Birds I Have Known, by Richard Harper Laimbeer; 400 pages; profusely illustrated in colors; $4 net; G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York City. No matter how many books the bird lover may have read, here is one that he should not miss. The fifty colored plates are most fascinating and helpful.
IN WHICH four physicians of the Peking Union Medical College journey into the interior of China in quest of the argali sheep of that region. To those who might think that because China is old and densely populated it would be devoid of game, this story will be an eye-opener.
JACK LONDON wrote a story entitled “The Call of the Wild.” It is a great story, but the title is even greater—and truer. The call of the wilderness is a factor which every man who has ever answered must ever reckon with. Thus it happened that a year ago last June I thought I had definitely abandoned a long-anticipated hunt scheduled for that fall.
IT WAS a nice shimmery day the latter part of March. Bill Haynes and I had previously engaged Capt. Bill Fagen to take us out in his fine boat, the “Gloria S.,” and the first peep o’ dawn brought tidings of good weather. The sea had that oily aspect which the poor sailor always welcomes.
I WAS glad that we had not camped out the night following the killing of the three sheep, for the next day it poured all day. This gave me a chance to rest and recuperate, while Billy went with a pack for the meat. I regretted that I had not been able to take any movies of my kill with the large camera I had brought with me, for the pictures which might have been obtained of this wonderful country would have been all one could desire.
IN EVERY section of the country where good hunting prevails there are to be found localities designated by some queer name or other. Such names originate from either some happening of note or minor incident occurring in the vicinity, from some topographical characteristic, by reason of a plentitude of a certain species of game, or for numerous other reasons.
IT IS a hard thing to write about, the origin of this famous weapon, as so many conflicting statements have been made regarding it, but not even all of the misinformation printed below served to keep hidden the true tale of the original Bowie and its maker.
THIRTEEN years ago Chauncey Thomas began a series, the "Campfire Talks," in Outdoor Life that proved to be unique and that in due time will take an abiding place in American literature. They ran month by month in Outdoor Life for seven years.
Open Seasons for Game in the United States and Canada for 1925-26
The above table of the open season for game for 1925-26 in the United .States and Canada has been received from the United States Bureau of Biological Survey, Washington. D. C. (compiled by George A. Lawyer, Chief United States Game Warden, and Frank L. Earnshaw, Assistant, Interstate Commerce in Game, Bureau of Biological Survey).
CHAPTER VIII-AMP;AMP;EMDASH;SMALL AND LARGE-MOUTH COMPARED
O. W. Smith
UNDOUBTEDLY there is no single ichthyic question regarding which there is more earnest controversy than the one now engaging our attention. The quite general opinion seems to be that the small-mouth has the better of the argument. As has already been pointed out, we sometimes hear the small-mouth spoken of as the true bass, while the large-mouth is considered of lesser worth and importance.
Ol’ Mud Turtle on a log, a gettin’ him some sun; Ol’ Black Bass a jumpin’ up 'n' havin’ lots o’ fun; Thrush a warblin’ in de woods, a tune plumb full o’ cheer; Katydids 'n' crickets, too, is music to yo’ ear; Fox Squirrel starts a barkin’ at his mate up in de trees; Bob-White’s whistle minglin’ with de buzz o’ honey bees; Muskrat comes a swimmin’ towa’ds his hole down ’long de sho’; Crows a gettin’ sassy in de holler sycamo’;
Sportsmen are always interested in the best devices for pursuing their pleasures afield and astream that will give them the greatest sport and at the same time give the quarry an equal chance in the game. One of the latest things to attract anglers and conservationists is the barbless hook.
I HAD been fishing for two weeks last September in a good-sized lake in Northern Michigan, and what I had caught in the line of bass would be rather mortifying to relate. I was rather more than disgusted, particularly since I had caught quite a few good ones out of the same water at the same time the preceding year.
