OUTDOOR LIFE readers will recall Mr. Clark’s previous African serial, “Trails of the Hunted.” “Big Game on the Roof of Asia” is the story of the Morden-Clark Expedition, which in 1926 labored from Bombay over the Himalayas to Ovispoli and ibex country, and then across Central Asia.
Each letter addressed to this department brings a personal reply. The following printed letters are samples of the hundreds that go through this department each month. Be specific in all inquiries.
An Ontario Fishing Route
Sport Near Los Angeles
Grouse in West Virginia
Hunting and Nonresident License in North Dakota
Game Laws in Tennessee
Maps for Your Trip
New York Fishing and Hunting
Where the Veterans Go
January Duck Shooting in Louisiana
Oriental Big Game
Try the Davis or Chisos Mountains
E. H. S., OHIO;—We note your requirements for good fishing in northern Ontario for bass, pike, pickerel, and trout. Herewith we are pleased to send you a copy of our official Government road map, and coming from Marion, Ohio, we would suggest that you first of all drive to Toronto, thence north, taking in tlie belt line route to the west, via Parry j Sound, and continuing to North Bay, with possibly a side trip north into the Timagami Lakes, thence westerly to Sault Ste. Marie, with possibly a side trip south by road from Espanola to Manitoulin Island.
NO MAGAZINE in this country stands more ready to support the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey than does OUTDOOR LIFE. The theory of this bureau is beyond reproach. It has both scientific and administrative duties in wild life conservation which make it extremely powerful and important.
THE game in Louisiana has its back to the Gulf and the new State Conservation Commission is protecting the violators in their endeavor to push the game overboard. Now, let me state that I am not connected with the state of Louisiana, never have been, and never expect to be, therefore, have no ax to grind.
IT IS always pathetic to contemplate those states which have to lift their conservation policies above the mire of politics. But it is especially bitter to consider this situation in the case of a state exceptionally endowed with the natural assets requisite for leadership in conservation and propagation.
WELL, ROSS Parmenter, my guide, and I sure “siwashed” it on my goat hunt last fall. In the parlance of the Cariboo District of British Columbia, where our hunt took place, “siwashing” means “going light and living off the country.” The Siwash Indians who inhabit the Cariboo have the ability of going into the woods without shelter or provisions, existing on game, fish, and plants, and sleeping without shelter near their camp fires at night.
FOREWORD BY STEWART EDWARD WHITE I am delighted to learn that at last Leslie Simson has decided to put some of his experiences into print. I hope he keeps it up, for I believe that, both in practical knowledge and in habit of close and intelligent observation, he has more to offer than any man I know.
WHEN I say the trout swarmed in Jackson Lake (Wyoming). I mean it literally—they would fight one another off to take a lure. The particular area of which I speak is at the base of the mighty Teton Range, where numberless small inlets from tbe melting snow continually feed the waters.
Editorial Note:—Our readers will remember Mr. Criger’s "Sourdough,” in our March and April, 1929. issues. This was the actual story, unadorned by literary effects, of what the life of the trapper and hunter in the Far North is like.
FOREVER I am in love with mid-summer trout fishing. Oh, I know the appeal of spring fishing, when the new-born flowers are peeping through the brown earth, and all nature is reaching toward life. But early fishing is utterly unlike that of the high tide of the season.
FOR some time past in this and other magazines we have seen a great deal about the marvelous shooting done by Doc Carver, Wild Bill Hickok, and several others. The writer finally became enough interested to begin checking up on some of these stories, and came to the conclusion that the authors of some of these wild tales know very little of what was humanly possible.
I LIKE boys. I like to take them afield. They are such delightful company, and they teach me so many things. They expect nothing, they are always pleased, whatever happens, and seldom sulk and want to go home before I am ready, as grown-ups so often do.
