G. O. B., OKLA.:—Your letter of recent date addressed to OUTDOOR LIFE was forwarded to me for reply. If you like lake fishing, where the “big fellows” live, I would suggest that you go to Lake Village, Ark., which is located on Horseshoe Lake and is reached via Missouri Pacific south of Pine Bluff.
TOMORROW is opening day. My conscience tells me that there are portentous matters which deserve to be talked about in this editorial the various kinds of fanatical anti-recreation legislation that we must wipe out . . . the courageous action of the last convention of the Izaak Walton League in backing OUTDOOR LIFE'S campaign for a 15-bird duck bag limit . . . and many other matters of weight which a more sensible editor would turn his mind to.
I WONDER how the fishing is.” That’s an innocent-appearing little sentence, but it packs the stimulating wallop of four gurgles of Scotch. Get a sportsman out of bed with that slug on an empty stomach, and he’ll reel around all day. The only known black coffee for this condition is to stagger to your favorite fishing territory and soak your feet in the icy water.
BACK in the “God rest ye merrie, gentlemen” days, a very delightful narrator, named Izaak Walton, felt the urge to air his views concerning the method of bridging the gap between the brook and the frying pan. Being a discerning soul, he realized that his contemporaries in the field of letters were devoting their time to themes of love, war, the chase, and “brown October ale.”
EVER since Robert Louis Stevenson and subsequent romancers wrote about the South Sea Islands, adventurous souls have yearned to visit the isles of delight; but how very grandiose and sweeping such ambition is can be realized only by its partial fulfillment.
RECENT improvements in the average accuracy of .22 caliber ammunition and the practical perfection of the noncorroding qualities of present Kleanbore, Rustless, Staynless and other similar cartridges have given the small bore an increase in desirability and general effectiveness for field shooting that seriously merits the attention of sportsmen.
UP IN the top of a big Norway pine, the first golden light of day broke with spreading swiftness. Along the rocky, birch-hung shore of the lake it was still damp and cold and misty. The two big granite rocks that stood out, even through the dim light of the dawn—marking the spot where I always had taken either a good bass or some pike from the gravel pool that lay just midway between those markers, only out perhaps 50 yards in the lake—were the objective of the two old fishermen that I was guiding that day over the Flambeau waters of Northern Wisconsin.
Big Brooks on Bucktails An unusual Adirondack trout story By STAN B. WADE Shooting Bucks Over a Bird Dog By ARCHIBALD RUTLEDGE The South’s best-known sportsman recites some unique experiences with deer The Man-Eater of the Sea By W. E. GUDGER and C. M. BREDER, JR. A scientific article on the barracuda
SINCE those first few weeks, weeks, when Dugmore and and I hunted rhino in the vicinity of Kiu, I have seen scores of the homely beasts, and feel that I have gotten fairly well acquainted with them. Naturally, we were convinced, after being charged so many times near Kiu, that all rhinos were cantankerous beasts, always hunting trouble.
WELL," I said to the wife, "I'm going to Badger Lake with Arnold, Saturday night." "Where?" "To Badger Lake." "And come back Sunday?" "Yes." “You poor fish,” she said pityingly. Pity the poor fish! She knows whereof she speaks, for she has been to the lake twice herself, although on more leisurely trips.
IT IS impossible to lay down any fixed set of rules for outboard motor operation. The type of boat used; the purpose to which it is applied (for hire, for fishing, for long trips); and the location (salt or fresh water, high or low elevation) are all factors injecting amendments into any hard and fast set of rules.
In doubt pertaining to her absent chief An Indian maid is anchored in a skiff That cuts the ruffled water near a cliff Extending to an algae-covered reef. A solitary tiger-lily leaf, Unable longer in the swirling riff To stem the current, disappears as if It were a lover drowning in her grief.
SOUTHEASTERN Alaska is the home of a large honker which has been described as the white-cheeked goose. They are residents of the country, and are said to be nonmigratory, that is, they live their lives in the same general region; they are very local, and due to hunting at all seasons are extremely wary, usually feeding far out on the tidal flats.
