F. R., I11.:—I would advise you to go to Laona, about 20 miles north of. Lakewood, for pike. Popple Lake, about 4 miles from Laona, is the best wall-eye fishing in that part of the state. If you have a boat be sure to try the mill pond at Laona. There are some very large northern pike in it.
ROARING River boils out of an Ozark mountain, a whole river right from the beginning, in Barry County, Missouri, six or eight miles from the Arkansas line. I don’t know how many gallons of water, or millions of gallons, maybe, the scientists and geologists claim pours down the twin falls at Roaring River State Park through walls of masonry that constitute the lower end of a sizeable lake in which the State Fish and Game Department of the state of Missouri raises literally millions of rainbow trout each year, but it is unbelievable.
A CASUAL observer wandering over the Rocky Mountains sees little discord. To him there is a harmony which runs through all Nature—a harmony of sound, of color and of motion. A student of the wilderness, however, realizes that behind this apparent calm a thousand daily battles for existence are being waged.
THE first time I saw Colonel Fosgrove was in the Albion barber shop. The Colonel was stretched out for a shave when the barber put a hot towel on his face and he let go with what sounded like a cross between the growl of a bear and the bellow of an angry bull.
Probably Southern States, as a Group, Are More Lax in Game Law Enforcement Than Any Others. Here’s the Story of the Valiant Attempt to Make Tennessee Citizens Obey and Respect Their Game Laws
THE ABOVE letter is in the files of the Department of Game and Fish in the War Memorial Building basement at Nashville, Tennessee. It is one of many letters which demonstrate why it is that Damon Headden, the present state game warden of Tennessee, is growing gray at the tender age of 36.
A Big Game Hunt in the Wilderness of British Columbia
Paul C. Estey
ONE evening not long ago I took from its weatherstained case a journal that had traveled with me into the unspoiled wilderness of British Columbia, north of Peace River. Even before opening this little book I recalled the many evenings in the long Northern twilight as I made an entry for that day.
IT’S a curious thing, when one stops to think about it. While there are at least ten times as many who fish for bass as fish for trout, there are about ten times as many who write on trout fishing as write of bass fishing. I wonder why? One thing is certain, I have read practically nothing which ties up fly and bug casting for bass to the insects which these lures imitate.
I HAVE been accused of going fishing not to catch fish but to float flies. Without going too deeply into what might be a painful subject, I will admit there is some truth in that. People who don’t like it will have to put up with it. Likewise, I confess one of the impelling things that drives me out after ducks on cold mornings is the fun of seeing the sun rise.
TO THE more scientifically minded the name is Lepus floridanus mallurus. To me it is just plain cottontail. He was created, I think, to bring joy to the hearts of darkies when the snow falls, and to the owners of beagles when the snow doesn’t fall—reason enough for its creation even though cottontail gravy was never mentioned, the goodness of which there is no whicher.
THOUGH a native of North Carolina, a state which offers many opportunities to the outdoorsman, the past several years which I have spent in Michigan have converted me into a loyal Michigan booster. To one instilled from youth with a love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors, few other states offer such opportunities for the realization of these recreations.
Thrills in the Famous Alaska-Yukon Hunting Country
S. C. Kerr
FOR several days we had looked over many new sheep herds, the daily count never being less than 100. By hunting up the valley farther each day on both sides and not the opposite slopes of the ranges, we knew our count was not being duplicated. It was not necessary to go out of the main river valley to find sheep.
ONE MILLION dollars of Emergency Conservation Work funds were allocated for migratory bird restoration purposes by President Roosevelt on April 19. Executive Order No. 6684 authorizes the purchase and rental of lands as refuges for migratory birds and other forms of wild life that constitute a diminishing natural resource.
The article entitled “The Bilge Hazard”, by Don Richards, in the May issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, is very well placed but does not go far enough. Oil pumped from the bilges of large boats into the open sea is a hazard which confronts every bird lover and sportsman interested in conservation work.
THE SPEED with which drivable roads have been pushed into remote forest areas during the past year by Civilian Conservation Camps is just cause for alarm. Fire protection is absolutely essential, and while such road building is very commendable from that standpoint, it will impose terrific burdens on the game and fish resources.
After about the first year or two of wolf and coyote poisoning by the Biological Survey I believe most of us Western people wish it had never been thought of. Farmers that I have talked to tell me they not only disapprove of it, but they have to pay a tax so the Biological Survey can carry on.
