OUR “Where To Go Department” is operated through the assistance of many hundred public-spirited sportsmen, each familiar with a certain section of the country. These experts personally reply to letters from our readers with regards to the districts in which they specialize.
IN FAR western Alaska, with only the narrow Alaska Peninsula and the turbulent waters of Shelikof Strait separating it from the Bering Sea, lies the rugged, beautiful island of Kodiak. When Stephen Glotoff, a Russian freebooter, presumably the first white man to set foot on Alaskan soil, landed on Kodiak, he little knew that he was landing on the island that was the home of the largest flesh-eating animal in the world.
MANY northern light tackle fishermen who want to try salt water fishing have it all wrong. They go to Florida with the mistaken notion that fishing down there is only for the wealthy. They think that a fellow has to step into a pretty nice boat, strike out for the open ocean, and fight rough water all day long, to get a string of fish.
FOR over twenty years OUTDOOR LIFE has been fighting for bear protection, led by its founder and publisher, J. A. McGuire. Much has been accomplished, and, when one considers that twenty states have finally given the bear some measure of protection, the prospect for saving this fine sporting animal from near-extinction would seem to be very favorable.
SEITZ LAKE was a little different. All around it were sloughs that were shallow enough to be waded. They had cover for blinds, but not Seitz Lake. Deep and clear and almost devoid of vegetation, except, of course, along the shore, it was a place for canvasback, redhead, or bluebill.
THERE’S a variety of bass hidden in the very heart of the hundreds of Florida swamps, called prairies by the Floridians, that for size, cussedness, unex-pectedness, and the sport offered in the number of ways they can be taken beats anything that I’ve ever run into while fishing for bass.
DO NOT confuse the Mexican whitewinged dove with certain sad-looking individuals, white-denim-clad, pushing rather coarse, be-whiskered brushes through the streets of our larger cities. Also make no mistake and think of Paloma cantador, as the Mexicans term him, as being a mourning dove.
IN 1927 the Michigan legislature passed the Horton Trespass Act, and that year, for the first time, the hunters of the state were confronted with a serious threat against free hunting. The Horton Act made it unlawful to hunt with firearms, dogs, or in any other manner, on farm lands or farm wood lots, or on inclosed lands of any hunting club or game preserve, without the consent of the owner, and provided a $10 to $50 fine for violators.
OLD DAD LIGHTFOOT, who seems as old as the hills he loves and almost as indestructible, lives way up in the back country of Idaho, right on the backbone of the continent. Chasing smoke for the Forest Service during the summer, and mink and fox and coyote pelts for himself during the winter, old Dad seems to do pretty well toward financing his not overly expensive or overly luxurious existence.
JUST beyond Charlemont, the Mohawk Trail winds down out of the Berkshires in company with a chattering mountain stream. The wooded hills, towering on either hand, meet in a gorge so narrow that in many places man has had to notch his trail out of the side of the mountain.
THE distance from 6 below to 6 above is not so great, provided one could follow the course taken by the mercury—straight up through the tube, past the zero mark. However, there is usually more than one route by which an individual may arrive at a given point, or points, as it happens to be in this case—otherwise I would have no story to tell.
A THRILLING CHAPTER OF NARROW ESCAPES FROM MAN-KILLING SPOTTED CATS
W. S. Chadwick
IV. THE CUNNING OF THE LEOPARD SINCE I began to alienate a portion of my time from the rifle to the pen, I have isolated those experiences of my own which may be considered unusual, and have lost no opportunity of collecting similar rare reminiscences from other hunters—both white and black—with whom I have occasionally foregathered.
ASK any king, and he will tell you that the mere thought of creating a new empire in these days of dictators is simply suicidal. Nevertheless, that is the goal of the Quetico-Superior Council on behalf of the peoples of the United States and Canada.
MIKE MOOSE is an Indian—a full-blooded Chippewa Indian. He is chief of his settlement at Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis., and, even more important, he is also medicine man. And so Mike is qualified to speak with authority, and to relieve illness and distress, whether of mind or body.
