H. G., CALIF.:—You will find some excellent hunting in the Sierra Madres, state of Chihuahua, Mexico. I believe you would do well to make Chihuahua City your headquarters. Of course there are a number of other towns, including many small, obscure places, where you might outfit.
WHETHER I have been exceptionally fortunate in seeing incidents on the game trails which few seem to have witnessed, I can not say. Experiences of mine which may seem unique may, after all, be paralleled in the experience of other bush wanderers, less able to describe them.
I WAS trying to build a fire. Building fires is a sort of mania with me, especially in the gray, cold light of the dawn. And in this particular instance there were some 8 or 10 inches of powdery snow on the ground, and the place where I was trying to erect my blaze was on the rocky, brushy bank of the Boise River in southern Idaho.
DOES THE PUBLIC WANT CATTLE AND SHEEP OR WILD GAME ON ITS PUBLIC DOMAIN?
Arthur Hawthorne Carhart
THERE has been some gigantic bungling, some colossal mishandling, of western game. The disjointed forces that have been responsible for this mishandling are still slogging along in their rutty course, massacring the remnants, obliterating the last rear guard of the uncounted hundreds of thousands of game animals that formerly ranged our western mountains.
WHEN a wild turkey leaves any place, he seems to have made up his mind to get off the earth. He has as high a vanishing power as a golf ball does when a dumb-bell drives it, or a hunting husband does when his wife, getting her dates badly mixed, suggests that they throw a bridge party on the opening day.
THE STORY OF A BIG GAME HUNT IN THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS OF WYOMING
Monroe H. Goode
WHEN my first big game hunt was brought to a close at Cody, Wyo., in the fall of 1919, I immediately started making plans for a return engagement the next season, but, alas, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men—” etc. It was seven years before these plans matured, and that is a long time to delay a hunting trip.
THE title to this article has been advisedly selected. We owe Colonel Lieber a retraction and an apology in the spirit in which a sportsman should treat another. When we printed, in our October issue, Mr. H. H. Evans’ article assailing Colonel Lieber’s administration of the business of the Indiana Conservation Commission, of which body he is the director, we believed the charges contained therein to be true.
THE natural habits and traits of the white-tailed deer have been the subject of more differences of opinion than the Eighteenth Amendment. Does the buck shed his antlers each year? Are deer ever dangerous? These and many other questions are the cause of many a heated argument.
EVERYONE agrees that the 1929 Nova Scotia salmon fishing was the worst in many years, because of the lack of rain and the low water. An ancient fish warden on the Margaree said the river was the lowest in fifty years. And yet we had rare days of sport !
TABLE 2. STOMACH CONTENTS OF ABOUT 50,000 COYOTES, FROM FIELD REPORTS. FIVE YEAR PERIOD—1924-1928 (INCLUSIVE)
W. C. Henderson
THE oldest records of ancient man show that from the beginning he had to engage in a never-ceasing struggle with other forms of animal life. The flesh of fishes, birds, and easily killed mammals furnished his food, and their skins provided his clothing.
HI THERE!" John Palouse, brandishing a pitchfork in one hand and a 10-gallon hat in the other, topped the rise like a dust storm, and came charging down to the roadway. Between shouts he gave vent to his rage in words unmentionable in public print.
NO SOONER had my two assailants realized that they had overpowered me than they began a wild and almost unreasonable search of my pockets. They shouted madly as they searched, and they pushed and pulled me about the floor.
SHOULD I set down, in chronological order, a list oí all the “big ones” that have gotten away during my career as a bass fisherman, I am sure that my readers would not recommend me to Diogenes as an honest man. I had related so many instances of a big North Carolina bass that had gotten away from me, that my friends would ask, when I would return from my regular trips after bass, “Did the ‘Old Master’ strike again today?”
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.
IN OUR October number, we printed an article by H. H. Evans, entitled, “Conservation in Indiana— A Political Racket.” The article assailed Colonel Richard Lieber, the head of Indiana’s Conservation Commission, and we have been criticized in a number of quarters.