WHEN I live in the city, I like to live in the middle of it. I have no patience with the pale aura of the suburbs, where the eager seeker after sunshine and flowers finds all the discomforts of the country with none of the advantages, or, conversely, finds all the drawbacks of the city without access to its more redeeming features.
WHAT’S that you said?” asked Henry, dropping his feet from the stove and facing me abruptly', his magazine fallen to the floor. “Oh, nothing,” I lied. “Henry, I think I’ll name this fly in your honor. Or I’ll let you name it. What d’ye say?” An embarrassed flush spread over his weather-beaten face as he came forward, took the fly, and examined it under the shaded lamp.
IF ALL the snakes of the world should convene sometime in a great reptilian council to choose from among their number the one that presents the most formidable appearance in battle, the honor would not go to the lethal viper of Africa, to the dread barba amarilla—the yellow beard—of the American tropics, to the terrible diamond-back rattler of the southern United States, or even to the cobra of India, that king of venomous serpents whose spread hood is a veritable symbol of death.
IN GLANCING through the newspapers during the past hunting season, I notice the usual number of accidents. From the newspaper accounts, these accidents are just about all that the antifirearms fanatics could desire to further their arguments.
A FEW STARTLING BONA FIDE EXPERIENCES OF WELL-KNOWN SPORTSMEN
OLD MAN DIOGENES can now blow out his lantern and hang it up, for I have found an honest man ; not one, hut several. And, much as you may disbelieve it, they are fishermen. Now listen to what they have to say. John A. Richert, formerly chairman of the City Council Finance Committee of the city of Chicago and now chief of the Finance Committee Staff, says:
IT IS a matter of quite general information that there exists, in nature, a balance which has been reached after infinitely long struggle, competition, and adjustment, by all living things. When left undisturbed, this balance is maintained.
PART III. CASTING, FISHING THE DRY FLY ALMOST every book on angling, at least those of the practical sort, contains a more or less understandable treatise on how to cast a fly, and it is only for the benefit of the virtual beginner at fly fishing for trout, and further with a view to completeness and the stressing of certain points which even the old hand is prone to forget, or possibly neglect through carelessness, that the following brief description is incorporated here.
HIM big one! Maybe you no catch — maybe line no hold.” said my Indian and boatman, when I hooked a giant tyee salmon. We were moving back and forth near the mouth of the river in a dugout canoe, and the fish was running for all he was worth toward the open sea.
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. CID GRAHAM, state senator, author present Game Law Oklahoma.
Your long and determined fight for the preservation of our bear meets with my hearty approval. Just how near bear are approaching total extinction, by the most inhuman and heartless methods on our public domains, is perhaps unknown to the majority of sportsmen and lovers of our wild life.
(Editorial Note:—This is the third of a series of articles on European game conservation, a series intended to introduce our readers to a wider knowledge of the world's shooting and conservation methods.) I take great pleasure in answering your questions relating to some phases of hunting in France.
The Hero’s Corner is already reserved this issue for Bear Heroes, so we have to present the courageous Mr. Sullivan’s story here. This is the sort of cock-and-bull stuff which ignoramuses still spread about the bear. This item was given the light of day in the estimable and always reliable Rocky Mountain News
I have been reading with much interest your determined stand for the preservation of our wild animals and birds, and your editorial in the May issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, which is entitled, “Which is the Outlaw—The Sheepman or the Bear?” and I must say the keynote of your editorial hits the nail on the head more squarely than anything I have ever read regarding game conservation.
Assistant Regional Forester, Rocky Mountain District
Fine Work of Fish and Game Clubs in New York
Missouri Deer Increasing
John W. Spencer
I was very much interested in your May editorial, "Which is the Outlaw-The Sheep man or the Bear I have been connected with the U. S. Forest Service nearly twenty years, and have been an enthusiastic sportsman since boyhood. The controversy over the value of bears as game animals and their alleged stock killing propensities has vastly in trigucd me.
