Camping on the Mohawk Trail and in the Berkshire Hills
Bass Fishing in the Ozarks
Some Good Wisconsin Lakes
Fishing in Minnesota
Good Fishing Grounds in Ontario
Rates Obtainable in Canada
A Note of Appreciation
Try the Adirondacks
Duck Shooting Near Chesapeake Bay
L. G. D., CAN.:—Your letter to OUTDOOR LIFE has been referred to me for reply. Surf fishing along the Jersey shore is at its best during the months of July, August and September. During this time the following fish are usually running: flounders, weakfish, bluefish, striped bass and fluke.
The Rim of Mystery, by John B. Burnham. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York. 281 pages, illustrated. $3.50. Mr. Burnham is a sportsman of note, past president of the American Game Protective Association. Here he writes with accuracy and discernment of his wanderings on a hunting trip in Siberian Asia.
UNDER the heading, “Sunday Fisherman Gets Twenty-five Days in Jail,” the United Press recently carried a story about Robert Miller, a seventeen-year-old boy who was caught fishing on Sunday near the civilized town of Lock Llaven, Pa., and sentenced to twenty-five days in the lockup.
A FLAMBOYANT Parmachenee Belle, tied on a No. 6 hook but feathered as heavily as one would ordinarily find on a No. 2 bass fly, introduced us to bucktails for big brooks. Dr. Mac A. was using it in a tournament in which Larry and I were contestants.
THE dry beauty of the river shores held ollections of those old days in Ohio when I had hunted ducks along the shores and found them in good numbers. I could close my eyes and see them again, strung out in long files, as they swam up the opposite shore line—mallards and canvasbacks and redheads.
THE barracuda is a large, savage, superficially pikelike fish of tropical and subtropical seas. Because of its considerable size and voracious habits, it has long been accused of attacking men bathing or accidentally falling into the water.
OUT of the twilight in the east, peeping thru the mountain pass, the new moon appeared, contesting the illumination of the valley with the first modest rays of the Yukon aurora. It was late evening, nearing 8 o’clock. The saddle-horses had been picketed near the two pack animals; the goat skin, that we had so recently collected from the most rugged cliffs at the expense of a long, hard climb, was rolled and tucked away under the low-spreading branches of a timberline spruce, and one of the Indians was broiling liberal slabs of caribou meat before the camp fire.
OUTDOOR LIFE wishes to publicly thank the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for its courteous permission to reproduce the trout plates in our nature series for August. These plates are reproduced from its book, "The Game Fishes of Canada.”
THE hot July sun was pouring down on the rain-soaked plains of Nebraska, making the corn in the cultivated fields fairly groan in its rush to maturity. Pasture and hill were covered with bounteous growth of grass where fat cattle lazily ate their fill and drifted to the shady spots to spend the noon hours in perfect contentment.
IN THE lakes and streams of the High Sierras in southern California is an angling territory which for variety of trout fishing and superb natural scenery is unexcelled anywhere. Rainbow, steelhead, Eastern brook, Loch Leven, brown, cutthroat and golden trout are all found there, and professors, scientists, seasoned anglers and fish cuhurists still wrangle and dispute as to whether all trout are char that do not visit ocean waters.
MAN-EATING SHARK OF 2,176 POUNDS CAPTURED ON ROD AND LINE IN SOUTH AFRICA
J. S. Dunn, C.B.E.
STORIES of heroic fights with giant swordfish, projectile-like tuna and leaping tarpon come almost weekly these days from the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, the famous Avalon of the Pacific, and from Florida. Yet I aver that South Africa holds the world’s greatest angling performance.
The first time I mentioned this subject to an old hunter friend of mine, he seemed suddenly to be overcome by a desire to get to some place quickly where he could have his laugh out. But, restraining himself and wiping his mirth-brimmed eyes, he merely asked me not to keep him in suspense about the joke.
WE HAVE never compounded any felonies in order to reach Nett River in trout season. Happily, that has been unnecessary. But we have shirked work, deserted wives and children, flouted speed laws, defied the elements and penetrated impenetrable roads to get there.
The most interesting hunt on which I ever went was one that took place in the fall of 1909. I had been in East Africa since the preceding January, first standing guard over Dugmore while he made his extraordinary animal photographs, next playing the same part with Cherrie Kearton on his pioneer motion-picture expedition, and finally working “on my own.”
I CAN not say the exact moment the idea took a concrete form with Doc and myself. Perhaps it was following an unusually unsuccessful day’s fishing on the North Santiam, or again after a 30mile drive to the Breitenbush River, only to find a fisherman planted every hundred feet on this Oregon stream and cars parked so thickly along the road bordering it, that it was a real traffic problem to get Doc’s battleship turned around in the narrow road and drive away from this sight.