WHEN we speak of deep fishing with hook and line, we naturally vision the broad and sluggish flow of such rivers as the Mississippi and the Ohio, where night line and hand pole fishing reaches its very zenith of perfection. For in these great pools lurk the giant catfish of story and history—the big shovelhead, the giant mud cat, and the delicious old blue or channel catfish.
I WANT it clearly understood at the outset that I hold no brief for any particular method of angling. I like casting with the short rod and multiplying reel, I turn my hand to trolling, sometimes I venture fishing with live bait, and have been known to hand-line once or twice.
TO get crawfish for bait fishing, use a 4-foot minnow seine in small creek pools where willows and brush hang over the water. Seine the deeper parts and sort the soft-shells out, then return the others to water for another season. If the amateur bait caster would only remember to keep the handle of the bait casting reel facing directly upward when starting the cast, there would be fewer backlashes and more accuracy displayed in casting.
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Repairing a Broken Rod
A Line Drier
IN THE December, 1930, issue of Anglers’ Kinks the Kink Editor was guilty of a mistake in the drawing illustrating T. E. Lipscomb’s line-leader fastening. Several readers have written in calling the Kink Editor’s attention to this mistake.
There is an artificial lake, a few miles from my house, stocked with rainbow trout and bass. It is a county park, and no boats are allowed on it. I have used worms, flies, spinners, plugs, and salmon eggs without results, but a friend of mine caught a 22-inch trout the first day of the season on night crawl ers.
THE outboard motor industry is probably as aggressive as any, not excepting radio, automobiles, or electrical devices. It can be counted upon, generally, to read correctly the trends of the times, and to introduce new models and refinements to meet the ever-changing demands of the boating public.
THIS is the story of a fictitious boy, an imaginary boat, and a phantom motor. No one boy, so far as I know, ever did all the things that Bob Blake does in this yarn, although it would be neither improbable nor impossible, for boys have, very likely, at different places, and on various occasions, used the schemes that he did to make some extra money.
I am building an outboard motor hydroplane of the simplest construction, having a length of 11 feet, a beam of 55 inches at its widest point, and 12 inches deep. It is flatbottomed, with straight sides, and the bow comes up to form a “sled nose.”
IN SPITE of the fact that we Americans are so overorganized with various clubs that in time they will threaten the very utility of home life, we would like to see the formation of a “Society for the Prevention of Hibernation.” Just as certain as the average man and woman will enter the fall season with the highest point of physical efficiency from the enforced healthful living of summer, so winter will find the individual existing in closed, stuffy rooms and reeking public places, their exercise limited to short journeys between one building and another.
THE cabin for the permanent camp of logs or simple frame construction is greatly improved by adding a fireplace. The ideal way is to build the cabin in the spring and add the fireplace in the fall, ready for winter use. From the standpoint of warmth and good fellowship, the fireplace finishes the job for a perfect outdoor rendezvous, and in it one can burn driftwood, dead tree branches, cord wood, or coal, if such is accessible.
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Steam Bath for Camp and Trail
A Bigger Cooking Surface for the Camp Stove
YOU can enjoy an excellent warm bath any time and any place there is wood and water, provided you have a couple of blankets or a tarp in your outfit. Dig a pit about a foot deep, a foot wide, and 2 feet long. Around this pit drive four stakes to form a square 3x3 feet.
A GENTLEMAN of high degree as a revolver shooter recently stated in print regarding the fabled “hammer-fanning” pistol shots of the Old Frontier: “There is nothing to this stunt except the vivid imaginations of certain writers of western tales.”
THERE are thousands of gun owners who would like to dress up the arms they own, but do not realize that with but little skill and expense they can do the job at home, in spare time. I do not mean by this that one ought attempt to engrave the receiver or remodel the rifle or shotgun as to drop of stock, length of barrel, etc.
THE halo of rifle shooting romance still lingers about the great single shot rifle actions of yesteryear. Because the single shot had an individuality of its own, and was the womb of nearly all ammunition improvement of the present day, it has continued to hold the affection of real riflemen.
