Puget Sound, that grand inland sea touching cities in the state of Washington and in British Columbia, has often been described as the Mediterranean of the North American continent. It is small on the map but is unendingly big in reality. And cruising in Puget Sound, one might as well keep right on to—Alaska!
Africa and Alaska are outstanding as the last refuge of big-game animals in great numbers. East Africa offers probably the best field in the world today, not only on account of the numbers, but also the varieties of game and the organizations now perfected for hunting there under experienced guidance.
Life to the tourist is apt to become monotonous if it is not spiced with variety. But gazing upon similar hills or mountains day after day from a road which seems to have no change is a disadvantage faced by motorists. When such is the case, find a place set off from the main highway and go there.
The Forest Service encourages recreational use of the national forests. In most of the national forests, east or west, certian choice areas are set aside and designated as public camping areas. In the East, we term these "Forest Camps."
Usually the idea prevails that for good moose hunting one has to make an exceedingly long trip by rail and then over rough country for a long distance. Yet, a great moose hunting ground is within convenient reach of the northwestern part of the United States.
Lodore Canyon is "new" to vacation seeking Americans. It has the longest perpendicular drop of any canyon in the United States, having a sheer rock wall 3,000 feet high. There are deeper places in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but none with as steep a drop.
The storied Helena Country holds in its two national forests some of old Montana which is priceless for what it has to contribute to American history. The Helena Forest, divided into four parts, covers the early mining region of the state.
Many tourists traveling over the Canadian National or Canadian Pacific Railways and arriving in Vancouver, British Columbia, would like to explore Vancouver Island, but are not just certain where to find the best trout and salmon fishing locations.
No season of the year offers better opportunities to anglers for taking large muskies than the fall. Even after the first frosts the big water tigers are active and respond amazingly well to the art of the bait caster and the fisherman who loves to troll with his pet spoon or wooden lure.
AFTER hunting moose for six and seven autumns in the Canadia bush where antlers with a 50-inch spread make an excellent trophy and where a fight between two bull moose is one of the most extraordinary spectacles a man can witness, my feelings may well be imagined when I found myself in the heart of the rutting grounds of the giant moose of the Kenai Peninsula.
WELL," said the Doctor as he took a seat on the porch and lit a cigar, "I've read your eulogy on our old friend the great northern pike." "Yes," I said by way of answer. "I'm sure you will agree with me—" "But that's just it," came back the man who knew the in'ards as one would an open book—"That's just it.
Just the other day we read a little verse—never mind the title or the author's name—in which an old man was hearkening back over the years to his barefoot, boyhood, cane-pole days, and his memory pictured for him, today as in yesteryear, the fish biting right merrily in the old fishing stream of his youth.
THE greatest upland game shooting in the world is quail shooting. Yes, the greatest. You grouse shooters, fewer in number than we quail enthusthereby presenting a larger if swifter target, but most daily bag limits allow but two or three grouse, while the quail shooter has ten or twelve birds to kill before the law says stop.
THERE is an increasing army of American sportsmen that take the field annually. Some statisticians place the figures at between 7,500,000 and 10,000,000 fishermen and hunters. The population is increasing, wealth is being accumulated rapidly and people have more means and leisure for indulging in their favorite recreations.
THE editor of Outdoor Life, in all his many years of campaigning, has never advocated any radical or unreasonable bear laws. Prohibiting the killing of cub bears, perhaps putting the ban on killing she bears with cubs in localities where their numbers are depleted, reasonable bag limits and open seasons, and some allied points according to the local necessities, are all that he has ever advocated.
A TALE OF SOME HUNTS IN THE KHASI-JAINTIA HILLS, INDIA
OUR work here in India is such that, tho much of our time is spent at a hill station in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills, Assam, a certain amount of traveling about is necessary. In this manner my boss, who I'll call "C. P.", and I are able to combine business and pleasure with the result that whenever we are in territory where shooting is to be had, we generally get a taste of it.
CERTAINLY you don't believe me. None of you Easterners do. Just because this is a new country and you know that bass are not indigenous west of the Rockies you imagine without question that have many bass to begin with and that those we do have can't amount to much—" "Logical enough, isn't it?" I interrupted.
