For many years I have been a reader of Outdoor Life and the magazines devoted to things out of doors and I have yet to read my first story dealing with the American collared peccary (tayarsu tayarsu), or as it is locally known, the javelina or coche.
Every enthusiastic trout-fisher has in his mind a pool he’d like to fish in. Of course this pool is exaggerated. It is larger, deeper, prettier than any pool he has ever seen. Naturally, it is filled with trout ; big ones, you bet. Every man has a something he prizes most of all.
As we topped the boggy eminence that morning above our Skolai camp we beheld that gorgeful of glistening ice known as Russell Glacier, straight ahead and a mile away. The mouth of this great icemass stretched across the stream bed for a mile or two, resembling at this distance a great long strip of canvas pegged down at either end by the rocky promontories of the gulch.
When the air grows warm and the sky is clear, And you are lazy and feel so queer And you gaze around with a vacant look Thinking of nothing but bait and hook, Counting how slowly the days go by Till Sunday comes and your luck you’ll try; And every one is under the spell Of the fishing time we love so Well, That for one thing I reckon as how Aint changed a bit 'twixt then and now.
In a remote section of the Gallatin Range, Montana, in the Northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, far from the main lines of travel, are a number of fossil trees and stumps that have been dignified with the name of “petrified forests,” altho there are not more than 15 or 20 specimens all told.
Whatever you do, make note of the fact that good health is the foundation of all bliss. It is impossible to appreciate the good things of life if you are not sound in mind and sound in body. Health is the soul that animates the pleasures of life.
The adventure here narrated is one that happened to Tolstoy himself in 1858 and written about 1872. More than twenty years later he gave up hunting on humanitarian grounds.
We were out on a bear-hunting expedition. My comrade had shot at a bear, but only gave him a flesh-wound. There were traces of blood on the snow, but the bear had got away. We all collected in a group in the forest, to decide whether we ought to go after the bear at once, or wait two or three days till he should settle down again.
Home always is, or should be, an interesting shrine, yet with many men it is only a place where they eat and sleep and get acquainted with the family. I don’t know how you fix your home, but I’m minded to tell you about a few things that help to make home the desirable place it should be.
THE resolution of the United States Senate authorizing negotiations for a treaty with Canada for the protection of migratory birds, passed in 1913, also authorized similar negotiations with other countries. When the Canadian treaty was finally consummated on July 3d of last year, this association immediately recommended a similar treaty with Mexico.
Some years ago thru various outdoor publications I created a great deal of interest in autumnal fishing, and have each season since that time kept at my gentle task of interesting more people in the beauty and productiveness of fishing in the months of September and October, not to mention the excellent fishing to be had way into the month of November.
There are just two classes of water that can be fished with the fly by the bass fisherman who wishes to wade,— lakes with bars and shallow shores, somewhat rare and often difficult of access; and rivers lacking prohibitive depths yet of a character to appeal to bass.
Letter No. 536—Rod for General Brook Trout Fishing.
Letter No. 537—A Four-Foot-Six Telescopic Caster.
Letter No. 538—A Successful Fisherman’s Club.
Letter No. 539—Fly-Tackle for the West.
Letter No. 540—How Do Fish See Under Ice?
O. W. S.
Please give me the name of a good, modern book on fly-tying.—R. E. C., Butte, Mont. As has been pointed out a number of times thru the Fireside, there are several books upon fly-tying, none of which are very modern and many of which are out of print and can be secured only thru second hand book stores.
I read with interest the article in the April issue of your valuable magazine by R. W. Everett, “A Review of the Wyoming Elk Range,” and would like very much to present to your readers a statement regarding the interests existing between the cattleman and elk of this valley.
I finally got my bear and enclose you a picture of it. My stenographer, Mr. George W. Folta, who is known as the champion bear killer of Juneau, and I left here on a launch on June 19, headed for Berners Bay, but after crossing the bar, we found the weather so good that we decided to make a longer run and go to Chichagof Island.
