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H. F. T., KY. :—The Dismal Swamp area is good hunting country, especially around Lake Drummond, but the land is owned by lumber companies, and they do not allow hunting except by special permission which is difficult to secure. Besides, the country is not developed from a hunting standpoint, and is inaccessible.
FOLLOWING the publication last September of our editorial "A Primer on Baiting” we sent 2,000 questionnaires to readers in all parts of the country, distributed according to population, asking this plain question: "Are you in favor of OUTDOOR LIFE’S campaign to stop the baiting (or feeding) of ducks in the proximity of duck shooting stands?"
IN 1876 lurid tales discovery of gold Black Hills, sped by galloping pony express riders throughout the West, brought a stream of prospectors and adventurers pouring into this comparatively unknown region. It was a land of mystery and the last stamping ground of the Sioux, made sacred to them by their most ancient traditions.
I BELIEVE that most persons who ever have had occasion to give the state a thought have the idea that Kansas is a broad bit of flatness where, if you are not choking in dust, you are mired in gumbo mud—where the wind almost drives your teeth down your throat, or the sun makes ordinary living impossible.
AT THE filling station in Grand Rapids, where we stopped for gas, oil and water, the boy who filled our tank looked inside the car, as he moved about it with his cans and bottles and greasy rags. “Going fishing?” he asked. Doc looked where the boy had just been looking, inside our car, which was one grand litter of tackle boxes, creels, buckets of bait, rods, nets, boots and wool and khaki clothing.
I HOPE the unknown author of the original beautiful stanzas forgives me for using the measure of his song. Perhaps he will; perhaps he, too, loves a true old hound; perhaps, he, too, admires the gay red fox, as alluring in coloring as a cardinal on a snowy day, a glowing bit of red in the dark woods, a little beast with the endurance of fate, the wisdom of time, and the courage of life.
The True Account of a Grizzly Hunt That Almost Ended Fatally
C. B. Sutliff
EARLY May was upon us with its warm sunshine and sure signs of an early spring. While working with a small crew of men on a logging job we had noted bear signs in the vicinity of Priest Lake, Idaho. These discoveries led to discussions among our selves about bear hunting and trapping.
MEANWHILE the doctor had satisfied himself that there were no goats in the vicinity and we decided to move on to Sheep Creek, eighteen miles to the east. On the way we passed what is known as Coffin Mountain, socalled because of an immense rectangular rock formation at the peak which bears a startling resemblance to that mortuary emblem.
B-R-R-R-ING! The telephone in my Upper Peninsula hangout sang forth. Someone answered it. “It’s John Koskela,” the answerer relayed to me, “and he wants to talk to you.” I put aside my paints and brushes and ambled over to the ’phone. As I placed the receiver to my ear I heard numerous clicks and clacks, someone “shushing” in a hoarse whisper, and children squalling.
A Narrative of Dangerous Sport and of Tragedy in the Jungles of India
PART III, Conclusion—A MAN-EATING PANTHER
A. G. Shuttleworth
AS WE dismounted from our horses at Deoban, a small hamlet inhabited by Kols, and our new camp, at the foot of some low rocky and very bare hills of Central India, our attention was drawn to a lot of weeping and wailing that was going on in the village.
Second of an Extraordinary Series by the Greatest Modern Master of the Revolver
PART II-POSSIBILITIES OF THE DOUBLE-ACTION. WILL WE BE ABLE TO SHOOT FIVE SHOTS IN TWO-FIFTHS OF A SECOND?
MY EARLY attempts to handle successfully three targets tossed into the air at the same time, with a high average of hits, using a revolver for the purpose and firing the shots by the double-action method, was very widely discussed and generally considered impossible.
