REV. C. J. L., IOWA: In answer to your letter about vacation places near St. Louis. The subject is a hard one to cover fully so you will find I have mentioned briefly those you might be interested in. If you will write to, Sec. Missouri Ozarks Chamber of Commerce, Ellington, Mo., for information on vacation places you will receive detailed information on some of the best places; also, a little booklet, “Recreation Near Home” may be had by writing to Passenger Traffic Mgr., Missouri Pacific Railroad Co., St. Louis, which is a regular mine of information on the subject.
BIGHORN sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, moose, caribou, silvertip and a dark chocolate-colored black bear—wouldn’t that be the realization of the average hunter’s dreams? Well, this is the story. For many years Outdoor Life has been my sporting bible.
A TALE OF THE LAKE OF THE WOODS, INCLUDING A CERTAIN MUSKIE
NOW when a man is comfortably housed in a 50-foot cruiser, with a jovial Aesculapius like “Doc” Waldren playing mumbling solitaire across the swinging table from him, and with nothing to do but read the second volume of “Tom Jones,” he ought to be, as the phrase has it, happy and contented.
WE TOOK our time after shoving off for the south end of old Beaver Dam that morning, its star,frosty blackness but forerunner to one of those gloriously beautiful late November days that hunters feel justified in spending to the full.
THIS question has probably occurred to every man and woman who hunts. Doubtless they also wonder how primitive man hunted and what he hunted. Loafing in a blind or weathering a protracted storm, sheltered by a comfortable tent or cabin, is conducive to such thoughts.
FOR two weeks “Henry” and I had been driving north and west thru Colorado and Wyoming, stopping a day or two here and there, to try some of the more promising trout rivers en route. Nothing in life, for me, is quite so difficult as to go right across or along an inviting trout stream and not stop for even a few casts; and yet, if we were to complete our trip as planned, which embraced nearly 8,000 miles thru the Mountain and Pacific states, it was necessary to forego the pleasure of fishing some of the stream in favor of others farther on.
HISTORY tells us that Benjamin Franklin supported the movement to select the American turkey as the symbol of our nation. It is evident that the supporters of the turkey were not strong enough, and as you will know the eagle was chosen as the symbol.
THE 20th of September was surely a happy clay for us, with the vision in our minds of a successful deer hunt with our long bows. Our artillery consisted of .22 automatic pistols, two long bows, 75 broad-head arrows and a Hi-power Savage rifle.
I’ve played the movin’-pitcher game, and worked it good and hard, But it is too all-fired tame for real cowpunchers, pard! Them actor-guys is tenderfeet that never saw the range, And when they hit a saddle-seat, their ridin’s fierce and strange!
PARTY: R. W. Everett, North Carolina. Donald Worthington, Massachusetts. Conrad Kain, head guide; Bill Yearling, guide. TERRITORY : East Kootenay, near Alberta-British Columbia boundary line. Up Kootenay River, up Mitchell Creek to its head under Mt. Assinaboini.
In the days when Field Trials were just taking on present day adjustments, honest, big-hearted and forceful Jim Marsh, thorough-going outdoorsman, hunter and doglover, decided to enter a game about which he knew next to nothing, but, having entered it, characteristically determined to smash his way thru to success.
ONE golden October day I sat with my guide in a duck blind and watched the decoys rippling in the light wind. This guide knew ducks. Every trick of every species was familiar to him, and we talked “duck” all day. In the course of this talk I asked him what was the greatest foe of the wild duck.
THERE is more to an outing in the woods, or on the water, than the shooting of game, or the catching of fish. What is it? Is it anticipation? Is it reminiscence? Is it the air, the sky, the gloomy cloudiness, the sunlight, the glimmering water, the solemn slough of the wind thru the forest, the moan of waves breaking on the bar, the rustle of wings from startled fowl, the cold, the heat, the rain, the snow, the spice of danger, the physical fatigue, the concentrated effort, the matching of wits with a quarry, the freedom of restraint from the sty life of the city?
BROOKE ANDERSON, president Campfire Club of Chicago, member Federal advisory board Migratory Bird Treaty Act. J. P. CUENIN, rod and gun editor San Francisco Examiner, aggressive in the protection of wildfowl on Pacific Coast.
You came to our rescue when our ducks were all about to be murdered by a duck club between our game preserves in the lower part of the state; and now we naturally turn to you again when a lot of harm is about to be done to the deer and other game.
