W. P. P., CONN.-Your letter, pertaining to a bear huntin Pennsylvania, was referred to me, and in reply will advise that you can find good bear and deer hunting about 30 miles north of Bloomshurg, in the northern part of Columbia County, and Sullivan County as well, which adjoins on the north.
SECTIONALISM in any narrow sense has no place in game conservation. Yet sportsmen can not but note the progressiveness, the vision, the lack of mugwumpery, of the Western Association of State Game and Fish Commissioners. Like westerners traditionally, when they have arrived at a conclusion they state it.
PRESENTING SOME STARTLING FACTS AND FIGURES ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SHEEP AND WILD LIFE ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS
Arthur Hawthorne Carhart
Editorial Note:—Mr. Carhart, a well-known author, as well as a sportsman and conservationist, was a member of the U. S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain District, for four years (1919-1922 inclusive) and has made a special study, at the request of the Editor of Outdoor Life, of the important question here discussed.
SAWBACK LAKE, a turquoise gem set in a cirque of spruce-clad peaks, fed by a singing stream that rushes by cataract and canyon from the ice fields at its head, is at certain times an angler’s paradise.
ACCORDING to an old English custom, instead of going to church on Christmas morning, we went deer hunting. As the whole affair was typical of this type of southern sport, yet unique in its thrilling details, an account of it seems worth recording.
SOME time ago, a New York judge, in voicing his approval of antipistol laws, remarked that the pistol and revolver were weapons of the criminal, and none but criminals could use them effectively. From the ridiculous stories told of the marksmanship of old-time western outlaws and gunmen, it is very evident that many others share in this opinion.
I TRAVELED a thousand miles to spend four days fishing with Fred. The first three days of that fishing trip made me want to dig a big hole and sink all my tackle in it. But the first hour of the last day gave me enough fishing so that I don't care if I never catch another fish-until the next time!
I STRONGLY dislike the rhinoceros, and that not merely on aesthetic grounds. His crass stupidity and chronic truculence are nearly always annoying, and, although I enjoy the spice of the “unexpected,” the rhino’s efforts in that direction are almost invariably overdone.
ONCE there were three bears—.” So began the entertaining and fanciful tale of our childhood; a tale that filled us with wonder, not so much at the remarkable accomplishments of the three bears, as at their magnanimity in sparing little Goldilocks.
JAY and I were winding up the 1928 trout season at one of my favorite haunts on a tributary of the Manistee River, Michigan, with a three-day fishing trip. While on the stream the first day, I frequently heard grouse flush in the cover adjoining.
THE hunting close at hand on Vancouver Island was not good, so we decided to go up to the old stamping ground on Miller Creek, that had never failed. There were deer enough, yes, but these blacktails of the slashings in the back yard of the settlements were all postgraduates in venery.
BECAUSE he will thrive in contact with civilization and cultivated farm lands so long as his natural cover is not destroyed, the bobwhite may live on to perpetuate the sport of wing shooting when such game as grouse and wild turkeys are mere memories of the past.
THERE’S bad water between here and Branson, mister, and I reckon you all’ll never make it in that ’ere rig.” I glanced sharply at the speaker, a grimy, barefoot boy of perhaps twelve years, who had just come up to watch us load our duffle and supplies into our moored canoe.
CURRITUCK SOUND is perhaps the best known of any of the migratory wild fowl shooting grounds. To shoot from sink or blind in Currituck is a rare privilege. To have an old - timer guide you makes it doubly so. On a day in late November, I was doubly fortunate in having both the pleasure of shooting from a blind on Currituck and in having an old-timer for a guide.
THOUSANDS of American city dwellers are trying to own homes in the country. Many want to stay there permanently ; others want to work in the city, but live in the country. Every year finds more and more outdoor life lovers, but the great difficulty is to find profitable employment in the country.
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.
THE battle to take Michigan conservation affairs out of politics, or perhaps, better still, to take politics out of conservation, goes back a long way. And because the battle seems pretty well won at last, and because the sportsmen of the state have borne the brunt of each successive charge, perhaps the story of the long campaign will be of interest and help to the sportsmen of other states where victory is still remote.
WHEN pheasants eat your berries, tomatoes, and melons, there is something to be done about it besides shooting the birds. The process of shooting, besides being illegal, is highly discomforting to the birds as a rule, and really should not be indulged in.
CONSERVATION of the wild life, scenic beauty, and natural resources of the three Pacific coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California is the purpose of the Pacific Sportsmen’s Association. recently formed at Eugene, and which will have its headquarters at Roseburg, according to Capt.
Editorial Note:—We present herewith the resolutions of the Indiana Izaak Walton League, which did not reach us in time for the December issue. FROM THE REPORT OF THE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE OF THE INDIANA DIVISION OF THE I. W. L. A., ASSEMBLED IN THE ANNUAL MEETING IN GARY, IND., ON OCT. 23 AND 24, 1930 THE following excerpts include all parts of the report of the resolutions committee which either directly or indirectly refer to the conduct of the Conservation Department of Indiana.