HORACE ALBRIGHT, director National Park Service BROOKE ANDERSON, ex-president Campfire Club of Chicago J. P. CUENIN, journalist ARTHUR F. FORAN, vice-president More Game Birds in America SETH GORDON, president American Game Association HARRY B. HAWES, United States Senator ALDO LEOPOLD, in charge of the Game Survey JACK MINER, bird conservationist EDMUND SEYMOUR, president American Bison Society
ACCORDING to the comments heard on all sides, the 19th American Game Conference, held in New York City on November 28, 29 and 30, 1932, under the auspices of the American Game Association, was a great success. The attendance was considerably better than anticipated, and the interest displayed was never more keen.
WITH the change of administration, the sportsmen of Illinois are hoping for a “new deal” in the propagation and distribution of game fish from state hatcheries, the effectiveness of whose work has often been questioned. One sportsman who has fished and hunted in the state for more than twenty years says: “We must take into consideration the sportsman’s state of mind in Illinois.
THE war against turtles and water snakes has been spreading rapidly. Among the states which are actively participating are Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The progress of the campaign in Connecticut is especially encouraging. As an example of destructiveness of water snakes Connecticut cites a case where one water snake, killed at the Burlington Hatchery, had eaten 67 fingerling brown trout; and Wisconsin reports the killing of a 20-inch water snake that had consumed 68 small bass, with more of them too digested to count, at the Burlington, Wisconsin, hatchery.
I have just read with pleasure your November “Hero’s Corner” in which Montana sportsmen are reproached for not having “braved the sheepmen” by obtaining protective legislation for bears. Agreeing with and endorsing your views and program in this regard, I wish to submit this note to apprise you of the size of the job to be done; that is, to explain just why the sportsmen of this state are virtually impotent when their wishes conflict with those of the livestock interests.
I have harbored the suspicion for years that if even half of the millions collected from sportsmen for licenses, etc., were spent for conservation, the game situation wouldn't be what it is today. As you are in a position to do something about it which I am not, I would like to make a suggestion that might possibly have some practical value in correcting the situation.
A Lot of Dope on Catching Crappies and Calico Bass
Henry C. Fulcher
IF YOUR Uncle Samuel could take a census of all the fishing lines wet in the waters of the nation during one season, it would be a sporting wager that a goodly proportion are intended for the luring and catching of old P. Annularis, the crappie, or his cousin, the calico bass (Pomoxis sparoides).
THE writer’s split-bamboo rod article in the April number of OUTDOOR LIFE was so kindly received by its angling readers that he has thought perhaps they would welcome the following condensed chronological addendum, on the history of the fishing rod.
THOUGHTS are now turning toward the troutfishing season. And it occurs to me, does the average bait angler know how to attach the worm to the trout hook? To give the worm a natural, wriggling appearance when lowered into the haunts of Mr. Trout, hold the worm with left thumb and forefinger and grasp the hook with the thumb and finger of right hand at shank, point facing the worm to be used.
HERE is a simple way of preserving that “big-un” that didn’t get away. Although the results may not be as good as though a regular taxidermist had mounted your fish, you can with a little practice do a satisfactory job at very small cost: Lay the fish on a piece of soft basswood or soft pine and mark an outline, being careful to get the exact size and shape.
Editor:—Several years ago I read an article in OUTDOOR LIFE, I believe, about chamomile oil and its use in fishing. I am unable to locate the magazine in which this appeared and would appreciate whatever information you can give me about it.
IF YOU intend to use clay or mortar to seal up the cracks in the log walls of your cabin, wait until the timber has dried some before you apply it. If you don’t, your chinking will be neither tight nor durable. The green logs will shrink enough in three weeks to loosen the strips of clay or mortar and you will have to do the job over again.
PERHAPS you have thought that Nature played favorites when she gave the northern woodsman balsam browse with which to make his outdoor bed. But she didn’t. She was equally generous to the many who camp in regions bare of coniferous timber and who are forced to sleep on bunks made of natural material.
HOUSEKEEPING on the boat itself has to be subdivided. On a small boat everything is close together and is handled by a small crew but we have to provide for the same functions that would take place on a larger vessel. In other words, the smaller your boat the more titles you rate.
Editor:—In several of the outboard motor races held this season in this section, I have been informed by the racers that they are using an A. A. grade castor oil mixed with grain alcohol, and then this compound mixed with the gasoline of their choice in a proportion according to their motor’s size.
