H. L. S., OHIO:—I have hunted in Canada every year for the past eight years and have found that good caribou country is pretty scarce. I was up in northern Quebec last year at St. Felicien. Spent two weeks in the bush but never saw an animal. One of our party killed a small cow caribou and we heard of two or three others, all small heads, that were killed in this, locality.
Tales of Wild Turkey Hunting, by Simon W. Everitt. Wm. C. Hazelton, Chicago. 127 pages, illustrated. This old-time sport described by one of its best-known followers, "The Kurnel" of North Carolina. The Modern Gasoline Automobile, by Victor W. Page.
THE FUR TRADE, LEFT TO ITSELF, WOULD COMMIT SUICIDE. SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT TEACH IT CONSERVATION WHETHER IT LIKES IT OR NOT?
Hal G. Evarts
EVER since the fur traders swapped fishhooks for beaver skins the chief idea of the fur trade has been to get every possible hide. When the North American continent was swarming with untold millions of fur bearers, apparently an inexhaustible supply, that was the logical procedure.
SOME enthusiast has referred to this region as the "Cathedral Country"; and it is no reflection upon man-made cathedrals. For even the largest cathedrals have merely pigmy columns as compared with these natural 200-foot shafts of redwoods, pines and spruce, making aisles that dwarf the gloomy artificial structures.
TAKE the "art of concealment" about two parts; add a couple more of common sense in providing a healthy food "cafeteria" for the waterfowl; put in a dash of "sit still when birds are hovering around;" a healthy shot of proper decoy handling—and there is a pretty safe and sure remedy for the duck hunter who wants action with his old cannon when the frost is on the pumpkins and the migrating waterfowl are on the move.
THE U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey is at present conducting a "bird census." They are counting tbe ducks. Counting ducks is a very pleasant pastime for Mr. Redington's bureau, and according to Mr. Redington. it will be several years before be has counted, tabulated, analyzed and bisected all tbe little ducks.
IN THIS day and age when people are segregating themselves in the larger industrial centers, recreation along the streams and lakes is taking thousands out into the country and the woods each summer. Rivers that once sang along under their bordering maples and sycamores with scarce a foot-print to mark the sand-bars or the gravelly points, are now lined with a miscellaneous assortment of anglers.
I REALLY wasn't entitled to this particular hunt, for I had had my sport on the plantation and was headed northward again, where my work was waiting for me. Work has a pernicious habit of so waiting. But it is sometimes hard to get away from a remote plantation for more reasons than sentimental ones.
IN 1868 the U. S. Government made a treaty with the Sioux Indians at old Fort Laramie, Wyoming, after years of constant warfare following the Minnesota massacres. This treaty of Laramie conceded to the Sioux nation "all the land east of the summits of the Big Plorn Mountains north of the North Platte River."
FOR many years Wyoming' vast mountain regions have been a land of enchantment for me, and and I shall always retain a vision of its towering, snowcapped peaks, fast rushing streams, and almost limitless forests of virgin pine and spruce.
THE cold, gray mountain peaks surrounded us on all sides. The harren, wind-swept land above timber line had an aspect terrifying to the initiate. Great, billowing clouds rolled up from the sea at Skagway, rushing thru the White Pass with a swirl, silent, cold and dark.
We were away! Our big twin outboard motor whizzed with one crank. Under throttle for the land of fish—juicy Tyee salmon—largest of the genus Oncorhynchus or Pacific Coast salmon. They are hooked in many other streams on the coast, but Campbell River on Vancouver Island is conceded to be an ideal place for real Tyee fishing.
IT IS hard, for me anyway, to imagine how a clay spent in grouseland could be anything else but golden, and it is equally difficult to picture golden days in our northern forests if the grouse no longer inhabited them. The ruffed grouse is such an interesting bird, has so many habits that are peculiar to himself, is so original in his ways and so prone to do the unexpected, that I never pass a dull day in his company.
