H. E. B., IND. :—The following places are best for duck hunting in the lower peninsula of Michigan : Houghton Lake, the largest inland lake. Blinds and decoys furnished, with tow out to blinds and return, $4 per blind, accommodations for two shooters.
UST before we go to press, there comes word that the sixteenth National Game Conference, meeting in New York under the auspices of the American Game Protective Association, has unanimously gone on record as advising lower wild fowl bag limits.
THE THIRD AND FOURTH OF A SERIES OF TWELVE ARTICLES
Capt. Chas. Askins
THE American woodcock has a near relative in the woodcock of Lurope. The latter is a trifle larger than our bird, a trifle more dun-colored, a trifle more simple-minded. and a trifle fonder of win ter weather. Both species are migratory, but our bird continues his travels until he has outfooted the ice and snow, while his foreign cousin seems as fond of the English winter climate as any other Briton.
I SAT in a soft bed of sand, between long rows of frosted, standing maize. Doc and bis setters. Peggy and Bob, were stationed a hundred yards down the slope. Joe and his pointer, Betty, had taken position beyond Doc, a similar distance. Chet came up and settled at the western edge of the field, overlooking some mowed cane.
WHO killed the Cheyenne Indian known to history as “Yellow Hand” (real name “Yellow Hair” among his people) on War Bonnet Creek, some 60 miles north of old Fort Robinson, Nebr., on the morning of the 16th day of July, 1876? Slayers of Yellow Hand are darkening the horizon of history from all points of the compass. Some say Buffalo Bill Cody was responsible for his sudden “demise; others name Sergt.
GEORGE BLANKIN is a pretty good friend of mine. Of course he is an angler. Most of my friends are, but George is different and stands out from the rest, just the same as a diamond would if it were mixed in with a handful of rhinestones. Angling is a pleasant, diverting game to most fellows.
A STIRRING STORY OF MIXED HUNTING IN THE HIGHLANDS OF WESTERN MEXICO
Harry H. Sheldon
FLOCK after flock of valley quail flushed gently into the sagebrush that bordered the miles and miles of Mexican boundary as Sutt and I breezed south ward to the camp at El Potosa—some 90 miles from San Diego, Calif. Mountains blue in the atmosphere beyond stretches of distant desert produced a horizon of saw-toothed effect.
FLY casting for trout and salmon has an ancient and interesting history; but fly casting for bass, if not initiated in the Ozark territory, at least found in that region its earliest, most numerous and most enthusiastic supporters.
NOT far below Burlington, Iowa, splitting the current of the mighty Mississippi into two broad highways for duck hunters with motor boats, lies Burlington Island. Before the erection of the huge power dam at Keokuk, Iowa, the island stretched its timbered length some 8 miles down the middle of the river, but the rising waters, forming the huge Cooper Lake above the dam, flooded the lower 3 miles of the island, killing the trees and leaving their towering tops reaching gaunt, dead arms to the sky.
THE thing that most appeals to the fresh water angler when fishing for channel bass is the tricky lapse of action occurring shortly after the first few hard rushes of the fish on the hook. I have talked with a number of other fresh water anglers who have had their first experiences with the so-called “redfish” of the Gulf of Mexico shore waters, and invariably they mention this as one of the outstanding characteristics of the battling of this game and pugnacious salt water scrapper.
ONE of the outstanding tropical big game hunters of all time, Alfred J. Klein, became so in a peculiar way. When he first set foot in the Dark Continent some sixteen years ago, ostrich raising was at the peak of its popularity. Klein promptly succumbed to this breeding fever, and it was while searching for the eggs of the Nurmi of the birds that a lion unexpectedly confronted him.
WITHOUT a desire to in any way disparage the glorious sport of shooting other, larger, and possibly better, game, I must con fess that the snipe holds more real charm for me than any l)ird that flies. I have no pride in making such a statement, for to many it will seem an extreme view, and not altogether consistent with good common sense.
