M.C.H., NEW YORK:—That part of your letter to OUTDOOR LIFE regarding moose hunting in northern Minnesota has been referred to me for reply. The state of Minnesota has no open season on moose and has had none for the last eight or nine years. There are quite a few moose left in some parts of the state, mostly in Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties, but they do not seem to increase very fast even with the closed season.
FOR Old Silvertip the end of the trail is in sight. He was once the greatest prize that could fall before the rifle of the American big game hunter. He was to our continent what the lion is to Africa, the tiger to Asia—a beast that feared man alone, and would even fight him when cornered; a killer whose deeds our pioneer forefathers magnified and turned into legend to frighten and thrill little children.
MY LITTLE wife insists that any man can become a successful big-game hunter if he has a little time, a little money, and a slight lack of intelligence. For an angler, the requirements are greater. One must at least add patience, and the gambling instinct.
IT WAS shortly after 1920 that Michigan began to talk about taking conservation out of politics. Interest in conservation swept the country like an epidemic in the early years of that decade, and there was a lot of talk everywhere along the same line.
THE American elk belongs to the order of hoofed animals, Ungulata, to the family of Corvidae or deer, which is divided into the round-horned and flat-horned groups. The former includes the elk. white-tailed deer, mule deer, and Columbian black-tailed—with subdivisions.
I FANCY I have encountered in my wanderings in the jungles of Burma during the last forty-five years more big game than has fallen to the lot of most sportsmen, I trust also I may be pardoned for remarking that my knowledge of the elephant, its habits, its haunts, how to track it, where to fire at it, and the kind of weapon to use, is perhaps as good as any other white sportsman in the East.
WELL!” exclaimed Ed facetiously, halting his motor car at my direction, beside a weather-beaten Southwestern Missouri farm house in a clump of ragged old cedars. “Do we hunt in this man’s front yard—or his back ?” “Both,” I replied, distributing twenty-five cents’ worth of sweets, as fairly as I was able, among my farmer friend’s five small children.
SILENT as the darkness itself, a timeworn dugout rides the deep current, slowly tacking across the river. It is the dark of the moon, but the craft and its two occupants are revealed by the bright pitch fire suspended over one side in a wire container.
IT RAINED that day—but there were lots of ducks. It was so black when we set forth at 4:30 a. m. that there was no way to distinguish between the thick darkness of the atmosphere and the mysterious substance through which our boat moved, unless one stopped rowing long enough to listen to the whispering of the needle-fine rain on the lake’s surface.
IMPORTANT NOTICE-The 1933 Duck and Goose Season Unofficial information when we go to press indicates that the federal seasons for shooting migratory game birds this coming fall will be substan tially the same as they were last year. The duck season will probably be two monthslong, as it wasin 1932-33.
THE study of birds has been a lifetime hobby with me. I came to the West thirty years ago and found the magpie, a bird that we did not have in the East. Magpies belong to the crow family and are about two-thirds as large. They are black in color and have a white belly and white wing markings.
SHORT seasons are unnecessary on land where the owner calls a halt on the shooting as soon as the surplus game has been taken, and where food and cover are ample to winter the remaining seed stock, and to enable it to reproduce. The basic requirements of any self-sustaining shooting system require that someone (1) call a halt when the surplus has been taken; (2) provide food, cover, and protection.
WYOMING has again declared an open season on buck antelope in parts of Park and Campbell counties from September 5 to October 5, and will issue 2,000 special permits. The State Game and Fish Commission received damage claims totalling $15,000, and upon investigation estimated the total number of antelope in the two counties at 9,000.
IN A special editorial in the July number of New Mexico’s official magazine, Elliott S. Barker, state game warden, attacks the use of poison in the mountain sections of his state to control predators, and urges a new policy. This predator control work is now directed by the U. S. Biological Survey, in cooperation with the states and local agencies.
THE University of Wisconsin announces the establishment of a Chair of Game Management in its agricultural college. The chair is financed for five years by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Aldo Leopold has been appointed to the new position.
On page 27 of the August issue of OUTDOOR LIFE we see a photograph of a large group of hawks killed in Missouri, and some comment to the effect that the species killed are harmless. Now there may be a harmless kind of hawk, but I am forced to say that I have never seen one.
