An incident of British East Africa, supplemented by a description of how some splendid specimens of big game—rhino and buffalo—were brought to bag
Ralph H. White
THE babu at Mtoto Andei had a monkey. At that little tin station on the Uganda Railway it was very lonely. Few ever alighted there, and fewer still ever left again, for Mtoto Andei was low, and sickly, and very hot. The babu himself was not robust; indeed he was wan looking, and in his deeply sunken eyes flickered, like the gleam of a wavering light, a curious expression of inward contemplation, as if wondering, perhaps, how it had ever occurred to Allah to place one of the faithful in so desolate a spot; where the only sound, saving the lions, jackals and hyenas, was the monotonous click! click! of the telegraph instrument.
Two American sportsmen journey far north into Canada for big game, and each is rewarded with a magnificent bull moose trophy
H. H. Moore
SOMEONE has wisely said that "each of us has in his private life a magic window, thru which in happy moments he hopes to see things, not as they are always, but dreams he hopes will some day come true." Thru it he sees and lives his boyhood days again—days when he dreamed and planned for the future, and fortunate indeed is the man who sees his boyhood dreams come true.
Four deep-sea anglers have thrilling sport with tarpon, and find time to fish for the smaller members of the finny tribe, too
Joseph W. Stray
FOUR friends boarded "The Palmetto Limited" of the Atlantic Coast Line and left the Pennsylvania Station in New York at 1:04 p.m.; arrived at Jacksonville, Fla., at 8:30 p.m. the day following. Jacksonville was left at 10 p.m. that night, and the tourists arrived at South Boca Grande, Fla., at 1:05 the next afternoon, just forty-eight hours from New York City.
THERE is little wonder that some misapprehension still exists, even among sportsmen, concerning the horn-shedding animals of America. A casual observer is loath to believe, or fails to see, any philosophy in an animal like the moose being burdened with the necessity of eating enormous quantities of browse and lily-pads each summer to produce a new pair of antlers weighing from fifty to seventy-five pounds, but this is exactly what he does.
A FLAG, white bordering a black square in the center, flapped from the flagpole at the United States Weather Bureau. The rising north wind lofted dust and debris, the accumulation of many dry, hot days. There was a tang in the air, a tang that sent blood pulsing thru one’s arteries a wee faster.
POTENTIALLY every man is an outdoor lover. Whether he wills it or not, there are certain times when every atom of his being calls for a let-up from his daily routine and a near-to-nature change—an inborn want to satisfy those primordial instincts which survive from the time when his ancestors lived primatively and their principle vocation was in going out in an elemental sort of way to get sustenance.
I HAD been there a week and not a strike. As a fisherman I was having about the same success as a dog chasing his own tail. The rest of the party, with sly grins, continued to fill the common ice box with beautiful trout—small ones, medium-sized ones and large ones.
This grand example of America's superb scenery, the highest peak in North America, elevation 20,300 feet, will be viewed by many travelers this year, owing to the fact that steel has been connected on the Government Alaska Railroad from Seward to Fairbanks. Not only is this ride a wonderfully scenic one, but the Mount McKinley National Park, which the railroad closely approaches, will be a tremendous added attraction.
THERE were three separate and distinct classes of people concerned in the development and settling up of the West, and these were followed by a fourth class, who still occupy the old haunts of the cowman and the Indian. The first class were the explorers; these were usually each one, individually, more or less of a solitary kind of a creature who could stand a lot of privation, live like an Indian and was possessed of a lot of the same traits that the ancestral man must have had to survive.
Please find enclosed clipping from Jackson’s Hole Courier. This will confirm the statements in certain articles written to you some time previously. Concerning the elk situation here, there seems to be two factions—those in favor of extermination, and vice versa.
IF I were asked to name the best material for reel construction I would refuse to answer; if I were asked to name my preference I think I should say aluminum alloy. Aluminum, while light, bends too easily, the spool and mechanism always getting out of shape; then, too, the metal mars easily, and no angler enjoys using a battered reel—at least the tackle-lover does not.
I WONDER how many readers of this column know the joys of night fishing for trout. I realize full well that it is more written about than indulged in, like the reading of Milton’s "Paradise Lost"; just the same it is a rewardful method of angling.
NOW that another angling season has closed—and better yet, one stretches away ahead—it is both pleasurable and profitable to glance back over the summer months, and in our imagination live over again some of our piscatorial experiences, as well as plan for our future ones.
Editor Angling Department :—In your answer to Letter No. 763, October (1921) issue, you state that you never employ minnows for trout. Last year while at Steamboat Springs, Colo., I did some trout fishing. The large trout, say from 2 pounds up, are caught on sucker minnows almost exclusively.
IN TABLE A, presented herewith, the curved lines merely illustrate the figures above, except that the curves carry the velocity and other lines to 100 yards, while the figures were limited to 85, owing to lack of space on the sheet. For example, the drop of the shot at 85 yards is 3.4 feet, while at 100 yards, as shown by the drop curve, it is 6.9 feet.
A SUGGESTION about loads for small game may not come amiss to those who have not actually had considerable experience with the six-gun on little meat. Forget the catalog and its pray-book of ballistic tables. I am talking plain United States.
A FEW lines regarding the article by Lindsay C. Elliott. Without question this gentleman has given us the most comprehensive reading on the manifold shortcomings of the Ross action that I have read thus far. In about all the "stuff" that has been written regarding the Ross "bolt," reference is continually made to the "improper assembly of the bolt."
A recent series of articles in the Field (London) by Major G. Burrard of the British Army contain some very interesting data on modern British sporting rifles which are worthy of note by the American sportsman who wishes to compare his own excellent weapon with the "other man’s gun."
I am enclosing for the inspection of Chauncey Thomas a couple of groups shot with the Springfield as issued, which I think are pretty good. The distance was 100 yards, no marking; position prone without rest; Springfield as issued had one more between these two, but have lost it.
We love to read all of Outdoor Life, but especially interesting to us are the descriptions of various guns and loads. Next to this department our eyes pick out all the grouse and squirrel hunts, with quail hunts mighty close up for first honors.
Headline Canton (Ohio) Daily News:—Gang of yeggs wiped out in battle with posse; three bandits dead, one seriously wounded; one citizen dead and one patrolman wounded. Citizens of Canton present G. C. Hiner and J. R. Campbell with solid gold medals in recognition of bravery in this affair.
A CHAIN is no stronger than its weakest link, and society is no safer than its most lawless element will permit it to be. No matter how high the ideals of the model citizen, his home is not safe and the civilization which he is striving to build up is not safe unless he protects it from the preying of the predatory humans.
I have an old 12-gauge 28-inch double barrel gun, and reamed the shell chamber only of the right-hand barrel to a 10-gauge. Will this cause the barrel to break? I have shot several boxes of 34 Ballistite 4½-ounce No. 6 chilled shot and 4½ black powder, 1⅛-ounce No. 4 shot, made by U. S. Cartridge Company.
ONE of the main reasons why autocamping has come to stick as a permanent avocation of every class and every gender is the fact that ultimately it rests upon the foundation of the use of the automobikle. If automobiles ever lose their popularity, just about that time autocamping will lose out, and never before.
Food List for One Man for One Month With Pack Horse
CLAUDE P. FORDYCE
In computing the amount of food needed for one man for one month on a pack horse trip we choose as compact, nourishing and varied components as possible. Horse pack transportation allows of more weight and bulk than if one were taking a knapsack trip, and yet must be very much more conservative than if one were traveling by motor car.
Can you tell me anything about hunting conditions and camping possibilities in California National Forest? Some friends have asked me to go with them to this section, and we would like specific information, or can you tell us where to get it?—H. G., Calif.
THAT portion of the Northern fur country known as Yukon does not figure in the production as much as it might, if the trade was more actively developed. While quite distant from the Mackenzie territory fur trade, in which Edmonton is much interested, the fur catch from that uppermost corner of Canada is of about the same kind, and could, no doubt, be made much more important and profitable, not only to the Edmonton dealers, but trappers as well.
Thousands of fur hunters and trappers are wondering what prices raw furs will bring the season soon to open. With the known shortage of many kinds of raw furs, indications point strongly to prices fully as high as last season. if not higher for most articles.
Since spring shooting has been stopped the breeding range of waterfowl has been extended to such an extent that it must now be admitted that wild ducks will breed practically anywhere that conditions are suitable, provided they are given proper protection.