A TOUCH of selfishness made me hesitate considerably over writing this article. For years I have had the trout streams very much to myself during July and August and it took considerable self-denial finally to decide to tell what I think of this late season trout fishing.
MOST OF us have had the depressing experience of returning an undersized trout to the water, only to see it turn belly up and float slowly off down the stream. Largely to save my own feelings, I have endeavored to arrive at a method of removing small trout from the hook with the least possible damage and delay, and as a result I have saved the lives of many of my undersized fish.
IN THE interest of international understanding perhaps the angler may do his bit by attempting to clarify somewhat, for the benefit of fellow fishermen on either side of the “Big Pond,” sundry terms which, while meaning the same thing, may be confusing by reason of the difference in terminology employed by British and American followers of Saint Izaak.
THE LOCUST shrills in the heat of the sun and the crickets saw away at their tiny fiddles when night has fallen. Roadside weeds are bedraggled and dusty, and the mowed meadows are brown. Trout fishing has come to its high tide and ebbs to its end.
THERE SEEMS to be a great difference of opinion regarding the automatic reel. Somefellows say there is nothing like it, others claim it is an abomination. And of course there are many other fellows who don’t have any opinion about it at all but who would like to know whether they should have an automatic or a regulation single action.
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Tackle Box Oil Can Holder
Bobbing with Flies for Crappies
Making Creel Do Double Duty
Temporary Steel Rod Ferrule Repair
To Keep Soft-Shell Crayfish Over Night
Mounting Fish Heads
To Hold Fish While Removing Scales
Easily Made Fly Vise
Getting Loose from a Snag
MOST OIL cans leak when not standing upright. Consequently one often finds his lines and tackle saturated and his oil can empty. To prevent this I devised an inexpensive contraption which always keeps the can upright. Most tackle boxes have cantilevers which are anchored to the inside of the box.
Bream And Bass Fly Outfit Editor:—As I am a novice at fly fishing I would appreciate your answering the following questions : In fishing for bream and goggle-eye what size line do you use? What size leader? Do you use a spoon or spinner in connèction with a dry fly?
IF YOU build a cabin or shanty door from rough timber such as hewed or split logs, slabs or poles, you should use a very light variety of wood, or the finished door will be ponderous and heavy and put a severe strain on any kind of hinge you can make.
LET GAME bleed and cool well before cooking. Never cook meat until the animal heat is completely dissipated. Parboiling 20 minutes before the final cooking softens tough meat so it bakes or fries quickly and also removes some of the strong or wild flavor disliked by a few individuals.
VARIOUS natural remedies have been used by woodsmen and pioneers in the absence of regular medicines. While the camper is earnestly advised to always carry first aid supplies and not depend upon “yards,” a knowledge of some of the most popular of these nature remedies may prove useful in an emergency.
DON'T underestimate the importance of rice as a camp and trail food. Rice is packed chock full of energy and it digests in less time with less wear and tear on a fellow’s alimentary canal than any of the other cereals. Folks with secondclass stomachs can handle liberal helpings of rice much easier than they can heavy meals of beans, cornmeal or flour camp bread.
PLANK material should be ordered long enough to avoid joints in a small boat hull. This is usually possible when the craft is 12 to 14 feet long, and makes the ideal job. Boats 16 feet in length and longer usually must be planked with a few joints or “butts” as they are called.
EVERYONE who buys an outboard should understand that like a new auto it requires careful handling at the start and should be run slowly to receive the required amount of breaking in before full speed is attempted. Small outboards will usually be worn in sufficiently after the first 10 gallons of gasoline has been consumed with the motor operating at around one-half throttle.
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Tips on Towing Boats
An Emergency Oar
Two Good Tips to Boatmen
Steering Lever for Bass Casters
A Boat-Locking Chain
WHEN towing another boat to the fishing waters, the towed craft will sometimes take a zig-zag path and appear at times to be on the verge of capsizing. To correct this, shift the load in towed boat towards the stern and lighten the bow. If passengers are riding in the boat, move them back and the bow will rise, making the craft “heel” in a finished manner.
MOTOR plugs may become fouled either in starting or in operating the outboard and when this happens regularly, check the following points. One’s first suspicion of course is the use of the wrong type of plugs. Be sure your equipment coincides exactly with the manufacturer’s specifications, not only for the type of motor you use, but for the type of service you expect from and give it. Frequently plugs will be of too cold a type, not capable of burning themselves clean of fuel and oil. The remedy then is a hotter plug.
