Fish Facts and Fancies, by F. Gray Griswold; 242 pages; illustrated; $5.25 postpaid; Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. A comprehensive treatise on fish and fishing, dealing with both the fresh-water and salt-water varieties, by an author who is an authority on the subject—an angler of many years’ experience.
AS AN authority on fresh-water angling, our old friend O. W. S. is probably without a peer in this country. In addition to his uncanny knack of luring the piscatorial beauties from lake or stream, in his stories and articles he has the happy faculty of expression which carries the reader to his side and brings a clear insight into the ways and means of successful angling.
Dr. William T. Hornaday, one of the best known authorities in the world on the collection of wild animals, as well as one of the world’s greatest wild-life conservationists, retired on June 1 as director of the New York Zoological Park, a position which he created and which he had held for thirty years.
Just as we are about to go to press we are in receipt of the following self-explanatory advice from the non-official Senate committee of five representing the principal wild-life organizations of America in connection with the Game Refuge Bill: “After being before the Senate off and on for three weeks, the Game Refuge Bill received a set-back on June 1 when an effort was made to force the bill to a vote by cloture, a method which has only been successful a very few times in the entire history of the country.
SOUTHERN California is looking forward toward one of the greatest tourist rushes in history during the summer vacation days. In 1920 approximately 17,000 visiting motor cars were registered in California. In 1925 the number was between 70,000 and 80,000.
WE READ in the Book of Genesis, “And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.” Simple, wasn’t it? But that was some time back in the history of the human race. Even our grandfathers and our fathers went to the field to hunt for venison—and brought it.
HAVING hunted big game all the way from Alaska down thru British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua — yes, down to South America—I thought I had experienced all the thrills a big-game hunter could expect; but Africa had many surprises and adventures in store for me, among them being charged by a rhino at night, charged by a rhino at the first streak of dawn, charged by a rhino at mid-day, charged by buffalo and hartebeest, and also threatened by a monster python — even chasing a wounded lion in the underbrush.
THE white-tailed deer derives its name from its very long, bushy, wedge-shaped tail, which is snowy-white underneath, and also on the edges. When alarmed and running away, this white brush is held stiffly aloft, and with every stride of the bearer it sways from side to side in a highly conspicuous manner.
I WILL not attempt to describe the journey across the Gulf of Alaska in the A—1. She had twin engines which did not seem to hit it off exactly; they seldom pulled together. When the starboard engine was behaving itself the port engine was not, and vice versa.
THE title of this fishing story refers to Billingsly Creek, that picturesque, locust-bordered ribbon of water flowing across the balmy Hagerman Valley of southern Idaho fo empty into the spacious Snake, dean of intermountain rivers.
AN OLD, he-man grizzly bear that is peeved is about the most unwelcome creature that a man can meet face to face in the timber; especially when one is all alone and far from any other human beings, dogs or horses. That is exactly what happened to the writer the 28th day of October, 1925.
THERE are three species of deer in North America, with various subspecies confined to certain localities. The Virginia, or white-tail deer, is the most widely distributed, being found in rather large numbers in many of the eastern and central states, and in some of the western states and Canada.
HAVING read Zane Grey’s articles on his experiences in 1924, in which he claimed to have taken the world’s record for the largest tuna by rod and reel from J. K. L. Ross’s record, established in 1911 with a tuna weighing 680 pounds, by landing one weighing 758 pounds, I decided last July to try my luck.
OUT over the barrens could be heard the clamoring call of white geese as they circled the snow-covered tundra for a favorable feeding spot. The ice-bound lagoons were rapidly filling with water from the mountain freshets; redbacked and Aleutian sandpipers worked busily along the exposed gravel beds, and hordes of little brown cranes swung up the coast of Seward Peninsula and rounded Cape Prince of Wales, the westernmost promontory in North America.
BELLE is gone. While her master lingered idly by his fireside, without a thought of danger, or a sense of harm, his faithful dog had wandered out on a forbidden highway where some speeding driver ran her down. There only human traffic has a legal license, and dogs are only dogs without their canine rights.