THE lion doubtless strikingly noble and picturesque creature of all the beasts of the wilderness. Rightly nature has placed a coronet of golden mane upon his brow, a stamp of royalty, and men from the beginning of time have called him the king of beasts. Despite his royal title, the lion has been painted in divers colors—some none too complimentary—by various penmen in passing.
THE headwaters of Sun River in the Lewis & Clark National Forest has long been noted as a range for mountain sheep. Before a closed season was placed on sheep by the Montana law in 1914 this territory was such a favorite hunting ground by those sportsmen desiring a sheep that these animals were reduced to but a small remnant of their former numbers.
It is with satisfaction that I notice your interest in the protection of the few wild bears left in this country. In most cases it is difficult, much too difficult, to accomplish anything in this line, but the case I wish to call your attention to will require very little effort to obtain splendid results.
I am very much interested in your Conservation Department. I approve your platform for conservation. Have been fighting for some years to secure state legislation to limit the daily duck bag to fifteen a day. I have been unsuccessful to date on account of adverse attitude of New Orleans shooters.
The Lord God of Hope has placed a protecting arm around the wild waterfowl of the Middle West. Man failed the birds by dilly-dallying and delaying, but the Power that guides the clouds steered the nebulous billows into the heart of Kansas, released the sustaining winds and refilled Lake Cheyenne in the famous Cheyenne Bottoms of Barton County.
THE following are comments on our annual census of the number of big game animals on the various National Forests as of December 31, 1927. These are estimates made by forest officers—close observers, constantly in the field and always on the lookout for game animals and birds.
A GENERAL readjustment of the open seasons on woodcock has been made by the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey, with a reduction in the hunting period to one month. The periods during which woodcock may be hunted during the approaching open season are as follows:
STUDENTS of bird and game life will find a recent publication of the United States Bureau of Biological Survey entitled "Wild Birds Introduced or Transplanted in North America," by Dr. John C. Phillips, the eminent ornithologist, of great value and interest.
JUST a lot of the boys, going up into the fishing districts of our great northern playground, overlook a good bet when they fail to make preparations for shore casting the many small lakes and the favorable shorelines of large bodies of water.
TO GET your properly-tied dry fly to float on a fine sunny day is no trick at all. Plenty of stiff, bushy hackle is all that is necessary. But to keep it floating during cool, cloudy days, when the humidity is high, and especially when the trout are rising freely, is quite a different problem.
IN THIS chapter, captioned trout terminals, we shall endeavor to acquaint the budding trout enthusiast with the chief factors in fishing equipment that really connect the angler with his fish. Rods, lines and reels may be ever so orthodox, and yet success may escape the fisherman should his terminal equipment be faulty.
Leaves all dashed with red and yellow, Waning moon in tresses mellow; Wild geese honking ’cross the skyline, Wending southward in the night time; Frost on pumpkin, shock, and picket, Birds collecting in the thicket ; Mark the passing of October, Flerald winter, hoar and sober.
Editor Angling Department: In reading an article recently I ran across mention of a dobson. It said that the dobson was familiar to every fisherman. Well, I'm a fisherman, or think I am, and I never heard of a dobson! What is it?—F. J., Fla. Answer: The dobson is an insect, the winged form of a helgrammite.
Capt. Geo. C. Farnsworth FEW people who have gazed on the hammerhead shark, which has such an odd head, realize what a wonderful tracker he really is. Between the eyes which are located at each end of this double' hammer-shaped head, is a very thin and sensitive skin, over the flesh, or what resembles gristle, which covers the entire distance between the eyes and forms the sense of smell.
Many people who practice surf fishing for small panfish such as grunts, sailors choice, etc., are sometimes troubled by sharks and barracuda. The angler may not be able to see these invaders, but just the same they are sometimes there. The presence of these sharks and barracuda cause the panfish to leave, and the angler goes home fishless.
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.
We want to tell you again about the way to prepare these kinks. Nothing difficult at all. Just write on one side of the paper only. Make a drawing or sketch if you can, but don't worry about its looks—we'll fix that for you. Get us the idea and, if it is a real kink, we'll see that it is properly dressed up for the department.
RIVER and along-shore tripping in a motor launch or small cruiser enters the realms of deep-water navigation. A boat which is driven by its own power and cannot be dragged up above the wave line on any convenient beach:—as a skiff can be—but is of small dimensions, has nearly the same technique as a large outboard skiff.
THIS may be old stuff, but you can use your watch as a compass on sunshiny days by placing the hour hand to point at the sun. Half way between the time marked by the hour hand and a line drawn from the pivot on which the hands are hung to the figure 12 is due south.
EDDIE, my duck shooting pardner, has thrown in with the rest of our town's nimrods who have hauled their boats out of barns and sheds into the hack yards and are conditioning them for the oncoming migration of dqcks and geese down the big river.
YOU can carry a dozen of these new style decoys in your hunting coat—they take up no more room than two or three old style wooden decoys. They take apart for carrying, and nested together are only a little over 6 inches high. The wooden floats for one dozen measure about 11 inches high, making the bodies and floating bottoms about 17 inches high.
A BACKWOODS cook gave me the following recipe lor a bread which is delicious and affords a means of utilizing any excess of oatmeal that remains on hand towards the end of a camping trip, Take 4 cups of boiling water, and pour it over 4 cups of rolled oats, add ½ cup of molasses, 1 tablespoonful of sugar, 1 tablespoonful of lard and the same amount of salt.
THE latest thing in shotguns has just been brought out by Westley Richards in England. It is intended for driven game shooting where the birds come in within from 15 to 35 yards. The gun is 12 gauge, has 28-inch barrels and weighs 5¾ pounds. The gun handles a cartridge with 33 grains of powder and 15/16 of an ounce of shot.
ONE of the big problems that confronts every gun club is how to finance shoots and attract crowds, and yet keep away from the gambling tendency which seems to exist in all of us, especially in some lines of sport. Who would sit up all night to play poker without something to play for?
The man who really loves firearms may be infected with a sort of mononiamacism, still, so far as I have known, he is never a criminal, seldom a game pig. The bandit usually carries a gun. He may know and be able to utilize its power, but he does not love his weapon.
The Alexander McMillan Company is the inventor and proprietor of a new form of shotgun target known as the FLYO. This target is made of metal and is said to be indestructible. Targets can be retrieved and used many times. The flight of the bird is said to greatly resemble the flight of a quail, and the bird flies 150 feet When the target is struck by a missile a catch is released which causes the Flyo to drop like a wounded bird.
I have a Savage .250-3000 lever action takedown rifle. Can a Noske 'scope be put on this gun? If not, what would be the best sights for target and game shooting? What groups will this rifle make at 300 yards? What is the price of the Noske 'scope?
I HAVE selected this subject as the second in the series of articles I am writing because of its extreme importance to every user of firearms. We have obtained a very large amount of evidence in the care of arms in the past few years. Before the various cartridge companies went to the expense of changing over their primers to a non-corrosive type, they investigated the matter in an exceedingly thorough manner.
IN MY opinion, the rifles used by Dr. Carver as mentioned in articles by Mr. Blake and Mr. Whilden in a recent number of OUTDOOR LIFE were undoubtedly '73 model Winchesters, probably of .22 caliber. Either short or long—probably short. Were never made for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.
OF ALL the articles on pistol and revolver shooting that I have ever read, William Brent Altschelers' 300-yard turkey shooting articles appearing in OUTDOOR LIFE about ten years ago, made the most vivid and lasting impression. They certainly gave shooters something to think about.
The following are some of the State teams for the Grand American team race, furnshed by the Amateur Trapshooting Association, Vandalia, O. : Three high amateurs on 350 targets, not including the doubles, were as follows—McG.
A four-day drive by motor from Los Angeles landed me on July 31, 1927, at the Shawver ranch, near Carey, Idaho. It was great to find myself in the company of my genial hosts, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Shawver, practically turned seat-free on their 15,000acre ranch, abounding in sage grouse, the object of my trip.
MOST people consider it very difficult to pick either wild or tame ducks without slaving over the job many hours. Some refuse to accept ducks, believing that picking them is more work than the meat is worth. Using ordinary methods it is, indeed, very hard to remove all the down that remains after the feathers are taken off.
Even a veteran hunter and woodsman can learn new habits and traits of wild animals. George Kohl of the Sault was paddling up the Michipicoten River with two Indians when he saw two animals racing along the shore. The one in front—a big buck deer —suddenly turned into the water and headed direct for the canoe.
ON June 27 last Edward E. Evans, for many years associated with the wild life conservation work in Michigan, passed away. Probably no more fearless, bold and true conservationist ever took up the cudgels of game and fish conservation in a single state of the Union, than Mr. Evans.
I know you will be pleased to learn that the J. A. Allen Memorial Fund has been completed and that the full $10,000 has now been raised. The widespread and generous response to the campaign for this fund has been a great testimonial to the memory of Dr. Allen, and an appreciation of the purposes of the American Society of Mammalogy.
For fifty years I've bucked these hills— And I am glad 'twas so— I've lived with them in summer's heat, And winter's cold and snow. 'Tzvas The Lure's hail that mapped that trail, More than the love of gold.: But The Lure zvill no more call to me, For now—I'm old.
1. The heaviest migration of wildfowl in the western states is about the last of October; along the Atlantic coast the first part of November; and in the central states there are generally two flights, one around the last of September including the teal, and another heavy flight on the arrival of cold weather, mostly mallards.
DOWN in southwestern Oklahoma, near the Texas border, Mack Pritchette, well-known handler of field-trial dogs, trainer and developer of pointers and setters, has set up his standard and erected a modern kennel which is to be a permanent institution.
WHAT is more interesting than to watch a lot of young puppies playing about in their home environment just before they have, left their dam? At this age they have to my mind a peculiar appeal, provided, of course, you are looking at a healthy litter of well-bred ones, all equally well grown, all alert and full of life.
A STRIKING figure among bird dogs has recently passed out. This was Champion Comanche Zig Field, white, liver and ticked pointer, son of the famous National Champion, Comanche Frank, not only one of the great exponents of field trials, but also a noted shooting dog whose family has probably done as much for the breed as any dog that lived during the past two decades.
EDITOR Dog Department:—I notice in the Queries someone has asked how to cure a gunshy hound. While I have never had a hound with this failing, I have thoroly broken bird dogs of the gunshy habit, by the following method : Take your gunshy dog into an enclosure with a well-broken dog; a small poultry yard is preferable. Both dogs must be allowed to run loose. Two men, each carrying a gun must work together and as the dogs are brought in the men take positions, one at either end of the yard.
It seems a pity that you and other high-class American magazines for sportsmen do not correct the erroneous report that Paul J. Rainey and his dog trainer, Shelley, were the first to hunt lions and other big game with dogs in Africa. Such statements must constitute a shock to our British friends who are familiar with the fact that R. Gordon Cumming hunted not only lions but elephants with dogs habitually about 1845.
A. D. Burhans of Waterloo, Iowa, writes that he is in touch with a few cocker spaniel breeders who are interested in holding field trials for this breed and the formation of a Central West field trial club for cocker spaniels. He would like to hear from all others who are interested.
Note: Dr. Hermann, the famous veterinarian, will give free advice on the care and cure of dogs to the readers of Outdoor Life. When addressing your letter to him, care Outdoor Life, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for reply. Health Editor.
TREMENDOUS interest has been aroused in game farming all over the country; scientific propagation of game birds is being studied in many states. First, the English, Chinese and Mongolian pheasants ; then bob white and the Hungarian partridges; now the Reeve's pheasant, that wonderful Asiatic pheasant of the 6-foot tail and the rapid flying power which is being considered as a game bird in the next to northern tier of states.