WHAT IS the correct spread of pattern for a skeet gun and how much does your gun spread at the distances at which you break your targets? Some writers have stated that one should not target his gun at all because he might not find it to his liking for the reason that a “hole” might occasionally appear in one of the patterns.
There are those who like the big bore shotgun, more who prefer the medium bore, and still others who are small bore enthusiasts, till the matter becomes a little boresome. “A big bed for the big bear, a medium-sized bed for the medium-sized bear and a tiny little bed for the tiny little bear.”
Please answer the following questions about the new Magnum 10 bore Ithaca gun. 1. In case the Western Cartridge Company doesn’t get enough demand for the shells for this Magnum 10 gauge and ceases making these 3½-inch shells, would it be possible to use the standard 2⅞-inch shell in 3½-inch chamber?
A NUMBER of cases of very high pressure, and trouble resulting therefrom, have come to the attention of the cartridge, powder, and reloading tool manufacturers. These have resulted from the use of the new non-corrosive non-mercuric primers with the maximum charges of powder that have been recommended for various cartridges when using the old fulminate and chlorate primers.
MANY correspondents write us on this matter. From the standpoint of cleaning there are three classes of .22 caliber rim fire cartridges: those loaded with Lesmok powder, those loaded with noncorrosive priming, smokeless powder and greased lead bullets, and those loaded with non-corrosive priming, smokeless powder and copper plated bullets.
TWO YEARS ago all three of our large arms companies brought out new .22 caliber singleshot, lightweight bolt action rifles to sell at around $5. Their design was such that they could be turned out very cheaply by quantity production, and yet they were made honestly of good materials, with good barrels, properly gauged, etc., so that actually these rifles were as good, in many cases better, so far as accurate shooting, durability, and safety was concerned, than most of the very much more expensive repeating rifles with more complicated actions made by these companies.
In the December, 1932, is0sue of OUTDOOR LIFE I notice an article entitled “The Pennsylvania Front,” written by Gilbert Irwin. Among the several illustrations of this article were two which, because of their subject matter and the words of explanation beneath them, I found very interesting.
This clipping was sent in for our Hero’s Corner, but the nifty about the shot which struck the bear in the head, re-bounded and wounded the man in the leg, clearly qualifies it for this slightly more ribald department. Probably for obvious reasons, Mr. Pettis did not reply to our letter asking him to verify the clipping
Game Bird Shooting, by Charles Askins. The Macmillan Co. 312 pages, illustrated. $4.00. If you approach this volume expecting another compendium on game birds, half encyclopedic and altogether dry, you will be disappointed; for though Capt. Askins has wryly consented to introduce a few technicalities here and there, and though he is willing to give accurate descriptions of birds when he thinks them important, he has written a book he wanted to write rather than a book he thought people ought to have, and the result is a fascinating collection of American sporting essays.
I HAVE frequently alluded to the importance of poise on the part of the trainer of bird dogs. This is especially imperative when it comes to teaching retrieving by the force method. Many trainers are eminently successful in perfecting the dog in all the other essentials, but in the matter of retrieving they are at fault.
A PRETTY little story surrounds Spunky Creek Crook, white, orange and ticked pointer bitch, winner of the 28th American Field Futurity which took place at Vinita, Okla., November 14 to 18. This great bird-dog breeders' classic, as practically all owners of pointers and setters know, is for bird dogs, the progeny of dams that are regularly nominated for the stake during the preceding year.
Question:—My dog is badly out of condition and needs a tonic.—E. M. G., Va. Answer:—The best tonic is generous meals of raw natural foods especially beef liver, mutton and beef on neck bones and a small portion of ground raw vegetable, such as carrots, with bran or dry oatmeal.
I would like to ask you a few questions about snakes for our biology class. Is it true that some snakes when they have young ones, if alarmed, will allow them to run down her throat for protection? We have been debating about that in class for several days, so we thought we would like to have the opinion of an authority on such things.