UTSIDE the big flakes were sifting silently down to come gently to rest on the ever deepening blanket of snow stretching away for leagues and leagues across the cold white country. Thoughts of fly-rods, guns and rifles were far from my mind as we talked of many things, until Orrin remarked that he would like to take a moose hunt.
Give me a birch bark trusty In the fall, when leaves get rusty And woodsy smells are ling'ring in the air. When the whole outdoors is singing, And the call of pintails ringing All about me on the dancing lake so fair. While the splash, ere I can pass, Of the crafty, leaping bass Signals from the depths as if to dare.
FROM our base camp at the head of Sheep Creek we returned down the creek to the point where we had first struck it, and then continued still farther down it into unexplored country. So far as we knew, we were the first men to descend Sheep Creek below the point where the trail from the Muddy River strikes it.
In silent majesty eternal stand the Winter Hills. When man was brute, so stood they then—isles of the air. Stone corpses of marble midnight— Rose tipped pearl at dawn— Diamond crusted alabaster, gashed with blues— Blood flooded at set of sun—tower the steepling summits.
OLD Uncle John Fort and Aunt Liza, two old ante-bellum darkies, will ever be kindly remembered by me. Uncle John lived at the time of this hunt, on a little clearing, about fifteen acres, in the heart of Tombigbee River swamp in old Pickins County, Alabama.
Each year for more than fifty years Cyrus Thompson has made it a rule to spend some time back in the wilds, hunting big game, fishing and inspecting sunsets. At least twenty years have found him in the Rocky Mountains of the United States or Canada when the hunting season approached.
HAPPY is the duck hunter whom fortune has located near good duck shooting grounds, and we, of Barton County, Kansas, feel that we have as good as the best of that favorite sport on the Cheyenne Bottoms. The "Bottoms” is composed of a natural depression without an outlet, that covers over one township, and while it is not always covered with water in the fall there is usually enough ponds and swamps to attract waterfowl in vast numbers and the duck hunter dreams sweet dreams while waiting for the opening day.
offers such a variety of thrills and experiences that every account of a campaign in that country holds something new. Outdoor Lite has been fortunate in getting one of these stories from JOHN T. HOOVER, who recently returned from a most successful hunt in Africa, where he was guided by the Cottars.
ANTI-FIREARM legislation, of the most vital concern to sportsmen and gun lovers, has again cropped out in the halls of Congress. This time, it would appear, not satisfied with restricting the traffic in small arms, at least one solon would so tax pistols, revolvers and ammunition for them, until only millionaires could afford them.
Lest the subhead published with the story by Mr. Minnick, February number, be misunderstood as it is worded, we wish to explain that the bear killed by Mr. Minnick carried the largest skull ever taken so far as is recorded, as is noted in the caption beneath the picture of the skull on page 88, and not that it was the largest bear; also, Mr. Minnick believes the hide is the widest of any on record after tanning, altho not the longest by any means.
Dear Mr. McGuire:—I want to congratulate you on the fearless manner in which your paper has been handling the Louisiana Gulf Coast Club matter. From the number of weak advertisements and feeble articles appearing in most of the other outdoor journals trying to justify this outrageous scheme, one would think that another Roosevelt of Conservation was being attacked by a short-sighted and fossilized public.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I am wondering how this America of ours is going to solve a lot of problems that it has created by past action. It seems to me our country is about in the position of one who has squandered a vast inheritance and is fast approaching a period of readjustment.
Now that this world is tamed by man And Wildlings all are under ban, What shall we do who are not tame, Whom shall we worship after Pan? The Power that flung this world in space To spawn the grubbing human race, Methinks hath other worlds for those Who weary of this man-smeared place.
A GOOD rod is a pearl beyond price, and yet what does it contain? Not a whit more than one of those department store examples reduced to $1.98 from $2.13. The raw materials in a rod consist of a few cents worth of bamboo, a very small weight of metal for the ferrules and rodseat, some guides, silk, varnish and cork washers for the hand-grasp; but the work of an artist is required to assemble them properly; and it is this last item that makes the cost so much more than the similar looking thing that can be bought for less than $2.