BIG bass feed at night. Not only do they feed at night but they feed in shallow water where they can be taken by surface lures. The scattered handful of anglers who know this, reap yearly a harvest of funny prizes and thrilling experiences that no daylight bass fisherman will ever know.
The August issue of your excellent magazine contains a letter from J. P. Cuenin, in which the charge is made that all the desirable fishing ground on the Klamath River has been taken up by wealthy individuals and fishing clubs. Also, that it was necessary for the Associated Sportsmen to introduce and secure passage of a bill by the California legislature declaring the Klamath River a navigable stream to secure to anglers the right to fish the river without interference.
Logical Protest Against New Pennsylvania 3-Hook Law
M. F. JAMAR
Information has come to us that the Pennsylvania Fish & Game Commission has made a ruling making it unlawful after January 1, 1934, to use more than one treble hook on a bait or more than “three points” on a bait. I ask your consideration of this ruling, and what it means to those interested ; the fisherman, the dealer and jobber of tackle, and the conservationist.
ON JULY 21, 1933,1 was fishing one of my favorite small-mouth bass pools in a river and suddenly felt a twitch of the tip after dropping a No. 8 wet fly into a small eddy. I struck and flipped out on the shore a baby small-mouth bass just an inch and a quarter long, hooked through the upper lip with that rather large fly.
A FIVE-POUND tapered lard pail with the bail removed is used for this stunt and a broom stick is cut to the proper length to fit crosswise in the center of pail. This handle is fastened in pail by inserting two flat-headed wood screws through tin and into ends of broomstick.
CANVAS canoes are manufactured in a number of grades, sizes and models and since these numerous options often puzzle one having little experience with canoes, the following is offered to help him make a safe and wise choice. Grade should be the easiest matter to decide.
BECAUSE the vigorous exercise of walking long distances over uneven ground and the weight carried in your pack expands and swells the feet until they are some half an inch longer and wider than usual, and because proper hiking socks are thick and require extra room, hiking shoes should be at least one size longer and two widths wider than dress shoes.
THE South American sloth seldom descends to the ground, but spends its life climbing upside down along the under side of vines and branches. Its sole means of locomotion is to reach ahead with a long arm, grasp the rough bark of the limb and then pull its body forward.
WHEN our flashlights failed on a surf fishing trip, we made candles from the paraffin tops of jelly jars in the grub box. We bored smooth round holes in wet sand with a rod butt, melted the paraffin and poured it into the holes. Four-inch lengths of heavy shark-line were first dipped in bacon grease and then thrust down in the wax and held there until the paraffin hardened.
A PENNSYLVANIA man has been writing me recently in regard to the best method of securing a 60-inch pattern at 20 yards. This is one of a number of letters on the same subject, that of opening up a barrel wider than a plain cylinder. Generally the gun makers hate to tackle such a job because the patterns they get from a barrel without any constriction (even 2/1000 of an inch, which is often used in a straight cylinder) will not be such as to afford any particular credit to that gun builder.
IN this series of articles on stance and how to hold on the various targets in a round of skeet we have covered all of the stations from No. 1 to No. 7, and now we will get down to the business of breaking the targets at station No. 8. The beginner at skeet is usually quite flustered when he first attempts to hit targets at the center peg.
PEOPLE differ in the shape of their faces and in the amount of flesh in the cheek. In an attempt to fit everybody, including a variety of tastes as well as faces, combs are made thin ; medium ; and thick, rounded, called “trap” combs. The trap comb, as its name implies, is intended to fit the man who does trap shooting, who carefully adjusts his cheek to the stock before calling “pull.”
Editor:—I have always thought that I would like a single-trigger gun, but knowing that there is very seldom time to change the firing order when a shot is offered, I wondered what one did when a shot from the longer range barrel is offered first.
THE more we play this new game, and the more we hear from others who are playing it, the more enthusiastic we become about it. It is a fine, useful sport. All who have tried it are very enthusiastic about it. It is here to stay and it is going to become increasingly popular.
THE .22 W.R.F., or .22 Remington Special, is the most powerful load available in the small bore rim-fire line. This cartridge may now be obtained with a velocity of approximately 1500 foot-seconds and a bullet energy of around 210 foot-pounds.