The Strangest Catch of the opening of the fishing season was a bear. Eddie Bohn (left) and Harry Bender went angling on the Colorado river Sunday.but their sport was interrupted by the appearance of Mr. Bear Luckily the fishermen had gnns along Now they are planning to enjoy some bear steaks and ii have their "fish" mounted.
SOME of the finest game fish I have ever seen taken from the lakes and rivers I have fished were hooked and landed with live minnows. I have taken many a good bass with these lures, and for pure sport on light line and hook and snell I know of no better way of creeling a hard-fighting small-mouth bass than with this same bait.
WHILE tournament surf casting has been carried on along the Atlantic coast for twenty years or more, and for six years on the Pacific coast, it was not until Aug. 25, 1929, that there was competition between the East and the West. On that day a telegraphic team match was cast by the five best distance surf casters of the two coasts, and, as has been the case in football, tennis, and other sports, the West won.
I recently submitted to your Mr. Robinson several questions on angling which have perplexed me. These same questions were submitted to other angling editors. The letter that I have just received from Mr. Robinson is the most comprehensive letter that I have ever received in reply to sporting problems, either hypothetical or actual.
The past two falls and winters, it was my good fortune to be working at Tillamook, Ore., right in one of the finest fishing countries in the United States today. My work allowed me to be out daily on one of the four streams within a few miles of Tillamook, namely, Kelches, Wilson, Trask, and Tillamook Rivers.
EVERY fisherman would like to keep his rods in good shape or perhaps to make a new one occasionally, but few know how to go about it. Books do not give much information on the matter, and rod makers guard the information as trade secrets. At present there is a trend toward brown-stained rods, and you might be interested in learning how the trick is done:
MUCH talk has been wasted pro and con whether or not fish can hear sufficiently to frighten them by talking near the water. “Sshhh. Be quiet, the fish can hear you!” my dad used to tell me, but from observation I am inclined to believe that a whole lot of this is merely in the head of the individual who believes it.
WHEN the cold and cutting “northers” sweep down from up about Amarillo, and bass fishing in the middle and northern portions of the state is relegated to past history, one only has to drift down toward the San Antonio country, and Medina Lake is not far distant, and it is one of the best bass lakes in the entire state, for down at Medina they run mighty big.
Editor:—Inclosed please find tracing of a fish caught on worms on bottom, when I was fishing for suckers in Chippewa River, tributary to the Mississippi, in May, 1929. What kind of fish is this?—A. A. S., Wis. Answer:—The fish you have sent me tracing of is a large silverside (male), I believe, and the largest I have ever seen up to this time.
GO TO the meat market and buy a pound or even less of salt pork rind (any market will be able to furnish it), take home and scrape all the meat from the rind down to the very pores, and then some. The hunting knife is the best thing to use for this work.
SHORT casts, when pike, bass, and musky are lying close under brush, old logs, and in the watery crevices of shore boulders, are better than long casts, I have found, for getting rises in the midday season. Accuracy is more essential when making shore casts than distance, and for this reason a No. 3 size of Idaho spoon, with a No. 1/0 size hook covered with red and white bucktail, and a quarterounce lead sinker attached 6 inches above the lure on a 9-pound test silk casting line is the ideal rig.
THE outboard racing rules are formulated at the present time by a group of five men termed the National Outboard Racing Commission. Two of these men are appointed by the Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association, two by the American Power Boat Association, and one by the National Outboard Association.
PUBLIC action in providing housing and dockage facilities for small boats is being demanded by motor boat owners, according to Warren Ripple, president of the Johnson Motor Company. Motoring on water is rapidly increasing in popularity, and, despite the fact that there are now over 1,400,000 owners of small motor boats in the United States, very little has been done to provide them with proper facilities.
SEVEN new world’s records for outboard boats were established May 29, 30, and 31 at Worcester, Mass., in the first big regatta of the northern boating season. In addition, five other records were set which better marks made this year by drivers racing under the 1930 rules, which call for heavier boat weights, but do not better last year’s marks.