AS THERE is always much said about pike fishing in the lakes of the North, I would like to venture a few remarks to those who may attempt the sport along the rivers in a more moderate zone. You see it is this way: All of us that have the “wag” cannot go North to fish, and after catching six nice ones last year and having caught many heretofore, I have decided to tell those situated as I am, how I secured those “fresh water tigers” without the loss of time and the expense of a long trip.
THE river Calcasieu looks like black coffee and smells like the floating gardens of Old Mexico. It slides along, sleepily, under live oaks draped in mournful gray Spanish moss, which sways in the soft breeze and makes one wonder when the funeral is going to be over.
Editor Angling Department:—“What would one want with a gar after catching him except to remove him from the water?” My answer is, why not use him for food? Well, I must confess I never ate one and I suspect that you, too, would admit the same lack of experience in that line.
I am a great lover of sea fishing, and during the last thirty years have fished the waters of the coast of California, including Catalina Island, Vancouver Island, and much of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast bordering on the United States, including the East Coast of Florida.
Florida has more miles of seacoast than any other state in the Union—in fact, nearly twice as many miles. She has more miles on the Gulf Coast than California has on the Pacific, and more than 700 miles on the Atlantic, not to speak of the Gulf Stream, which bounds Florida on the south.
Caught off Miami, Fla., Feb. 5, 1925, by Max Neuburger of New York. Mr. Neuburger is a member of the Miami Anglers' Club, in which organization this fish won the prize for the 1924-25 season. The big fish weighed 95 pounds and measured 8 feet long.
The Florida barracuda is not esteemed as a food fish. In this he differs from the Pacific Coast barracuda, that is well and favorably regarded as a table fish. The Florida fish is bigger, coarser and very smelly. Usually he has on his person somewhere, black markings in the form of blotches, placed anywhere with no system.
Dear Mr. Haynes:—I note your question on what bit Frank Schory and I enclose a clipping showing that a barracuda could do it if he got it in his teeth. Ill. San Juan, Porto Rico, May 23.—(A. P.)— While swimming here yesterday Lorenzo Iglessas, schoolboy, was bitten on the left arm by a fish known as the “barracuda.”
VACATION geography is now the most interesting subject before the American traveler. It represents all the information on the character of America’s playgrounds, the topography, whether seashore, lakelands, desert, mountains, altitude and climate; the fauna represented by its fish, birds, big and small game; its accessibility for outing purposes; its motor highways, railways, and trails and its proximity to centers of population; and the improvements which have been established for creature comfort—hotels, resorts, camp colonies, public motor camping grounds and the supply points for “jumping off” on wilderness jaunts.
The map on this page is the thirteenth in a series now appearing in Outdoor Life. Each month the tourist, autocamper and outdoorsman will be given a map covering one of the states or principal highways, each well worth saving for future use. Readers desiring a transcontinental map may obtain same by enclosing a 2-cent stamp to Outdoor Life.
IT IS wholly probable that some members of a camping party will suffer from some digestive disturbance from the continual change of water, the wholly different diet, and especially from overeating. Take with you a few compound cathartic pills, and either some epsom salts, castor oil or mineral oil, and at the first sign of abdominal distress thoroly clean out the bowels.
What priceless mementoes the photographs of your vacation trip make. After a day’s hard trip, one enjoys the epicurean delights of a meal flavored with woods smoke and the aroma of pines, the jolly gang seated around the blazing friendship fire and then the deepest repose in fluffy wool.
The latest advance in photography, the movies, has now been put within the reach of every outdoorsman both as regards to price and to simplicity and portability of equipment. The only complete portable outfit on the market consists of a taking camera and a projector.
For the hunter, the sourdough packboard is the best that I have seen. Over all its dimensions are 28×16 inches, The woodwork should be of dry lumber as light as it is possible to obtain and having the required strength. Too soft wood should not be used, as this will allow the screw eyes on the sides to pull out.
CAPTAIN ASKINS is entirely to blame for it. Read his article in December Outdoor Life and you will agree with me. Years ago, as many readers of Outdoor Life may remember, I often mentioned the mistakes I believed makers were making in building single shot pistols on revolver foundations.