From time to time I have read articles from different parts of the country regarding the Hungarian partridge. In the spring of 1913 there were a number of pairs of these partridges released in this vicinity in northwestern Ohio. Apparently they multiplied rapidly, and each fall seemed to show a substantial gain.
IN THE first place, fly fishing, among the majority of beginners, is largely misunderstood. Long casts are expected when really the short line, worked conscientiously about those places where the bass lurk, would be far more effective.
“INCH for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims.” These words were written by one of America’s most noted sportsmen in regard to the small-mouth black bass of fresh water, but what would the famous Dr. Henshall have said, had he ever connected with the larger cousin of the small-mouth, the “striper,” in salt, brackish, or fresh water, if at the time he were using ordinary trout tackle, a fly, and a light fly rod?
THE staining of a fishing rod is not such a difficult trick if you know how. Bamboo fiber is very dense and nonporous, so that ordinary stains do not penetrate, and methods which are successful on wood do not work on cane. Many wood-staining methods require the wood to be treated with acids or strong alkalies, and even soaked for some time or boiled in them.
AN EAST wind blowing will send me back home without wetting a line. I have never caught fish worthy of mention, have never seen any caught, or heard anyone say he has caught any of account, with an east wind blowing. I use this time to repair tackle, splice lines and leaders, rewrap and varnish rods, or stand on a sloping rock alongshore, and experiment with baits, so that future days with rod and reel might prove profitable against the pikes, bass, and trout.
A BURNT-OUT automobile headlight bulb makes the best float I have ever found for catching small fry and for all still fishing. The metal part of the bulb sinks below water line and holds bulb in upright position. Each nibble is registered, and I have found that more fish can be taken with this bobber than with others.
Editor:—I have a lot of trouble with my tackle lately, in keeping such things as copper and brass spoons from tarnishing. They will not keep polish long. I have tried spar varnish, but it will not last long. I have tried spar varnish, but it will not last long.
WELL, here’s your chance, you amateur, would-be boat builders ! You’ve been wanting a hammer and saw job for these long winter evenings, and something to improve your batting average on those fishing trips next summer. Here is the outline of a so-called boat.
THE 1930 Outboard Motor National Championships were held at Middletown, Conn., on October 12 and 13, under the sponsorship of the Connecticut River Outboard Regatta Association. The Eastern Division Championships were held the day before.
THE first step in the successful manufacture of skins and furs at home is to skin the animal properly. Every boy who has trapped knows which animals are skinned open and which are cased, but it may be advisable to briefly name the species falling under each classification.
ONE of the first safety elements is to have the right equipment. When in doubt, never buy a canoe smaller than an 18-foot guide’s model. For shooting crooked rapids, a 16-footer is better, but it should have at least a 26-inch beam, be quite flat, and of course not have a keel.
THE trapper running his trap line will bivouac in a tent with open front, with a big log fire whose heat is reflected into the tent, and its slant roof in turn reflects the heat down onto the bed. On a protracted snowshoe or ski trip, schedule the tour in a region where log cabins are available for night shelter, if possible, as the average tyro is not inured to the severe physical ordeal of sleeping outdoors in winter.
THE natives of the Far North use eye coverings which entirely shut out the light except a narrow slit through which they see. Some use smoked glass goggles, while still others smear their faces with grease and lampblack to break the glare. It is common among mountain climbers to use actor’s grease paint for this purpose.
TAN may be quickly acquired from the reflected rays of the sun from the snow, even on dull, overcast days, and unless protected the eyes are very easily inflamed, leading to blindness. The symptoms are interference with sight, flowing of tears, the whites of the eyes are bloodshot, the lids swollen, often pus discharging from the lids, and this is highly contagious.
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An Emergency Gun Cleaner
Retrieving Dead Ducks
IT IS often difficult to pack cleaning rods in camp or on a hard trail. Buy a leather shoe lace about 5 feet long and cut a slit ½ inch long in the center. Drop one end of the lace through your gun barrel, push a rag through the slit, and scrub back and forth.
PICTURE yourself standing, rifle in hand, on the brow of a high, steep hill in such rough country as harbors most of America’s game in these later days. Down below you, at the foot of the slope or the slide, his back all red or gray, with no white showing, is a deer.
I have always liked to fool with handguns, and have had one or more around the place for several years. I am not an expert shot with guns of this kind, and in a contest with average good shots I would probably never receive "honorable mention," but I use a revolver quite a bit, especially during the winter season.
WE ARE occasionally reminded that our native milkweed and mullein are embraced in the category of ornamental plants in the gardens of the Old World. My wife, who is possessed of a working knowledge of botany and some skill in floral culture, recently transplanted two or more odd flowering weeds from a near-by hedgerow.
I read both Mr. Bradley’s and Mr. Leslie Simpson’s stories about what happens to bullets when they hit something tough (an elephant). Their experiences have both been the same as mine. There isn’t a bullet made that will stand up and penetrate straight, to always kill an elephant with a frontal shot.