THE coveted trophy of the great Palma Individual Match, well known and sought by every ambitious Eastern Small-Bore Shooter, was won this year by Mr. Frank C. Hoppe. Mr. Hoppe, who is president of Frank A. Hoppe, Inc., manufacturers of the Hoppe’s gun cleaning products, won first place in this match with a perfect score of 225 x 225.
MANY and varied are the .22 caliber repeaters on the market today, and while most of them are good and some are better, yet none of them can qualify in my estimation as the ideal .22 caliber repeater. In other words, “there ain’t no such animal.” I am a crank, and perhaps you will agree with me in that respect at least, when you have read the whole of this article.
I believe this fellow Chauncey Thomas knows more about appropriate guns than any one I have read. This article “Toy, Tools, Weapons,” in your June issue hits the nail on the head. I live on a ranch, and carry an old 1895 Winchester under my leg when riding.
THE Winchester Repeating Arms Co. have just prepared a new folder on their Model 54 bolt action rifle. It is the most comprehensive and informative circular on a rifle that we have ever seen issued, giving a great amount of most practical information that will be of use to users of this rifle in all its calibers.
Editor:—Knowing that you think well of the .25 caliber Stevens for an all-around game rifle, I feel that you will understand my interest in this caliber. I used to have a .25 Stevens Ideal, but sold it 15 months ago. Now I’ve decided to get one of the new No. 417½ Walnut Hill rifles in .25 Stevens, and will be able to just about manage a Lyman 438 scope for it.
REFERRING to the misleading article, “Ol’ Blowin’ Fly,” by Kenneth Fuller Lee, in your June issue: The notoriety the press has accorded the use of the blowfly larva by the medical profession for curing diseases of the bone, has fathered the thought in the minds of some sportsmen that this larva is of value to game animals in assisting them to recover from gun-shot and other wounds.
Enclosed find a picture of a freak mule deer killed by me Sept. 23, 1932, at Medicine Lake, Modoc County, Calif. Nine points on one side, one on the other; weight, 175 pounds; dressed the day after it was killed. Killed with Springfield Sporter using Western 180-grain boat-tail bullet.
I was interested in the photograph of the sabretoothed squirrel which was submitted by Jos. W. Jones, of Tennessee, and pictured in the September issue of OUTDOOR LIFE. I have seen numbers of squirrels in a similar condition except that the incisor teeth were not quite, but nearly, as long as the one pictured.
Now who is nature faking? Hot dog! I sure got you this time. Page 47, August issue, “Desert Wells.” You will note that we live here in the very heart of the barrel cactus country—Bisnaga, or “fish hook,” we call it. Within a radius of ten miles of Tucson I suppose there are at least 10,000 of them.
I have read the story “He’s a Foxy Bird” by Ben East in the June number of OUTDOOR LIFE in which he says “Can any bird that flushes match the wily ringneck?” It is my opinion and that of many hunters I know that the woodcock far surpasses this bird and all the others in its ability to hide and get away on the wing.
SINCE the series of articles on retrieving appeared in this department I have had scores of letters from dog owners asking for more information on this interesting subject. Some of the writers seemed to grasp the idea readily and are enthusiastic over the success they have had with their dogs; others have not had such happy experiences.
IT happened at the trials of the Orange County Field Aerial Club on the grounds of the Verbank Hunting and Fishing Club in New York. Hundreds of spectators were standing on the hill watching the proceedings of a pair of bird dogs just below them in the large area known as the bird field.
Editor:—I have a setter 21 months old. He is very fast and a fine hunter. I hunted him all last season. He minds exceptionally well except when he gets in birds (quail). He continually flushes bevies, but usually stands singles, but even then he sometimes holds for a time and then breaks in and chases them.
Question:—My yearling springer shakes his head repeatedly. The inside of his ear appears moist and has a bad odor. Advise treatment.— C.W.K., Minn. Answer:—Canker of the middle ear is a manifestation of moist eczema, usally induced by an improper diet and absorption of toxins from obstructed anal glands which become distended with pus and should be evacuated at regular intervals.
Editor:—It has been claimed by some that there is a spitting cobra. This snake is credited with the ability to spit, with remarkable accuracy, for a distance of about 5 feet. It usually aims for the eyes of the person or animal being attacked.