YOU kin talk about your big times fishin’ an’ yer huntin’ moose an’ caribou, but the sport that’s loaded up with real excitement is rare-coon huntin’.” So spoke the long, lank stranger who was going down to “N' York.” “I’ve got the finest bunch of rare-coon hides, and other hides, that I ever see,” he informed us.
ONCE upon a time— and that’s the way to begin a story— there was a Fish and a Man whose Spans of Life Ended on the Same Day. Stranger still, the Man knew that it was to be so—and the Great Fish, if it didn’t know, sensed it when that Day came. The strange experience which prompts me to make this statement happened many years ago.
HASHIMOTO MIYADA was a fisherman who lived on Terminal Island. One day, in the fall, Miyada called us on the telephone: “You want fish?” he asked excitedly. “Sure ! That you, Miyada?” Fay answered. “Him, me. You come now—big run, 6 miles out.”
ONE day last July the Vice-President of the Irish Free State was assassinated as he was on his way from church in Dublin. The assassins who shot him down made their get-away in a waiting automobile which they had previously stolen. Consequently, all of Southern Ireland was in a high state of excitement the next day when an old college friend of mine and myself landed at Queenstown (now called Cobh in Ireland’s Gaelic language) from the big liner that had carried us and our own automobile across the Atlantic from America.
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-gamewarden of Kansas, sportsman, conservationist.
A maximum 15-bird nation-wide duck limit. More state game refuges. Save the last of our grizzly bears—our antelope—our sage grouse. Better protection for all bears. Stop needless pollution of fishing waters. More of state game funds used to rear feathered game.
IT IS an axiom in psychology that people tend to believe what they want to believe. Back in 1904-1907 I lived in New Mexico. Ducks were plentiful wherever there was water. There was a favorite place where a few of us always got a satisfying bag.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 86. 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.
WHEN it comes to deciding which is the best month of the summer season for successful fishing, we approach, naturally, a rather delicate subject. One angler might think one way, and another might have reasons to believe differently. But, all in all, I do not hesitate in saying that I believe, for popularity among fishermen and vacationists, the month of August leads all the others.
ANGLING is essentially anything but a lazy man’s sport. It requires action both in mind and body, and if one is enough of a fisherman he will find that it requires a considerable amount of travel and change of climate. The world is principally made up of water, and be it salt or fresh waters, that is the hunting ground of the real angler.
THIS is an old trick to many anglers, but everyone should know it just the same and I have a little improvement or two worked out on the plan. It is impossible to cast with short rod and regular bob float when the float is set deep, so here is the way I work it: Get a round ball cork float (one with a plug in a hole) and fasten two buttons on as shown.
ON THOUSANDS of the more remote inland waterways of the United States are outboard racing fans just as enthusiastic as those living within easy reach of the official regattas, even though most of their “racing” is limited to “evening regattas” when the official races are lived over again via the medium of some boating magazine or other.
IT HAS always been generally believed that the removal of the muffler on an outboard motor will cause an increase in speed. Doubtless this was true up until very recently when the development of more efficient mufflers and the new underwater exhausts, which has changed the situation considerably.
OUTBOARD motor racing made its bow at the new Venice Motor Boat Speedway, at Venice, Calif., on Sunday, June 2, when leading amateur pilots from throughout Southern California competed in the inaugural program of races there. At Venice, a half mile inland from the ocean, the new fence-enclosed course is laid out in an oval, ⅝ of a mile in circumference.
OUTBOARD motor racing is a sport that appeals especially to the youth of the land, and is rapidly gaining favor as a sport to compare with football, baseball and other time-honored pastimes of boys. Outboard racing, however, appeals not only to the boys but to the girls as well, and a sign of this increasing interest is the announcement of two trophies to be donated this year by the Youth’s Companion.
ON THE 28th of July thousands of people are expected to fill the great natural stadium of Lincoln Park in Seattle, and from its terraced shore curving around the open sound, view one of the most colorful spectacles which has been staged on its waters.
FIVE mile—in competition—Class B— Division 2, 5 mile, Shamrock, C-23, owned by C. O. Murphy and driven by Johnny Grahm at Salton Sea, Coachella Valley, Calif., May 19, 1929, over 2½mile course. Built by Lake Elsinore Boat Works, Johnson Sea Horse 16, Model S. R. 45—speed 36.29 m. p. h.