ELECTRIC starting on the new outboard motors is a feature that appeals particulariy to the person more or less unfamiliar with the outboard motor—unfamiliar perhaps because the reputed balkiness of the outboard has caused him to hesitate in buying one.
Is THEER a measured mile anywhere in your vicinity? If there is, and you wish to time your outboard outfit over it, the speed table given below will translate your time into miles an hour with out any figuring on your part. SPEED IN MILES AN HOUR IS FOUND AT THE JUNCTION OF THE COLUMN GIVING THE ELAPSED MINUTES AND THE ROW GIVING THE ELAPSED SECONDS
IT IS not always necessary to purchase an anchor. Under some conditions the anchor I am about to describe will work satisfactorily. Get a large paint can—one that has a large rim that will hold concrete well. Fill the can with concrete about halfway, and then put in the horseshoe, prongs down, so that the curved part projects far enough above the top of the pail so that when the pail is filled with concrete the horseshoe will prove a convenient handle.
Editor:—I have been reading for some time articles in the boating department having to do with cruisers for outboards. The result has been that I have determined to build a cruiser to fit the Missouri River at this point. My idea is to use the boat as a hunting camp, instead of the customary tents or cabins, inasmuch as the river cuts away our camp sites as fast as we can locate them.
SLEEPING bags and pockets and other tight-fitting covering or protection lor outdoor life have many uses and conveniences, but there are times when one must get out of the tent quickly, and this means loose bedding. Here are some instances which have happened to the writer.
THE highest automobile highway in the world will he ready for use this summer. The trip involves a 66-mile drive through Denver’s Mountain Parks system, past the grave of Buffalo Bill, and on to the top of Mount Evans, 14,260 feet above sea level.
A GOOD canoe deserves good care. A poorer one, or one nearly worn out, must have careful treatment. I have found the following hints to be helpful: Keep your canoe clean—especially inside. Sand and muck work their way between canvas and planking, increasing the weight, absorbing moisture, and promoting decay.
THE canoe camper who gets out far from supply points, so that he can not replenish until he gets back to the trading post or store, had best follow the advice of those experienced when it comes to getting his outfit together. Here is a list of supplies used by the Border Lakes Outfitting Company of Ely, Minn., which takes outdoorsmen into the Superior National I-orest and over the line into Canada in the superb waterways region of Hunter’s Island.
THE motor car tourist is prone to look upon his rolling stock as being practically trouble-proof, providing he keeps it in repair. When the fine piece of machinery comes from the factory, it can be depended upon for hundreds of miles of service, with one exception.
ANNOUNCEMENT of the winchester double-barrel Model 21 has reached me, together with a sample gun. I’ll begin by' giving the description furnished by' the company, and follow with some comments of my own. This is the Winchester announcement:
What were Fred Kimble’s patterns at various ranges? Did his .919 caliber 6 gauge with No. 3 shot deform the pellets more than a well-bored breech loader? What was his pattern at 70 yards with load of 170 pellets of small 3s, at which range ducks fell thick and fast to his famous muzzle loader?
Short Barrel Should Not Prevent Gun from Patterning Well
The Pump, an Effective Gun
Length of Barrel Needed Depends on Game to be Shot
Questions answered by mail, only a small pe r centage being published. Write separate letters on (1) Shotguns and (2) on Rifles and Pistols. Enclose 2-cent stamp for reply, and give complete address, plainly. Editor:—I have a 1912 Model 20 gauge Winchester shotgun.
THIRTY-EIGHT years ago, fate changed my hunting grounds from the deer forests of the North to the more settled slopes of the Alleghanies, where in those days, before the tanneries ruined the woods, there were enough squirrels, rabbits, ’coons, woodchucks, and even turkeys to provide fine sport for a young man badly stricken with a love for the rifle and the open places.
