THE story of a successful hunt in Alberta, in which the writer tells of the pleasure of planning—of assembling an outfit—of the anticipation preceding the hunt; he describes the trip—the hunting grounds—the hunt. And he recounts the thrills he experienced in taking trophies—one of them a bighorn which in some respects could be considered a world’s record.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, by Lieut.-Col. J. H Patterson, D. S. O.; 350 pages; illustrated; $4 net; The Macmillan Company, New York City. The story of a hunt after man-eating lions in Africa, with an introduction by Frederick Courteney Selous.
An interesting story of sheep hunting in the mountains of Mongolia, including shots at deer and other game
Adrian S. Taylor
ONE of the compensations of life in North China is the nearness of great open spaces with wide expanses of plain and mountain where game, now nearly extinct in North America, still may be found in large numbers and where for a minimum expenditure in time and money wonderful sport may be found.
Big game hunting in Idaho, with some fishing and feathered game shooting thrown in for variety
THE morning after we had found a doe which a cougar had recently killed we had expected to make an early start with the dogs in an effort to run down the beast, but when we were ready to leave it was pouring down rain and we decided to wait until toward lunch time, thinking it might slacken, which it did.
FOR the information of those who may not know, we wish to announce the conditions under which the Outdoor Life prize will be awarded this year, which are essentially the same as in 1924. Believing that some recognition should be given to those who are devoting their time, and in many instances funds, toward the advancement of sportsmanship and the things pertaining to it, the publisher of Outdoor Life is again offering two gold medals as prizes to those who, in the opinion of the committee on awards, are the most deserving during the year 1925.
A day at Long Key. Sailfishing with the barbless hook
J. A. McGuire
DON’T be too hard on the man with a grouch. He may have a systematic weakness that can be cured by a hunting or a fishing trip—and next year when you see him again he may be as fresh as a daisy, fully relaxed and able to open a face-full of smiles fit to melt an iceberg.
Deer Hunting on the Kaibab National Forest This Year
The opening of a deer hunting season on the Kaibab National Forest and Game Preserve located in Southern Utah, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, has been announced by E. W. Tinker, acting district forester, Rocky Mountain District. U. S. Forest Service.
The tale of the undoing of a mighty rainbow, with more or less how-to information. (All illustrations from photographs taken at the time.)
the Angling Editor
A NUMBER of years ago, so many that I don’t like to set down dates, the three of us—Wife, Kid and I—set out along the old Peshtigo River in Wisconsin on a fishing and exploring trip. It was before the dam builders had violated one of the most entrancing portions of the Badger State, and at High Falls the white ribbons hung and fluttered over the red rocks, ever changing, never gone.
THE days of August 17-22, 1925, in Denver, were epochal in the realm of sportsmanship, for they marked the beginning of great work to be done in game administration—greater even than some of the achievements of the past. During these days, three conventions of sportsmen met from all parts of the United States and Canada to exchange stories of experience in game conservation and propagation, and to formulate plans for the preservation of our game and other wild life, and for the setting aside of suitable wilderness areas which will serve as game refuges and which will act as an incentive to send more people into the open.
WHEN the time comes, I want to rest for eternity, sleep on Berthoud Pass, in the mountains that are my religion, far back in the granite cliff that drops from Mount Flora —the peak between the top of the pass and the rising sun—the mountain named after my mother.
Did you ever hear the story told about the “Swatter Kid"? I'll proceed as if you did not, for I hardly think you did. 'Tis a tale set in the old days when the quest of gold lured men To the mountains, whence some seekers never did return again. He arrived in California from his home back East somewhere; No one here knew where he came from, and nobody seemed to care.
An interesting series of papers on the black bass by the author of “Trout Lore,” “The Book of the Pike,” “Casting Tackle and Methods” and other works for anglers
CHAPTER IX.-AMP;AMP;#X2014;THE SPECTACULAR LEAP OK THE BASS
O. W. Smith
THERE are no fresh-water game fishes, aside from the salmon family, that have the habit of leaping on a slack line, even the eastern brook trout leaps only when forced to do so by a taut line and then its leap is nothing like the clean performance of the rainbow and salmon trout.
The letters have rolled in until we are fairly swamped by them. For the most part writers seem to be very enthusiastic for the new hook, tho now and then a critic appears. Wish there were more to find fault, for “variety is the spice of life,” you know.
JUST suppose that some day you are out on a fishing trip and you accidentally, maliciously or otherwise, bust up your good right wing, the food-hook with which you learned to hurl the casting bait or seductive, fuzzy-wuzzy lure of the fly rod; what would you do?