SURROUNDED by a desert region, in our far Southwest, is the great pine-clad Kaibab Plateau. Rugged and bold, it rears itself from the iron desolation of the surrounding country, from the breaks reaching back north of the Grand Canyon. Picturesque, beautiful and green, with its yellow, pinecovered tops, its canyons, bright with quaking aspen and jack oaks, and its ramparts thick with juniper and scrub cedar, it stands in striking contrast to the forbidding, parched and empty lands below.
THERE is one story about old-time guns that I have always been afraid to tell, on account of the inevitable shower of brickbats. But now I have lifted this reserve as I am old in the game and inured to the vicissitudes of the arms collector, many and varied, and I stand ready and meek and willing to take my just dues; anyway, this happened a long time ago.
GEORGE and I were so excited that a rather deep and difficult bit of climbing seemed to be easy. In a few minutes we were down by the side of our trophies. They were both big fellows, each almost bigger in body than the horns of the head would seem to indicate.
SOUTH AMERICA differs from Africa in the amount of game populating the two countries. Africa, always prolific with big game, is the goal of all hunters. South America, although a fertile field for naturalists, hasn’t much to offer to the big game hunters.
UP NEAR the head of America's great lake system, off the south shore of Lake Superior. is found the Apostle Islands archipelago. There are twenty-two of the islands, ranging in size from 3 acres up to 14,804 acres, their combined area being 55.317 acres.
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 wild fowl on Pacific Coast. J. B. DOZE, ex-game warden of Kansas, sportsman, conservationist, GJD GRAHAM, state senator, author present Game Law Oklahoma.
IT TAKES the music of a rushing, foaming mountain stream or the beauty of a crimson sunset playing on the ripples of a pine-rimmed northern lake to put the thrill into fishing for a lot of Ikes, but the dignified, black-robed justices of the supreme court did the job for thousands of Nebraskans.
During the past twenty years I have been in around the Kotsina district of Alaska, more or less each year, generally spending most of the fall there. Now up until the past two years I have seen hundreds of sheep in the hills near by.
THE sixteenth American Game Conference which was in session in New York City, December 2 and 3, considered a great many extremely important subjects concerning the peri tuation of American wild life. The discussions and addresses were too extensive to be covered here, but the official declarations of the conference which were included in the resolutions adopted may be stated.
WISCONSIN farmers have little to fear from the introduction of ringneck pheasants, according to W. B. Grange, superintendent of game of the Wisconsin conservation commission, who bases his statements upon information received from South Dakota, where a systematic analysis of several hundred pheasants’ stomachs was made by state departments.
MARK your answers on a slip of paper and check against the correct answers on page 52. Give yourself 5 per cent for every question answered substantially right, and add result to ñnd your mark. Remember the mark you make this month and see if there is any improvement in the mark you get next month.
It has long been a theory among sportsmen and others that to add vigor and numbers to the species, bobwhite quail should be "thinned out”; that is to say, the coveys reduced to only a few individuals each season. Believing the premise to be false, and convinced that ten pairs will produce probably ten times as many offspring as one pair, the matter has been put to a test.
APPARENT increases in the number of all big game animals except mountain goat, moose and caribou are recorded in the latest annual game census of the National Forests, just announced by the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture.
ESTABLISHMENT of a 2,200-acre game refuge district in and adjacent to the village of Kohler, is the plan of the Kohler chapter of the Izaak Walton League. The project, already well under way. is in line with a suggestion made by Gov. Walter J. Kohler some time ago.
SHOOTING: a deer 2000 yards from where he took aim, at the, wild animal was the feat accomplished by Robert B. Lybarger, real estate broker at 172 North High street, while on a two weeks' bunting and fishing trip in the Lake of the Woods district, Ontario, 300 miles northwest of Duluth.
IN' THE yellow perch we have a game and delicious little battler in the early springtime. In the later part of the fishing season it becomes soft and, in some sections, is reputed to be wormy and unfit for food. But when the water is cold I have never found a better eating or sport fish.
