ONE of the most interesting, unique and altogether worthwhile father and son stories ever published. The author, one of America’s premier big-game hunters and sportsmen, took his 11-year-old boy on an extended trip into the White River district of Alaska, in order that the lad might obtain some big-game trophies with which to decorate a Boy Scout-hut.
Whaling in the Frozen South, by A. J. Villiers; 292 pages; profusely illustrated with original photographs and maps; $4 postpaid; Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. The Ross Sea Whaling Expedition, of which the author was a member, and which was one of the largest and most successful ventures of its kind ever attempted, was organized when Antarctic explorers brought word of many whales in the frozen circle.
Directly north and a little to the west of Chicago, excellent macadamized highways lead 380 miles to Three Lakes, Wisconsin, in the famous Land O’ Lakes region. The Chicago and Northwestern Railway carry super trains and this is a favorite route for Chicago people.
Have you noted that the northernmost line of Florida is yet south of the southernmost line of California? This location, with San Diego, Calif., as the main objective, gives you an ideal climate the year around; far enough south to be luxurious in winter, yet far enough north to miss the objectionable features, especially in summer, of a semi-tropic climate.
A TRIP TO ZION NATIONAL PARK, CEDAR BREAKS, BRYCE CANYON, THE KAIBAB FOREST AND GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Motor busses for Zion National Park leave the new El Escalante Hotel at Cedar City, terminus of a Union Pacific branch line, and run southward over the Zion Park Highway.
The headwaters of Moose River in northern Maine offers to the sportsman and summer vacationist perhaps the best hunting, fishing and canoeing to be found in the Pine” Tree State. “Attean” is the name given to a large territory of leased wild land situated in Somerset County in the heart of the Moose River region.
From the gorges of the Columbia River, south thru the Cascade Range of Oregon, lies one of the greatest evergreen forests ever traversed by man. This is an outdoor land that holds its arms out in welcome to those who love exploration, mountain climbing, hunting, fishing and camping.
"In back of beyond" lies Sun Canyon, far into the wilderness, accessible by auto to your headquarters at Allan Ranch and with some of the finest of the Rocky Mountains for dude ranching with the style left out; for big-game hunting, fishing and just roaming saddle back or on camping tours into one of the best remaining wilderness haunts left in America today.
Located directly northeast of Yellowstone Park is a region which is well developed for travelers and worth while to visit. Some fifteen years ago the writer on a U. S. Geological Survey party started from Billings, and went along the Yellowstone River to Laurel, turned southwest to Red Lodge, and the party worked the whole district west to Cooke City and north to Big Timber.
The Victory Highway is 3,298 miles in length, reaching from Columbus Circle, New York City, to San Francisco, thru the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.
FATHER and I sailed from Seattle on the President Jefferson the 30th of November. Arriving in Shanghai on the 17th of December, we transferred to the General Metzinger of the Messageries Maritimes line, arriving in Saigon, capitol of Cochin-China, on December 24.
THERE is no doubt in my mind but that the great attractivity of trout fly-fishing lies in the tools employed. Here at least that ancient seer was wholly right: “The secret of life lies in the possessive pronouns.” Probably that is a mis-quotation, but anyway you get the idea.
UNTIL a few years ago an outboard motor on a boat was just a thing to get your goat and nothing more. Or in plain English, just an outboard motor. Since then, however, there have been so many different results, so many different stories, that it is hard to know what to believe.
THE SPORTSMAN and the scientist alike have long assumed that only two species of black bass inhabit our lakes and streams. A feeling of assurance in the fullness of our information on these splendid game fish has very naturally developed in the minds of both of them.
OCTOBER 10; Gloomy skies and an unpropitious start heralded this day’s beginning. Jack and I had a long and weary hunt for the horses, as there was no sign to follow on the frozen earth, and the cold kept the horses quiet and the bells stilled.
THE one great pleasure to be had in spring trout fishing is undeniably the fact that one has broken the fetters of wintry inactivity and has once again dropped a lure in the waters for a try at the finny beauty that is always somewhere but whose immediate hiding place is a matter open to conjecture.
THE popular impression about tarpon is that you can get this fish in Florida about any time of the year at most of the fishing resorts on the sea coast. Nothing can be further from fact. In the colder months of the year it would be quite an accident if you got a tarpon.
MORE and more the individual states of the Union are abandoning the old one-man system of game and fish management and adopting the commission form in its stead. And it is entirely proper that this should be so, because there can be no question but that a conscientious and intelligent group of executives, devoted to the cause of game and fish within the boundaries of their state, and working as a unit toward that end, will accomplish more real good and show more actual results for the money spent than will a single individual using his own judgment without the benefit of proper advice and supervision, regardless of how capable that man may be.