Editor Angling Department :—I am thinking of going into the fly game and having never used anything but a rather heavy steel rod, would like some advice. Would you recommend a rod selling in the neighborhood of $60, or do you think a $20 good enough?
THIRTY years ago I went salmon trolling in Elliot Bay, which is now the crowded harbor of Seattle. Back in the ’90s there was lots of room in Seattle Harbor for battleships, wind-jammers, fishing schooners, or anything else most that would float, for not more than two or three deep sea boats got into Elliot Bay then at the same time, and salmon made it a regular port of call, along in August and September, on their way to the spawning grounds up at the headwaters of the river Duwuamish, which empties in at the head of the bay.
HERE is the first inquiry received by the Big-Game Fishing Department and, of course, it had to be about the light tackle, heavy tackle question. This controversy has been going on for years. It is over the trivial difference of opinion as to the relative pleasure to be obtained by catching an ocean fish with a 6ounce tip and a 9-thread line, which constitutes light tackle, or any line or rod that is heavier than the aforesaid.
ONE of the things I like to learn about my rifle before taking it on a big-game hunt is how it will react to changes in position. Once in the presence of big game we cannot do much setting of rifle sights. However, if we know where the rifle shoots from any one position and can take that position we are all right, or if we know how much it varies from its sighting, when shot from some other position, we can hold for it and still strike very close to the point we mean to hit.
THE subject of cones is not new, as much already has been written on this necessary evil in shotguns, and too much of the same thing may be uninteresting. However, the last word on the subject has not yet been written, and much more light may be thrown on this point in the future.
IN THOSE “good old days” (?) it was a custom, along with the spring house cleaning, to have the family jewels, either the Bird or the Deckert, furbished up annually. One can just close his eyes and visualize the little backwoods gunsmithy, with the loungers standing in a worshipful attitude about Dan’l Boone, Simon Kenton, or even Lewis Wetzel, while he told of his past exploits or of new game fields he has just discovered “some’ers back yon.”
"MATCH No. 31 Free Pistol Championship,” so reads the program of the National Rifle Association. Then it goes on to describe what constitutes the free pistol. Pistols may be equipt with set triggers. The weight of the trigger pull is unlimited.
THE 20-gauge is the “.22 long rifle” of the shotguns. It is not the smallest gauge but it is by long odds the most popular and the most highly developed among the smaller sized shotguns. Because it is so popular and is made to so many variations, about anything and everything has been claimed for and against the 20-gauge shotgun.
I would like to get a little advice from you on a subject that I have never seen discussed in the columns of Outdoor Life, or elsewhere. I would like to know the most “approved” method of hunting prairie dogs. By this 1 mean the best manner of getting within range of them.
I read your article in the May number of Outdoor Life on the proposed new .22 cartridge and also a number of other articles on the need for a new .22 hunting cartridge with more power than the long rifle, so here goes for my opinion on the subject. There is certainly room for an improved .22 caliber small game cartridge, as the long rifle leaves much to be desired.
Last month we printed a number of letters giving suggestions for an improved smallgame rifle, which were received in response to an article in our May number entitled “A Magnum .22-Caliber Rifle” by Captain Askins. It is impossible to print more than a small part of the correspondence received, but we believe the following will be interesting to those who are looking for a more powerful small-game gun:
In your footnote following my article entitled, “Small Game Rifles,” which appeared in the January issue of Outdoor Life, you express the “hope that our readers will come forward with their experiences, not only with the .22 hollow point, hut with other cartridges;” so here “comes”.
I am wondering why so many smart men have so many different ideas and so many different views on seemingly very simple common things. Is it because so many have a good education and think because of that they ought to know even if they have not had much experience?
It was with a great deal of interest that I read your recent article “The Finicky .22” by J. W. Gillies. His criticism of the various rifles and actions agrees with that of the writer in nearly every particular. 1 should, however, like to carry this matter a little farther as I probably possess certain special information that is not at present generally known.
Referring to articles in May issue of Outdoor Life by F. G. Miller and “Old Timer,” regarding arms used by General Custer, would like to “horn” into the melee with a little evidence. I was reared among the Sioux Indians of Crow Creek Indian Reservation, South Dakota, and about 1899 or 1900 purchased a rifle and a few cartridges from an old widow squaw, who said her husband got it at the Custer massacre.