PROPELLERS are classified by the dimensions of diameter and pitch. The diameter of a propeller is the actual diameter of the circle cut by the ends of its blades. Pitch is the space or distance a propeller would actually advance in one revolution if it were turning in some solid material.
REGARDING shot sizes for waterfowl, there always have been two schools of thought, if that is a proper term. One has held consistently to big shot, the other to small. The same differences of opinion held when I was a youngster, and I knew one duck shooter who compromised by mixing his shot, from 7s to 3s, so that he could catch the birds coming or going.
WHEN A MAN takes up skeet he is likely to get the idea that the range at which the targets are broken is very short. He sees a diagram of a skeet field or a field itself and notes that it is only 20 yards from station 4 to station 8, and then he hears or reads that the “average” distance at which targets are broken is about 20 to 22 yards, and that therefore a wide open gun is required.
THIS appears to be another subject that won’t down. In a late issue of the “British Shooting Times” Henry Sharp gives the best sizes of shot for shooting gray geese as either BBB or A A. BBB in English sizes runs 60 pellets to the ounce, and AA 40 pellets to the ounce.
NOTHING may seem more remote to the average hunter in rifle shooting than Newton’s law of gravitation, yet because the force of gravity is ever present and affects a moving projectile the same as a stationary object, perchance a few suggestions will not be amiss.
A FEW WEEKS ago a young friend of mine dropped in after supper with a full-length obsolete military rifle and a tale of woe almost as long. “You know,” he told me, “I paid $3 for this thing—bought it off one of the boys down at the service station—and I want to make it into a practical hunting arm.
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.
V—The Danger Involved in Catching Snakes THE night of June 29 I caught 51 water snakes in a little over an hour. I am always being asked, “How are the chances to go out with you some time?” because people want to know how snakes are caught, expecting, of course, to see something exciting.
With the publication in the February issue of the Nature Fakers Column I think I will take issue with you since you seen to disparage the possibility of a snake milking a cow. Have several times heard my father tell, and he was not given to telling tall tales, of a cow his father had in Ohio that got to coming in dry at night.
During the last ten years the tendency of our gun and ammunition makers has been to keep increasing the loads for various gauges and making heavier and heavier guns, until it has reached the stage where a .410 gun now weighs as much as an old 20, and a 20 and 16 as much as a very light 12 bore.
NEW YORK hung up a new record this past fall—8,500 buck deer as against an average of less than 6,000 during the past three seasons. “There were four factors which accounted for the record number of deer being taken,” says Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne.
Scientific Self-Defence, by W. E. Fairbairn. D. Appleton and Co., New York. 165 pages, profusely illustrated. $3.50. After reading this book if there’s anything you don’t know about taking care of yourself in a tight place you ought to have a bodyguard.
Editor:—I would greatly appreciate your answering the following questions: 1. Are the copperhead and rattlesnake the only venomous snakes to be found in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, New York? 2. Which is the more numerous? 3. Do they follow a customary rule in selecting a homesite; if so please give description.
ALTHOUGH the Irish water spaniel has had little exploitation from his supporters or otherwise, the breed has gone on down through the years steadily gaining admirers among all wildfowlers and gunners. As one well-known breeder remarks, “The Irish water spaniel has never had a boom and he never needed one, for he never loses any friends once he makes them.”
THERE IS one little trick that I use in teaching my dogs retrieving that I have practiced successfully for the past 30 years and which I have never seen mentioned in books on dog training, at least not in any that I have consulted and I have read practically all of them.
Although the English setter has not figured frequently among the winners of the socalled major field trials of late years, there is no doubt that he still remains the popular idol among the generality of sportsmen and numerically he stands first among the registered bird dogs of the country.
Can you tell me something about the English bloodhound? I have recently heard it stated that specimens range all the way from 200 to 225 pounds. Is this dog an old breed?— J. G. G.. Wash. Answer:—The English bloodhound is conceded to be one of the oldest of the hound family that hunts by scent.
Question:—What treatment is recommended for canker of the ear?—J. D. M., Mont. Answer:—Keep moisture out of the ears as much as possible and wipe them with soft cotton on an applicator if they get wet. If there is a secretion or odor wipe them dry and then sprinkle Mulford’s B. F. I. powder deep into them and cover with an ear bonnet for a couple of hours.
“RABBITS are the bane of nurserymen,” says John W. Hershey, of Downington, Penn. “I have cussed and shot them every year. This past winter I was much concerned about my young nut trees. Our nursery became what looked like a rabbit zoo. I couldn’t see where they touched any of my trees, but noticed heavy rabbit concentrations in one block of trees.