“Where the deer went in droves and there were clouds of ruffed grouse thirty-five years ago there are now cities, homes and farms. As the country develops the game seems to disappear. We are positive that a one-buck law with a thoro execution of the game laws would save the deer in this state.
I will give you an account of our 1918 trip into the Upper Peninsular after deer. William Ward and I left on November 8th for St. Ignace, our stopping-off place. We hunted in Mackinaw and Chippewa counties, twenty miles northeast of St. Ignace.
Have just returned from Germany and France and as the Outdoor Life magazine was one of the favorite ones “over there” it is only natural that I should write to you at this time and tell you how it was received. A very dear friend sent each copy as it came out.
The letters on above subject in your June, 1914, number have only just come to my notice, nor have I been able to see Mr. Y. B. Hill’s article in February, 1914, number, nor any since. It is a pity that your correspondents are so cocksure that their methods are the only possible ones, and that Mr. Hill’s must therefore be impossible; it is not in this way that the cause of scientific investigation is advanced.
For four hungry men, as follows: Two teacups of sour milk, 2 eggs, 1½ teaspoonful of “Arm and Hammer” soda, piece of butter the size of a hen’s egg, ¼ loaf of very dry bread, pulverized. Put the soda in the milk and beat it well; add a heaping teaspoon of salt, beat the eggs and add to the milk, stirring all the time.
Regardless of any name, nom de plume or nombra abscure you write under or over, you are easily recognized, because the brand of the frontier is indelibly placed on your mind, has left its marks for life—marks of poetic visions of mountain, plain and scenes of romance and long ago.
I was reading Mr. H. F. Sidney’s article in Outdoor Life of the Brazilians keeping boa constrictors as a safeguard against venomous snakes and rats. This reminds me of a little incident which occurred in my barefoot days while living on a farm in West Virginia.
Please assist me with some sort of an exposure scale for photographing in the mountain country of Wyoming in August and September.—Ernest Jones, Chicago, Ill. Answer.—We have a 3-A Eastman camera with Goerz lens and have kept fairly close to the following scale for the Rocky Mountain states for summer months.
Many now important cities west of the Mississippi River started as furtrading posts. In fact, it was trappers and traders, in quest of furs, who told of such a wonderful country, rich in soil, mineral and furs, that started settlers streaming Westward.
Now, a few words concerning the Savage. When Arthur Savage designed the Savage rifle he designed it for a longer and heavier barrel than the .22 H. P. and .250-3000 calibers have—yes, or the other calibers in the lever action Savages which are supplied with very light-weight barrels and branded “Featherweight.”
Another time, as I hinted before, Taylor lay awake one half night inventing torments, and this is what he did to me: It was a fairly warm winter day, temperature a little above freezing, in an old brick pit, no wind, time from 3 to something after 5 o’clock.
Military rifle shooting may properly be divided into, five stages: First.—Preliminary instruction in the best methods of holding the military rifle in the different shooting positions and how properly to adjust the sling. Snapping practice with the empty rifle until the rifleman-to-be reaches the point where he can “call his shot.”
A few months ago I wrote an account of how I had had the chambers of the cylinders of a Colt cap and ball Navy revolver, which had been converted to take the .38 long cartridge, reamed out to take the .41 long cartridge, having first ascertained that the 200 grains, hollow base, inside lubricated bullet would pass fairly easily up the rifling of the barrel.
I wish you would enlighten me on the subject of Spotlight cartridges. The cartridges are listed in the Winchester 1918 catalog. What I want to know is what they are and what they are used for. Another thing I would like to know is, whether the Colt .45 auto.
The American Kennel Club has under consideration the rescinding of the rule governing licensed judges, and has advised all the kennel clubs that a vote be taken on the question from the members in each club at one of the regular monthly meetings of the club.
Forty-seven of the Best Target Breakers in the United States and Canada.
PETER P. CARNEY
The National Championship Rifle matches are now being held over the Navy Rifle Range at Caldwell, N. J. The matches will continue the remainder of August. Since 1903 the National matches, as they are known in the shooting world, have been conducted and up to this year supervised by the War Department.