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Hunting in Alaska
Between Timagami and Temiskaming
Better Than Local Dope
The Best Ever
Timagami Forest Reserve and Lake
A Cabin in Maine
M. C. B., CAL. :—In the first place I might mention that it will be possible to hunt in only a very small space in Alaska in twenty or thirty days, on account of the vast territory, nearly 600,000 square miles, so I will only cover the Southeastern part of Alaska, in which part all big game may be found, except caribou.
I ain’t fishin’ for fish; I’m just fishin’ for fun. I sure like the dish, But my ketchin’ is bum. There are some whom I know Not as candid as I, For a fish they would throw; For a trout they would try. And you ask' em "What luck?" "How’s the fishin' today?" And heyseem to be struck your impertinent way.
ON A Sunday morning in the late part of last fall I was sleeping late when a long-distance call came from Fort Morgan, Colo. D. G. Wentz was on the phone. Sleepily I heard his instructions. "Been observing these geese for a week . . . everything is set for this evening ...
I AM faced with the accusation that I manipulate a fly rod after the manner of a cub bear! My accuser is a sad-looking individual whom I have considered a friend of sport for many summers and winters. But in justice to my profession I cannot, I dare not, overlook this malicious wise crack without offering suitable defense.
I WOULDN'T sell that little black son-of-a-gun for a million dollars!" "Hey, fellows, listen to him, will you? And the last I heard, he was going to shoot that dog or give him away!" "Yeah, Fred, why all this sudden love for that little sawedoff, crooked-legged, useless ink blot that you imagine is a houn'?" It was Friday night, the third one in October, the night the Sportsmen’s Association at Nyack held its regular monthly meeting.
THE setting September sun was tinting the higher crags of the Canadian Cascades as the four of us peered cautiously over the saddle between two rugged peaks and focussed our binoculars on a large mule deer on the forward slope of the opposite ridge.
JUNE at Port Aransas! The water is clear and blue, the salt air has a stimulating and never-to-be-forgotten tang, the nights are so cool as to demand the use of a light blanket for comfort, and the sea food is at its best. Only an angler could ask for more, and his prayer shall be answered for it is in spring that the lordly tarpon, king of game fish, starts on his annual pilgrimage up the Gulf coast, bound for Florida and parts unknown.
THE Lady and I wanted to catch big trout—and lots of ’em. Now, big trout are increasingly difficult to connect up with in these modern days, and the farther back into the tall timber an ambitious fisherman can get, the better are his chances. So, in the back of the little coupe we stowed an outboard —buried deep in sleeping bags—a silk forester’s tent, air mattresses, a gasoline stove, cooking outfit, and two sizeable duffle bags well filled with grub.
A SHORT time after shooting the buffalo described in the previous issue, I picked up a good secondhand Model 54, .30-’06 Winchester—the apple of my eye— and I was not long in proving its worth. First to fall to it was an eland, the largest of all the antelope.
A Day After Ducks With Rex Beac h On Florida’s Largest Lake
REX Beach came in with a smile. More to the point, he toted sevseveral "duskies" and a pair of marsh bluebills across his gun barrels. "That's a new one on me. I've hunted ducks from blinds, batteries and boats but never tried to walk them down before," he remarked, as he slushed toward the sandy shore of Okeechobee.
THAT was the sad news received one Saturday morning, several weeks ago, after all preparations had been made to leave Washington, D. C., that afternoon for new and strange fishing waters to us—Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Channel bass, or "red drum" was our objective.
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.
On the evening of June 30th, 1931, the Michigan State College of Agriculture took over the management of the W. K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary which Mrs. Corsan and I had spent four years in designing and supervising. On that day, my wife and I left for Whittier College, Whittier, Calif., where I am to put in a year in an effort to start the Whittier Ornithological Academy, Inc. On the trip, we stopped at Yellowstone Park to investigate the present methods of conserving the only two pairs of wild trumpeter swans left in this country.
LAST spring all of the old members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission except one were reappointed by Governor Pinchot. In his first meeting with the reorganized board, the governor charged it to keep out of politics and to see to it that its employees did likewise.
For many years, in Illinois and in many countries, I have been, when it has been available, a reader of your interesting publication and of the publications which you, in your prosperity and wisdom, have absorbed. So, as an old friend, I know you will not resent any amiable aspersions I may cast upon Harry McGuire’s editorial on Conservation in your October issue, entitled "The Unique Effort."
Referring to your editorial "The Unique Effort" in the October number of OUTDOOR LIFE. I went with a friend on the opening day of the season here to a place not 60 miles away from Paris. Three guns in two days brought to bag thirty-six partridges, seven hares and four rabbits.
ON JANUARY 1 the American Game Association, Washington, D. C., took over the trained conservation field staff of the duPont Company of Wilmington, Del., which has been operating so successfully under the direction of Major L. W. T. Waller, Jr., during the past four years.
The following item appeared in Fred Fletcher's column in the New York Daily News, Dec. 3, 1931 : Doesn’t Look Like Duck Shortage From a report furnished by a reader, based on a newspaper statement, a party which included Trubee Davison, Assistant Secretary of War, gunning on the north shore of Long Island at Peacock Point, Locust Valley, killed 500 ducks in a day’s shooting recently.
THE best evidence of the fast growing interest in wild-life conservation is the fact that the first bill to come before the Senate in the present session of Congress was a measure to correlate the activities of the federal government. This measure (Senate 263), jointly sponsored by Senators Frederic C. Walcott of Connecticut and Harry B. Hawes of Missouri, was the first bill presented in behalf of the Special Senate Committee on Wild Life.
During the past year I have followed with deep interest your contributors’ articles relative to the problem, "Where May We Hunt?" It would be easy to point out the objections to the "Williamston Plan," also, to the plan of E. B. Jary outlined in your July, 1931, issue.
HAILED as one of the most practical methods of increasing game-bird production, bringing farmers and sportsmen together, and reimbursing the farmers for raising quail and pheasants on their lands, the Ager script plan now being considered by Nebraska landowners, hunters and legislators, may be the answer to how to get more game birds, says the Izaak Walton League in a recent bulletin on this project.
The above clipping is from the Louisville and Nashville R. R. Magazine. It may be true that Hero Kirby is_ not as good a gunman as of yore, but it is plain to be seen that his sense of sportsmanship has greatly improved with the years. Incidentally, when last reported the legal limit on squirrels in Kentucky was twelve in one day.
UNDOUBTEDLY many anglers are deterred from attempting to tie the dry fly by the notion that a successful floater can be tied only after long practice; that a degree of skill that few amateurs ever attain is required. This may be true as applied to the smaller sizes of dry flies, many of which are an exact imitation of the natural insect.
THIRTY-FIVE dollars is an awfully high price to pay for a day of fishing in the Gulf Stream," said a friend of mine shortly after his arrival in Miami from the North. "It's a holdup if there ever was one!" And he went on in the same strain for some moments before I could break in on his conversation.
ONE of the gamest fish I have ever found in the Pennsylvania trout streams is what is known in those sections as the fallfish or fall chub. This fish is to be found in the same parts of the larger trout streams of the Pennsylvania region as the brown and brook trout and should not be confused with the red or horned chub, which also grows to a good and husky size in these waters and also rises well to a wet or dry fly offering.
A WADING boat which enables anglers and hunters to navigate streams and lakes, while keeping both hands free for use in fishing or handling of guns, has been invented by Everett Denoya of Pawhuska, Okla. The contraption consists of a hollow circlet of galvanized copper alloy, much like an enlarged doughnut.
THE early morning, just as dawn is breaking and the fog is just lifting, is the best time there is for wall-eyed pike and muskellunge to rise to the artificial lure. I would rather have an hour’s casting over a good pool in the dawn than six hours of casting after the sun had come up and illuminated the depths.
Editor:—I am inclosing a sample of my prçsent casting line (............................ make), which I find to be the nicest line I have had so far. 1. Judging from sample, would you consider this line fit for fishing? It has been used only twice, for a few hours, and has been carefully dried both times.
FOUR years ago I watched a deer hunter make his woodsman’s browse bed. When he finished, I was mighty glad he was the one who would use it. The affair looked more like a bunch of brush piled up to burn than a bed upon which a trail-tired fellow could snatch nine hours of restful sleep.
YOUR camp stove may be a crude arrangement of rocks improvised for each meal or a collapsible sheet-iron affair ; or it ma3’ be an elaborate, heavy, expensive thing, built for a permanent camp. There is an astonishing variety to choose from and the sportsman may have almost anything he wishes if he will but take time and look around.
I HAVE found that a number of people A who do not care for rabbit meat experience a change of heart or taste when they eat it prepared in the following manner: Soak each dressed rabbit for four or five hours in enough water to cover, in which have been dissolved a heaping teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoonfuls of vinegar.
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Camp-Fire, Cooking Crane
To Tighten Canvas Cots
Non-Slip Attachment for Boots
AVERY good, camp-fire, cooking crane or stake can be made from a short length of iron pipe and some heavy wire— preferably of 6 or 8 gauge. The pipe should be about 3 feet long. When in use it is driven about 18 inches into the ground. Take pieces of the heavy wire and bend them into hooks to hang pots on, to use in broiling or roasting pieces of meat, or to toast bread.
Editor:-—Please answer the enclosed list of questions regarding rattlesnakes, their fangs, venom, etc.-—IV. F., Calif. Answer:—A rattlesnake can hit accurately about ½ its own length, and effectively, though not so accurately, about 2/3 its length.
THE public has probably expected some price reduction in outboard motors for 1932, in line with the general "settling down" of price levels as the depression wears itself out; but an examination of the announcements of the big motor ; firms reveals a surprising and most en: couraging fact: Not only have price levels in the outboard field reached a bottom which will allow even the thriftiest sportsman to invest immédiat'ely and prove his wisdom, but the companies have continued their unparalleled progress toward the “perfect” motor by developing amazing new features in lightness, compactness, economical power and ease of handling.
WHEN a light, durable raft is needed, one may be made from three or more inner tubes over inflated and lashed to a framework of saplings. When camp is moved, the inner tubes may be taken off and deflated, then set up again with a new framework at the next camp.
MY DEAR Colonel : Here are the long delayed details of the "Miss and Out" Match shot at Walnut Hill, September 13. The match, shot annually, is called the M. R. A. "Miss and Out" Match. The cup was presented in 1923 by C. G. Bills, then president of the club, and for this reason the match is usually called the President’s Cup Match.
In a recent issue I notice a reply by Elmer Keith to a Mr. Wildman concerning .38 Smith & Wesson Special vs. the .44s and .45s, in which Keith takes my name in vain. Keith is correct. The .38 Special is not a killer, factory or hand load, and none of the .44s or .45s are any too large when right-now results are wanted.
Some years ago I, as well as others, deserted the Winchester 52 with its awkward stock, unsightly varnish and abominable sight. Our new love was the Springfield M. 1 which was then new and we found it to be better than any target rifle we had used.
A friend and I made a moving target with such little effort and expense that I thought perhaps others might like to try it. I can assure you that shooting at the target is great sport as well as good practice for the deer season. The deer is made of wall board nailed to a wooden frame.
.22 Caliber Colt Revolvers Furnished with Embedded Head Cylinders
WE HAVE received information that the .22 caliber Colt Officers’ Model, Official Police, and Police Positive target revolvers are now all regularly made with embedded head cylinders. That is, the cylinder, which, by the way, is made ot heat-treated steel, is now made slightly longer than formerly, coming almost flush with the rear of the frame, and the chambers are countersunk tor the rim of the cartridge so that the entire rim is enclosed within the cylinder.
Editor:—-I am in the process of altering a .45 single-action Army into a shot shooter, following Mr. Baker’s instructions in “Modern Gunsmithing." I had a new barrel made 81/2 inches long and am now ready to pattern it. Both the "Ideal Handbook" and Mr. Mattern’s book were dug into pretty thoroughly trying to find a tip on just where to start, but I am further away now than when I started.
I AM beginning to believe that the man who has but one gun is in luck, only he doesn’t know it, sometimes. No two guns are going to handle precisely alike, though they may have the same length of stock, same drop, and same weight of piece. Particularly is this true when shooting two makes of guns.
What gun have you shot best? is a question of special interest to me, as one who has targeted and used a great many in a long and active career on every species of shooting—geese excepted. Hence, according to your request, I'll send one in. I am moved to say a say.
Shotgun and shell manufacturers have exercised their keenest ability in developing something better than the present product, and every gunman well knows they have succeeded to an amazing degree. Notwithstanding the claims one constantly hears anent some special shooting iron owned by "my uncle" or "Grandad" that would kill ’em at marvelous distances, the fact remains that gun ranges and load effectiveness have been greatly improved with each passing generation.
Questions answered by mail, only a small percentage 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. Shot Sizes Editor:—Among the male members of my family, there being four of us, arguments are constantly arising in regard to any kind of shooting, both rifle and shotgun.
1 wish to make a few remarks on the much-discussed subject of poison and sheepmen. I have followed the trap line for several years, and can and have known other men and some women who make more trapping the coyote than many an office man or field man in the pay of the Government as exterminators.
I have noticed for years the fight you are making for the conservation of our game and against the game hog, trapper, and poisoner. Thank God, there is one magazine that is not afraid to stand up for the right. I have noticed many articles concerning the sheepman and his attitude toward our wild life and will give a few of my own observations along that line.
A great many tales have been told of the shrewdness of wolves. With more than 100 of their scalps to my credit, I am tempted to relate an experience that I had while living on a cattle ranch in Northwestern Montana some years ago. In that country the wolves are a great menace to the deer when the snow gets deep, in addition to making the raising of chickens a practical impossibility and picking up a calf occasionally.
Native Cali fornians awoke from a nightmare the other day. They had been asleep and, it seems, had dreamed of the good old days as one sometimes does. As the dream goes, a bold hunter set forth in quest of game in the Santa Barbara Mountains (newspapers report him to have been "a professional lion hunter").
In regard to the discussion about Mr. Bowman"s article and the "Blocka Bozz," at the present moment, if what Mr. Bowman says is true, I will string along with him. In all due respect to the foreign element in this country, please allow me to express my opinion.
IN THE Northwest the Chinese pheasant, or "Chink," has long been acknowledged as a superior game bird. In the East, particularly New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and also the New England states, the English ringneck has likewise established himself firmly and of late years he has been introduced in many of the Middle and Western states with good success.
EDITOR:—In the October issue of OUTDOOR LIFE I came to an article, "Breaking vs. Training" which I appreciate so much that I must write to you about it. In the first place, I am an owner, or rather possess, a Llewellin setter. I have never heretofore owned a dog except an English bull until now.
EDITOR:—I have been reading your questions and answers for the past year with considerable interest. From time to time I have seen queries from some asking if they could get a dog that would work on birds as well as rabbits. Your advice was that a dog would do his best work on the game which he has been trained to hunt.
PERHAPS the axiom is true that poets are born, not made, but the order is reversed with gun-shy dogs ; they are made, not born, all statements to the contrary notwithstanding. It is quite natural that in this present day of close breeding there are more dogs with high-strung nervous organisms and they naturally inherit a predisposition to all the various forms of shyness, such as fear of the gun, fear of birds, fear of man, etc., but these faults are actually acquired through improper handling at some period of the animal's life and not transmitted characters.
Question:—My beagle vomits a whitish mucus liquid while exercising violently or eating grass. Advise treatment.—E. M. F., Wis. Answer:—So long as a dog does not vomit particles of food the condition is probably not pathological but is the result of his swallowing large quantities of saliva during exercise which overfills the stomach and the pneumogastric irritation induced by running and overexertion stimulates him to belch up some of it.