John B. Hammersly, the veteran government hunter of Umpqua Mountains fame, recently returned to his old home in Gold Hill after an absence of a number of months in the Puget Sound country. August, a year ago, on the eve of an extended trip and vacation down in the Southwestern States, after having served the government as hunter for the enemy of the game in the Umpqua Mountains, E. E. Averill of Pendleton, of the Government Bureau for the Eradication of Predatory Animals in Oregon and Washington, solicited the hunter by wire to go to the Olympic Mountains.
Some years ago the Legislature saw fit to divert a large sum from the Game Protection Fund, and left the game of the state virtually unprotected for the rest of the year. Our sportsmen pay in their license money for protecting game and fish, and for no other purpose.
I am always particularly interested in your correspondence columns, as it is like renewing old acquaintances around a campfire. A hunting friend said to me one time: “There is always something to talk about.” I was much interested in an article in the April number of Outdoor Life from a writer who gives the size of a big brown Alaskan bear.
In a recent number of your magazine you have an article by a gentleman in Washington, D. C., giving a formula for wolf and coyote scent. Having been connected with this work for a number of years, I am sending you a formula which I have seen used to an advantage for luring coyotes, wolves, lynx and bobcats.
Mr. G. F. Bateman asks in the July number of Outdoor Life why he shoots low at a rattler’s head. The reason is that the center of bore is below the line of sight. If a revolver is sighted for center at thirty feet and the shooter aimed directly at the head of a snake that was only ten feet distant, he would shoot low, equaling two-thirds the distance from center of bore to top of front bead, as two-thirds of the distance of thirty feet had not been traveled by the bullet to bring it to center of aim.
Be a real sportsman. There is more honor in giving the game a square deal than in getting the limit. The farmer regards the hunter and angler who leaves his gates open, breaks down his fences, or shoots near his stock, as an outlaw. Put yourself in his place.
In the Old Days on the Frontier, when a man started out anywhere the first thing he picked up was his Colt .45 or his Winchester. At least, so our later-day tenderfoot friends would have it. So just to be in fashion we will do the same here. First, notice that double row of .45 Colt cartridges.
The mental attitude produced by the mere mention of nitroglycerin is one that is inclined to obscure the real origin of the compound. While it is exceedingly sensitive and violent in its action, it is derived from quite simple and well-known chemicals, says Du Pont Magazine.
So long as a newly initiated target shooter has but one or two guns, he can usually find a place for them in any convenient cupboard or bureau drawer. Gunitus is, however, a progressive disease and it does not take long for the enthusiast to accumulate a varied assortment of shotguns, rifles and revolvers.
On page No. 70 of your July issue there is a query from Mr. H. D. Williams of Pittsburgh, Pa., regarding the best boring for a 20-gauge shotgun, for use on quail. This query has been answered by Mr. Askins, your shotgun expert, hut, in view of the fact that for five seasons I have used the “twenty” on quail, I should like to make a few comments on the subject.
Would you like to face the Hun “over there” with one of the old muzzle loaders that helped blaze the trails across the unknown country west of the Mississippi River before the Civil War? There has been and probably always will be in the minds of many, much conjecture as to the accuracy and power of these old relics of the past which have been credited with such uncanny deadliness by such authors as James Fennimore Cooper and others.
Some guns have been made in one odd corner of the world and another that I have never seen, and a few I have never even heard of, strange as that may seem. This cartridge belongs to one class or the other. I have learned, however, that what one man doesn’t know another does, so I am going to describe this bullet, under the assurance that somebody will be able to tell us what gun shoots it.
Please inform me if there is a telescope sight for the .30 U. S. Springfield rifle that is a success. If so, which are the best makes, also what are the best makes of receiver sights for the .30 Springfield? What is the best book on taxidermy for a beginner?
Distemper prevention during the susceptible age, and particularly when a dog is liable to be exposed as after or during a dog show by a preventative biological agent is an ideal much sought after and hoped for. Altho bacteriology teaches us we are wholly dependent on the defensive cells and everything that pertains to them, there is no doubt that the alkalinity of the blood and the neutrality of the body fluids have a great deal to do with the protection of the body against disease, and especial thought should be given to feeding dogs during exposure to distemper and after they have developed it, to prevent as much as possible any deviation from the normal alkalinity of the blood.
Trapshooting is a real live sport, and has been for years and years, but this is the first year that state championship events have been staged for professional trapshots. The professional has been sort of neglected in the trapshooting game because of the desire to eliminate the old line professional shot.