HOOK ’im! Hold his head up! Don't let him get you down !” Advice of this character is what is dealt to you when you are fishing with Ed and Jerry Stedman on their palatial yacht, Donaldo. If you hook ’im and he breaks a line or gets away, you may be prepared for a good serving of the old “razzberry.”
Years ago, Chas. L— of Lau Claire, Wis., and I visited Long Lake, Wis., possibly 50 miles out from Lau Claire, on a several days’ trip musky fishing. On the day of this happening, it was extremely windy out on the main lake, and about noon Charlie suggested to me that we land and he would walk over to Campbell’s Resort Hotel and return with a lunch for me.
IF I WERE asked to name the live bait I considered best for bass fishing in rivers or rocky lakes, 1 presume I would be just naturally forced to name the crayfish as the leading best bet for this purpose. I have tried all kinds of live lures in my time, and I have had success with a number of them in creeling the bass, but for late fishing especially, for bass I have never had anything appeal to me as being quite as killing as the old fresh-water craw.
I have just read of sportsman Ben C. Robinson having locked horns with editor Harry McGuire on whether rainbow or small-mouth are supreme. I am an ardent lover of fishing, both fresh and salt water, and I want to say, from experience, that our western beauty, the rainbow, is the boy who can make you sit up and take notice! It is an all-around gamester as well as being shrewd.
WHEN a plug or spoon gets caught in an overhead branch, do not jerk it to untangle or release, but twitch the rod tip gently, so as to loosen, and then allow line to run from reel. The plug will slide down through the branches and to the water, where a long birch or maple pole can be used to retrieve it.
TAKE an ordinary flat cigaret box and fasten three rows of corks to the bottom. Each row should have about four corks, and these corks should be fastened by soldering double-pointed tacks to the bottom of the box, and then pressing the corks on to these tacks.
Editor:—My friends and I have been having a good deal of trouble with the finish of our plugs checking, peeling and cracking off, more so than it should from ordinary wear. We would appreciate very much any information you can give us to remedy this situation.
I AM a devout disciple of trout waters. I love a boat and the pleasure it brings. I love the deep mountain lakes and streams, though my business does not permit me to indulge in the pleasure as I would like. However, I’ve owned a boat since I can remember, and I have had pleasure with it on mountain lakes that the other fellow missed by shore casting.
ELECTRIC self-starters have at last been developed for use with outboard motors. This radical innovation, which has long been hoped for by boatmen the world over, will he incorporated in many of the new models to he manufactured by the larger motor companies during the coming year.
I have just read an inquiry from one of your readers asking for some information about making a duck boat. I made one “out of my own head” and am thinking your subscriber might make him one from my plan. I am I sending a list of material and will give an idea of how I went about it.
PERHAPS it won’t be long before we hear of American tourists in Venice, Italy, riding through the canals in modern outboard motor boats instead of in the wellknown gondola that has held undisputed sway for many years. At any rate, some of the Italian resorts on inland lakes are using an outboard excursion boat seating twelve persons for sight-seeing trips on the lakes.
TWO noted race drivers, one of whom was suspended for a year, and the other restricted to Division 3 racing for one year, have just been reinstated by the National Racing Commission. According to reports, one of these suspensions was for enteringDivision 1 races in violation of rules, and the other for accepting pay for racing.
Editor:—What do you think of steel boats as compared to wood ? Please offer some suggestions for a boat. We will want one to haul ou a trailer, as we will fish and hunt in different waters. Many resort owners on our bay use sea sled type boats, often towing as many as twelve small fishing boats.
KNAPSACK tours are practicable chiefly on account of the outfit being made light in weight by the use of balloon silk in the making of the shelter tent, food bags, sleeping bag cover, poncho and ruck sack. Balloon silk is really not silk at all, but a closely woven Egyptian cotton fabric of very fine weave, running 3½ ounces per yard and, if waterproofed, 5½ ounces per yard.
A COLLAPSIBLE, wood-burning camp stove and a telescopic pipe with damper and spark arrester which will permit compactness and portability in transportation is the most desirable type of stove for general camping, and its use projects the vacation the year around for it is suitable for use in a permanent camp such as a log cabin, hoard shack, or tent, as well as for roadside transient camps.
IN THE early days of my experience with sleeping bags, I used the regulation 5-pound army blankets. On several long trips in northern British Columbia, where night temperatures down to 20 degrees below were encountered, four blankets used on top of balsam boughs and a poncho kept me warm enough.
ADVERSE weather is notoriously the cause of the ruin of many wellplanned vacations and hunting trips, but not a bit more so than the bad luck of accidents and toothache. While a firstaid kit is now found in most camp outfits and is usually sufficient to stop the pains and patch up the bruises and scratches of the everyday accident, it will not stop a toothache.
TODAY the entire world has 6,582,001 miles of improved road over which an automobile may be driven. The United States leads all nations in good roads; we have 54 per cent of all improved roads in the western hemisphere. The United States alone has 3,574,731 mlies of good roads.
FRESH pine chips or sawdust sprinkled around the tent will keep away ants which are a frequent annoyance. Tight containers for food should he used for the same reason. Shut out the bugs and insects and you’ll save the time ordinarily consumed in killing them.
ONE can easily improvise a device to hold tiie cooking utensils over the fire. One way is to lay two 4-inch logs with their ends touching each other at one end of the fireplace and the other ends flaring which gives us a triangle which will accommodate pans of different-sized bottoms.
UTILIZING the fuel fount, with built-in pump of the latest style gasoline pressure lamps, and the development of a tubular heating element made of a special high heat resisting metal alloy, the outdoor fraternity is now offered a very ingenious gasoline gas heater.
AS MOST people know, shotguns made in Europe run lighter than ours. The average English “game gun” has 30-inch barrels and weighs about 6½ pounds. It may not weigh more than 6 pounds, even less than 6, yet is advertised as being able to handle full game charges, meaning upland game or field shooting.
I have been reading the arms and ammunition “dope” in your most interesting magazine, and note that there is still the old difference of opinion regarding the various sizes of scatter guns and the ever interesting refiling of the old saws as to the performances of same at the trap, in the fields and marshes, and on the measured circle at given distances.
WAY back in 1872, I lived in Young America, a small town in the western part of Illinois, and was greatly surprised to find a lot of duck shooters in such a small prairie town. But they had their shooting in the Mississippi River bottoms, only a few miles away.
Editor:—I am fifty-two years old, weigh 155 pounds, am 5 feet, 10 inches tall. I wear bifocal glasses, do office work, and have for thirty years done nothing but clerical work, such as accounting, and now do law work, requiring much reading and making notes.
AS THIS is written, a specially made coyote and eagle rifle is on its way to Canada with a hunter of western experience who has given the subject of shooting these varmints much study for a long time. He wanted to combine the cartridge, the bullet, the rifle action, the scope sight and the mount that best would give the required accuracy, range and killing results, on this small game.
LAST summer, when a circus owned by Mr. Ringling was at Corsicana, Tex., one of its elephants, named Black Diamond, ran amuck, and killed a woman and injured a man who had formerly been his keeper. Black Diamond, after investigation, was condemned to death, and his killing took place in Kennedy, Tex., under the supervision of Hans Nagel, an expert of the Houston Zoo.
TWENTY-FIVE caliber rifles have been a hobby of mine for a good many years. And it was a good many years before I owned one of the breed. The ones I play with are the Savage .250-3000, the .25-20 single shot and the .25 Stevens rim fire. For this reason, whenever anyone splashes into printer’s ink and lambasts any of my favorites, the hair on my supporting column sticks straight up.
MANY a hunter seeing a pheasant blaze in autumn woods or the stretched check mark of a flock of geese at sunset wishes he could keep some picture of this sight beside a mental one. Many another hunter, having missed his pheasant or goose, wishes audibly and fervently to know what is the matter with his shooting.
Editor:—My friend and I have had an argument about noncorrosive cartridges. I would like to have you give me your opinion on the matter. This is particularly with reference to the Remington Kleanbore cartridge. I contend that in a noncorrosive cartridge just the primer has been made noncorrosive, and the powder is the same as was used with the old style primer.
"How fast can a deer run?" is a question I saw several months ago in the Cleveland Press, and the answer given by the sporting editor was, "About 40 miles per hour." Where the editor obtained his information, I could not say. Possibly he had some speed cop's measure somewhere and waited for a deer to try out the speed trap.
I read with interest the editorial, “The High Cost of Hunting.” These nonresident fees for hunting are outrageously high compared with the fishing fees. At the same time, I believe some of these states, especially Wisconsin and Michigan, that offer every inducement imaginable to fishermen to visit their state, could, without sacrificing the revenue, do much better than is now their method.
I have just finished reading Robert Frothingham’s article on “Antelope in Old Mexico” in the December issue of OUTDOOR LIFE. Indeed, his stand and opinions are very commendable and in accord with the best standards of sportsmanship.
OUTDOOR LIFE is all that you have claimed for it, and is enjoyed by my friends who have read it from time to time, and the fearless attitude toward the game hog shows the right way to get him on uneasy street. Sometimes I wish that you could say a good word for my old friend, the sly and wise fox.
I NOTE under the article of “Test Yourself" that you claim the sheep can go longer without water than any animal in the U. S. A. You might be right as far as your neck of the woods goes, but in the deserts of Arizona and old Mexico there arc many animals that never drink a drop of water from birth to death and live to a ripe old age.
I was making a call in the country and was hurrying to see a very sick baby when my attention was attracted to a movement by the side of the road some distance ahead. Looked like something flopping around on the embankment.
THE hunting of upland game as well as waterfowl with spaniels is one of the most ancient of sports. Indeed, long before the days of the setter and the pointer, the spaniel, which later became divided into numerous varieties, of which the cocker is one, was the recognized dog for the sportsman.
THE various attitudes a dog assumes on point always make an interesting picture. One crouches low with all intensity ; one stands aloft with head and flag in air ; another takes his game as a matter of course and merely stops. Style on point in the real sense is the intensity a dog displays the moment he catches the scent of game, and as a general thing he will "freeze” in whatever attitude he happens to be at the time the scent strikes his sensitive nostrils.
IN ONE of my earlier installments I pointed out the necessity of introducing the sound of gunfire to puppies early in life, thus avoiding many unpleasant experiences that are possible later, if this is not done. A young setter or pointer thus accustomed to the sight and sound of firearms seldom or never develops gun-shyness.
IT IS a well-known idiom that the way to develop the highest intelligence in your dog—any dog, be he pointer, setter, hound or beagle—is to make a companion of him. Some trainers and perhaps owners of many dogs do not entirely believe in this, but nevertheless those who have tried it will vouch for its correctness.
FROM the headquarters of the recently organized American division of the World League for Dog Welfare comes the following information. The bulletin is issued in the interest of all dog owners in America: That tax-paying American citizen, the dog, now has a union.
Question:—We have an eight-month-old Pekingese dog that has lice of some kind, and we wish to know how to get rid of them. These lice are funny little things, of an oblong shape. They seem to stand on end and do not move very much. From this description I believe you will know what they are and can tell us how to get rid of them.
Editor:—In the last few summers I have killed ninety-eight rattlers. I have caught them and played with them under all conditions in order to study their habits and methods of fighting and their actions. One thing you must be careful about; when one crawls into a log or bush or any place of hiding, never walk up to the place and look in to see where be has gone, because he will be right there and ready to strike at the first opportunity.