R. M. S., MO.:—Your inquiry to OUTDOOR LIFE has been referred to me. Of the two places suggested, Montauk and Bennett’s Park, Missouri, the latter would be preferable, perhaps, as in addition to the big spring branch trout you would have the bass, goggle-eyes, crappie, cat, red horse, etc., in the Niangua River.
ALASKA! Here I was, shooting across our great country in a fast-speeding Pullman, with my duds and shiny new .30-30 tucked under the seat beneath me. It was hard to realize. To actually be on my way to Alaska, America’s last frontier, where in my fondest sporting dreams I had ever longed to be, was almost too good to be true, and every once in a while I’d reach down and pinch the hard round barrel of my rifle to make sure it was not simply a dream.
A YEAR ago OUTDOOR LIFE reissued its call to the sportsmen of America to demand a lower national duck bag limit from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. We presented the facts, attested to by nine out of ten wild life observers, that wild fowl are decreasing.
MAINE bass will never take those things,” said Del Moore, the best guide in Kennebec County and points north, as he cast a scornful eye over the collection of plugs I had spread out lovingly in the bottom of the boat. “What do you mean, they won’t take them?”
TH’ AIN’T goner be but one ole hide in Rag Point Pocket today, and that’s this heah writer woman. And it’s a blamed good thing th’ ain’t but one such! You wimmen talk too much! You scare the ducks away!” This ultimatum, issued by Jim Scott, was directed to his wife.
HAVING been a duck hunting nut since I was eight years old, and being the kind of nut who wants big raft of decoys, I tried I naturally tried various ways of getting together plenty of stool that would be light enough to handle. It’s a simple enough thing to carry stacks of decoys if a fellow is shooting on a large body of water and if he goes to and from the shooting grounds in a boat, but where a shooter must pack his decoys on his back in some instances, he is out to cut down weight.
Announcement: The Outdoor Life Conservation Awards for 1928
Statement of the Committee
The Outdoor Life Award Committee for 1928
TO BETTER acquaint sportsmen with the idea behind the annual OUTDOOR LIFE gold medal awards, the committee wishes to preface its report with the following: Whether or not we have the great sport of fishing and hunting in the future lies with us who are now in possession of the remaining supply of wild life.
The Mythical Exploits of “Wild Bill" Hickok and Buffalo Bill
FOR almost a half century the exploit of “Wild Bill” Hickok in killing ten armed men in a dimly lighted room has been the high water mark in Western heroism. There have been plenty of other heroic exploits, of course, but not one could equal the daring of this frontiersman.
HHERE is an adage concerning the hazards of purchasing pigs in pokes. This saving is so old that it was already a quotation in 1510, when used by Sir T. More in his “A Merrie Jest.” That old saw is true. A pig in a gunny bag is an unknown quantity; always was, and always will be.
IT WAS the last of September. I had returned from a float trip on the Pomme de Terre River. I had planned it to be my last fishing trip of the season, when word came the big-mouths were biting in Eleven Points River. That meant back to God’s country for me!
Ducks on Medina By GLENN BALCH A bang-up story of Texas duck shooting With Rifle and Canoe in the New North By TOWNSEND WHELEN The detailed story of the Northwestern Ontario trip taken tast fall by the world's best-known rifle authority
MY FIRST party this last fall was Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Stowell and their two sons, aged fourteen and sixteen. The two boys were not hunting but were just going along for the trip. Carl, the cook, Dorrell and myself as hunting guides, and Phil Hagensen, horse wrangler, twenty horses and Captain Lindbergh, my beautiful police dog, made up the rest of the outfit.
THAT life is nothing more than a series of chances, more or less hazardous, is keenly realized by a man who hunts; for the experiences that sport offer are but miniature counterparts of the happenings in the Great Game itself. Having long since made up my mind not to quarrel with the general scheme of things, seeing no chance of altering it by any kind of propaganda, and liking it pretty well after all, I shall certainly not blame the Creator for the persistence with which chances come our way.