In your January issue, I noted an article entitled “Arms Used at Little Big Horn,” by J. B. Worthy. It may be of interest to your readers to know that there is still living, here in Billings, Montana, a survivor of the Custer Battle, a man named John Burkman.
IREAD with much interest the various articles on high velocity bullets and their actions in brush, on flesh and among bones. Many of the writers convey the impression that a small twig will cause them to "explode,” that they will ruin a large amount of meat and that they will cause a very large surface wound without sufficient penetration to reach a vital spot and as a corollary, a high percentage of wounded game escapes.
Since the discussion on the .22 magnum started, we have received many letters offering suggestions for a new small game shell, and commenting on the merits and demerits of the present .22 as a game gun. These letters are interesting and we regret that lack of space prevents our using all of them.
A. A. H., as might have been expected, trusting to memory, made some mistakes concerning Ballard rifles in his July Outdoor Life article. These have been pointed out to him by his friends who very considerately have sugar coated their criticisms somewhat so the pills have not been so very bitter in the taking.
Before going into the field in quest of game every hunter should look over his gun and see to it that it is in good working order, says Lou P. Smith, vice president of the Ithaca Gun Company. Mr. Smith has had some experiences in the field that have made several unsatisfactory expeditions and he is of the opinion that what has occurred in his case happens to others.
Out in California there has recently appeared a publication acting as the official organ of the American Civil Disarmament League. Never mind the name. In big letters across the top of the first page we read: “Outlaw the Bloody Revolver and Solve the Crime Problem.”
(The following article is a further expression of opinion regarding the effect of a vacuum on a bullet’s flight, which was started by an article, “The Boat-Tail Bullet and Its Possibilities” by J. R. Bevis, Ph.D., which appeared in February, 1924.
I read your article on “American Big-Game Rifles” in the June (1924) issue of Outdoor Life in which you asked the readers for their experiences with the new Remington .30-’06-110 grain 3,500 foot velocity load. A friend of mine and I were with a party of deer hunters early in October in Douglas County, Oregon, last fall.
After reading every number of Chauncey Thomas' "Gun Talks" I could not resist the urge to own and shoot a single action Colt (sheep that I am). new six-gun is a special order one, chambered to use the .38 S. & W. Special cartridge. It is capable of making splendid groups, but why was that gun allowed to leave the factory sighted to shoot exactly 19 inches low and 13 inches to the left at 20 yards?
I HAVE been an enlisted man and an officer in the United States army, and was on special military police duty in the Philippine Islands during the years 1899, 1900 and 1901. I have acted as an instructor in small arms practice, have been connected with the Chicago police department for many years, and was again in the service of Uncle Sam in the Panama Canal Zone from January, 1907, until July, 1914, and then with the Chicago Police Department until 1917, when I obtained a furlough to enter the Second Officers training camp at Ft. Sheridan, matriculating as a captain.
I wish to submit for your consideration and the "fraternity” a hunch of Colts, and what I consider just a little "hoss sense” concerning them. The first is Dad's old cap and ball .36 Navy that he carried thru the Civil War. with the prettiest shaped ivory handle I ever saw, in perfect shape, with front and rear sights on barrel, put there by me when a boy, shooting at road lizards when nothing else showed up.
In connection with the letter “Cheap Rifles Dangerous” of Mr. Kahrs of New York, in the April number, I would like to add a bit to his remarks. For one thing Canada is not the only country where cheap rifles are sold. In the United States there are guns just as bad.
IN THE hope that this article will be of some help to the beginner in the reloading game I am giving an account of a series of tests made of various metals and alloys used in casting bullets, to determine their fitness for the purpose. The average beginner imagines that good bullets can be made of most any mixture.
I must confess to being a “dyed-in-the-wool” rifle crank, never being satisfied unless I have just what I want in the line of guns. So naturally since I was about seven years of age I have had about 300 different kinds of guns, mostly rifles of as many different makes and calibers as I could get.