THE Memorial Day Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass., saw several world’s records fall. Russell Stearns, of Worcester, driving a Baby Whale and Johnson 32 set a new competitive record of 40.27 in the Class D race, which raises the old mark by a wide margin.
ALMOST everyone recognizes the importance of refraining from smoking while mixing the gasoline and filling the tank, of not overloading the boat, or taking it out in too high a wind, and other similar obvious precautions, even if he does not always observe these precautions as carefully as he might.
IF YOUR anchor consists of a tin bucket filled with cement, it won’t matter much if you lose one occasionally. If, however, you have a patent iron anchor running over a pulley in the bow, cut off about inches of anrope each year as this end part gets most of the wear and becomes frayed.
Editor: I have just finished a 14-foot mahogany outboard runabout and would like to have your department tell me how I can get a good durable finish. I want a natural finish. —T. J., Costa Mesa, Calif. Answer: First comes the filler. Any good grade of paste wood filler the desired color will do.
THE dangers of desert travel have been played up so prominently that the average person accepts the indictment without question. To be sure, the hazards are real. The idea of crossing the arid waste fills the tyro with dread. However, it is a thing to be endured and is in reality inescapable, for if you tour from the Rockies to the Pacific you must cross very extensive desert stretches on any one of the trunk line transcontinental trails, with the exception of one on the north, close to the Canadian boundary.
ONE of the most frequent causes of defective kodak pictures is a dirty lens. Even when you carry your camera in closed leather case and in a car pocket, dust and dirt will sift in on camping trips and you will be blaming kodak, films and the developer for the trouble.
SMALL game such as rabbits, quail, prairie chickens, geese, ducks, plovers, etc., were to be seen for much of the distance over the Old Oregon Trail in early days. In August of 1928, we saw hundreds of sage chickens as we followed the untraveled portions of the upper Sweetwater.
OWNERS of two-door sedans or coach cars may have a comfortable bed while on a touring trip, without the need of a tent. The springs in the cuslnon provide a comfortable base for the bed and on this a small mattress and bedding are added. The camper will have much better protection against weather and insects if he sleeps in the car than he would in using a tent, and the work of packing and pitching the tent is eliminated.
THE health-building features of outdoor trips must be uppermost and the items of the kit selected to insure comfort. The tent will shelter you from bad weather but out of the tent what provision do you make? A suit which adequately covers the whole body and is a certain protection from rain and wind, whether you are fishing, traveling fast into camp in an open motor boat, pitching camp or sitting in a duck blind is the best answer to a hazard which might easily mar the succes of your whole outing.
IN THE Central Mississippi Valley, fifty to sixty years ago, the muzzleloading shotgun was the principal weapon of the pioneer, and his equipment was incomplete without one. On the road the gun hung in slings suspended from the wagon bows, and when the pioneer had built his cabin, his shotgun lay in a pair of wooden crotches nailed to the wall over the kitchen door.
TO COMPARE the .410 bore to the 12 bore appears to be both useless and foolish. The .410 has its place, but it does not rank With the 12 bore. I first became acquainted with the .410 in 1920, down in southern Arizona. It was quite popular among the women and boys.
FRED W. KING had a 20 bore Smith gun with which on occasion he killed 99% of the birds shot at, chickens and grouse. This gun apparently suited him down to the ground. However, it had a pistol grip, and somebody told him that field guns should have straight grips.
PULLING the trigger of a gun seems to be an extremely simple thing, but to pull it effectively at the right time may be very difficult under some conditions. If the said trigger is No. 2, the gun a heavy one and the shooter a novice, the second report may not materialize at all.
My attention has been called to the article in the June issue of OUTDOOR LIFE on page 90 by C. B. Williams on “Shot Stringing.” I am especially interested in the last paragraph of this article, and in particular the last half of this paragraph which reads as follows: “Then consider, please, the camouflaged favor another ammunition company is doing you when it hires a special Government educated physico to turn out handmade photographs of shot in flight giving a 15foot string at a duck 25 feet from the muzzle of the gun.”
THE correct size of shot for different game birds seems to be a subject that is hard to decide, or to end either, for that matter. I’ll welcome any letters on the subject, every man giving his honest views whatever they may be. I have a letter from a gentleman in Alberta, Canada, which I hope will be published in the same issue that this editorial appears.
THE Wild Life League of Pennsylvania announces the following events: Fifteenth Annual State Convention of Wild Life League of Pennsylvania, Conneaut Lake Park, Pa., September 1, 2, 3, Herbert Borrell, Sec., Meadville, Pa. Fifth Annual Licensed A. K. C. Dog Show, September 1, 2, Labor Day, Conneaut Lake Park, Pa.