IF BOBBY JONES had not developed a form that is the envy of all who tread the golf links, he would never have risen to the pinnacle of success at his chosen sport. If big Bill Tilden had used the tactics, the methods, and the technique of the court of thirty years ago, he would never have achieved his recent years of success at tennis.
I am a gun crank and have had a good many pistols. I am not the best shot in the world, but can do fair work with some, and some I can’t. I am a deputy sheriff here. I mostly work nights. I have two one-hand guns. One is a .38 Smith & Wesson, 5-inch barrel.
DON’T misunderstand the title. This doesn’t mean shooting game out of season. On the other hand, most of us do not like to wait from the time that the duck season ends until the fall shooting season starts, to limber up with the smooth bores. For this reason we take to the trap, either standard trap shooting or skeet.
In the October number of OUTDOOR LIFE in your department, “Shotgun Queries,” you refer to a gun that had too low a comb, and state, “I put in a lot of time trying to build up the comb, and then sold the gun.” I think I have solved the trouble for those of us who can not afford to have a gun restocked.
As a reader of your magazine and a lover of guns and shooting, I would like to ask and to know the opinions of other gun users of the .410 adaptors that can be used in standard 12 gauge, and I believe 16 and 20 gauge double or single guns. I saw these adaptors mentioned in one of your issues.
Much dogma based on “time-honored tradition,” or on superficial observation, is frequently handed out to us as to when a pattern made by a scatter gun ceases to be any good on ducks, irrespective of skill in pointing. We are assured that as a 100 pellet pattern in 30-inch circle at 60 yards is necessary, a pattern of, say, eighty-five is of no earthly use.
I am inclosing a drawing, as near as I can make it, of what would be a cross-section view of a brass shell I picked up in the road away back in 1874. I was a boy of ten then, and this was the first shot shell I had ever seen, and is the only one of the kind I have ever seen.
Calculating Theoretical Lead Useless in Actual Practice
Brush Shells Not Recommended
Choose the 30-Inch Barrel
How to Prepare for Trap Shooting
I am making some calculations that possibly you could help me with. Not that I think it will improve my shooting any, but simply because I want to know what actually happens when I shoot at a duck under different conditions, and map out those conditions on paper and in figures.
Concerning Carver, Munchhausen and the Northfield Shooting
A. J. Walsmith
The boys must have gotten a good kick out of the late Thorp series on Doc Carver, which are still a-going in other publications. People have to be entertained, and one way to do it is for a clever performer to resurrect some dead hero and glorify him with tales of his exploits.
DEER Geo. (or editor) :—Campin in a place like this sure makes u think about yur sins—wich line of thot leads to sinners. An meby that led to my thinkin about the Bi-illogical Survey wich for short an truth—i will designat as B. S. No Geo. i dont want u to git the idea by my letters that the B. S. is all bad.
In the August issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, I read a letter from Dr. H. M. Beck, entitled, “A Worthy Defense of the Fox.” There are foxes and there are foxes, and they are different while they are similar. There is a vast difference between the habits of the gray fox and the red fox when it comes to their attacking game, whether it be birds or animals.
I had just finished looking them over when the postman came with my subscription expiration notice. There they were—a mixed, tangled assortment of feather hooks and bucktails, dumped on the floor of my room. They had reposed in their moth-proof can since last fall, until a few successive days of early spring weather brought a vague uneasiness that directed my restless wanderings about the house to their half-forgotten resting place.
Probably this stalking grizzly was also jumping from tree to tree, to keep hidden until he could POUNCE upon his luckless human prey! This thrilling nature fable is part of a letter from A. McConnochie, game warden of Alberta, regarding the exploits of Dan C. Byck.
IN EVERY well-bred coon hound puppy is the dormant instinct to hunt and trail. After the yard lessons have been well learned, the best plan to follow will be to take the puppy into the woods and allow him to poke around, investigate and become used to woods sights and smells.
One of the most famous speeches ever made by the late Senator Vest of Missouri was made in the course of the trial of a man who had wantonly shot a dog belonging to a neighbor. Vest represented the plaintiff, who demanded $200 damages. When Vest finished speaking, the jury, after two minutes’ deliberation, awarded the plaintiff $500.
THEY call them German short-hairs, German pointers, and every-use dogs, but, if the versatility of the variety is to be taken into consideration, then the latter term is the more appropriate, although the "Field Dog Stud Book" recognizes them under the appellation first named.
Question:—My dog likes tobacco. Is it good for worms ? He sheds continuously. Advise treatment.—H. W. A., Minn. Answer:—The vermifuge activity of tobacco is so slight, and the toxic effect on the dog unaccustomed to its use is so violent, it is not recommended.
In June I took a trip to the Ozarks to visit some friends and do a little fishing. One of the boys has been hunting, trapping, and fishing all of his life, and recently was appointed state wolf trapper. To do wolf tracking near his home he uses a pack of six or seven trained hounds.
The other day while walking on an old road, I found myself standing within 6 inches of a 4½-foot coiled rattlesnake. I killed it, but why didn’t it strike or rattle? It did not move after I moved away. After I killed it I picked it up and it was warm.