IT IS THE last day of August; the yachts are already anchored in the deep channel of the river, and the wonderful wild oats-covered marshes extend from the open water to the far distant banks; the cat-tails are waving in the breeze and the sun is setting on one of the most glorious sights nature has supplied for the eyes of man to feast upon.
ON FRIDAY and Saturday, January 28 and 29, last, the National Crime Commission, the main office of which is located at 120 Broadway, New York City, held important conferences or convention in the Union League Club, Chicago. It was largely attended by prosecuting attorneys, police chiefs, certain notables and others from various parts of the country.
I MAKE no apology for this article— for fishing with grasshoppers. There are times in mid-summer, especially on meadow or pasture streams, where and when the gymnastic hoppergrasses are “best bait.” I know full well that rainbow can be taken with flies during ’hopper season, but for real sport one should resort to natural bait.
WHAT dyed-in-the-wool fisherman does not long for the opening day of the season? I know I do, for all during the cold, stormy winter months I am thinking of that day in the month of roses when I may go to my favorite lake and entice Mr. Bass from his cool, green home.
With a friend, I left Cody, Wyo., for Shoshoni Lake, 18 miles distant, stopping at Sage Creek enroute to obtain some minnows for bait. Arriving at the lake about 2 p. m., I fished for an hour without a strike, then proceeded up the lake to a lagoon in which there is a small island off the main shore.
TOWARD dusk of a warm June day, following a seldom used road in a northern county, I crossed a bridge over a little river, and paused for a brief survey. The stream was typical of the sort that furnishes meadow fishing to the trout angler. Rippling stretches between smooth green banks, sharp bends where the current had etched deep tranquil pools shaded by ancient beech and willow trees that overhung the water.
SOME years ago scientists successfully transplanted salamanders from the waters of Mexico to the dry land of Paris, and, a few years before that, a German professor is reported to have taught a carp to walk. Now comes an experiment in Colorado wherein the salmon is raised from the salty sea, carried over 1,900 miles inland, and made to thrive in the fresh waters of Colorado lakes and streams.
Grasp the trout in the left hand, slightly ahead of center, with the fish’s back resting in your palm and head pointing toward you. Insert a sharp knife blade in left gill opening alongside the throat cartilage which connects with lower jaw, and slit cleanly down center of belly to the vent.
FISHERMEN, listen to this one! It is not a “fish”’ story in the vernacular of the craft, put an honest-to-goodness tale of hooking the gamy trout and cooking it without either lighting a fire or moving off the spot. The magic land is a place in California called the Devil’s Kitchen, a deep canyon in the Lassen National Park.
In these columns it is our purpose to mention angling notions and wrinkles as the makers may send us for examination and try-out. We are simply commenting on new things, leaving the wise angler to determine for himself whether or not they are worth while.
Editor Angling Department:—Desire to secure information on fish culture, especially of trout. Can you tell me where I can get books treating of the subject?—K. McD., Calif. Answer:—I know of no good popular work upon the subject of fish culture.
HOW many peculiarities in fish an old Catalina angler can discover as a result of many summers at following this wonderfully fascinating and exhilarating sport! What a vast difference there is in the actions of some of our big fish fought upon heavy tackle as compared to their performances when light or three-six tackle is employed.
The cooperation of the guides in saving the fish by releasing them is hard to get. Every night, when the fishing boats come in from the sea to Miami, there is a crowd on the docks to see the fish what have been caught. In this crowd are prospective customers who are new alike to the game and the capabilities of the different captains.
THE OPEN campfire is one of the unique institutions of the outdoor life, and its memories are cherished by the dyed-in-the-wool camper. Performing a real utility in campcraft, it is indispensable in cooking and yields a needed comfort when the cool breezes sweep down from the snow fields.
GOING light is, in reality, going right. It is eliminating the non-essentials, the superfluous. The problem of him who is unfamiliar with woods life is to know just what are the non-essentials; or, to look at the problem from the opposite angle, to know what are the essentials.
The elimination of non essentials is the first rule in equipping for a motor camp trip. Having decided upon what you will actually need, then there looms up before you the question of the type of units you should use. And manufacturers are keenly competing with each other to cater to your needs, to make camp items which have a maximum of service and a minimum of weight and bulk.
Making your own equipment for the different kinds of camping is an interesting handicraft and it goes a long way towards keeping the vacation expenses down to a minimum. We have an expert who has worked out a series of blue prints showing plainly how to make many useful camp items at home, and each of these blue prints is accompanied with printed instructions giving every needful detail in construction.
The best method of still hunting deer and bear is to work down the ridges in the early morning and towards evening, taking advantage of the wind and keeping a lookout on each side with glasses. Game does not move in mid day.
The Indian idea of willow beds, which are laid on poles and stretched with cord or rawhide lacings has been copied in beds which I have constructed for camp use. The photograph shows the construction, and for a springy bed off the ground and dry, the manufacturers of steel springs will have to hump themselves to beat it.