NOW for the long months of closed seasons on game. Nothing to do with shooting time but chase after varmints and shoot holes in targets with the big rifle, or hunt rodents and shoot holes in targets with the little rifle. But the big rifle is a hungry brute, and goes through a pile of costly loaded brass cases like a goose through a cabbage patch.
The generation soon to be born will probably know nothing of firearms other than that which is written, for they will doubtless he denied the privilege of owning or handling weapons. From much that has been recently written, this yet unborn host will get the idea that the real revolver shot of old was capable of “hitting a 10-cent piece, nine times out of ten, shooting from the hip without aim at 50 yards,” as we are seriously told that Wild Bill could do.
Determining the Drop of a Bullet from Trajectory Tables
Why the Bolt Action Rifles Are Popular
.32 Pistol Cartridges Will Do No Harm—But Clean Your Bore
Col. Townsend Whelen
Editor:—I notice in the November, 1929, issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, under “Rifle and Pistol Queries,” page 68, Colonel Whelen under “Trajectories, 170-Grain Bullet” gives the drop of that bullet at various distances. I would like to know if there is any practical or theoretical method of determining this drop from the ordinary trajectory tables given in the ammunition catalogs, in which they give the mid-range height.
In the May number of OUTDOOR LIFE on page 104 I find an article by George Muller, entitled, “Fox Diet.” I disagree with Mr. Muller in his deductions about the fox, and I think there is no animal that has been more lied about than the so-called common red fox.
IT WAS a calm, beautiful day in the summer of 1907. Leaving my camp in the Seminoe Mountains, Wyoming, I took my .25-35 Winchester rifle, some lunch, and a pair of binoculars, and started for a tramp over the hills immediately surrounding the picturesque Bradley Peak. Near the noon hour I stopped to rest and cat my sandwiches at a cool, sparkling, little spring on the west flank of the mountain; there was a thick growth of pinon pine near the spring, which afforded shelter from the blazing sun.
THERE is a mass of information available as the results of food requirement studies of domestic stock of different kinds. Recent work in this field having to do with forage analyses brings out the food element content of the plants and its relation to the character of the soils and climatic conditions.
I have a crow taken from the nest when two weeks old, May 8, 1928. I have raised him and now he talks. His tongue is not and never will be split, hut he can say the following things very distinctly: “Gloria,” “Bob,” “Go away,” “Here, Bill,” and “Go away. Bill.” lie picked up, “Here, Bill,” from my mother calling our dog.
I BELIEVE the first thing to think about in starting a kennel is whether you have some time available, regularly, that you do not have to figure at too high a price per hour. The second is, “Do you like to work with dogs? Can you really enjoy the detail work of caring for them?”
THE old saying has become trite, “Blood will tell.” Here is a picture of Junedale Allie, winner of the Associated Amateur Championship of three years ago, winner of the Continental Subscription Stake of 1930, and a half-dozen or more other well-earned places in lesser field trials.
THE hunting dog of forty years ago, whether pointer or setter, was a retriever instinctively. He hunted intelligently from his first day afield, and with limited experience pointed and retrieved with no training whatever. The average hunting dog of today is born with the speed mania, and it is next to impossible to steady him down, although some claim it can be done.
Editor Dog Department:—I have a springer spaniel of very good breeding and would like to have you recommend a reliable trainer; one that understands the training of spaniels from A to Z. She is about six months old.—L. W. S., Ill.
Question:—My six-month-old German shepherd dog has warts in his mouth. I had him operated on about two weeks ago, and he now has new warts where the others were removed, and in some places more than formerly. This puppy cost a nice sum, and I would like to have a goodlooking dog when matured.
Editor:—When a poisonous snake strikes, say, a rabbit, for food, does he strike with his fangs and inject his venom into the rabbit? If so, is the snake himself immune to the poison? Is it possible for the snake to strike and hold the rabbit without the use of his fangs?