BECAUSE Old World stock, as in the case of the horse, the cow, the pig, and most of the high-ranking cultivated fruits, has so often proven superior in hardiness and adaptability, it is natural for one to turn first to Europe and Asia when considering possible sources of game birds for acclimatization in the United States, says W. L. McAtee, senior biologist of the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey, in a circular on the naturalization of alien birds in the United States, just issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
I am an interested reader of your good magazine, but feel that I must take issue with you in the campaign you are waging against the Biological Survey. I hold no brief for the Bureau. I do not claim it is infallible, and do not claim it is 100 per cent efficient.
I am getting worried about the Alaska brownies, and I can't quite understand all this fuss. From what I hear way down here, something has gone wrong with the boys up there. Nothing but the newest, stinkingest, rankest kind of a chechahco ever shoots a bear, unless it's in the prime, and your average old-time sour dough will pass one up then.
I am following with considerable interest this latest controversy on bear protection. As a former long-time resident of the West, and an ex-member of the Forest Service. I feel that my experience may entitle me to a peg or two at the button.
WILL the Nebraska Game Commission be operating insect hatcheries in the future? From scientific studies now being made by the Commission, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that hatcheries will be built where countless millions of tiny aquatic insects will be raised and dumped into nursery ponds as food for young fish.
CARLOS AVERY, naturalist, president of the American Game Protective Association and secretary of the American Fisheries Society, died suddenly, October 5, of apoplexy at his home at Rockville Centre, L. I. Mr. Avery was born in Illinois sixty-two years ago.
FOR years I have carried fishing tackle in the back of my car. There has always been a rod or two, gayly colored floats, some leaders, and plenty of hooks of various sizes—for I always wanted to be ready to agree to go fishing, no matter when or where the invitation was received.
Kindly allow me to make a few comments on the article appearing in June issue of OUTDOOR LIFE called, “Trolling for Lake Trout”: In your article you fail to mention the fact that there are several lakes in the Arrowhead country of northeastern Minnesota, located, I believe, in Lake and Cook Counties, that have lake trout.
HERE’S a hint: When there’s a change of the wind, such as a shift of the wind during the night from an easterly or nor’easterly quarter into the west or sou’west, get on the stream or lake just as quickly as you possibly can. Go fishing then. And if there’s a slight cloudiness and a soft, balmy feel of the air, all the better.
THIS is a diagram of a hook for frog fishing bait and is called “Hopp’s hook” because it was made by Mr. Hopp, a veteran frog fisherman who is now dead. I don’t think this is made by any company, and as I find it an excellent one I wish others to profit also:
Editor:—I have just started to fly cast, having been a bait caster for about thirty years. The question on what side of the rod the handle of the fly casting reel should be placed is bothering me. I am right-handed and I notice most of the new fly casting reels with agate guide made for the line to run through are intended for the handle to be on right side, operated with the right hand.
SOME ten years ago, when the outboard motor industry was in that stage of its infancy when it was just beginning to talk—and to be talked about —a salesman went to Florida. Even a casual glance at the map showed no lack of water—there were the ocean, rivers, and lakes aplenty.
IT DOESN’T particularly matter whether it's two months old or ten years, the chances are that your outboard motor can stand a going-over. There is perhaps no better application of that time-worn proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine.” There are two ways of going about it.
PERHAPS you’re thinking of putting a motor on that old rowboat next spring. Maybe you need a new boat. Possibly you are undecided as to whether you should get a big outboard-powered craft, or a small inboard job. There are a hundred and one problems that might confront you as you sit by the fire and dream of those outdoor days to come.
IT IS required that larger motor boats, used on navigable waters, must be registered with the Bureau of Navigation of the Department of Commerce. This makes available an accurate census of the number of such boats. On Dec. 31, 1929, there were 241,040 such boats registered.
Editor:—I made a canvas cover for my 16-foot boat. The cover fits snugly, but the duck was not preshrunk. I wish to waterproof this cover. Will this waterproofing guard against shrinkage? Give me a formula which can very readily be prepared.
TWENTY years ago I slept in the tepee of Sammy Crow, a Lake Superior Reillo Indian, who had enough of the progressive spirit to adopt this winter home of the northwest tribes as his own. Sammy had made an overland journey to Vancouver and back, and the tepee was one of the ideas that returned with him.
There’s a lure within the cloudland And the hills are calling too— There’s a witchery in the forest There’s a charm high in the blue— There’s the silver winding river Ever tempting, ever new And the high inspiring mountains And the broad soul-filling view— There’s the captivating roadway Ever changing, ever new And the siren song of meadows When the sun comes o’er the hilltops And they sparkle in the dew.