AFIELD Trial dog," said Dave Rose, dean of the old time handlers, "is one that runs away but not quite." He was speaking, of course, of Bird Dogs; and whatever Dave Rose said was spoken with authority—for he it was who piloted Tony Boy and many other great ones to their victories.
NOTHIN' doin'. Two pots or none. Let's put in a dollar apiece for the biggest fish and another bone apiece for the first one landed. That'll make four beans per pot." "All right, Fatty; you win," conceded John. "Of course I've worlds of confidence in your financial statement and reputation for integrity and square dealing, but let's ante up now before we get outside and start fishing."
CUSTOMERS, I can't cut down a shotgun to a target pistol with the skill of Jenkins; I can only envy Crossman his ability to sink a string of bullseyes in a beer-keg at half a mile; I don't know the difference between a pickerel's wisdom tooth and a shark's eyebrow as Jones does; Cal Johnson can tell you the best time of the year for catching bass on liver but I can't; and my religion will not allow me to even imitate the fish yarns that Pete Schwab has in his system.
THE foreign trade in furs and skins between the United States and other parts of the world averages about $100,000,000 per year. In commercial importance, the musquash head the list of fur bearers in the United States. Eh? What is a musquash? "Musquash" is the Cree Indian name for the little animal that the Pale Face terms "muskrat," so-called because of the musky odor which it emits.
DOC (DUSTY) ROBERTS gave me a few hurried words of instruction as we climbed from the machine. "Hunt slower than you do with a gun. Keep the left arm firm when you loose a shaft. Keep the bow string in line with the bow and the game, and stalk every ground squirrel as tho it was a deer."
IN THE country just west of the Missouri River, and particularly in eastern Nebraska, Kansas and western Missouri and Iowa there was in early days a south to southwest wind in the summer that was as much a part of the country as its rivers or hills.
When the day is kinda fadin' An' the purple light is shadin' Peaks and valleys with a mystic sort of glow. When the gang has finished eatin' Then there's nothin' half so treatin' As to sit and watch the colors on the snow. Why to just be here a gazin' At them mighty heaps a raisin' Like some architect had traced 'em 'gainst the sky.
It gives me much pleasure to renew my subscription to Outdoor Life. I read it with a great deal of interest and profit; it is an honest publication devoted to wild life and the best of real sport. I am against what I consider the vicious and unwise so-called game refuge bill.
I am glad to enclose a couple of copies of the report of our New England Grouse Investigation for the past season. There are two important problems which we have not yet gotten any light on. One is the disease which suddenly cuts down the grouse in the northern part of their range after a season of maximum abundance.
As civilization advances and new areas are forced under cultivation wild animal life and especially game animals, retreat. The normal plan of wild life is broken. The game have no chance. In Montana and other western states strict and rigid enforcement, with the full cooperation of a majority of the people, is retarding this destruction of wild life.
I want to suggest to my fellow trout fishermen to try the barbless hooks. If you have the right kind of a rod (a limber split bamboo rod, which is the only right kind for fly fishing), you can land just as many trout with a barbless hook as with a barbed hook.
Permit me to congratulate you on your splendid article entitled "Mr. Bruin—Gentleman," in the November issue of Outdoor Life. We in Pennsylvania have for a number of years valued our bear population as one of our greatest wild life assets, and have afforded him the protection under our game laws which he so richly merits.
The Tippecanoe River, Indiana's wonderful bass stream, the lower stretches of which were so ruthlessly despoiled in 1926 by the method of operation of the two hydro-electric dams, is again coming into its own. It has been a long fight against the Interstate Public Service Corporation, (a unit of the Insull properties) waged by the Tippecanoe River Riparian Owners Association.
The southeastern Wyoming committee, which is promoting development of the recreational potentialities of the mountain regions of Carbon, Albany and Laramie counties, has placed with the federal forest service an order for eighteen white-tail deer from the Kaibab national forest in Arizona.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple of weeks at Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, Texas, and while there, it was my good fortune to meet a true sportsman, in all that the good word implies. I refer to A. D. Sory of Houston, Texas, a man who fishes for sport and not for the kill, and a man who takes pleasure in establishing records, especially in methods.