THE blue grouse of the West is one of our native game birds that seems fated never to take rank as a sporting bird of much consequence. In a sporting bird we demand that he can take good care of himself—run nimbly, hide well and fly speedily, giving the hunter a run for his money—and that he be prolific and a good bird on the table.
DON’T tell anybody, boys, but Texas is literally overrun by wolves. They are everywhere. In fact, they almost outnumber the bootleggers. Look at any Texas chicken and note the drawn expression that lingers about the corners of its eyes. What causes this?
TO ANYONE who carefully observes African animals must come the realization, in time, that they are extraordinarily clever. With the exception of the rhino they are very hard indeed to outwit. How they know the things they seem to know is beyond me, but their knowledge is obvious.
BROOKE ANDERSON, ex-president Campfire Club of Chicago, member Federal advisory board Migratory Bird Treaty Act. J. 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.
I have read with interest and enthusiasm your splendid duck editorials on reduced bag limits and law enforcement. I hope you continue with this policy and dig a little deeper under the surface, and unearth some of the evils accompanying the operation of large duck clubs.
Please permit me to add my commendation, although it may count for very little, to the suggestion made by L. L. Lane in his letter to you which you published under the heading, “Enemies That We Protect,” in the Conservation Department of your very readable magazine.
THE results of a survey of migratory wild fowl conditions prevailing during the last hunting season made by the American Wild Fowlers has been compiled and distributed, and the information it contains is particularly interesting because of great variation of the reports.
The public acts of the 30th session of the general assembly of the state of Vermont, which have recently been published, contain some sections which arc of interest to sportsmen and conservationists. Perhaps the most important of these and the one most in accord with the policies of this magazine is the one which reduces the bag limit on wild ducks from 20 to 12 birds in one day and establishes a season limit of 50 wild ducks and 5 wild geese in one year.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 77. 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.
AN EMERGENCY appropriation of $30,000 for suppressing predatory animals in Alaska was recently made by the Territorial Legislature because of the increasing numbers and depredations of coyotes and wolves there. The measure also authorized the employment of two expert leaders of the work, these men to be trained and recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as experts in the suppression of predatory animals, and, to carry on control operations under the direction of these leaders, four hunters and trappers.
Editorial Note: The above picture, reprinted from a newspaper. should be framed in the Smithsonian Institute to remind our great-grandchildren of what ducks looked like. From an artistic point of view, however, it seems that the gentlemen might have found one or two more places in which to display their Heroic kill. Why didn't each gentleman drape a duck over the top of his hat? Think how nice that would have looked!
CONFUSION has always reigned among anglers as to the correct definition of the term, “pike.” In certain of the heavily-fished northern regions, where the muskellunge, the wall-eyed pike and the northern pike haunt, and where professional guides superintend a large part of the angling trips, there is very little dispute as to the correct classification of catches.
TACKLE varies from the celebrated cane pole to the finest fly rods, some of the cane poles being equipped with fine reels and having guides attached for use in spinner fishing or casting heavy trolls. Winter steelheadin’, as practiced in Washington, is so unique as to deserve special treatment.
THE new mouse lures, that all the bait manufacturers are now featuring, is an “old wine in new bottles” idea. There never was a better wall-eyed pike or bass bait than the ordinary mouse. I used to drop one of these little animals into the eddying currents below an old flour mill, when I was a boy—and the rest of us were the same—and what happened!
THIS is an old-time trick used in Mississippi for catching bass and sometimes trout. Get some No. 2/0 or 1/0 hooks, a small cork for each hook, some feathers and a piece of strong thread. To fasten the hook in the cork, cut with a sharp safety razor blade or knife the length of the cork deep enough for the hook to fit tightly.
Editor Angling Department: In a recent article I read an account of bass eating their own young. I was of the opinion that bass guarded their young until the young were large enough to shift for themselves. Am I right or wrong?—P. L. H., Okla. Answer: You are both right and wrong.
THE outboard motor enthusiast is no longer content to operate his motor and boat solely on the home waterway—perhaps a small lake less than a mile long—when the biggest fish or the best race may be on a lake a few miles away, unconnected by any water thoroughfare.
