LARRY O'BRIEN came into the office a few days ago. Larry came all the wav from Alaska, and it is his own story that he came to tell us about OUTDOOR LIFE. "I want to tell you," he said, "that since you took over Outdoor Recreation you're turning out the best sporting magazine in the country—and I read ’em all.
OUR Where-To-Go Department is operated thru the assistance of many hundred public-spirited sportsmen, each familiar with a certain section of the country. These experts personally reply to letters from our readers with regard to the districts in which they specialize.
THE time is at hand when all true sportsmen will unite to press their demand that the House pass the Norbeck Bill authorizing the purchase and administration of wildfowl refuges. Under the well-nigh heroic leadership of Senator Peter Norbeck this bill won the approval of the Senate last spring.
HE MUST have been a devoted disciple of the wilderness trail, and a true boone of nature, with a restless foot, who said: "When old words die out on the tongue, New melodies break forth from the heart. Where the old tracks are lost, New country is revealed with its wonders."
LATE in the afternoon of a steaming summer’s day in 1916 my wife and I were being rowed up the beautiful Min River in Fukien Province, south China. On the opposite shore a squalid village climbed from the water’s edge into the smothering vegetation of the mountain side.
IF," said Jack pulling on the tail of my sheep-lined coat, "you feel that you must poke your head out like a silo on a hill, at least turn in the collar of that red sweater so every duck within 10 miles won't see you." "If," I retorted from my cramped half-standing, half-kneeling position with my face between the hay bundles of our duck blind, "I had a he-man or two for poind partners instead of a set of undersized dwarfs, maybe we could have a blind deep enough that a moderately tall person could see out without tying himself into a series of knots.
LAST August five of us had one of the most interesting and successful trout-fishing trips any of us had ever experienced. The start of the trip was made from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. From the Algoma Central Railway we had engaged a caboose fitted up especially for fishermen and hunters.
WHEN you go marching thru Georgia with a quail gun on your shoulder you're bound to see some smart pointers and setters, but little did we think that those Albany boys would trot out one of those rare pointers that had not only an A. B. degree in quailcraft but also an M. A. merit badge with a few months in night school to boot.
WHEM moosky," said Andy the guide, "won't bite today. Too bright. Not 'nough wind. But we oughta ketch plenty pike." Nevertheless, we took two rods apiece with us that day, one rigged for muskies and one for pike. And I hope to die if we didn't catch the biggest musky of the season, on Papoose Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin, on a 4-ounce rod, an ancient 12-pound test line and a bass spinner, at 12 o'clock noon of that bright sunshiny July day.
RECENTLY there has been a reawakening of interest in this bird, now extinct, but that once darkened the skies. It is hard to convey an idea of how abundant the pigeons were in former times. The present generation, unfamiljar with the sight of birds in vast quantity, can hardly comprehend.
WHERE the Napa River widens into the estuary known as the Napa Slough, which empties into a great bay, the striped bass were running, feeding among the tules. When you go angling in California for this roving, venturesome aristocrat of the salt water you are assured, if luck is with you, of thrilling sport and a rare table delicacy.
AUGUST 24 found us riding away over the hills from the little town of Mountain Park in Alberta, where an 18-inch snowstorm had held us for three days after our arrival. What a train we made— two guides skilled in riding and all the ways of the hunt, a cook and horse wrangler familiar with the trail, my husband (an enthusiastic and successful hunter), ten pack horses, and at the end of the string myself, who had never seen a head of big game in the woods and who had shot at nothing more exciting than a black spot on a piece of white paper.
WHAT luck, Jack?' "Two gobblers weighing over 15 pounds each." Holy smoke ! Where did you get them?" This conversation dropped on my ears as I walked into a garage at Las Vegas, New Mexico, to get my car and continue our tour southward Mrs. Kent and I were in quest of wild turkeys and honkers, a hunting spot for the latter having already been located.
OLD JIM” was our cow pony away back in the early days of the old Dakota territory. He was both beast and human—a Jekyll and a Hyde neatly wrapped up in a tough skin covered with a dense growth of snow white hair—but always long-headed, cunning and impetuous.