Primarily your vacation is taken for health building. Following very simple rules of personal hygiene will do more for you than anything else to eliminate troubles which may result in delaying or possibly avoiding dangerous consequences.
RECOGNIZED by the late Theodore Roosevelt as the “playground of the nation,” there is no region more wonderful than the Colorado Rockies for recreational pastime. Rocky Mountain National Park, the stellar attraction, is indeed the geographic center of the nation’s playground, and comprises a castellated region of shining peaks, outstanding among which is imposing Longs Peak, with an elevation of 14,255 feet above the level of the sea.
Few people realize the work done by the feet in a day, nor how important it is that proper footwear be worn. Try this test; it shows what a load the feet support: Place your hand, palm down on the floor. Have a stocking footed friend rest their hundred odd pounds of weight on it.
A HOLLOW WIRE LIGHTING PLANT FOR THE PERMANENT CAMP
Claude P. Fordyce
DESIGNED to fill the need of a building which could be easily and quickly erected on location with inexperienced labor. The whole outfit can be transported by motor car to your vacation rendezvous and put up in a short time. It securely houses you against inclement weather, protects against insects and marauders, and is so well ventilated that it is not uncomfortable even in hot weather.
THE 12-BORE DUCK GUN AND LOADS. SHOOTING OVER DECOYS.
Capt. Chas. Askins
THE bulk of the duck shooting in this country is done with magazine shot-guns. There are other guns a trifle more powerful than the repeater, as the 3-inch chambered double guns, the socalled magnums or super 12s. These throw an eighth of an ounce of shot more than the repeaters, and pattern a bit more densely.
Recently while glancing thru my book of clippings pertaining to guns and ammunition, I ran across the following letter, which was published in Outdoor Life about two years ago: Editor Outdoor Life:—I would like to add a postscript to my article, “Remodeling the Russian 7.62 mm. Rifle,” August issue.
The old gun rest shown in accompanying picture-was brought from Virginia to central Indiana in 1822, by one Robert Critser. Mr. Critser and his two sons were crack shots with the long-barreled flint-lock rifle. The rest was used in prize shoots for live turkeys, cattle and hogs, such contests usually being staged a short time before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Wolves have been plentiful in this part of Iowa recently and it’s great sport to hunt them because they are so clever that you feel that you have done something if you kill one of these game-eaters. I have always used a high power rifle for wolves, but I honestly believe I can kill every wolf I can get within 60 yards of with a 10-bore Ithaca I have been using on ducks.
PRACTICAL telescope sights and mounts are now available for high power hunting rifles, and some the writer has seen or used certainly reflect the greatest credit on their makers. A really difficult problem has been solved in a very elegant manner, and while there is room for considerable improvement, such is not likely to be soon forthcoming, so that an inquiry as to the bearing of this innovation on hunting as a sport appears timely.
This queer looking trigger guard was designed by G. M. Thomas of Kingston, Ontario, to prevent the recoil of this heavily loaded duck gun driving the regularly shaped trigger guard (as shown by the dotted line) back against his second finger, which was unusually sensitive to and sore from recoil.
Lambert H. Meier of Iowa, in a letter which you recently forwarded to me, inquires concerning the effectiveness of automatic pistols in general and the reason for this class of side arm being adopted by the United States Army. Shooting from a machine rest, it has been my experience that the Luger and Mauser pistols will make about 2-inch groups at 50 yards.
TWO prohibition agents arrested a bootlegger in our town, and without searching him put him into the rear seat of their car alongside of one agent, the other driving. He held an automatic pistol against the agent at his side and fired, penetrating lungs and stomach.
The radical antigun reformers, having failed to get their unreasonable laws passed by the Congress of the United States, are now petitioning the legislative bodies of each state in the union to make them a part of their legal code. Surely these wise men have come to the kingdom for just such work as this.
WE HAVE progressed far in the matter of firearms during the last sixty-five years. In less than three-quarters of a century the powder and ball muzzle-loader has given place to the breech-loader with metallic ammunition, and the single-shot breech-loader has been replaced by repeating and automatic firearms.
In your February issue I noticed an article by Harry R. Pierce entitled “Choose Your Weapons”. Mr. Pierce states that President Lincoln was killed with a derringer pistol that used a rim fire cartridge. That is a rather common belief, but a mistaken one.
A friend recently handed me a copy of the November Outdoor Life and said, referring to the letter of W. M. Haight, “Read this article. The writer wishes to see brought out a new central fire .22 cartridge, and in giving his views as to what it should be like, it would seem as if he were describing closely that .22 high power cartridge that you have.”
I want to prepare some reduced power “knock-about” loads for the Springfield, and believe the following points cover my needs: Fairly high velocity, 2,000 to 2,500 foot seconds. Reasonable accuracy to 200 or 300 yards. Light recoil. Light breech pressure.