THERE is nothing, in our opinion, more worthy of nationwide recognition and honest praise than the work of preserving and propagating the wild life of America. Thruout the length and breadth of this country there are many capable, hardworking, loyal men devoting their talents and their energies toward the improvement of game conditions and the betterment of game administration.
THOSE living in the Pacific Northwest, where the forests of pine and fir are the natural resources, view the passing of winter and the advent of the hot, dry summer months with just a tinge of regret. For at the close of the summer season each year history has again repeated itself.
TODAY if you live in any city, town or village in the United State?, you can step to a telephone and call a doctor if there is serious need, and, within a few hours at most, you can have competent medical attention for emergency. Telephones and automobiles make this possible almost anywhere, even in remote districts.
A GREASE-BESMEARED mechanic leaned over the fender, delving into the business end of a large touring car while the nervous owner waited in vain for the blending throb from the exhaust of a properly-working motor, the proclamation of the machine’s efficiency.
EVERY student of bass fishing remembers when the “coaxer” appeared; that chunk of enameled cork in the shape of a bit of loaf-sugar, to which was attached tiny red pads of felt, and red feathers covering the single upturned hook. It was something new in lures, tho the idea of using cork is old, very old, being mentioned by writers of the sixteenth century, then, of course, for trout flies.
IF BYRON had said, “I love not dances less but outings more,” I could take him by the hand and agree with him in every detail. It is hard to believe, but it is true nevertheless, that when the month of April rolled around I would have sooner been given a nice big pool into which a riffle flowed than I would have a ticket to a presidential ball.
THE Skagit River drains a lot of Cascade Mountain territory in the State of Washington, and it is pretty busy doing it all the year round. In the summer a flat-bottomed steamer can travel against it clear up to the mountain rapids, a good many miles above its mouth.
THE urge of the Northland is strong, and already our thoughts are pointed to the timbered trails, where eternal shadows fall, and the age-old carpet, thick and springy, crowds about unbidden feet. The rhododendron is in bloom, and along the laughing brook, the water ousel, elfen spirit of the hills, dips and calls.
JOHN and I had made several trips to Sugar Creek thru the summer, and the more we fished it the more we were inclined to just let work and worry go by and go to Sugar Creek for a week of fishing. So August 29 found us loading up the car with tent, cots, fishing tackle and the other necessary items which go to make up the camper’s equipment, and at 2:30 p. m. we were off.
Letter No. 1144—The Mystery of the Texan Fish Explained
Letter No. 1145—Defends the Regular Casting Reel
Letter No. 1146—He’s Going to Cruise the Great Lakes
Letter No. 1147—Stop Winter Fishing
O. W. S
Editor Angling Department :— I was interested in the problem propounded in letter No. 1123, March issue, regarding the strange fish. Now I have had considerable experience with Texas fish and think I am acquainted with the particular “animal.
What angler has not dreamed of possessing a leather hound creel some time in his life? A creel to stand up and look well season after season. Well, here you have it. Built from the best willow, of course, and reinforced and strengthened at every point of wear and strain with carefully sewed-on strips of leather.
The Bahama Islands will never be fished out. They will always be available to fishing cruisers from the United States. A cruise of one week will take you from Florida into the Bahamas and back, and you will be fished out, and your arms will be almost pulled out by the roots.
Along the mangrove edge where we fished for big tarpon, our guide would occasionally see small tarpon, possibly 3 feet long. These, he said, were too small to fish for, as they would not swallow a big mullet bait. Several of these fish we approached within 30 feet.
Edward vom Hofe & Co., 92 Fulton Street, New York City, internationally known manufacturers of fishing tackle and equipment, who have been catering to the needs of fresh and salt-water anglers thruout the world for the past half century, was almost completely burned out early in the morning of May 7.
THE autocamping vacation, altho our newest type of recreation, is so well established that it is and will continue to be the greatest American sport. All the factors which make it so are so emphasized and refined as the months go by that today conditions are quite different from those of a decade ago.
Come! Let us go Where mountain tops are crowned with snow, And wild, white waters whirl and leap Thru mystic gorges, dark and deep; Where Full Foam Brook sings — ah, me!— A long-forgotten melody, And Echo raves “’tis well! ’tis well!” Thru cave and glen and wooded dell.