FOUR new records were set at the Albany regatta, conducted by the Albany Yacht Club, on July 3 to 6. These official records just released include: Class C, Division 1. Pirate Kid, driven by Walter Peterssen of Brooklyn, N. Y., at Albany, July 5. Built by Bossert, Evinrude engine.
ANYONE who makes a prediction about future outboard speeds is usually very careful to state first that it is a very dangerous business. This year the popular form that predictions take is, “Will anyone go over the 50-mile mark with outboards this year?”
AT this stage we are exactly where we were with the car—remember that time we got caught in the sand? Now if we could only get a real good pavement under the boat so we could get traction—that’s a thought. Now didn’t we say something about the possibility of water as a solid?
MANY outboard enthusiasts use a fishing tackle box to keep their tools, spark plugs, spare nuts and bolts, etc., in. Small things such as bolts and plugs are kept in a top tray and the tools underneath. By this method the smaller articles are easy to find and do not get wet or dirty as they often do if they are carried in a sack or merely placed in the bottom of the boat.—Editor.
Editor:—I have a 16-foot rowboat to which I want to give a good coat of paint. The boat is metal except for the gunwales, false floor and seats, and I would like to have information about doing this job myself, also as to the kind of paint to be used, the removing of old paint, etc. Kindly tell me if I may use Duco and Valspar paints as they are easy to obtain here.—E. I. V., Colombia, South America.
Scouting the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine
R. R. Ozmer
THESE lines of Robert W. Service rang in my ears for days and weeks after I first began dreaming of a lone-handed scouting trip along the entire length of the proposed Appalachian Trail. Twenty-five hundred miles of rugged grandeur lured me to the far, blue hills.
CAMPERS who carry “A” tents can make for themselves jointed poles which are easily carried in their cars and are always available without dependence on trees or cars. Secure round poles 1½ inches in diameter, preferably some light, tough wood as spruce.
OLD-TIMERS, here is a chance to put down in permanent record for posterity the priceless recipes which have made trail life livable. We want to publish this column for the interest of newcomers to the out of doors. Clipped and pasted into a little notebook, these recipes will be a handy, inconspicuous guide for perfect culinary achievements.
THIS commissary is made to conform to the space on the rear trunk rack. It is made of ½-inch 3-ply veneer stock throughout and is covered with Dupont Fabricoid which is set in hot glue. Inside it is covered with white sanitas glued on. The top lid has full length piano hinge and the front has the same and when let down becomes a fine table.
A combined mess and cook kit which is the utmost in compactness and slips easily into a coat pocket is a good addition to one’s personal outfit, no matter what type of trip he contemplates. On go-light trips with all the equipment carried on the back this outfit is ideal and it has been adopted officially by an outdoor organization which numbers thousands of members.
Are Modern American Shotgun Powders Ahead of Their Time?
L. E. Krogius
PRESENT American bulk powders and Continental bulk and flake powders give a more or less short and snappy recoil, and in most cases a scarcely noticeable muzzle blast, but the latest American progressive loads I have tested certainly give a long and pushing recoil and a considerable muzzle blast rather distressing to the shooter, especially if he uses light and short-barreled guns.
AFTER enough delay to make people anxious to see the gun, the new Remington model 29 shotgun is on the market. One of the guns was sent to me for inspection and testing, so far as a gun can be tested by working a few shells through it and shooting a less number.
I have just read the letter of Geo. C. Clough, published in the August issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, asking if you could get me to explain fully my method of choke boring, used in boring the old 6 bore. You have answered him better than I can, but it must be a lot of trouble to you replying to so many inquiries.
1. What is the best gun to buy for shooting doves, pheasants and plover, a double or repeating shotgun (20 gauge)? 2. Is the Remington Model 17, 29 gauge, 30inch barrel ful’ choke, a good gun (am thinking of buying this gun)? Is the bottom ejection of shells reliable?
Why Rifle Barrels of the Same Caliber Differ in Accuracy
C. S. Landis
THE boring of a perfectly straight and uniform hole of correct dimensions through a barrel blank decides in large measure the shooting qualities of that rifle barrel. After being bored, rifled and chambered, the average barrel must be carefully straightened.
MR. C. E. GILLHAM in a recent issue of OUTDOOR LIFE strikes a keynote to which a great number of hunters can and would be anxious to sing. His processes of reasoning are in the mam part sound and his conclusions good. It is quite true that for hunting the large game of America and more especially at the longer ranges, the more recent cartridges are, because of their extremely flat trajectory, coupled with fine accuracy and high and well-sustained striking energy, the most desirable ammunition.
With reference to an article in your August number, page 78, “Thorp on Carver.” Refer to the last paragraph of Mr. Thorp’s article, “Carver beat the best shots of all the world, they using the shotgun against his rifle at flying objects.
Editor:—I am one of the regular subscribers to your paper and I would be very thankful to you if you would advise me on choice of binoculars. I have 8-power binoculars which I have used this season hunting deer in somewhat brushy country hut it never brought out the game heads plain enough.
AFTER a careful review of various possibilities, the national executive board of the Pizza Walton League of America, through its chairman, Wailloughby Walling, announces the selection of AM. AK. Reckord of Washington, D. C., as general manager of the league, to succeed the late Fred H. Doellner.
I am going to tell you about the most interesting experience I ever had during my hunting career. One afternoon last fall while my guide and I were returning from a caribou hunt in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia I noticed a cow caribou running like mad on an open hillside about 400 yards away from us.
Last week I had my cousin visiting me from a near-by state. We are located near a lake where there is some fishing. On inquiry we found he would have to pay over $5 for a license for perhaps two hours of time spent in trying to catch a fish or two. Now it seems to me that there could be an interstate license permitting those who are taking a motor trip to fish in all states, the catch of course being limited to the use of the party for food.
Referring to “Test Yourself” questions in the April issue, kindly be advised that the answer given to question thirteen is incorrect. The smallest game bird for which there is an open season in this country is not the Wilson snipe. There is an open season for black, yellow, sora and Virginia rails, all of which are smaller than the Wilson snipe both in measurement and weight.
EVERY month we send several thousand questionnaires to readers, listing the front-section features in the current issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, and asking the readers to return the questionnaire after checking the three stories they liked best and crossing out the one feature they liked least.
I just wanted to say that your editorial and cartoon in the front of the August issue of OUTDOOR LIFE are not very pleasing to me. I have been a reader and admirer of OUTDOOR LIFE for years and have been a constant subscriber, but when your paper gets down to the low level of criticizing the laws on Sabbath observance it has about run out of something to publish.
“I HAVE a young setter dog, ten months old; he finds all the birds I A can wish for, but he always flushes and chases them. How can I overcome this?” The foregoing is a fair sample of inquiries that I receive every week, and my usual answer is: “Don’t hurry and don’t worry.”
THERE has been so much recent discussion of canine distemper in current literature that readers of the dog columns of OUTDOOR LIFE are naturally curious to know what it is all about, and numerous questions arise as to just what part one may reasonably believe.
THE canine specialists for rabbit hunting are unquestionably the hound varieties—beagles, bassets, harriers, or even some of the more nondescript types. The Airedale, however, has given many a young nimrod, and old one too, for that matter, some excellent sport.
Editor:—(1) Can you inform me where I can secure a photograph of Pioneer, the setter that won the Manitoba trials of 1905 and 1906? (2) Where can I secure information relative to the history and record of field trials in which the dogs enumerated participated?—W. H. N., Calif.
Question:—I have a hound that takes running and barking fits mostly occurring in the hunting season, although I have known him to have several during the summer when loose for a run. After taking one when driving a rabbit he is no good for the rest of the day.
Editor:—Under the head “Is the Rattlesnake a Gentleman?” I must take exception to what you say about him from personal experience. I know that he will go out of the way under certain circumstances to bite you. I hereby will give you two definite experiences that I have to support my statement: