H. S., ILL.:—Traveling north from Sault Ste. Marie, the first stream of importance is the Root river, which is crossed 4 miles out. Fair sport for speckled trout may be had here, but being so close to the city, it is visited by large numbers of anglers.
BY THE time you read this the teal will be winging in, and the first early mallards will bring their promise of the lightning hordes to follow. But this year, we are told, there will be no hordes, for the northern breeding grounds of the ducks have been dried up worse than ever before.
AT LAST the long-dreamed-of trip became possible. For many years I had wanted to go on a big game hunt in British Columbia. This year I talked to a friend, Ted McClellan of Los Angeles, who had hunted several times in the territory around Quesnel Lake in the Cariboo district.
SAY what you will,” persisted Henry, “he is the greatest of living authorities.” “It’s natural that you think so,” I retorted. “The judge is a trouter after your own heart. Every man to his fish.” “There’s something in that,” Henry admitted.
RAY was charged with hospitality and optimism. “Come the night before, as usual,” he urged, “so we can get out on the lake before sunrise.” “What for?” I wanted to know. “Why for ducks, of course!” This in mild surprise. “You mean coots,” I retorted, “skinny-legged birds with white noses.
ONLY 2 per cent of all the people who visit the national forests do we consider as users of them,” remarked the forest supervisor as we walked along the trail, seeking a site for a cabin. Ninety per cent more would like to know how to make use of them, at least at some periods of the year.
OUR camp on the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado was located about l/2 mile from the actual jump-off, with the great Kaibab Forest ___ as a background. For several days we had been unable to do much hunting on account of storm. Rain and flurries of snow had been falling day and night and at last broke up with a light fall of snow covering the ground several inches deep.
H0W about a little pot for the biggest fish today? A dollar, say.” I paused in pushing the boat into the current to look at Nate. That suggestion of his surprised me. Nate has a retiring manner and is not, usually, one to advance such propositions.
BEFORE I start an analysis of the article by Robert E. Clark appearing last month in these columns I wish to get some positive statements on record. Bob Clark, in my opinion, is one of the ablest forest supervisors in the Rocky Mountain District of the United States Forest Service.
HAP’S supple young body underwent several erratic and body violent underwent contortions and the muzzle of his light .22 repeater described a series of strange and intricate hieroglyphics as he sought to follow the antics of a gray squirrel and keep the sights aligned upon it as it took a gymnastic course through the tree tops.
LEAVING San Pedro Harbor one morning in February in an ocean-going, 110-foot cruiser, the Pacific welcomed us with a waving of whitecaps whipped up by a steady northerly gale which blew The sea was choppy and rough, and our boat needed to be a staunch and seaworthy craft in order to cope with the gathering storm.
RISE and shine !” Gus woke me up with some difficulty, and I rolled over in my sleeping bag, raised the flap and poked my head through the snow-house door. But a whiff of cold air, which cut like a breathful of razor blades, made me jerk it back again with a snap, I had seen enough though.
THE leopard incident had kept us busy all the morning and we spent the rest of the day fishing along the Athi River. We decided to move our camp up the river and started out before daybreak the next morning. About 9 o’clock the tracks of four big bulls crossed our trail.
BROOKE ANDERSON, ex-president Campfire Club of Chicago, member Federal advisory board Migratory Bird Treaty Act. J. F. CUENIN, journalist, trapshot and champion caster, aggressive in the protection of wild fowl on Pacific Coast. J. B. DOZE, ex-game warden of Kansas, sportsman, conservationist.
IN the MAKING the award for last year, the general condition in regard to the conservation of fish and game must be considered. Never before in the history of the world has a country so quickly changed from a primeval wilderness to a closely-settled country in which all available land was tilled, the forests were cut, and the industries putting into the streams an immense amount of industrial waste.
THE founder of the original Recreation magazine and its editor and proprietor for many years, the late Col. G. O. Shields, was active also in many other fields up to the time of his death, Nov. 11, 1925. Early in life he became interested in the study of wild animals and birds and followed that line of thought and investigation all his days.
“THE Cougar Hunt,” a one-reel motion picture sponsored by the Biological Survey, has been completed and released by the Office of Motion Pictures, U. S. Department of Agriculture. It shows how government hunters of predatory animals do their work, with special reference to the mountain lion, and portrays a thrilling lion hunt.
Text of Biological Survey Emergency Duck-Season Regulation
BECAUSE of disastrous conditions caused by prolonged drought, the season for hunting ducks, geese, brant, and coots throughout the United States and Alaska has been reduced to one month by an amendment to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act regulations, approved by the President.
EDITOR Outdoor Life:—There is a concerted movement now going on in California to exterminate the sea lions, of which we have two kinds, the California and the Stellar. The California cows weigh from 500 to 600 pounds, the bulls about 1,000.
THE Secretary of Agriculture has revoked orders that heretofore permitted hunting on Federal bird reservations at Salt River, Ariz. ; Big Lake, Ark.; Tule Lake, Calif.; Deer Flat, Idaho; Nine Pipe and Pablo, Mont.; Rio Grande, N. Mex. ; and Cold Springs, Ore.
THE Editor of OUTDOOR LIFE requested me to give you some further information on the new Maine bear-protection bill, which became effective on July 3, 1931. It provides that bear may only be taken during the open season on deer, which is from October 15 to November 30, inclusive.
EDITOR, Outdoor Life:—The writer has just returned from a bear-hunting trip up in Northern Maine and the following is first-hand information on the bear situation as I actually found it. I was successful in obtaining one fine specimen.
EVIDENTLY the governor of Wisconsin does not have a very high opinion of the fishermen of the Badger State—or else he has some mighty poor advisors. His veto of the 1931 legislature’s fishing license bill would indicate that all men in that state over twenty-one who like to fish are too poor to invest the price of 3 gallons of gasoline in better fishing.
IN ORDER to relieve a congested condition and to remove excess numbers of dear in Black Canyon, Ariz., the State Game Commission has ordered that within the following area, during the regular open season and under special supervision of the State Game Warden, two deer may be taken, only one of which may be a buck : bounded on the north by the divide between the Tom Moore Canyon and Diamond Creek ; on the west by the east fork of the Gila River between the mouth of Tom Moore Canyon and Alum Mountain ; on the south by the divide running from Alum Mountain to Copperas Peak and then around the head of Apache and Squaw Creeks, to a point 2 miles east of the Meason Place, thence northward across Black Canyon at the mouth of Bonner Canyon and on north to Meown Mountain.
hundred and SEVEN SEVEN BROOK TROUT AND SILVER SIDES! .Caught by Portland’s popular garageman, Mr. ' Epley (kit), and his party. Mr. L. I'. Lewis is the gentleman at right, with Mrs, Lewis next, and Mrs, Epley. Mrs. Lewis caught the largest fish—24 inches Song LOCATION? Oh, yes. East Lake near Bend, Oregon. DATE—Ma18 1031. Mr. Epky’s j garage is located at 82nd and East Stark Sc. Portland.
FOR SMALL rivers and shallow bass streams the 9-foot fly rod and its regular fly-fishing equipment is in my estimation the most satisfactory tackle that can be found. I have taken more and better fish from the swift rivers of the middle west with my old 9-foot split bamboo that weighs 5¾ ounces than with any other gear I have in my arsenal.
ONE of the most difficult fish to set the hook in is the pike that rushes the plug or spoon as it first strikes the water and, either through slow reeling or fast reeling, floats or skitters on the surface of the pool. In casting the wooden plug one usually finds that the lure is a floater when not being reeled.
A MAJORITY of the fishermen believe that when fall arrives it is time to put away their tackle. This is wrong. In my home town of Columbus Grove, located in the northwestern part of Ohio, there lives a retired farmer who is known as Frank Lugibill.
Editor:—Being a follower of bait casting rods and a user of plugs and spoons for about four years, and having fair success with them all at times, I would like to know why bait manufacturing companies do not make their plugs and other baits with detachable hooks.
TAKE a stiff wire or rod of ¼-inch thickness and 8 inches in length, bend one end into loop the diameter of rod handle and file other end to a point as in sketch “A.” Sketch “B” takes the same material, only 14 inches in length bent in U shape to meet thickness of rod.
WALL-EYED pike are generally supposed to spawn very early in the spring, but last spring, in late April, when the thickets were coming out in young leaf and the days were actually hot, I raised several fine, big pike, that were guarding their nests and spawn, with wooden plugs that had all the hooks removed.
LAST year a friend of mine shipped a 12 x 14-foot wall tent up to the North Woods to live in until he could build his log-cabin camp. He set the tent on a wooden floor made of 4-inch boards hauled from a sawmill 6 miles over in the timber. Using the same kind of lumber, he made wooden frames to support the side walls.
THERE is much controversy about the balance of a trout, or bass, fly rod. It should be fitted with reel line just as to be used, and the whole outfit should balance on your hand when placed at the upper end of the grip. Of course your reel is below the grip.
THIS handy camping and picnic accessory is simply an oblong wooden box built of 5/8-inch lumber and made 28 inches long, 19 inches high and 13 inches wide. The ingenious thing about it is the way the front and back are hinged to form a table top 28x30 inches and a shelf 28x12 inches in size respectively.
A MAJORITY of the inquiries received by the Boating Department have to do with plans for boats or some points on the actual construction. There are, of course, many types of boats just as there are many sizes of hills. Almost anybody can climb a small hill where the going is good.
A BIG FAT woodchuck is sitting at the mouth of his den. He is a grizzled old fellow and the morning sun shines on his rough coat in a manner that makes it look almost like gold. Suddenly he stands up and whistles, and as he stands there against the freshly thrown-up earth of his burrow he is a study in browns, one contrasting a bit with the other.
MANY of our subscribers have asked for information on the .22 W. R. F. rifles and cartridges. There are two high-grade rifles made for this cartridge, both pump-action repeaters, the Winchester Model 90 and the Remington Model 12. The chief difference between them is that the Winchester ejects its fired cases from the top and has a hammer, while the Remington has side ejection and is hammerless.
WE ALL like to imagine what we would do if we were a Wild Bill Hickok, a Jesse James, or were held up by a bold bad-man. Most of us have no particular use for lightning-draw holsters in this age, nevertheless we are just grown-up boys and still like to make believe, and, besides, there is a lot of satisfaction in knowing your equipment is right and you will not come out second best when it is man to man, life or death, and the first shot decides all.
THERE are three general types of rifles —military, sporting, and target. It used to be thought that a sporting rifle, used for hunting, did not need to be as strong as a military rifle, or as accurate as a target rifle. A complete reversal of opinion has taken place in the past twenty years, and the experienced hunter-rifleman now demands the best qualities of both the military and target weapons in his sporting rifle.
Editor:—Last winter I purchased a .30-06 Model 54 Winchester with a stainless steel barrel and after shooting a box or two of Remington Kleanbore with 150-grain bullet I noticed that the front half of the barrel was hard to clean and looked dark and rough but the rear half was as bright as ever.
IT IS a great thing to have several guns for your very own, if you have the money and genuinely enjoy the ownership of many firearms. But it should be remembered that the possession and the using of a number of different guns are by no means conducive to proficiency.
THE degree of choke for game shooting depends on the man and the game. I remember when the father of Billy Crosby declared that the man who shot anything except a full choked gun would be best satisfied if he had his quail hung up by the legs where he could just kill all of them.
IF YOUR wild-goose hunting is done in the corn or wheat fields some distance inland, where the Honkers come to feed, the chances are you will use profile decoys, perhaps with two or three live callers added—if you are lucky enough to possess them—to lure the incoming flocks.