Is the Sharps .45-caliber hammerless B/L a lever action? Is it a single shot rifle? Is it powerful enough for occasional shots at deer and bear? Will it kill deer up to 50 yards? Docs it use the United States government .45-70-405? State length of barrel.
EVERYONE who is at all interested in America’s vacation playgrounds has at least a pretty general idea of our national parks whose outstanding natural features are preserved from commercial exploitation and which are “developed” for the “benefit and enjoyment of the people.”
The universal admonition for going light when equipping for all vacation trips, and especially imperative on knap-sack tours, has resulted in many new ideas in campcraft which measurably lighten the load and yet remain entirely practicable.
The National Association of Scientific Angling Clubs held its Seventeenth Annual Casting Tournament in Chicago, August 19 to 23, inclusive. It was the largest and most successful tournament ever held. The All-Around American Bait and Fly Casting Championship (1925) was won by George G. Chatt of Chicago, a member of the Illinois Casting Club.
Nature handed the fishermen and women of this locality a wicked wallop last spring when the ice broke up on Hart Lake, which lies in the Warner Valley Country. Hart Lake is now the northernmost of a chain of small, shallow lakes fed by the waters of Deep Creek and its tributaries in Southern Lake County, Oregon.
Under recent changes in the migratory-bird treaty-act regulations and state laws, the open seasons in Idaho and Oregon on waterfowl (except wood duck and swans), coot, gallinules, and Wilson snipe or jacksnipe, blackbellied and golden plovers, and greater and lesser yellowlegs now extend from October 1 to January 15, inclusive, according to an announcement of the Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture, to sportsmen of these two states.
It might appear from the game law table published in our September number that the season on deer, elk and goats is closed in Idaho. However, if the dagger (†) opposite the word“Idaho”is noted and the explanation followed below the table it will be seen that the reader is referred to the state game laws.
Look her over, boys; it’s our old sweetheart “Liz” in touring costume, and altho the rouge is put on kind o’ spotted her crossword coat is a “wow” and would doubtless make Joseph, of scriptural fame, green with envy, were he here to see it. Tho her wardrobe was in a class with that of Eve, when she started out from Boston in June, 1921, her admirers in all parts of the globe have contributed a share toward her strange attire, until now it excites the jealousy of her many sisters wherever she goes.
With its numerous active volcanoes, live glaciers, seismic disturbances and great rivers continuously upheaving, tearing and grinding away, one thinks of Alaska as earth in the making. Recent discoveries have disclosed the fact that underneath the great glacial deposits of Northern Alaska there exists every evidence of not only a prehistoric but a cultured civilization.
In this neighborhood I am considered a good fisherman, and I think the reason that I most always get results is because I have watched, looked and learned from the trout themselves, what they like best and their favorite haunts. Every season I stock if I can get the fry, and am always ready to do my share for one big reason: a few years ago I sent to Seattle for salmon which in due time came.
The large financial returns, as evidenced by the results of the 1910 fur sales, made many anxious to get into the business of fur ranching. The publishing of these returns unsettled the equilibrium of an otherwise conservative people. The timely decision of those already engaged in the business to unload some of their stock to the clamorous prospects who were anxious to share in the huge profits, created the so-called fox boom of pre-war days.
HARDNESS and toughness are not necessarily the same. For instance, a vulturine guineafowl is very tough but is not hardy. The same is true of the crown pigeon, the comb duck, or goose as it is often called, tho I think, myself, that this bird is a sheldrake.
The first requisite of successful termination of a wild dog’s career is a pack of good coyote hounds. It matters not to me what kind, type, color or conformation the dogs are, as long as they deliver the pelts and do their duty in an efficient manner—and behave themselves when not in use.
I would appreciate some advice in connection with an 8-monthsold police dog that is subject to what I believe to be running fits. Does a dog usually recover from this ailment or will it sometimes reoccur if the animal’s physical condition is in any way faulty?
There are many ways of starting a fight but none more certain than by springing the above question on a group of dog fanciers each of which fancies a different breed. I resort to the philosophy of an old college professor who said “If there is anything I would rather do than fight, it is to see two people do it that know how.”
I am especially interested in your Department. One of the letters regarding salmoned dogs stated that salmoning occurred from San Francisco, north. My recent experience has been in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties where only dog-salmon and steelhead run.
The Board of Governors offers $250 for the first Gordon setter of authentic Gordon setter breeding finishing first or second, and $100 for the first such Gordon setter finishing third in any open derby or open all-age stake at a recognized public field trial for pointers and setters.