WHILE fly fishing for bass has become more or less popular during the past few years there are still a great many who look upon the sport as an experiment, rather than as the tried and successfully proven method of fishing which it most certainly is.
MY FRIEND Frank Newland was the cause of it. Every time he saw me he would tell me about Kagawong. I was getting fed up on Kagawong. Why, one morning he said: “I was fishing off the little island, and I got three strikes on one cast. That’s a fact.
WHILE in California two years ago, I called on friends who lived in a bungalow 10 miles from the center of Los Angeles, and I found them agitated over the spectacle of a rattlesnake, that very day, sunning itself on their cement steps. A delivery boy killed it.
THE question often arises as to whether the dry fly is generally as killing as the wet. If I were to figure fishing every single day of an open season, from daylight to dark, I believe that more trout, especially rainbows, natives and steelheads, could be killed on the sunken flies than on floaters.
THE day had seen us cover 200 miles of diversified road. We were tired, but not depressed. The sun was low in the west and a camping site must be selected, so Bladen began the search with a keen eye for the beautiful. “Over there,” he pointed, “we can make a dandy camp.
THE seventh annual convention of the Izaak Walton League of America, held in Chicago, April 18 to 20, marked the dawn of a new day in conservation. The conservation and recreational needs in America were more thoroughly discussed than at any previous gathering of outdoor enthusiasts, but the real significance of the gathering was the shoulder-to-shoulder harmony among conservation leaders which was clearly evident on all sides.
BROOKE ANDERSON, ex-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, ex-game warden of Kansas, sportsman, conservationist.
Because we rushed into our last issue Mr. Peet's wire containing the important information about the Izaak Walton League Convention's resolution recommending a lower duck bag limit, this resolution is not reported in the account of the Convention printed herewith.
It is human nature, from the standpoint of the individual, to Protect the friend and destroy the enemy. This, however, seems not to be the viewpoint taken by the government in relation to the sea gull. Many years ago, without properly investigating or considering the certain and serious results, laws were passed giving to this feathered highwayman the protection of the government and the right to kill and destroy valuable food.
It would be most interesting to hear the remarks of Izaak Walton, if it were possible, regarding the “Heap Big Heroes” in “The Hero’s Corner” of the April OUTDOOR LIFE. But the one big thing that all good sportsmen would like to hear would be the remarks of any of our California Justices before whom Messrs. Goodwin and Carns certainly would be invited to appear if such a stunt should be attempted here.
California Boys Open Heroic Season With 192 Pounds of Bass
THE print below is reproduced from the California Long Beach Sun of May 7. It shows Attorney Russell H. Pray and Detective Sergeant H. E. LeBarron after they had opened the season for black bass. There are sixty-four bass in the photo, averaging at least 3 pounds each.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 43. Give yourself 5 per cent for every question 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.
"BIG game” fishing is usually associated with strenuous activity, volleying white waters and treacherous pools difficult of access. There is a long hike over a rock-strewn, brushy trail, stormy weather or a plague of mosquitoes and a thousand other obstacles which nature places in the way of the sportsman.
BLESSED is the man that hearkeneth unto the call of the out-of-doors; that refuseth not the challenge of stream and tide; that attuneth his soul to Nature’s song. Mighty be the spell that enthralleth his spirit; neither time nor circumstance bringeth surcease from its allurement; for it is of his very being.
ANY fisherman who has used an ordinary metal tackle box, with a tray, knows how troublesome it is to use in a boat. With these folding legs on the cover the box may be opened and the tray set on the lid, giving access to the entire contents of the box.
Editor Angling Department: I am going on a fishing trip, or a business trip with a little fishing thrown in, and shall have to go it alone on an unfamiliar lake. I have learned to cast fairly well but do not know much about where to look for the bass that are said to inhabit the lake near my destination.