IN YOUR current issue, I read with interest the article by Mr. Keith, "Light vs. Heavy Six-Guns,” and I voice my approval of it. From personal experience and observation, I can vouch for the correctness of every statement made. I was raised on the Texas border and I have seen light caliber guns tried and found wanting.
Questions answered by mail, only a small percentage being published. Write separate letter on (1) Rifles and Pistols and (2) on Shotguns. Data contained in catalogs readily obtainable gratis from manufacturers are not furnished; consult catalogs first.
SMITH & Wesson announce the production of a new .22 caliber small game and target revolver, to be known as the “K-.22” Outdoorsman’s revolver. It is a man-sized weapon built on the frame of their .38 Military and Police Target revolver. Revolvers built on this frame have long been noted for their splendid balance, comfortable grip, and convenient weight.
GOOD cartridges, suitable for the type of shooting in prospect, are just as essential to success afield as the proper gun. The gun will be the same, shot after shot, but such uniformity is impossible in the load, however much it might be desired.
EDITOR:—What a bully chance you give the “dear reader” to spout off a bit by your invitation in the December issue of OUTDOOR LIFE. I simply can not pass it by ! ! ! The ruling passion of my life has been duck shooting. I started camping, spring and fall, at the age of fifteen.
EDITOR:—Having been invited on short notice to participate in duck shooting on the Osage River of central Missouri, and having to purchase some shot shells for the occasion, I went to the only available place at that time in the morning, i. e., 3 a.
EDITOR:—I get a real kick out of your gun stories, not because I am an expert on ballistics, but because your writings conform to the experiences of the average gunman. Now, in reading your current issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, I find that we are pretty much alike in the guns we use at different periods of life.
Change in Length of Barrel Won’t Spoil Gun for Rabbit and Quail
Editor:—I have a 16 gauge Winchester pump gun which I bought second-hand, and I could never find out the real choke of this gun. Could you tell me how I could find this out? My wife has a 20 gauge Fox Sterlingworth, weighing about 5¾ pounds, which pumps pretty hard.
There has been a nice buck, which most of us hunters thought was a stag, ranging around Bald Mountain for the past two or three seasons, and several old hunters had shot at him several times, but he seemed to have a charmed life.
I have received your request for an accurate description of the killing of a grizzly by Dan Byck, of Louisville, Ky. We had secured our quota of sheep, goat, and caribou in the section of the big game country of Alberta in which we were hunting, and we decided to move to a lower section, where moose were more plentiful.
I have been doing a lot of hunting this fall, and the situation as to ducks is very saddening. Nowhere in California do I find or hear of even a minor fraction of the ducks that were here even last year. You got the limit reduced to a more reasonable rate—but I'm afraid you got the reduction too late.
THERE is no question but what the police officers of our cities, as a class, are very much undertrained in the use of the six-gun. The same fine sentiments which guide our country in preparing for war are applicable in the case of the police officers.
THERE seems to be more or less misapprehension among some classes of field, shooters as to what field trials— and especially amateur field trials—accomplish for the good (or ill?) of the bird dog. Usually, the most firm opinions are from those who never attended a field trial and, having formed certain theories, they condemn trials on general principles.
THE old idea that most anything may be fed to a dog probably had its rise in the days when most anything was fed, but when all dogs ran loose, foraged for some of their food, and if misfed on rations lacking in balance they were free to hunt for the lacking elements, and did so.
I wish to buy a trained beagle for rabbits; want one of the best young trained dogs it is possible to buy. Where can I get such a dog? Would you highly recommend the...... Kennels, of......?—D. D. S., Pa. Answer—You will find beagles and rabbit dogs advertised in our classified column.
Grooming, Bathing, and Brushing Will Improve the Coat
Treatment for Chorea
Question:—Quite frequently in raising beagle pups I observe a condition that comes from one month to five or six months of age. Their eyes become very sore, they refuse to eat, and die within just a few days. I notice no other symptoms. They seem to be healthy up to this time.
Question:—The nature of my experiments with snakes may strike you rather silly, Mr. Bevan, but so it is. I have tried to keep rats and other rodents alive (after being bit by the moccasin you sent me) by an injection of antidote, but without success.