Poor long-legged insect, big of eye, Your praises they have ne’er been sung! But I can’t sing them—thoughts so high Hold not the low grasshopper tongue. Your scarlet wings' rich film, I guess, Is often quite admired by some. I'm not enamoured, I confess, By them or your disgusting hum!
A Series of Papers Having to do with a Subject of Increasing Interest to Every Trout Fisherman.
CHAPTER XIII—PART 1—THE DRY-FLY ON SMALL STREAMS
O. W. Smith
THE dry-fly is not adapted to small streams, its handling there requiring more than a modicum of skill and being fraught with great danger. Yet the careful and painstaking man can enjoy wonderful sport along the banks of small streams providing he works slowly and understandingly.
PERHAPS there is no single subject regarding which there is a greater diversity of opinion, unless it be religion, than the correct length of a casting rod. Now, I have had my say on this much discussed question many times, and shall undoubtedly have much to say in the future—that is, unless those modern prophets have their way and earth ends in a great burst of sound and fire.
The following clipping from the Morning Oregonian (Portland) is of sufficient interest to receive wider publicity, so we give it herewith without comment, thinking our readers will have something to say.—O.W.S. Alaska has the distinction of being the only place in America where trout are destroyed as predatory fish.
NO article of the fly-fisher’s outfit can compare in importance to the rod, not even the “counterfeit presentments” themselves. What advantage is there in having a perfect fly if the rod is not “there with the goods” after the fly has attracted the fish?
Letter No. 947—Varnishing Rods Editor Angling Department:—Am having trouble with my rod varnish; it is rough and takes long to dry. Where do you get varnish? —J. H. K., Ore. Answer.—Think your trouble must be that you have undertaken to varnish in a room in which particles of dust were floating.
TOURING troubles and remedies need not bother the camper if proper foresight is observed. It is obvious that it is inadvisable to start with a car in poor working order and equipped with worn-out tires. If you then keep the car in good trim, going over it daily for oiling and needed adjustments, it will serve you in such a way as to make your trip more enjoyable and devoid of vexatious and expensive delays.
THE main artery of travel for motorists between Canada and Mexico and thru the states of Washington, Oregon and California is called the Pacific Highway. Of its 1,828 miles of roadway all but 114 miles in Northern California are hard surfaced, and this 114 miles is a good road.
A FEW months ago I decided to take an automobile trip of about 5,000 miles. As the route I had planned would take me up and down and across several ranges of the Rocky Mountains, it seemed hard for me to decide on just what kind of car to rig up for such a rough route.
WE frequently see very interesting letters or articles in your magazine from Northern and Eastern tourists, but very seldom is there one from our Southern states. Of course, we realize that Southern tourists are far outnumbered by their Northern and Eastern neighbors.
HERE is a new type of camping car which has been classified as a “cruiser.” It embodies all the built-in conveniences of the so-called “house-on-wheels” without the great bulk and weight of the latter. The body of this car is mounted on a chassis manufactured to carry a sedan of the $2,000 class.
The pack to be described is the outgrowth of the writer’s civilian and military experience, and for the woodsman combines advantages not to be found in any of the “boughten” packsacks. It is easily constructed at home of ordinary materials and has three separate parts, as follows:
CHAPTER XXXVIII—RESULTS WITH DIFFERENT SWEELEY LOADS AND HOW THEY WERE OBTAINED
Capt. Chas. Askins
E. M. Sweeley
MOST of the patterns presented herewith were shot from an over-bored Fox gun. This gun instead of being bored the usual .730 of an inch is cut .745; closer to an 11-gauge than a 12, and is cut with very little cone. Such a slight cone as it has is very short, practically a square rise with the edges beveled.
A long time ago I blew a thing-in-bob off the right side of an 1886 model Winchester. So far as I can now recall, I have never been introduced to it, and in the good old Western fashion did not call it what its right name was in the States, but just called it something handy, based somewhat on personal appearance, like “Red” or “Shorty” or “Windy.”
WHEN a man did his first milking between the Rockies and the Big Muddy he speaks of it as a “six-gun”; if he chewed rubber with his toes in the air east of the Missouri he calls it a “revolver”; and if he was raised in a brick corral and only read about it in the crime reports, he often refers to it as a “pistol.”