Editor:—The article in February issue from Fred Kimble reminds me that he is the father of chokeboring in America, at least, though Pape of England claims to have discovered this system of concentrating a charge of shot in 1866—several years before Kimble asserts his discoveries.
ONE of the most distinguished authorities on rifle shooting is the present chief of Infantry, Major General R. H. Allen. Therefore his discussion published last fall in The Army and Navy Journal, on the subject of Perry Rifle Match Ammunition, has been read with a great deal of interest by all devotees of rifle shooting.
VARMINT shooting is the all-the-yearround sport of the trained rifleman. The highest form of it, where the greatest skill is required, is in woodchuck shooting in the East, coyote shooting in the West, and eagle shooting on the Alaska Coast.
A friend has called to my attention the controversy concerning the guns used by my old friend, Doc W. F. Carver, at various times, in your magazine, and he asked me why I had not taken issue with the many ridiculous and erroneous statements appearing in print.
THE cost of a suitable rifle is not the price which we pay over the counter of the store. It is the cost of that rifle when it has been put in proper condition for really effective use in the game fields or on the target range. Too often we select a rifle which sells at a cheap price, but we find that before we can do effective work with it we have to equip it with new sights, with sling swivels, with a gun sling, and perhaps with a recoil pad and a cheek pad.
RECENTLY the Lyman Gun Sight Corporation purchased the telescope sight business of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., and the J. Stevens Arms Co., and they are starting to bring out a new line of telescope sights for rifles. The first of this new line is that known as the “5-A,” a telescope and mounting very similar to the old Winchester Type A 5-power glass which had proved so excellent in the past.
Editor:—Wish to inquire regarding a kodak tripod that you recommend in one of your books. I believe it was a basswood tripod. Would you please advise the name of it and where it may be obtained? Also, are you in a position to say whether there is any difference in the length of exposure or size of a stop one should use in taking pictures in high altitudes such as the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming as compared with exposures one would make in Northern Minnesota?
JUST back from fishing in Idaho, chiefly in the Thousand Springs region, and I am bubbling with enthusiasm for its recreation possibilities. Idaho has yet to be really discovered by the nation’s hunters and fishermen. The Buhl and Twin Falls district has been made an oasis paradise by irrigation development.
1. They are protected in all states. 2. This bird gets its name from the crest of long feathers which bear a resemblance to the quill pens a clerk is supposed to stick above his ear. 3. The bridal duck. 4. Snakes. 5. Coypu is a large rodent, found on the South American rivers and its fur is called nutria.
ALTHOUGH the airedale, through fashion’s decree, no longer enjoys the immense popularity that once was his at the bench shows of the country, there are still quite a number of people who cherish this breed for his value as an all-purpose dog.
ON RECEIVING a new dog, especially if he has been shipped a long distance, the first thing to do is to uncrate him as promptly as possible, for the poor fellow has no doubt had his tribulations en route and he will welcome his freedom, but care should be taken that he does not escape and it is always well, if the animal is a grown one, to have a collar and lead in readiness and have this put on him before he actually leaves the crate.
IN EARLIER issues I have dwelt upon the preliminary training of the puppy such as coming at command, walking to heel and all the other many little accomplishments that a finished bird dog should possess. By this time the pupil is taking on age and becoming more wise with experience.
THE general impression seems to prevail that it requires a peculiarly constituted dog to be able to hunt and point pheasants successfully. In the matter of experience and training there may be some reason for this idea, but as a rule any and is level-headed and subservient to his pointer or setter that possesses a good nose a runner and therefore it does not require a slow pottering animal as some suppose, master, can become proficient on this class of game.
Editor Dog Department:—Kindly give me the name and address of some good reliable bird-dog trainers. I have a Llewellin setter puppy, highly bred, and should like to have her trained for fall shooting. She is 4 months old and has never been in the field.—S. W., Missouri.
Editor:—I am writing you in regard to my Chesapeake retriever puppy, ten months old. He has a sort of weakness in his hind legs. It is not so noticeable now as it was, although he still shuffles a little. I thought he had a slight case of distemper, although the only thing I noticed was the weakness in the hind quarters, and even now when excited he pants rather quickly.
THAT sportsmen are safety-minded is amply evidenced by the number of inquiries sent to this magazine asking an opinion of the relative values of various first-aid outfits and methods of treatment for cases of snake bite. The manufacture in this country by Mulford and Company, Philadelphia, Pa., of an antivenom serum has marked a great advance over older methods of treating snake bite, but the greatest contribution to our practical knowledge of the subject has resulted from the researches of Dr. Dudley Jackson, of San Antonio, Texas.