THE good roads movement in the Northwest, while comparatively new, has made wonderful progress, and the Custer Battlefield Hiway heads the list with a record in the last six years of over $12.000,000 spent in road construction thru the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, and has without doubt accomplished much in the development of this section of the country.
Motor tourists who are planning an eastern tour this year will be gratified to know that a big new motor tourist camp opened May 1 in the northeast section of New York City, known as the Bronx. Known as Camp Broadway, the new tourist camp is located but forty-five minutes from the famous Times Square, with electric rapid transit but a few minutes’ walk.
ROAD checkers on the various highways entering Wisconsin and Minnesota last season revealed the astounding information of the number of auto tourists and campers who were going north for their vacations. In Wisconsin alone 8,000 autos entered the state every hour, bringing in an average of three persons per car (24,000 people), and it is estimated that they spent in the state $83,000 daily.
Outing Boots—Moccasin Style “Foot-form” is the prime essential in choosing footwear—this for comfort and to allow full and efficient use of all portions of the foot. You get this in the moccasin. The Indian designed the best and most natural outing footwear.
CHAPTER II CHOKE-BORING, BY WHOM INVENTED AND WHEN
Capt. Chas. Askins
SINCE choke-boring is the foundation of all modern shotgun shooting, it is proper that some account be given of who invented it and how it came to be done. Choke-boring was invented by Fred Kimble, formerly of Peoria, Ill., now living in Los Angeles, Calif.
The article on the Free Pistol in the October number of Outdoor Life prompts me to write concerning pistol grips made to fit. The first six-gun I ever used was a Colt Army Special in .38caliber. I couldn’t shoot as well with that gun as I thought I should, so I traded it for a New Service .44-40.
THE first metallic cartridge revolver and reloading set, that I remember of, came into my father’s family in ’8O or ’81. Previous to that time. Remington and Colt cap-and-ball revolvers and, tho almost ashamed to say it, a number of cheap potmetal cartridge revolvers, were more or less in use by us, but the first really high grade metallic cartridge revolver to be really ours was the one I have mentioned, a .
In reading some of the discussion that has been going on concerning the .22, by those who desire something more powerful in this caliber, I am led to remark—why a .22 that is not a .22? No one has objected to the .22 long rifle as an accurate cartridge, but many do to its killing power, or lack of it.
I was very much interested in reading my friend, D. L. Archer’s account of his practical trials of the three principal makes of revolvers of the world, with the resulting decision as to their respective merits. Tho a citizen of the British Empire, he is not prejudiced in favor of the English revolvers and gives every credit where it is due to American ones.
I have been noting the contending articles in your magazine, written by different sportsmen concerning killing power of various bullets on this, that and other game, and would like to tell an experience of my own this past season.
In regard to this proposed .22 magnum, I should like to say a few words. To my mind there is absolutely no need for a new cartridge. The .22 hollow point as it is today, and if used with any sort of judgment, covers its field entirely.
What has become of the old-time shooters, who used to delight in shooting old-fashioned single-shot rifles using black or low pressure smokeless powder? Why don’t we hear about these old-time riflemen who spent lives of trials and tribulation experimenting and working to make rifle shooting the sure thing it is today?
In the April issue of Outdoor Life, under the heading of “Reloading the .45 Automatic Cartridge,” I stated that a Belding & Mull bullet seater for this cartridge which I had would not handle shells resized in Belding & Mull dies, but was satisfactory with new shells. As I use this tool only with new shells, it is thoroly satisfactory to me, and as a matter of fact was selected by me because of its very close dimensions.
After reading Mr. Cawood’s interesting article in October Outdoor Life, I am of the opinion that Custer’s men in 1876 were armed with the Model 1873 Springfield carbine, caliber .45-70. It is probably true, tho, that about 1869 or 1870, Custer’s men were armed with the Sharps carbine, caliber .
In regard to the magnum .22 rifle, I would like to put in a few words: It honestly seems to me that game is scarce enough now, and becoming more so each year. If the hunting and killing range of our small-game rifles is to be increased, what chance will those who come along in the next generation have to got their small-game hunting?