The Cherokee rose hedge along the west side of my garden had been the chosen site of two mockingbird nurseries. Three babies had hatched in one nest, four in the other. They had amused me by their antics in learning to use their wings. With seven children and four old birds using my garden, it was a lively place and I enjoyed it.
The following taken from the back of a membership card issued by the Washington and Adams (Idaho) County Rod and Gun Club is submitted for the thoughtful consideration of sportsmen’s organizations thruout the state of Missouri: THE SPORTSMEN’S CREED 1. I will not hunt on any posted property without the owner’s consent.
In an address before the Fourteenth National Game Conference on December 6, Chief Paul G. Redington of the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey, declared that there had been enough dallying with the question of federal waterfowl refuges and that the time had come to “fish or cut bait.”
You are certainly to be complimented on “Renegade," Hal G. Evarts’ scathing denouncement of the roaming house cat. What a world of good it would be if it could be distributed broadcast with every game license and included in such publications as the Boy Scout Manual.
The lives of every one of these end in grim tragedy—either amid the roar of guns, grip of talons, or torn by fangs! In the ranks of the hunted, eternal vigilance is the price of life—each and all are continually surrounded by enemies waiting to take their lives.
A suit against sixty-seven oil operators in the Huntington Beach (Calif.) field was lately filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County by Attorney General U. S. Webb and District Attorney Asa Keyes of Los Angeles County, acting with B. D. Marx Greene, executive officer and attorney for the Division of Fish and Game of the Department of Natural Resources.
The whole world loves a dead game sport. To see a man take the loser's end and smile; to watch him miss a bird and not seek an alibi; beckoning his friend over to a covey located he places him at an advantageous position then proceeds to handle the dogs so that his partner may chance a good shot; always giving the other fellow a little bit the best of the break; always waiting for a bird to take wing before shooting; forever living up to the true sportsman code.
If grouse trapped wild are used as foundation stock, the chief difficulty arises from their extreme shyness. They should be wing-clipped so that they can not dash against the wire, kept in roomy inclosures with plenty of cover, and accustomed gradually to visits of the keeper by always feeding at the same place and moving cautiously at all times.
Game wardens are encouraging the killing of crows and sportsmen can well afford to make the hunting of these farm nuisances a part of their sport. The policy of the present Game and Fish Commissioner is to encourage co-operation between the farmer and game wardens in the extermination of predatory animals and birds, as they are a menace to wild game and fish as well as to the farmer.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 85. 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.
BULLHEADS! Talk about black bass, speckled trout, muskellunge, or salmon, and one hasn't half recounted the joys and pleasures of real fishing. Even pumpkinseeds and bluegills must take a back seat when we make a selection of the greatest of them all, for the bullhead, the fish of America’s boys, has more disciples than any with vastly more pretentious pedigrees, possibly more than all the socalled game-fish combined.
IN THESE days of “fished-to-death” brooks in the average well-populated section, it is considered an event when an angler captures a trout of really big proportions, for on the much-fished streams the wise old “speckled beauties” have learned many lessons and they seem to know that to retain their freedom they must continuously use a great amount of caution.
A VERY fine article descriptive of the grindle was written by George V. " Triplett and published in the June, 1926, edition of Outdoor Recreation, now combined with Outdoor Life. For many years, in fact since my extreme and far distant youth, I have been in turbulent battle with that sinister and ferocious battler.
IT HAS been learned by the careful observation of sportsmen and others that snakes are great destroyers of fish, especially of trout and bass fry, as well as the young of other species of fish. Even fish up to a pound or more in weight are frequently caught and eaten by large water moccasins.
ONE time I journeyed eastward from Denver along the flat country that lies south of the Republican River. I think an automobile road takes about the same line of travel now, passing thru Cheyenne Wells and eventually arriving at Topeka or Kansas City—some where down there.
TO BEGIN with, there is so little difference betwen the tallow rendered from deer, sheep and goats that not one chemist in a hundred thousand can distinguish between them with certainty. Even trained specialists are puzzled by individual samples.
Editor Angling Department: I am thinking of adding a number of bucktail lures to my kit and am writing you to find out which colors would be the best for bass. Have talked this over with a number of the boys and most of them seem to have some special color combination of their own.
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.