The Herculess Powder Company now has ready for the market a new progressive smokeless powder. It is being loaded by all the various cartridge companies. This is a coated type of progressive burning powder, with grains particularly adapted to shotguns, being as large as is consistent with clean burning.
Fifth Annual Convention of the Izaak Walton League of America
THE Fifth Annual Convention of the Izaak Walton League was held at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, April 7, 8 and 9. The noticeable outstanding feature was the spirit of harmony which prevailed. Last year there were several factions, each with its own ax to grind, the big fight centering on whether or not Will H. Dilg would, or would not, be re-elected president.
I am enclosing a photo of an Indian relic which recently came into my possession. It is the rib of a deer with a flint arrow-head embedded in it. The rib is in a semi-petrified condition and was found in Starved Rock State Park, not far from the site of old Fort St. Louis.
I am thinking that there may be some duck hunter wishing to find some way to tie out his live decoys and he is the one I am writing to. This is the way I do it: Take a stout soft cord about 2 feet long. Double in center, the ends even, then take a ½inch ring; slip cord thru and tie knot over ring, leaving a loop to slip over duck’s head and neck, the ring on breast about even with front of breast bone, the top of loop not quite to shoulders on back.
In recognition of distinguished services in the interest of advancement of science, and in addition, for his particular services in the study and protection of bird and animal life of the world, a silver medal of the Republic of France was, on March 27, awarded to Dr. W. T. Hornaday of New York and Stamford, Conn.
Altho I have not had a personal acquaintance with the bears of Alaska or anywhere else, and the only ones I ever saw were in zoos or a circus and were quite peaceable, yet from reading Outdoor Life for several years I had gained the impression that the average bear hibernated during the winter months.
In our April number we published a bass-fishing story by Guy W. Von Schriltz, entitled “Taneycomo Big-Mouths,” in the subtitle of which we referred to Lake Taneycomo as being in Kansas. This was a mis-statement. As a matter of fact, this lake is in Taney County, southwestern Missouri, and derives its name from a combination of the word “Taney” and the abbreviations for county (“co”) and Missouri (“mo”), or “Taneycomo.”
The two tiny cub bears in the accompanying picture were captured near Phillips, Wis., February 15, 1927, and are owned by Mr. Sawter, whose wife is shown feeding them from a bottle. They were about three weeks old when the picture was taken. The old mother bear was found covered over with snow and leaves, by a couple of dogs.
YOUR game chicks, or many of them, have come out of their shells this month, and are getting their introduction to their foster mothers, whether you have used large heavy hens, bantam hens, silkie hens or mallard or barnyard ducks. It is a good plan to enclose each brood in a small pen of half inch or inch mesh on a clean, grassy plot so the chicks can become accustomed to the foster mother’s voice and call before they go on free range.
READING a recent article on how to feed foxes, written by a Prince Edward Island fox farmer, I note he advises the giving of salt with all food, and to leave a chunk of rock salt in the pens all the time, Now, no greater dietetic error can be made than to feed any meat-eating animal salt.
A chronic inflammation of the skin in the course of which papules, vesicles and pustules develop. Rupture of these complicate the condition by causing the skin to be moist and covered with crusts matted in the hair. Under these crusts infection flourishes and decomposition occurs, further irritating the skin.
Recently I have seen the dog poisoner’s nefarious practices take another dog’s life. Not long ago some new neighbors moved into our community and with them came “Frisky”, a demure little bow-wow of ten mellow years and a world of love to dispense to the kiddies, my own included. I am not an old man, but I shook my head doubtfully when I first saw Frisky sitting-on his own back doorstep just a few rods from my bathroom window, for I have seen so many friendly dogs gasping out their lives with their tummies full of strychnine.
The name of the little Scottish terrier pictured in the accompanying X-ray photograph is Sandy McGregor. As a golf enthusiast and pal of his master, each bright morning found him frisking over the golf links. Sandy’s keen sense of smell and sight were invaluable on the golf course and he became a great favorite with all the enthusiasts who played there.
A burglar wrote a book. He told the story of his life of adventure and crime. It is a straight-forward narrative of his career from his boyhood until he was given lighter sentence than he deserved in consideration of his promise to abandon his night prowling and go to work.
I'll appreciate it very much if you will give, your opinion on my German police dog. He is six months of age, very well bred and well marked. Has all the characteristics of a true German police, but his ears will not stand erect. All the pups in his litter but he and another dog had their ears up at five months of age.
Am writing to inquire if the age of a rattle-snake can be told by the number of rattles he has. —H. B. Graham, Calif. Answer.—As you seldom find a rattlesnake several years old which has not lost several bells, the rattle is no indication of the snake’s age, and if the rattle is perfect it is only an approximate indication, because the number of bells grown in any year varies.