FELLOWS, how would you like to find yourselves on the salt marshes among thousands of gray geese? is a rather unique and thrilling experience that my brother Lee and I had late last fall on the salt marshes of southern New Jersey. It was late in the afternoon when I called Lee, who lives not far from the salt marshes, and asked him what he thought about giving the ducks a try.
THE LAST FISH OF THE SEVEN SETS A NEW WORLD'S RECORD
ACOLD northeast wind and rough water greeted us on July 12. It seemed the weather never would be fine again. We ran northeast for a couple of hours and then turned up the channel. There we encountered a heavy swell. If the Gladiator had not been a big, well-designed launch with plenty of power, we could not have worked thru so many days of rough sea and wind.
THE cannibal tribes of Africa are found principally in the vast fever-ridden, mosquito-haunted forests of the equatorial Congo. These tribes speak a multiplicity of languages and tribal dialects, and are scattered from the coast of the Atlantic almost to the shores of Lake Victoria Nyanza.
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. J. B. DOZE, game warden of Kansas, sportsman.
What Sportsmen Think of Our Campaign for Lower Duck Bag Limits
P. C. Davis, Calif.:–I am glad to see that you are going after the duck hogs. I hope you will keep it up, as I think such agitation, if kept up, will get results. While the conditions here in this particular locality are more favorable than in other localities in the U.S., I very well realize that it will he only a few years, if the bag limit is not reduced soon, before we or our children will get not even one duck in a day's hunt.
MARK rect answers your answers on page on a 86. slip Give of paper yourself and check 5 per against cent for the every corquestion answered substantially right, and add 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.
–I note in your issue for August an article on lead poisoning in ducks. I had my first experience with shot in a duck's gizzard last January. I shoot each season on a lake with a heavy growth of the banana water lily (castalia Mexicana) a favorite food for canvasbacks.
WHEN it was recently widely reported in the national press that Colonel Lindbergh had killed an antelope from an aeroplane while hunting on Hal Mangum’s ranch in Mexico, OUTDOOR LIFE doubted the truth of the report because of its faith in Colonel Lindbergh as the highest type of sportsman.
ONE of the oldest and most successful lures for game-fish is the spoon, and yet it has been our experience that fishermen quite generally are not familiar with its possibilities. In support of this belief it is but necessary to call attention to the shortage of spoons in the average kit, to the fact that spoon and spinner are words commonly employed to mean one and the same article, and to the further fact that most fishermen are not critical in their selection of this metal attractor.
I CRAVE a little space to give a few tips to my friends, the amateurs. I have been in that class for nearly fifty years. I know I cannot, in the language of the street, “tell the experts nothin’.” If you reverse this grammatically it will mean something The amateurs are the ones that keep the sporting goods stores stocked up with alluring tackle.
Strange or Vivid Experiences Out of the Lives of Real Fishermen J. T. SHARRARD UPON one occasion while whipping up a trout stream in Northern California, I encountered another young man engaged in the same pastime. He had an old time cane pole and fished without a reel. When he got a bite he jerked like a woman ; that is, threw his line up in the air as far as it would reach, and frequently tore the hook out of the fish's mouth.
AN age ago in Montana, the flood waters had undermined a huge cottonwood– carried it along on its hurried way, until it turned crossways and lodged in a narrow neck of the river. Floods came and went, carrying other logs to the jam, until the mass rose, was solid, and turned the river abruptly to the left, making it form a new channel.
IT HAS been over 25 years now since father ran out of bear stories, and began to tell me fishing yarns while I sat in his lap, when the winter evenings were long. And right there I developed a “fever” which grew worse as the stories continued —“fishing fever” in its first stages.
I HAVE always had trouble in bringing minnows home in a can. Here is a home-made minnow can that eliminates loss of life to the minnows since it furnishes plenty of water and air. Also, one does not have water spilling all over the car. It is made out of a five-gallon lard can, with lid.