Harlan I. Smith, of the National Museum of Canada is authority for some interesting statistics on grizzly bears and makes the assertion that there are more than twice as many grizzlies in Mackenzie Park of British Columbia as in all the national forests of the United States outside of Montana and Alaska.
With the reorganization of the Virginia Department of Fish and Game and a new code of laws for the protection and preservation of wild life, comes a movement to establish extensive game refuges in the national forest reserves in the counties adjacent to the Roanoke river.
Whatever it proves, the number of deer killed in Minnesota during the open season of 1926 was more than twice as great as the number taken during the fall of 1922, the last open season under the law which permitted deer hunting every year, according to big game hunters' report to the Game and Fish department.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 53. Give yourself 5 per cent for every question answered substantially right, and add the result to find your mark. Remember the mark you make this month and see if there is any improvement in the mark you get next month.
IN BRINGING this chapter to a close a chapter covering the more important cat from the point of view of the angler, we have decided to add a few suggestions relative to the proper catfish rigs for the several types of fishing. Often we have made our treatment too general, forgetful of the fact that the rank and file of fishermen are more or less unfamiliar with exact detail and, therefore, unable to rig their lines in a manner that will be productive of results.
I AM thinking of those little things, gimps, snells, sinkers, etc., so seldom mentioned in articles upon angling, but so necessary to the angler's comfort and peace of mind. After all, rod, reel and line perfect, unless the leader, gimp and hook be dependable, the fish will escape.
THREE weeks before this epochal event, I hooked this beauty; had him on for about two minutes; saw his beautiful profile as he made one final jump and was lost. I dreamed of this monster trout for several nights after this and could hardly wait for the time to come to try for him once again.
ACCORDING to my watch, it is now 10:56 a. m., the month of October, 1927, down in Texas—where the horntoads do the black bottom, the fish swim on their bellies, and the bull frogs wear out the seat of their pants while sitting in a game of water-poker around the shore of my favorite lake.
Editor Angling Department: We have had a little argument here and can't get it settled so have decided to appeal to Outdoor Life and Recreation. What we want to know is this: are carp game fish? If they are game fish why aren't they game-fish?
One of the most reliable manufacturers of angling appurtenances is offering a new model reel as here pictured built to supply a popular price level wind winch that will be long-lasting. The reciprocating shaft is made of non-rusting metal and the level wind attachment of alloy steel, which they guarantee will outwear five to one all other metals used in similar parts.
THE accompanying cuts of our Catalina Swordfish, the marlin and the broadbill, simply give you an outline of their appearance as they land on our fishing wharf to be weighed. In the water they are entirely dissimilar in coloring and action.
While fishing off Boca Grande, Fla., I had hooked a tarpon which the guide stated weighed in the neighborhood of 100 pounds, judging from observation while in the air several times. After having tired out the tarpon pretty well, and after bringing him within about 40 or 50 feet of the boat, the fish made a desperate struggle.
IN the present-day speed mania to cover distances on the vacations of many people, the night's abode is given little consideration—just so a roof is over their heads and weatherproof walls surround them. A hotel would do. But this keeps them in the very environment that vacations are invented to take them away from.
1. Any automobilist caught driving with less than one gallon of booze concealed in his car will be fined $100. 2. Upon discovering an approaching team, the automobilist must stop offside and cover his machine with a blanket painted to correspond to the scenery.
CAN one tire of camping?" The question is often put to me and I have but one answer, with but one reservation: "Yes, unless a positive nut, and in that case his wife will tire of him—and it." Few people, I imagine, enjoy camping any more than my bunch, but camping is relaxation, recreation, a change of scene.
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 had several experts and well known outdoormen work out a series of blue prints showing plainly how to make useful camp items, and the methods of trailcraft, and each blue print is accompanied by printed instructions giving every needful detail in construction.
A reader states that his woolen hunting coat was soiled and when it came from the cleaners the dirt was all out and the waterproofing also. He waterproofed the wool by dissolving an ounce of anhydrous wool fat or lanolin in a quart of gasoline, swabbed it evenly on the coat and hung it in the air for the gas to evaporate, leaving the wool fibers coated with wool fat.
The "Ten Commandments" for safe and satisfactory winter driving are as follows: 1. Watch your battery. Have it tested often and kept charged so it won't freeze. 2. Change your oil frequently. Oil becomes diluted quickly in winter from the condensation of water inside the crank case, so don't blame the oil.
DO YOU own a closed car? Anything more roomy than the smallest coupe? Then why should you consider, when you are on a week-end trip into the country, to the shore, or up into the mountains, the expense and the uncertain accommodations of hotels?
When waterproofing duck, it is well to stretch it so as to secure a flat surface for the work. Generally it is best to select a warm, sunny day; the hotter the better, in fact. The canvas must be dry, never damp. When the waterproofing solution has been thoroly mixed, apply with any ordinary paint brush, spreading a uniform coating over one side of the canvas only, and be sure that every inch is covered.
How many women desist from the allurements of camp life because of the various niceties in accommodations which they get at home, and how many men after a long, hard, dusty day's travel would not welcome the chance to take a shower bath right in camp?
FROM the best information that I can secure, about one-twelfth to one-fifteenth of the double guns built in the United States are 20-bores. This doesn't include the pump guns, and I am rather inclined to believe that more pump 20s are used than double barrels in this gauge.
An article by Mr. MacVey regarding the .32-20 as the logical choice as the general purpose rifle in the East, appeared in Outdoor Life several months ago. His article showed plenty of thought on the subject, and for the purposes stated, i. e.: for deer and down to the smallest game and vermin, the writer agrees with him in his choice of factory loaded shells.
Joseph V. Glynn's article, "Small Game and Vermin Rifles," in September Outdoor Life is one of the most sensible I have read on the subject. I have watched the campaign, since its beginning about three years ago, for a magnum small game cartridge—magnum in all save price—with interest at first, and later with a good deal of amusement.
AN INDIVIDUAL can hardly test ammunition to the same extent that a well equipped small arms plant is capable of doing. About all that he can do is to shoot it for accuracy and perhaps for penetration, and if he is very skilled he may be able to get a rough idea of its trajectory.
None of my ideas ever made any one rich nor caused any gun editor to lose his job, but I must pop off to someone about my pet ideas, so here goes: I have a single-shot Stevens Marksman action. You may wonder why I like this action so well. I think it the best single-shot action made.
PISTOL shooting as practiced today can be readily divided into two distinctly different classes. One consists entirely of standardized target practice and the other includes all other kinds of shooting. Both have their loyal supporters fully equipped with plausible talking points to uphold their convictions as to the merits of the particular game in which they are interested.
REGARDED purely as a game of its own, the main object being to train its devotees to make long runs and reach high scores, it is very doubtful if any radical improvement can be inauguarated in trap shooting to attain the desired end. As all targets are thrown as near alike as to speed, elevation and distance, in order to place each contestant on an even keel with all those in competition, it stands to reason that the game has reached a state of quasi perfection, viewed from that standpoint, brought about by much careful thought and consideration by those under whose skillful management our tournaments are conducted.
MY GUN has black streaks in it that are awful hard to get out." This from the shooter who has not been initiated into all of the mysteries of gun lore. "My gun leads like the deuce." This from the old hardened shooter. All shotguns, to a greater or less extent, will, after firing, have what is commonly called lead streaks in the barrel.
Accuracy Comparison, Colt .22 Target and Automatic
.30-30 or .32 Special—Which?
Concerning Barrel "Jump"
The .30-'06 Bullet for Deer
.22 H. P. Bullets
Heavy Loads in L. C. Smith? Yes.
Reloads for the Russian 7.62 mm.
Lefever Shotgun O. K.
Capt. Chas. Askins
Does the automatic shotgun shoot as strongly as a pump gun? How much of the propelling force of the powder is lost in working the recoil mechanism? I have an automatic 12-gauge Remington with a 28-inch barrel. Would a 32-inch barrel give greater effective range?