Fifteen different state champions, several former state champions, and other famous trapshooters of the country—holders of national and foreign titles—competed in the first annual Rocky Mountain handicap tournament which was held at the Denver Municipal Trap Club of Denver, Colo., July 1518.
I was greatly pleased with Edward F. Ball’s fine article anent the hollow point in the January Outdoor Life. I can certainly agree with Mr. Ball, that Captain Askins is mistaken in his contention that the hollow point in the .22 long rifle cartridge will not mushroom.
Yes, and add me as another who would like to see some progressive gun company come out with an improved repeating rifle using a rim-fire cartridge in a small caliber, preferably a .25-caliber as I personally believe it somewhat easier to keep clean.
In his article on page 155 of the August number, “His Theory of Recoil,” Chas. L. Dooley gives a formula for finding the recoil in foot-pounds. Thru an error a multiplication sign (×) was used instead of addition (+). It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between hand-written characters so near alike, and contributors will help obviate mistakes if they will either spell out or print very plainly such figures.
Yesterday, if anyone had asked me about the cause and effect of the recoil resulting from the discharge of firearms, I would have discoursed more or less fluently about inertia and flip and vibration, pressures and velocities. I would have explained that there are two kinds of recoil, primary recoil and secondary recoil, and that the former takes place before the projectile leaves the barrel.
What is the energy, velocity and trajectory of the .25 and .32 rim-fire cartridges? Are either of the above shells accurate, and powerful enough for grouse, and other small game up to 100 yards? I want a cheap and efficient shell for small game.
I note a letter from Ernest C. Miller in the August Outdoor Life, entitled “The Ill in Game Protection,” in which he expresses the opinion that some of the men at the head of the Izaak Walton League are “very sadly misguided.”
Northern Ontario has produced many fine specimens of the lordly moose, but it fell to the fortune of Harvey C. Irwin, Detroit, Mich., to kill one of the largest moose ever taken out of that section of Canada. The animal was shot about fifty miles northeast of North Bay, Ont., (on the line of the Canadian National Ry.).
It will be remembered by our readers that one of the Outdoor Life gold medals, two of which were given last year for work in the realm of sportsmanship, was awarded to Dr. Arthur A. Allen of Cornell University for important research and discovery regarding the cause of the so-called “grouse disease,” and we believe that a few details of his findings will prove interesting.
A Seven-Year Duck Census of the Middle Rio Grande Valley
Of late years there have been many opinions expressed as to whether or not ducks are on the increase, and anything regarding this, with at least a measure of accuracy, should be interesting. The accompanying graphs were made by Aldo Leopold, and show his observations covering a seven-year period in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, beginning in 1917.
I wrote you before about the illegal selling of ducks here in California. Last year it was worse than ever. Almost any of the better class of restaurants would supply ducks, the markets carried them, and in almost any town in the Sacramento Valley ducks could be bought by any one who asked for them.
Up at 3 a. m. and all set to go—guns, shells and everything, for it was the opening day of the duck season. My brother and I had driven down the evening before and were all primed for the biggest duck shoot of our lives, for the birds were in. After breakfast we went out to the blind and waited for the sunrise gun.
At a meeting of the game commissioners held in Cheyenne July 7 we voted unanimously against any open season on antelope and moose; also, to remove bears from the predatory animal list, and not allow them to be trapped except in such cases as they may become predatory by becoming stock killers.
THIS is a good month to prepare your ponds for next season’s teal, duck, widgeon and swan breeding. Order your wild rice, eel grass and duck potato seed now. Plant flags, sedges, bull rushes in groups or clumps for shelter as all game birds love secrecy, especially during the breeding season.
The beagle hound appears from all authentic accounts to be one of the oldest established and recognized breeds in England, some of which were from time to time brought with or imported by English-born sportsmen coming to the United States, or their descendants.