FISHERMEN in the San Joaquin Valley eagerly await the first of May, When the salmon season opens. The last two days of April the sportsmen, young and old, begin to gather at Mendota, on the San Joaquin River, California. Most of them carry camping outfits and set up their tents.
1. Yes 2. The flying squirrel. 3. Great ant eater. Has no teeth but a small mouth. Lives almost entirely on ants. It tears open the ant nests with its powerful front claws, then licks up the insects with its long slender tongue. 4 Hell-diver. 5. Finnan haddie.
EARLY as it is yet for 1929 outboarding in most regions, interesting stories of outboard activities have been coming in not only from all corners of the United States but from foreign countries as well. As early as New Year's Day, and as far north as Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., an outboard race was held.
OLD MAN PUGET must have had wonderful vision, considering that there were no motor boats in those days when he tackled his big job, for old-timers tell us that it was he who dug the great sound which lies in the northwestern corner of the United States, and which bears his name.
THE clubs that have been affiliated with the American Outboard Motor Association will not lose the services and benefits that were rendered to them by this organization before it went out of existence, as these clubs will be merged with the new National Outboard Association, news of the formation of which was carried in the February and May issues of OUTDOOR LIFE.
THE wind-vane on the Delaware & Hudson Building in Albany, N. Y., is a miniature of Hendrick Hudson’s good ship Half-Moon. Early one morning in late April this vane stood very still. It was a fine calm morning, but the Hudson River at Albany was not calm.
Editor:—What methods are best for recovering an outboard motor which has been lost overboard in deep water? What method do you advise to prevent such a loss again?—L. M. K., Maine. Answer:—Practically every lake which is used much by outboard motorists holds the secret of a lost motor.
HERE is a back rest for use on a canoe or other boat, which will roll up into a very compact bundle. It is very easily made with a few lattice strips cut to the desired length and two strips of stout rubber tubing, such as an old inner tube, with slits cut as shown in the drawing.
WHEN the student of history comes finally to write the annals of the Far West, he will need to give much space to its famous old trails. The old Oregon Trail was the empire builder of the West and Northwest. Along its vast reaches of over 2,200 miles crept those white-winged argonauts, the prairie schooners, that were to make the golden days of the West so significant in the story of mankind.
THE essential feature of good craftsmanship is to adapt yourself to your surroundings and to make substitutions where necessary. One need not eliminate camp trips from his scheme of living on account of the cost, for the simplest of units in a camp kit will suffice.
IF YOU lose your fishing rod, or other good-sized article in deep lake or stream, locate the spot, and buoy it. Then attach a number of good-sized fishing hooks to a length of flexible wire at intervals of a foot or so. Fasten weights or sinkers to keep it to the bottom, then drag the waters in all directions and with patience you will likely bring up the lost article.
THIS lamp generates its own electricity by means of an operating lever worked by the fingers while the body of the lamp is held in the palm of the hand. It does away with any uncertainty one might experience with a battery-fed flashlight which is apt to give out just when needed most.
HERE is an item useful around the camp fire or fireplace, to pick up hot coals, hot dishes or grimy pans. Cut a forked stick as shown in (A); cedar is best but any kind will do. It should have an even fork with the main part at least an inch in diameter after the bark is peeled off.
THE National Rifle Matches will be held this year at Camp Perry, Ohio, from August 25 until September 15. Any American citizen is privileged to attend these matches, to receive instruction thereat, and to participate in all the various shooting events.
This letter pertains to a condition that has riled me for several years, and each succeeding year sees a worse repetition of the same, until at last I have to blow off or bust, so here goes. All the gun and ammunition makers in the world are constantly striving and working and testing to give us the finest and most efficient materials for the hunter to work with.
TRIGGER squeeze is the whole soul of accurate and successful rifle shooting, and a proper trigger squeeze requires a proper trigger pull on the rifle. The trigger should discharge the rifle on an applied pressure of from 3 to 6 pounds. One weight is about as good as the other.
THERE are collect also those first who editions, and are there men who collect woods and minerals; in fact, the collecting world is represented by mortals who collect everything under the sun, and classify the same according to use, age, actual worth, romance and history, and all of these beget in the owners and collectors what is known as a “thrill.”
I am going to propound to you a question concerning the Mannlicher Schoenauer rifles. I am going to purchase one of these guns and would like your opinion in regard to the 8 mm. and the 9.5 mm. Which of these guns would you suggest for big game hunting?
I HAVE never been able to shake off a longing to secure Fred Kimble's 100 per cent patterns. Now and then I try to solve the problem of going from 80 per cent to a hundred. I have never yet been able to shoot a 100 per cent pattern but came within 2 per cent of it the other day, for one shot.
A NEW national park, which, according to E. E. Nelson, passenger traffic manager of the Northern Pacific Railway, promises stimulus for vacation travel through the Northwest this year, just has been created through Congressional enactment. The area affected is Grand Teton National Park, and its location is just south of Yellowstone National Park.
In the March issue of OUTDOOR LIFE Harold Criger, writing from Alaska, tells of fishing in the Novikaket River, but seems to be in doubt regarding identity of several species of fishes of that region. The fish which he calls “sheat” is undoubtedly the inconnu or “unknown fish.”
THE next person who wanders into the office and remarks, “If summer falls on Sunday I’m going fishing,” is going to receive a hand-embroidered inkwell in his face. The weather’s been bad enough all winter and spring without talking about it.
IN PREVIOUS issues the necessity of perfecting a dog in the early lessons that every finished canine should know, was dwelt upon. Assuming that he has been taught his name, that he will obey ordinary commands and that be is developing into the matured animal, the time has now come when the more serious lessons of yard training are inculcated.
THE dog should always have a place that he may consider entirely his own. Occasionally the owner of a single dog may give him a box in the house or in the basement and probably this answers the purpose, but making hothouse plants of dogs was never one of my theories.
"HANDSOME is as handsome does” is a saying that applies specifically to the sportsman’s dog. Any practical man would sacrifice good looks for utility when it comes to selecting a dog for actual work, whether it be a bird dog, a hound or a beagle, but he who is able to secure a combination of the two is doubly fortunate.
Imported Dogs, Their Influence on Pointer Breeding
ALTHO breeders in general have been somewhat diffident in blending the blood of imported dogs with our American strains, many of those interested in the improvement of the pointer have long ago discovered that an infusion thru various successful English strains has proved not only beneficial in the first generation, but has had a leavening effect in many other ways.
Just a few lines to let you know that I especially enjoyed William Ollard’s article, “The Irish Terrier As a Sporting Dog.” I have an Irish terrier of the very best blood I could obtain and he is everything that could be found in a dog. I do not raise them or sell them, but I am strong in my praise for this breed and I only hope to read more about them through the columns of your magazine.
THE dog that is proficient on all kinds of upland game is considered by many an almost impossible combination, but many an owner who enjoys the pastime of handling and training his own dogs is the proud possessor of animals that answer this description.
Editor:—I am looking for a dog that will suit my purposes and though I have looked over the advertising columns of outdoor magazines, I do not seem to be able to find what I am looking for. My home is in the Berkshires with the usual thick New England cover, and our game birds consist chiefly of woodcock and pheasant, for we are not killing partridges (ruffed grouse) until they begin to recover from the plague from which they have suffered so severely of late years.
Question:—I have a 4-year-old fox terrier which has suffered all of his life with stomach trouble. There is a growl to his bowels and by placing your hands on his stomach you can feel the disturbance within. He is subject to these spells and they last about one or two days and during them he will not eat.
Please tell me what herbs or roots the Indians used for snake bite that gave such quick relief. Sometimes we don’t happen to have our snake venom hypo with us when we are in the woods. —Dr. F. A. Strobel, Ga. Answer:—There are no herbs which will “cure” a snake bite.