THE management of a modern game commission is an entirely different proposition from the original conception as conceived by those men whose foresight made possible the present state of conservation. It was originally held that only men of great scientific attainment and of vast knowledge of the fauna indigenous to the country could possibly successfully manage the affairs of a game commission.
I HAVE heard dozens of old-timers tell of their first experience of what is commonly known among amateur sportsmen and sometimes seasoned hunters, as well, buck-ague, a peculiar feeling and sensation that is hard to describe. I have heard veteran duck hunters tell of a peculiar mood and excitement that sometimes will cause the amateur duck hunter to stand motionless with a full loaded pumpgun and watch a whole flock of ducks raise and float silently away, seemingly forgetting to even attempt to take a single shot at them.
In the later part of March, 1902, I was visiting with some friends who live along the North Platte River, about 5 miles east of Clarks, Nebr. The geese were coming in in droves; day and night one could hear the whir of wings and the plaintive honk of big, green-headed Canadians as they gliding down the wind and hit the river with a splash.
In your December issue H. E. Fuller explains "The Ways of the Wild Turkey," and gives your readers "Suggestions from a Veteran Hunter." The word veteran need not necessarily signify more than years of participation, or some connection with events of years past.
I am always interested in Outdoor Life bear stories. I note one in a recent issue, entitled "What's Your Hurry, George?' Several years ago there were two hunters who went into Trinity County hunting bears. They went up the north fork of Swift Creek and for several days hunted without success.
I am going on my first big-game hunt soon, and wish to ask what is meant by "carefully thatching" of the bough bed in camp.—Fred C. Williams, Chicago, III. You ask a question that has been asked of me often before. Cut twigs 2 or 3 feet long from any soft-foliaged evergreens near camp and, after selecting as level and satisfactory a spot as possible for your bed, run a row of them across the space, as you would start to shingle a house—only that, instead of beginning at the bottom, as in the shingling process, you begin at the top, of course.
I have just been reading your answer to a query relative to young snakes entering the mouth of the mother, and have also read other articles by you that seemed to cast doubt on this happening. I wish to state that 50 odd years ago, as a boy returning from swimming near where I lived in Rhode Island accompanied by other boys of my age, while among the sweet fern and white birch I saw an ordinary-sized spreading adder (local name).
ALL varieties of wild duck and teal are not nearly so cantankerous in the matter of breeding as are the tribe of wild geese. One may order any number of varieties of wild ducks and teal, now, for early March delivery, with a confident expectation of egg laying, incubation and successful raising of young birds.
SO many are writing me to inquire when the market is going to drop below profitable margin in silver foxes. For a moment, consider the millions of people in this country alone who never even have seen a silver fox garment. There are a few in store windows, and many more that are only imitations, but so many of us have not seen even that much.
THERE is general rejoicing in the English springer spaniel world, both in America and Canada, over the remarkably good work seen at the Trials by this delightful breed which antedates the majority, if not all, of the gun dogs, it being an admitted fact that the Norfolk water spaniel, from which has come the English springer, was the foundation stock from which sprang the setter and other gun dogs.
A 5 per cent solution of tannic acid_ is one of the best treatments for extensive burns. It prevents the absorption of toxic products, relieves much of the pain, and hastens cicaterization. Where a simple fracture is present, it may be easily determined by the grating of the broken bones upon each other and their displacement which allows the limb to dangle or hang helplessly.
Haven't seen much spoken of the largest and best terrier, the ariedale, the past few years. He used to command a lot of space in all outdoor magazines, as well as the daily papers, but he took a toboggan slide for other popular breeds. However, he is too good a dog to stay down and slowly he is coming back, as I note several of the old-timers and others are getting them for their real worth.
Hookworm infestation is another disease common among dogs. The life history and method of infection is similar to hookworm infestation in humans. Prenatal infection is said to occur occasionally. Symptoms: Hookworms are blood suckers and produce a marked anemia, not only from the loss of blood but also from poisons liberated by the parasites.
I have just read Kennel Queries in the July issue of Outdoor Life, in which J. W. Dykes asks for information concerning an operation to prevent a dog from barking. There can be no doubt as to its being painless and harmless, but with the "humaneness" of it I firmly disagree.