DON’T overlook the fact that it can get cold out on the ocean. It is also perfectly possible to have a rough sea come up that will throw a drenching cloud of rain like spray over you. The poet said it well when he penned the lines, And over them the sea wind sang, Shrill, chill, with flakes of foam.
THE 1927 fishing season at Catalina Island has already seen two new records made with the regulation Tuna Club light tackle. Moreover, I might say that these at present are world’s records also, but I dislike to use that term for these, “world records” never look so good in print after they have been beaten.
The larger of the two Tyee salmon shown in the accompanying illustration weighed 50 pounds, being 46 inches in length, 26 inches girth, and with a tail spread of 16 inches, it required 60 minutes of heavy fighting to land this fish, and in his first run he took 450 feet of line from the reel, leaving only about four turns on the drum when checked.
WHEN the enthusiastic motor camper overhauls his motor preparatory to hitting the trails for the approaching season’s joys, he will find that retrospection of past usage of the old kit has been considerable of an education to him. Camping day by day has taught him many things.
THERE was the time when camping—particularly motor camping—began to take its place as one of America’s great outdoor sports, that the old-time, “back to nature” camper boo-hooed the idea of a camp-stove and ridiculed the modernly equipped vacationist as a “tin can camper.”
A knowledge of the veriest principles of first aid for vacation emergencies is a solemn responsibility. Once you come face to face with an accident which endangers the life of yourself or a companion you will realize how indispensable is this ability to meet emergencies, for you will have to act at once, usually before a doctor arrives; you may save life, at least may prevent minor emergencies from leading to complications of grave importance.
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 trail craft, and each blue print is accompanied by printed instructions giving every needful detail in construction.
I ENCLOSE a snapshot of the buzz wagon and part of the gang on our return trip from the East last summer. I want you to particularly notice the arrangement of the camping paraphernalia, for a lot of boys seem to think that luggage either on the front bumper or on top of the car is indicative of a “non compus mentis” camper.
EVERY forty-one seconds someone is either killed or injured in highway accidents in the United States. During the five years ending with 1927 the staggering total of approximately 3,446,370 persons were reported injured and 114,879 killed in traffic calamities, most of which were avoidable.
This is a sleeping tent with a front wall which can be extended out to allow the heat from a reflector fire built in front to be thrown to the back wall of the tent and down upon the bed. It is an adaptation of the “A” or wedge tent but with the ends augmented with an extra piece so that the interior of the tent is cozy from wind an wet when the awning is extended.
Featherweight Bed Comfort These light-weight folding frame beds supply all the lightness and portability needed for the transient camp and are particularly suited for permanent camp use for their ease in transporting and handling. The comfort feature of these beds are an especial recommendation, for the top is canvas hung to either end of the bed frame with resilient helical springs.
ANY man who has shot a good deal must have been troubled by the question of whether it was better to have a pattern that was certain to kill if it landed or a pattern he was more apt to hit with. Two opposing principles are in the balance. One is : the best pattern for any man is the one that has such spread that he can hit with it regularly.
A great deal has been said, about the high speed, light ball, via the old heavy "charcoal burners.” I was like many others, who had the idea that the high speed, light ball of flat trajectory, was as good or better than the heavier, slower ammunition, but a man has a right to change his mind, and I have.
I finished the December number of Outdoor Life, and was much interested in Captain Askins’ article on the .410 and 28-bore shotguns; so much so, that I can not pass it by without a few comments. As to the 28, I had one—a short time— but being a bum shot I did a lot of crippling with it.
LET scientists say what they will, and let German scientists preach that a German first discovered or used powder. But there is a history in existence of a people who were when the world was in the making. That history tells of the doings of that people for 6,000 years before Christ—a people that is not now understood by the rest of the world and never will be—inscrutable to any but their own race.
The accompanying photograph shows the Portland, Ore., Police Revolver Team—National Champions—with the Colt’s Trophy won by us at Camp Perry, Ohio, September 10. 1927, when we set a new world’s record, raising our 1925 score of 1,093 to the 1927 score of 1,105 at Perry.
The inquiry of “A. A. Gloye, Ind.,” in the October issue of Outdoor Life seems to require a further answer. There has just been manufactured a .30-’06 Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle in the de luxe finish and workmanship found in that rifle. It is half-stocked with 22¾ inch barrel, weighs 7¾ pounds, has special English type separate folding leaf sights at 200, 300 and 400 yards, and may be had take-down with folding peep on tang, or with best imported mounted telescope.
HAVING read from time to time so many interesting discourses on the general subject of guns, as well as many fine tales of reminiscence by members of the great brotherhood, all appearing in our great magazine, I am moved to add a word of my own, covering some things which have long been stored under the old Stetson.
I am taking the liberty of sending a snapshot and data on an old gun I have, to try and find out something about it. I thought perhaps you or some reader has seen a gun like mine, and could tell me the history of it. This gun weighs 12 pounds; barrel length, 34 inches; length over all, 51 inches.
I would like to buy a good cheap rifle but I am undecided which to buy—the Springfield Mauser, Krag, or the Model 17. I have heard much about the Krag being such a good gun, but don’t like that long barrel. Could I cut the barrel off to about 25 inches? Would this spoil the shooting quality?
Good duck weather, bringing on a big flight from the north, cut the attendance at the Armistice Day program of the Lawrence Gun Club. The day was warm in the early morning hours; later the wind switched to the northwest and the duck hunters heat it" for the lakes and river, letting the targets go for another day.
The Remington Company is bringing out their popular Model 30 Express rifle in carbine form. Carbine is to have 20-inch barrel, 40½ inches in total length, and is to weigh 7 pounds. It has shotgun style butt-stock, with butt-plate grooved to prevent slipping, and the fore-stock is grooved to afford a good hold.
On the night of October 11, 1927, we made camp at Henderson, 5 miles from Ruedi, Colo., and at 4:30 the next morning I started out to find a deer with large antlers. Several times during the day I passed up opportunities to get a small one. On the 13th I went up to timberline and saw a great many big tracks, but the snow was from 8 to 18 inches deep and crusted, so the hunting was hard.
Late in the fall of 1925, near Gypsam, Alaska, a bear coming two years old climbed a big straight tree and was killed as it descended. In June, 1926, a bear after seeing a man in a small boat with outboard motor running full speed, left the beach and started across a narrow neck of timber.
I would like to ask you and your readers to make a decision on this question : My hunting partner and myself went quail hunting. There was a big sleet on the ground. After we had traveled about a mile down the railroad track my partner left the track and went to a field 300 yards distant.
On account of the complaints which we have received from readers who have come in contact with Mr. C. C. Block of Peoria, Ill., as an Alaskan guide and outfitter, we feel that we should make a statement to our readers to the effect that we are not recommending Mr. Block as a guide and outfitter for big game.
In Game Breeding Queries I notice a query from Michigan as to deer shedding their antlers; also the answer by G. H. C. Perhaps I can help clear this up as I have given much study to the deer of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After mating, the bucks shed, their antlers coming off under the long hair which curls up around the base of the antler.
I have been reading your “Stump Talks” with varied interest. My criticism of them would be that to us oldtimers some of the foolish questions which you publish are not worth answering—C. J. Anderson, St. Paul, Minn. I have been expecting to get such a letter.
I HAVE had inquiry from the prairies about capercalzie or cock of the woods. The inquirer is of Scandinavian descent, has heard of these European birds from his father, what fine large game birds they are, but, enthusiastic as he is over importing and introducing these birds, they would be absolutely unfit for the prairies.
AS YET there is no let up to the silver fox farming industry. In fact, there are many new men entering the work. There is really only one way to learn the business. After reading all the books and a few magazines on the subject, visit many of the fox ranches.
As to my experience with mink being raised without running water, I wish to say I have on my ranch today male breeders, up to six years old, that have never been in water to swim, have never wanted to bathe, and have had all the opportunity to do so if they wished.
THE MANY expressions of approval, from readers of Outdoor Life and Recreation, on our article on English setters and the impressive picture of the famous California-bred Champion SirOrkney Wiligress which appeared in the December issue, has given us courage to enthuse about the Irish setter, known in the early days as "The Red Setter," a breed that has come back into public favor, both as a field dog and Bench winner, with an improvement in size, type and soundness, for nowadays we see a consist ency in type and size and much sounder loin and hind-quarters compared with the early winners.
As the days grow colder and the bitingwinter winds sweep over us, dogs like human beings are very apt to contract colds which, if neglected, rapidly develop into pneumonia. In the cold mornings and evenings we have all noticed dogs shaking with cold.