Being a constant reader of your enjoyable magazine and especially the Arms and Ammunition Department, I must confess I enjoy very much the views of different sportsmen and riflemen, as well as other articles. If it were not for such articles, and the statistics we gather from time to time, there would be only one side to the big question as to which is the better rifle or gun for various purposes, and that would be our own side, which might not amount to much.
The accompanying target is submitted for the benefit of those who have been asking if the .32 Smith & Wesson long and short bullets will work satisfactorily in a .32-20 pistol. All ten shots—five .32 longs and five .32 shorts—were fired from my .32-20 Colt sinTarget shot with .32-20 Colt single-action off-hand at 50 feet.
I note an inquiry in Outdoor Life by E. C. Knopf of California, about cleaning a .22-caliber rifle. One of the reasons I am sending the method I would suggest is due to the fact that I once had a Remington model 12-A, which I cleaned and polished so industriously that in the long run I spoiled the accuracy of the gun.
Would you please advise me if the bolt lock on the British .303-caliber Ross rifle advertised by the National Rifle Association and several other outfits, is safe? Is it liable to blow back, etc.? Would appreciate any information you might give me.
The Hunter Arms Company announces an addition to its line of guns in .410-gauge. The gun is to have 26-inch barrels, and weighs approximately 5 pounds. Tt is to be built to order, the same as other L. C. Smith guns, or it may be had in standard dimensions of stock.
After many months of investigation and study, the Alaska Game Commission met last month and recommended to the Secretary of Agriculture a new code of hunting and trapping reguations for Alaska, which have been approved by the Biological Survey.
I hope you can find a little space for a Pennsylvanian regarding Sunday fishing. Most of us have our own pet hobby or grouch. Mine is to have the law repealed that prohibits this form of harmless and healthful recreation in this state, which is one of the two states that has such a law.
I enclose photo of the only albino moose ever known. It was killed on the Saspi Peninsula, fall of 1923, and I have the mounted head here. Inquiry has been made thru many zoologists, but none had seen or had substantiated evidence of the existence of white moose.
Thinking it might be interesting to know some of the doings of big game in the last few months in this vicinity, I am submitting the following incidents : A lady who had been on an extensive safari, and shot most of the African big and small game, was on her way back and had almost completed the trip when she went out after a lion.
It might be of interest to you and the readers of Outdoor Life to know the game conditions in Maine for the last season, based on careful observation during a month spent in the woods. Deer, especially the larger bucks, were found to be more plentiful than in years past.
In reading about ticks killing elk in the Olympic Mountains, which was in the January issue, I thought I might be able to give you some information on the matter. I do not think it would be a wise thing to put magpies in that country, because they are very destructive.
Some kinds of game birds are not hatched until this month, and advice I gave in May and June should be noted in regard to these late hatchings. A very good standby for July is clabber milk for the little game chicks. This keeps their bowels in A-1 condition.
The above lines, taken from the pen of Sir Walter Scott, beautifully descriptive as they are, prove conclusively that the Kentucky fox-hunter has inherited his love of the chase and the hound from a long line of ancestors centuries old. The real foxhunter in Kentucky is proud of his AngloSaxon heritage and upholds the traditions and customs which have been handed down to him from the day of Sir Walter Scott by showing more courtesy and kindness to lus fellowman and to dumb brutes than the average man who is not a fox-hunter.
Would appreciate it very much it you could tell me about the dachshund dog. I am so told that the dachshund is an excellent rabbit dog and is the superior of the beagle hound for trailing and long endurance on the trail. Has the dachshund dog the beagle voice, or is it just a yelp?
“Conservation is a word that lias changed its meaning as we have progressed in the service of the state,” says Rev. Charles W. Firdlay. "Originally it meant ‘preservation from decay, loss or injury.’ But this idea has become too static for our day.
I have read your articles for the past year with great interest, and will ask you to answer the following question for me: How far could a 10-foot rattlesnake strike if he is coiled at the time he starts the strike? We see very few snakes in this part of the country; a few water snakes and the small grass snakes.