EDITOR Outdoor Life:—Since it is quite the thing to take pen in hand, I am moved to the same spirit of criminality, under the above title. In every hunter’s life he has experiences of not only shots that are odd, but of shots so peculiar as to attract special attention and fasten them in the memory forever.
EDITOR:—Being a subscriber of OUTDOOR LIFE and a real gun crank, and never having read much on home rebluing of gun barrels and gun parts ; and, as I have just refinished two Krag barrels which are equal to new ones, I thought perhaps readers of our great magazine would enjoy reading a small article on it.
In my articles that appeared in the May and June numbers of OUTDOOR LIFE, under the title of “A Repeating Gun Discussion,” I made the statements that the Models 1911 Winchester, Self-Loading Shotgun and the 1912 Winchester pump guns were John M. Brownings inventions or designs.
Editor:—When shooting at passing ducks, should a person draw directly on a bird, or go according to height and species and lead it? I have had a dispute over the question with some friends of mine, who say they pull directly on the bird and fire.
THE Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company announce their newest revolver, the “Shooting Master,” built on the .45 frame of their New Service Revolver, and shooting the .38 Colt Special or .38 Smith & Wesson Special cartridge. This revolver weighs 43 ounces, has a 6-inch barrel, adjustable sights, checked straps, and is hand adjusted throughout.
MAYBE it was the breezes bearing hints of spring that made Attorney Othniel Brandt conceive a funny thing. His client, Elsworth Harmon, who lives in St. Paul, had shot a nice big 5 prong buck in the northern woods last fall. He shipped the deer by railroad, then homeward he toiled—to find on arrival his fine buck had spoiled.
Reports from Canada, North Dakota and other breeding grounds of wild-game fowl all agree that the hatch of wild birds has been smaller in this season than at any time in history. This is occasioned largely by the extremely dry weather, which dried up many lakes entirely and shrunk up many other lakes until the water receded great distances from the nesting places.
Under date of June 21 my brother, Frank ;S. Galey, writes me from his extensive apple ranch near Council, Idaho, of his very great difficulty in fighting weed and foreign growths. In particular, he comments on the damage he has sustained because of the depredations of ground squirrels, an animal I personally know barely existed in that valley some ten to twenty years ago.
I was quite interested in an article relative to roping deer in Louisiana. Our deer in the Adirondacks are pretty wild and strong but sometimes in the lakes they may be caught. Charlie Merrill, a famous Chateauguay guide, tells a story about his father, also an old-time guide.
OUTDOOR LIFE, of which I have been a subscriber for some time, is an all-year-round outdoor encyclopedia for me. At the time I receive it, I read it from cover to cover, and while I enjoy its entire contents, naturally there are some things that interest me more than others.
THE question as to what variety of dog makes the best retriever is asked about as frequently as that concerning the best all-around sporting dog, and the answer to both permits about the same latitude. Broadly speaking, the best dog is he that suits his owner best.
AMONG the many present-day families of English setters one finds a diversity of types, due no doubt to the conglomeration of the various strains, but herewith is presented the scions of three well-known lines of breeding. True, we must admit that one great sire does not found a strain, for biologists are generally agreed that the parents do not transmit themselves to their progeny, but pass on the stream of germ cells, with all its good and bad, from which they are themselves descended.
POISONING in the dog may be accidental or intentional. The former may come about by the animal picking up poisoned meat or other food laid down for vermin, or some drug given empirically. Some animals show a great susceptibility to the action of some drugs, notably symptoms of strychnine poisoning appearing after even moderate medicinal doses.
Question:—My year-old setter has a severe cough of several weeks’ duration. He is losing flesh, his hair lacks luster, he seems listless, but eats heartily and his eyes do not water. —V. C. C., Ga. Answer:—Your dog has bronchitis, probably complicated by tonsilitis.
Editor:—I am especially interested in your device for capturing snakes; it is simple and seems to be just the thing to accomplish the trick. There are many rattlers in Trinity but it seems that my property here is overrun with them. There is a pile of lime rocks with deep crevices in them, and several old settlers here claim that the snakes den there.