A nine-part series of articles dealing with the various phases of shooting by one of the best known and ablest marksmen of the present day. The first part, telling about expert fancy shooting, will appear in our April number, followed each month by an article explaining the different kinds of gun work.
In the November issue of Outdoor Life, page 361, Gun Talk No. 44, Chauncey Thomas outlines a handicap system which works out wonderfully well on flying targets as well as on stationary targets, which I will endeavor to illustrate as we go along in a later article.
Perhaps many sportsmen do not use the sling on their sporting rifles because of the unsightly appearance of the permanently-attached loops at muzzle, fore-end and stock. The method of attaching sling shown here will, in a great measure, overcome this unsightliness.
Like many “gun cranks,” I am fond of target shooting but find that prices of ammunition, especially of the larger calibers, make it an expensive amusement. Not having money to burn in that way, I was forced into the reloading game or not to shoot at all.
A number of inquiries have been made recently as to the practicability of using a Lyman tang sight, No. 103, on the Savage .22 bolt-action sporter. The same question came to me while I was making up my mind to try the combination, and the question was answered when I received the rifle from the Savage factory equipped with the Lyman 103 mounted on the tang and the Lyman 5-B globe and ivory bead front sight, and tried it out.
I have an old muzzleloading rifle of which I would like to know the name, also who made it, if you can tell from the description. What seems to be the maker's trade-mark, and of what value is it as an antique? This gun has an octagon barrel 28½ inches long and 1⅛ inches in diameter; the gun weighs 11 pounds and has two triggers.
The only fault I have to find with Outdoor Life is that I have to wait so long for each new issue. For my part I would be glad if it were a weekly or biweekly publication. I enjoy reading articles by “gun cranks” airing their pet grouch, so if I may impose upon your time to that extent I will inflict mine upon you.
In the May number (1922) of Outdoor Life I gave a description and picture of an old Colt revolver. I claimed in this article that in 1835 Colt in the first place patented a revolving rifle. This assertion was contradicted by Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Shafer.
"A VERY simple way to prevent a large number of the robberies and holdups, as well as much other iniquity going on, would be to gather in all the pistols and revolvers which are necessary to their commission and to permit no further sales of them, except under special regulations.
Believing that you are happy to entertain argument on any subject which is covered in your magazine, I would like to take issue with Edward F. Ball and his mathematical interpretation of killing power. While Mr. Ball admits that his argument is entirely theoretical, but that it is based upon a certain amount of observation, it is fair to consider this whole matter from other viewpoints.
I wonder how many of the readers of Outdoor Life have ever handled or even seen an American-made double-barreled rifle, not of the revolving over-and-under pattern, but one made like a double shotgun, with barrels and locks side by side, such as I had the privilege of examining in this city recently.
The second annual convention of the Sporting Powder Division of the du Pont Company was held in the grill room of the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Del., January 2 to 4, inclusive. The three-day program was filled with educational talks and experience recitals, some of the subjects and speakers announced being as follows: Du Pont’s Stand on Unbranded Loads— A. Felix du Pont, general manager.
What is the extreme variation and average variation of the following 12-gauge charges: 3¼ drams Du Pont Powder, 1¼ oz. No. 4 shot; 3½ drams Du Pont powder, 1¼ oz. No. 4 shot; 3½ drs. Du Pont powder, 13-16 oz. No. 4 shot? Which of the following powders give the least variation, Du Pont Bulk or Ballistite?
I am a duck, a hunted thing. From my parents I early learned that man is my worst enemy. Of all living things on earth, him I most fear. A man chased me from my home in a northern marsh when my bones were tender and my flying muscles untried. Large objects loomed in the reeds early one September morn and, while my parents and my brothers and sisters were taking wing, terrifying noises came in rapid succession.
December 5, 1923 was a notable day in the annals of sportsmanship. On that day Representative Anthony of Kansas introduced the Game Refuge Bill in the House (H. R. 745). That means that whatever we expect to do to boost this measure to victory must be done without delay.
I don’t think that the sportsmen of the United States should be discouraged over the failure of securing the passage of our public shooting ground bill, last year, because most all of such legislation to protect our game has had a similar experience.
It's a thrilling experience, waiting for honkers in the early morning behind a blind of ice and snow, which Nature has placed especially for you along the edge of a lake or river, where those geese have spent the night. You know they are there by the manifestation of unrest at the first suggestion of light in the east.
I am enclosing clipping from the Times-Picayune, which appeared Dec. 31, 1923. It would seem that at last Louisiana is going to take some organized action in the matter of one man trying to use the state’s wild life preserves for the operation of a private game club.
Just a few words in regard to game conditions here. I was talking to a man here—I did not learn his name—who had been out prairie chicken hunting. He had killed 84, somewhat over the limit; another fellow had killed 114 wild ducks and sold §10 worth; another man had killed 81 and still another had killed 93.
The difference between the ethic standards of man and beast, upholding respectively right as might and vice versa, causes confusion because under certain circumstances both are prevalent in civilization. We still mostly use the fang and claw method of settling international differences, with individual (or group) offense and defense, instead of by means of the collective power of all nations, functioning thru a court of justice as in our commonwealths, on account of the slow moral growth of the race as a whole, caused by its numerous retarding units.
The Canadian government is striving in a quiet manner to retrieve the buffalo. A few years ago it was decided to establish a buffalo park for the breeding of these once plentiful prairie kings. Buffaloes have been purchased by the government and quartered in the park.
On page 138 of Outdoor Life for February, 1924, under pictures of Mrs. J. M. Hilborn and me, it is stated that I was first and Mrs. Hilborn fifth in a 1,000-yard match at Sea Girt, N. J., in 1923. Neither of us shot in any 1,000-yard match at Sea Girt during 1923.
Comanche, the only known survivor of Custer’s last stand, the recognized mount of Captain Keogh, was found wandering about aimlessly on the battlefield two days after the battle, with seven wounds. Lt. H. I. Nowlan discovered the poor beast, and having been an intimate friend of Captain Keogh, decided to save him if such a thing were possible.
From sportsmen living in all parts of the country letters continue to arrive in the office of Outdoor Life commending this publication for the stand it has taken concerning the Louisiana Gulf Coast Club as proposed by E. A. McIlhenny. We have expected from the time this proposition first came to our notice to see it meet with disfavor and opposition among the thoughtful class of sportsmen, and we have not been disappointed.
A reader has written, asking the following question: "Can you inform me when the first articles advocating federal control of our game birds were published in sporting magazines? If you are not sure of exact time can you give it approximately?"
J. Western Warner, veteran guide of Libby, Mont., expects to conduct a camping tour during the summer of 1924, which will include a visit to the Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. This trip will be made by pack and saddle horses principally, visiting territory and offering camera shots which it is necessary for the average tourist to pass owing to the impossibility of getting off the beaten trails when using other modes of travel.
No. 242—Directory of Officials and Organizations Concerned with the Protection of Birds and Game, 1922. No. 260—Report of the Governor of Alaska on the Alaska Game Law, 1922. No. 261—Bird Censuses and How to Take Them. No. 1288—Game Laws for 1922.
On December 10 and 11, 1923, the Tenth National Game Conference of the American Game Protective Association was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Starting with less than one hundred, these meetings have grown steadily, each one a little larger than the meeting held the previous year.
Besides winning the National Amateur trapshooting championships at singles and doubles targets in 1923, Phil Miller, of Dallas, Tex., is first on the trapshooting average list for 1923 announced by the Amateur Trapshooting Association.
What is the oil or fat of a rattler worth? Where can one get a market for same?—John Silvertooth, Antelope, Ore. Answer.—There is no established market for snake oil; most of the "snake oil" advertised is just a liniment, so-called. The Oriental Pain Balm Company, 18th Street, Denver, will probably give you from $2 to $3 a quart for some rendered snake fat.
The pointer and setter are dogs of like purpose and differ principally in physical appearance. The pointer is a smooth-coated dog while the setter is rough-coated. Adherents of the pointer sometimes make claims of superiority for their breed as bird finders in comparing them with setters, and vice versa.
Oshkosh, the beautiful white collie, chosen by President Coolidge to be his companion on outdoor rides and rambles, is the gift of the Island White Collie Kennels. Oshkosh is a dog after his new master's heart, having spent his early youth on a typical American farm and in being a lover of the outdoors.