THE first thing to do after you have killed your squirrel, rabbit, duck, grouse, or pheasant is to remove the entrails. The sooner you do this, the better the meat will taste when cooked. I know some hunters like to hang birds up by their tails and let them hang until the weight pulls the feathers loose and they drop.
Dehydrated meats, vegetables, and their extracts solve the problem of keeping down bulk and weight on outdoor trips, especially hiking back from the motor trails or canoe routes. An 8-ounce can will serve a party of four or five, for these preparations swell to four or five times their concentrated bulk.
ON LONG automobile trips the canteen set is essential, and is best carried as illustrated, between the front ends of the frame members, occupying the perpendicular space of about 10 inches between the front axle and the lower radiator shell.
I MIGHT have put the question this way: With what gun have you shot best? Because I’d like anyone who feels willing to tell me, from a long or short experience, just what gun has served him best. I’d like to know the make, the kind of gun, whether double, pump, or automatic.
THERE are just two ways to make a full choked gun barrel suitable for hunting quail and snipe. One way is to use a reamer or lapping tool, and open it up into a modified or improved cylinder. The other is to leave the barrel as it is and shoot your small birds with the special “spreader” shells loaded by all ammunition factories.
I have known but few hunters who kept records of shotgun work—few who would even estimate a season’s average on quail or ducks—except, of course, the “blowhard” breed, and they don't count. And I believe that most really good shots would be disappointed if they knew their averages over a considerable period, taking good and bad days.
I am enclosing a picture of a very interesting old gun I picked up in the mountains of North Carolina. This old gun is a muzzle loader, over and under, about 20 bore. The only name on same appears on the lock, which reads J. & W. Aston, which evidently is merely the maker of the lock.
For some months I have not been able to do any experimenting with shotguns, but the reading of an article in September, 1930, OUTDOOR LIFE, called “Experiments with Cutts Compensator,” by E. A. Price, also some comments on the compensator by Charles Askins in his article, “A Shotgun Miscellany,” gave me the pencil itch, and that is how this all came about.
Few people, even in these scientific times, have correct understanding of the relationship of the caliber (diameter of bore) and the gauge (number of soft lead spheres, just fitting the caliber, necessary for 1 pound). They may have heard that caliber .662 inch requires sixteen spheres to 1 pound; and caliber .729 will take soft lead spheres twelve of which make a pound; but when it comes to figuring out correctly what gauge is 1 inch caliber, what caliber is 4 gauge, what gauge is our tiny .410 caliber bore, or what gauge is 12 mm., they are all at sea.
Editor:—I am going to buy myself a 12 gauge Remington automatic for ducks and doves; for doves more than ducks, for when the season is near its close the doves are so wild that if you get within 50 yards of a dove you are doing well. What length of barrel would you suggest?
PROBABLY it is safe to assume that, with the exception of the modern Springfield, the Krag has suffered more assaults from amateur gunsmiths than any other weapon. It is equally probable that many old-timers who have graduated to the bald-headed and Griffin and Howe class will give a snort of disgust at sight of an article such as this, and pronounce it, “Old stuff! Read it all years ago!”
I WISH to stress the necessity of really good, accurate sights for best results in either target or game shooting. It is a pleasure to use a heavy six-gun that you can easily and quickly adjust for your pet load. It is a perfect abomination to use the ordinary revolver without target sights, with which you almost always have to aim off your game in some direction and to an estimated amount to hit.
THE .22 caliber, on account of its small bore, obviously presents more of a cleaning problem than any other. One of the standing rules in the cleaning of firearms is that the arm should not be cleaned from the muzzle. This, however, can not be avoided in the cleaning of the revolver.
THE most simple target holder is made by tying a square of cheesecloth. stretched flat, between small trees, and pinning the targets on it. But this need of suitably placed trees is too limiting. A better way is to thrust two stakes through a gunny sack and into the ground.
I like guns— guns that I can use and afford to use. Not many of us can afford to use rifles of high power, and have no use for them if we could, unless for an occasional few shots on the rifle range. I am not knocking the high-powered rifle—far from it.