Editor Angling Department: We have had a little argument over the fighting ability of certain fish and would like to have your opinion. Which of the larger fresh-water fish do you consider the hardest to handle? The argument has been about muskellunge and lake trout.
THE fisherman hunter, or recreationist who is equipped with a suitable boat and powered with the dependable outboard motor of today will add to this equipment whether he intends to take short jaunts from a headquarters camp or resort or embarks on a long cruise into the wilderness.
AT a meeting held in Detroit recently, representatives of national and local boating organizations, and manufacturers of outboard boats and engines, formed what will probably become the country’s largest national sports association.
SLEEPING right still seems to be a big problem with the outdoor traveler. It is the one thing which must be settled right if one is to benefit physically as one should from any outing. Sleeping warm and in complete comfort is a simple question of insulation—of retaining the animal heat manufactured by the body.
BUILDING seems an easy a successful chore to the camp novice fire going into the woods with little experience, yet to build a fire which does the work you expect of it needs attention as to certain details. It is a criterion by which we measure at first glance the proficiency of any outdoorsman.
SO YOU’RE gettin’ tired of store food are ye?” cackled the old guide in response to my grumbling. “Well, salt pork does get pretty tiresome. I’m hankerin’ for a good feed myself. I’ll see what can be done.” For a week we had been paddling up one of the many small rivers in northern Canada.
FIFTEEN years ago, in the eyes of the public, an archer was a strange person. This does not mean there were no archers, and the bow was a forgotten weapon of the past, but the archers were few and far between in comparison to those of the Middle Ages, or even today.
TAKE good bedding and plenty of it on your camping trips, for comfortable sleeping is the all-important requisite. Sleeping bags, woolen blankets or eiderdown robes will answer all camping purposes. With featherweight beds and cots to be had sleeping on the ground is out of date.
HERE is a kink I have used a great deal in cooking over an open camp fire. It permits kettles to be removed from the fire without burning your fingers and if the food is boiling too fast you can move the kettle to one side for slower heat. Drive three forked stakes into the ground so that the supported kettle will be a proper distance from the flames.
IHERE is no single accessory to the boat and outboard motor equipment more necessary or useful than the air cushion. Indeed it is an absolute necessity. The Government requires that on all navigable waters a life preserver be available to each person.
IN LIFE THE C. December G. Williams issue asks, of Will OUTDOOR the Cutts Compensator work? Captain Askins states in a previous article : “It appears logical to me that the device will do practically what is claimed for it.” The statement is ventured here, that the sole cause for this difference of opinion is due to the fact that Mr. Williams did not have access to the data and material upon which Captain Askins based his opinion.
Compensated and Uncompensated Shot Strings, Patterns in General, and Compensated Patterns in Particular
Colonel Richard M. Cutts, U. S. Marines
THE accepted measurement of a shotgun pattern has been confirmed by years of usage as the per cent of shot present in a 30-inch circle at 40 yards. On uncompensated guns this measurement is of great use, but even here it is very misleading when the killing ability of a gun and load is to be ascertained.
ABOUT discussion twenty started years in ago the a columns very lively of OUTDOOR LIFE relative to the respective merits of lever vs. bolt action rifles, and there have been continuous upflares of the controversy ever since. It is not my intention to revive the old discussion, but I do believe that there are certain matters connected with the two types of weapons on which our readers should be better informed, and there are certain matters about the construction and use of lever action rifles for cartridges adapted to big-game shooting which are not well understood.
Haines is aboslutely correct in his surmise that Dr. Carver used `73 model Winchesters in his feat of hitting 60,000 targets in six consecutive days' shooting. That is, those were what he used in his shooting in this city December, 1888, at the Washington Rink.
Re - "Rifles Used by Dr. Carver" by Ashley A. Haincs in your October number–he is right about the `73 model Winchester but wrong about the caliber being .22. Along in the early eighties my father was secretary of the Webster County Fair at Fort Dodge, Iowa.
THE title was suggested by the editor in his request to me for a short story on revolver shooting. Believing that the readers of OUTDOOR LIFE are interested in the capabilities of the revolver, and a knowledge of the important factors that are essential to skill with it, I will touch briefly on the more important details incident to its use.
Have a .30-40 Krag army rifle in new condition; wish to equip same with receiver sight or sight on cocking piece. Which do you recommend? Does any firm manufacture a sporting stock that can be slipped on in place of the original on this rifle and if so who are they and what is the approximate cost?
EDITOR Outdoor Life :—I read with a great deal of pleasure the article contained in the December issue of your magazine entitled “How Old Was John Shell?” and have reached the conclusion after reading the same that you have discovered one of the great men of America and his memory should not be permitted to sink into innocuous desuetude.
EDITOR, Outdoor Life:-—On the cover of your November issue the name of Edward Breck drew my attention and I turned at once to his article “Do Moose Charge ?” I found exactly what I had expected— the usual Breck “anti” everything. As an attack on the memory of one of the greatest of sportsmen—the late Colonel Theodore Roosevelt : as a personal attack on Arthur Young and Stewart Edward White —exponents of the long bow : as a criticism of the conservation policies of the State of Pennsylvania—generally conceded to be excellent: as a mess of sentimental hash and an open acknowledgment of ignorance of the subject he chooses to discuss, that article is a literary masterpiece.
These figures are authentic and on record by McCafferty of the Van Camp Sea Food Corp., Ft. of Crosby St .,San Diego, Calif. These fish are cleaned by hand and thrown from the butchering table to the floor from the end of a 7-inch knife. The result of 20 years practice:
I. The Rocky Mountain goat is classed as a goat and is a near relative of the European chamois. 2. An amphibian. 3 The sewellel is a small burrowing rodent of primitive type, found in the Pacific northwest. It is also known as mountain beaver, high-ground muskrat, mountain boomer, etc.
Memory Trails, by J. W. Wright. The Press in the Forest, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. $1.25 postpaid. A little book of prose and verse written in the romantic spirit of the outdoors. It will be a delight to those for whom the open means poetic and mystical beauty.
Kindly read the enclosed clipping and name the snake. I think this story and others like it should be investigated and, unless proven, publicly retracted.—D. J. Burcaw, Ohio. Broken Bow, Neb.—Nathaniel T. Waters, aged 70, of Berwyn, Neb., is suffering today from effects of poison spat in his face by a venomous spreading adder, a species of reptile unusual here.
IT group was a that tired sat and around more the or huge less dejected cannon stove in the hotel lobby that evening. The field trial dogs had been running all day, but for some reason birds were scarce and very little good work had been seen. “They may talk all they please about the great speed, the range and the style of a bird dog, but what counts with the galleries more than all else is a good point on game ; a point where the dog shows style, intensity, good manners and all the things that a well-broken setter or pointer should possess.” This came from one known as “The Oracle.”
OCTOBER, November and the greater part, of the month of December were filled with amateur bird dog trials. Not a section of the country but had its field meeting—some of them had four or five within a radius of 100 miles. To discuss the winners of all these events would be impossible so we shall pass along with the observation that the amateur field trial has become an institution that is interesting bird dog lovers wherever they are found.
ONE same of the time least most expensive practical and kennels at the that answers the purpose as well, if not better, than many of the costly structures, is one made out of a barrel. If properly constructed, it is absolutely rain and wind-proof and it can be so arranged that it is warm in winter, cool in summer and a retreat from flies.
Editor Dog Department:—I have made an arrangement to train dogs, especially land and water retrievers, for a man in this part of the country and I am at a loss to know what the usual fee is. Can you give me some information ? I train Chesapeakes, spaniels and others of the land and water retrievers, especially.— J. C. T., Nebr.
Question:—I have a registered American spaniel, sixteen months old, that I bought when he was nine months old. At that time and ever since he has had sore eyes. It seems to be in the eyelids more than in the eyes. They are inflamed all the time and matter most of the time.
IN EUROPE there are three kinds of crows that are very destructive to young birds as well as to the eggs of game birds. There are also the jackdaw, jays, magpies, kites, hawks, owls. There are the hedgehog, stoat, polecat, fox with which to contend on all game farms and preserves.