The moose and deer in the above picture were killed in the Lake of the Woods District, Ontario, Canada, by Omie Davis, Leone Van Arsdale and Roy Riley, on a three-weeks' hunting trip in November, 1921. Mr. Riley writes us as follows concerning the trip: After several weeks of correspondence and planning we left Wichita, Kans., one Tuesday night late in October for the Lake of the Woods and arrived there all “quilled up” three days later.
One day some years ago I cut down a beautiful oak tree. It was probably twenty-four inches in diameter—a wonderful work of nature. After cutting down the tree I stood in awe looking at it as it lay on the ground, lifeless; and the thought came to me: “What have I done?
In reading your good Outdoor Life I have become much interested in the number of boys who are using the bow and arrow instead of the rifle. In fact, it appeals to me so much that I am going to ask you to be kind enough to inform me where Mrs. Houston and I may be able to purchase good bows and arrows.
Last fall my son and I enjoyed a very pleasant and successful deer hunt in Cameron County, Texas. We hunted about thirty-five miles northeast of Brownsville and twenty miles from the Rio Grande. We took a train early Monday morning, December 26, 1921, and arrived in Harlingen, Texas, that night, where we were met by our friend, Garland Nichols, with whom we spent the night.
Some two weeks since two of our Indians killed and towed to their billage close by a big male sea-lion, some 10 to 12 feet long over all, and guessed to weigh anywhere from 600 to 1,000 pounds. In 1920 I killed one to prevent his ruining a fish trap in which he had been imprisoned.
A clerical friend in the East had written a minister in Alaska, inquiring whether the reports that he had heard about the cold in Alaska were true. The minister wrote back as follows: “I see by your letter that you wish this information for a lecture which you are to give, and for this reason I am sending you only facts, entirely reliable.
I had killed and dressed a deer, put it on the saddle with the horns first, to take to camp. In mounting the horse to ride in with my game, my shoe laces caught on the points of the horns, and I was hung up, one foot in the stirrup, one foot caught on the horns and the rest of me draped across the cantle of the saddle.
Once upon a time— Have you noticed, partner, how more and more when you grow heart-hungry for the clanking of the-battalions of geese overhead you have to prick up the ears of your memory, and when you have a hankering for the sight of moving antlers in the wooded places you have to tramp thru the forests of yesterday?
This time of year is golden, altho green things expire; October’s charms embolden the sport to swat his lyre; But always there is sighing, and sad and plaintive crying, While lovely things are dying in dun and brown attire. The sunshine’s paler, weaker, that late was glowing strong; The evening winds are bleaker, the nights both dark and long; All the signs are hinting that the best of the year is sprinting; Soon winter will be singing its wild, ferocious song.
I have been spending some hours over my old copies of your magazine, and have the same satisfied feeling that I sometimes get when I run across an old schoolmate whose memories and ways of thinking always have had a special appeal to me.
The fear that a material increase in the number of bears will seriously interfere with a proper increase in other game has been absolutely contradicted in Pennsylvania, because other game, especially deer, have increased quite rapidly in the same territory where bears are found most plentifully.
Your article in June issue by Lionel F. Phillips on “The Citizen and the Revolver” should be reprinted and copies spread broadcast to counteract the propaganda of these preachers, reformers and weak-knees who would subdue crime with a “be good and you will be happy” suggestion to the crook, when what the crook needs is a bullet.
In order that one may be prepared to ward off this very serious affliction, one should always carry along a pair of snow glasses. But if you are caught out minus them, then take your handkerchief (which should be of dark color, but a real dirty white one will do) and twist it into a rope-like roll and tie around the head, just under the eyes, and around under the ears.
The country is rapidly awakening to the enormous value of our fish and game which in many instances in the past have been ruthlessly squandered and wasted. Minnesota was one of the pioneers in advertising her 10,000 lakes, because the business men of that state realized that by so doing they interested the sportsmen and brought them into the state where everyone, including farmer, merchant, hotel keeper and transportation companies, profited from the money spent by these men seeking sport with rod and gun.
I noticed in your article on orphan puppies in the August issue you warned against feeding milk that had been exposed to air, or, as you worded it, “put thru the customary processes.” Please explain what you mean by this.—A. F. G., Sidney, Neb.