Get the Winchester Model 52 Rifle With Lyman No. 5A Telescope Sight
Col. Townsend Whelen
Editor:—Having been a consistent reader of OUTDOOR LIFE for a number of years, I am taking this occasion to ask you a few questions and assure you of my sincere appreciation of your cooperation. At this time I am considering the purchase of a Savage .25-20 or .32-20 Sporter, and am rather unable to come to a choice between them.
DEER Geo (or Editur) :—Aint it fierce to be dum. Here i am all balled up again about a lot of talk goin a round about is the B. S. (which also stands for Bi-illogical Survey) reely poisonin varmints, or is it game birds & animals an dogs what gets it.
Kindly note the Associated Press dispatch to the effect that the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has approved for submission to the legislatures of all states a firearms act which forbids carrying a concealed weapon “except in one's place of abode or fixed place of business,” without a license.
Hats off to Ashley Haines for his remarks in your October number regarding the alleged “doin’s” of Doc Carver and the wonderful (?) things that Raymond Thorp claims he has seen one of Quantrill’s guerrillas do. In the first place, any rifle shooter with any brains at all knows very well that such a feat as Carver claims to have done —landing six shots from a .44 Winchester, Model 1873, on a buffalo, at 200 yards, and hearing all six shots strike said buffalo, then taking the gun down from his shoulder to watch the bullets hit—well, of all the damphool claims any man ever made, that takes the entire bakery.
We read a great deal about too small caliber guns and poorly placed shots leaving a lot of game, especially deer, in the woods to die a lingering death and then rot. This is indeed bad. But is this not almost as bad? We operate a cold storage plant, and for years we have allowed the local hunters who were successful in getting their deer to hang it in storage without charge.
A doe protecting geese was a new one to me. Is it new to you? We keep twelve decoy geese at a ranch on the Palo Duro Canyon, where the owner, Mr. Cox, has a tame buck and doe white-tailed deer. These deer and our geese have been together in the same pasture for about seven months.
Tou seem to have some one on your staff with a grudge against newspapers, or some one with an infallibility-superiority complex, whose efforts I believe distinctly distasteful to a portion of your readers. You repeatedly print news stories or excerpts for the purpose of ridicule.
Miniature Boat Building, by Albert C. Leitch. Norman W. Henley Pub. Co., New York. 235 pages, illustrated. $3. A concise, practical treatise covering in detail the construction of working models of eleven famous racing, sail and power boats and their power plants; model making in general, its history, latest simplified methods, etc.
ANOTHER of the old-time sportsmen has gone to “the happy hunting grounds.” Webster L. Marble, founder and president of the Marble Arms & Mfg. Co., of Gladstone, Mich., passed away during the last month at his hunting lodge on Round Lake, Mich.
IT IS almost a question of playing upon a one-stringed lute when it comes to this subject of style on point. I have alluded to it frequently; too frequently some may think, but, if it is the highest type of performance that we are seeking in the finished bird dog, then this quality is one of the esthetic requirements, especially to those who are fastidious and place artistic performance over the mere matter of filling the game bag.
TYING is always an unnatural condition for the dog, not conducive to exercise or freedom of motion, and provides much too limited a territory. It should never be done for any considerable length of time, and only as a last resort. Pens, especially pens of goodly size, approximate some of the advantages of freedom without some of its dangers.
THE setter or pointer that has a flawless nose, and has not been ruined by imperfect training or an inexperienced teacher, will point his birds, especially bevies, with a high head, and show absolute rigidity and intensity. The habitual false pointer or one that feels his way tentatively with nose to the ground when he strikes the foot scent of birds is afflicted either with impaired olfactory organs or he has acquired this uncertainty of action on game through overcautioning or severe punishment by his trainer.
Editor:—I have just bought a cocker spaniel and will thank you if you will answer the following questions: (1) What kinds of game hunting is the cocker spaniel best suited for? (2) My dog was the smallest of the litter. Does that make any difference?
Question:—My dog has sarcoptic mange. Advise treatment.—D. P. T., Fla. Answer:—Give the dog a sponge bath two times a week in a 2 per cent Kreso dip solution. Apply sparingly once daily a mixture of 3 ounces powdered sulphur in 1 pint carbonized lubricating oil.
Question:—I have been keeping up with your department for a good while now and most of the queries and answers are concerned with reptiles from the Middle States and to the West Coast regions. I would like to know a few particulars as to the habits of the southern moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus).