IF YOU haven’t already gotten your fishing tackle down from the attic it is high time that you got busy for fishing comes in with a bang this month. Openings of the season on various species of fish during May run a very close second to those during April in the United States and if the Canadian provinces are counted May becomes a red-letter month.
AS A side line to a muskrat venture in which I became interested one summer, I hatched nearly 300 pheasants and about 75 mallards on my place in New York state. I raised very few of these to maturity. Owls and hawks got them first. At any time of day in plain view of the house, these predators would dive into the yard and make off with an expensive meal.
AS A means of supplementing the $8,500,000 farm-relief and wild-life-refuge program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the More Game Birds in America Foundation has announced a National Waterfowl Refuge Contest designed to promote the establishment of many thousands of small breeding grounds for ducks and geese in addition to those planned by the Government.
EELGRASS, which began to die out so rapidly in 1931 that a closed season was enforced to protect brant for whom it forms the principal winter food, is once more starting to grow along the Atlantic Coast, according to information supplied the Biological Society of Washington, D.C. by Clarence Cottam, of the Bureau of Biological Survey.
Soaring up to a lonely lake in the snow-capped Cascades, a band of daring anglers find a new way to take fighting Dolly Vardens
OTTO M. JONES
I NEVER thought, when I first became a fly-fishing enthusiast, that I would ever take a trip in which there was more flying than fly-fishing. After about thirty years of trout fishing, however, I did that very thing. As a member of a fishing party of seven, I flew to the fishing grounds, and experienced greater thrills from the flying than from the fishing.
An old-timer introduces two eastern tenderfeet to Steve and his battle-scarred pack of Rocky Mountain bear dogs. If you are looking for a tale packed with thrills and action this is it
FOR YOU TO DECIDE
Capt. Beverley Robinson
ABOUT the middle of April I got a letter from the foreman of a ranch that lies well up a beautiful valley on the Montana-Idaho border that the bears, coming out of winter quarters, had taken it upon themselves to cut down the supply of live stock.
THE question of determining the perfect combination of conditions for catching fish is in the mind of nearly every angler during most of the season. When to go, when not to go, where to go, what method to use, and in what section of any given piece of water to find fish—these and many other problems trouble the angler planning a trip.
INSTEAD of putting out teasers immediately astern, as is generally practiced in southern California waters by anglers seeking marlin swordfish, our three flying fish were being trolled twenty, thirty and forty feet obliquely back, with my baited hook ready to cast into the sea as soon as a worthy specimen showed that he was interested.
THERE was no question about the excited state of the miller in the little Devonshire village, in which I was stopping. His eyes were nearly popping from his head and his chest was heaving as if he had finished a Marathon. He had just climbed down the precipitous bank of the mill pond.
I did not want to go on that fishing trip with the Hired Man and Pop, otherwise known as Friend Husband. Most emphatically I did not. I had long since learned to regard fishing-trips with loathing and hate. What did you do? You walked a million miles, you waded thousands of streams, you got tired, and wet, and hungry and stiff and sore and cranky.
EVERY now and then the coyote—ki-o-tee if you are of the Southwest, ki-ote if your range is north of southern Nevada —comes in for wide publicity in outdoor magazines, live-stock journals, and even in the daily press. Usually it starts with some hard-working sheepman who, outraged by the loss to predators of a number of ewes and lambs, denounces the wild dog of the plains as a murderer and a major economic peril.
WHEN EVERY FLY HAS FAILED TO GET A STRIKE, AN ANGLER MAY WONDER IF TROUT LIKE ANY FOOD. HERE IS TOLD WHAT AN EXPERT LEARNED ABOUT THEIR APPETITES
A. J. Patch
AT LAST, the angler gets a break. Scientists have spent years studying the proper diet for pigs, and the poultry yards have been cluttered up with nutrition specialists searching for the right kinds of fodder to feed the promising young pullet.
FORTY years ago, a minister’s son in Albany, N.Y., received an ancient Belgian pistol for a present. That curious weapon, with brass barrel and a rim around its muzzle, first interested the boy, Albert Foster, Jr., in firearms. He determined to assemble a collection that would trace the whole history of gunmaking.
Plunging fearlessly into the tangled, tropical forests of Brazil, a daring hunter finds adventure as exciting as you've ever met
"TIGER MAN” the natives of Brazil call him, for tigre is their name for jaguar and Sasha Siemel is the only white man who has ever killed one of these beasts with a spear. In all, Siemel has accounted for 125 jaguars, twenty-seven of these having been slain with primitive weapons.
An Inspiring Account of the Gallant and Successful Effort of Nebraska Sportsmen to Tide Wild Fowl Over a Severe Winter
Increase Game Fund
FRANK CLAY CROSS
THE likelihood that some action would need to be taken to feed Nebraska’s bird life through the winter, became evident last fall long before the first snowfall. In other years, after the harvest season, there had always been grain, scattered over the fields and around the straw stacks left behind by the threshers.
In an article crammed with vital tacts, a dog expert gives you some tested tips on bringing out the best in your hunting dog
H. M. ROBERTSON
IMPORTANCE of breaking in pointers and setters to do their work while still young, and of training them to quarter their ground and to stand ready when they have found game cannot be overemphasized. No experienced handler will permit his dog to run wild till it is a year old and then expect it to be endowed with perfect manners in the field and a tender mouth.
Let Your Scoffing Friends Beware. It Takes But Little Skill to Turn Out These Proofs of Your Veracity
Protect Alaska Bears
C. BERNARD PETERSON
IN SOME respects the lot of the fisherman is an unhappy one. If, in his simple enthusiasm, he starts to tell a friend about a large fish he once caught, he must be prepared to see an expression of sophisticated unbelief overspread the friend’s face, or even to be asked some such insulting question as, “was it a rubber fish ?
UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SHYEST OF DESERT ANIMALS
SPORTSMEN who have hunted abroad know the ibex as one of the craftiest and wariest of all game—a creature with extraordinary powers of scent, sight, and hearing. Found in the deserts of eastern Egypt, between the Nile and the Red Sea, the ibex has only recently been photographed alive at close range.
Open Seasons During 1935 for Game Fish In the United States and Canada
QUICK INFORMATION FOR THE BUSY ANGLER
New found land
In the United States, the interstate transportation of black bass is governed by a Federal law which requires that all shipments of this fish be marked conspicuously “black bass,” and bear an accurate statement of the number of bass in the shipment, and the name and address of both consignor and consignee.
HAVE you ever wished you had tremendously long, invisible arms? They’d be mighty useful in taking pictures of wild animals and birds. Instead of wishing for long arms, why not investigate the possibilities of telephoto lenses? The advantages of being able to crawl up to a distant subject by optical means are obvious.
THE right rod and certain fundamental angling rules are necessary for success and pleasure in dry-fly fishing. The same applies to “bugging” for bass. Both methods require certain definite qualities in a rod. The following brief and honest article reveals some essential things you should know.
FREQUENTLY I am asked questions such as, “How do you go about dry-fly fishing? How does it differ from wet-fly fishing?” In answer, I have prepared the following short article on the first steps of dry-fly fishing. Assuming that you have the correct equipment, we shall start at the beginning.
Question:—Your reply to the angler who asked, “Is it possible for a bass to catch a bird on the fly?” interested me greatly because I also had an experience which makes my friends laugh every time I tell it. I’m glad to know that you have seen such a thing happen.
AN EXCELLENT bait-casting trace may be made of imitation silkworm gut. Besides being tough and flexible, it is more nearly invisible than wire. Personally, I prefer the three-ply twisted. It has a breaking strength of 38 lbs. (much more than needed) and yet is quite fine.
BROKEN scissors usually have one good blade which may be removed. If you grind the sharp side to a knife edge on an emery wheel and then grind teeth on the back side you will have a fishing knife of good quality and usefulness.—Frank Nemec, Wis.
Question: I have several negatives that are very thin. Can I intensify them to get better prints and what intensifier shall I use?—B.J., Mass. Answer: The question as to whether intensifying the negatives will improve their printing quality depends on the original cause of the thinness.
THE greatest known concentration point of big-game anglers is on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I could name hundreds of brokerage-house partners who, during the inactive years, have devoted probably an average of one day a week to business, five days to fishing and the remaining one to family affairs—providing there is still a family.
NEW ATLANTIC COAST CHART has been issued by United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, covering waters from New York Harbor to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, and including Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine shoals. CARRIER PIGEONS, first used off Miami Beach, will be introduced by the Beach Haven Tuna Club, according to Secretary “Bill” Baxter.
Question: Why does a cuttyhunk linen line show a 50 percent increase in strength when wet? —F. J. W., Jr., New York. Answer: Your letter was passed along to a leading line manufacturer and he comments as follows: “This is my personal opinion and may or may not be worth something.
NO OTHER possession of the sportsman responds so readily to proper care and attention as a boat, and no other possession shows neglect and untimely depreciation so soon. A general overhauling every spring and fall is advisable to keep any craft in condition to withstand ordinary service and an overhauling in the spring is indispensable.
A CANOE, or small boat, taken from the water when not in use suffers damage if it is left unprotected in the open. A practical method of storing it so it can be easily suspended from the roof of a garage is by means of slings. The slings are made of heavy canvas, and are provided with rings which join to the lower pulleys of the hoisting rope and tackle.— Ernest Phillips, Miss. TO PROTECT your boat from the edge I of a wood wharf, take a worn auto tire and cut into pieces about 12 in.
Question: I am considering an outboard motor for my boat, and should like to buy it equipped for electric starting. However, I have been told that purchasers of such motors have had trouble with them. I should value your opinion highly in this matter.
ALMOST every nautical amateur flirts with the idea of using an automobile engine in his boat. The idea has its attractions, that of economy probably being the outstanding one. But there are also many objections, many of which unfortunately are not perceived by the boatman until he has begun the installation.
HEAVY and light outboard motors may be wheeled to and from the boat with this carrier which is easily made of ordinary pipe fittings and pipe. The motor carrier consists of four lengths of I. D. pipe; two of them 36 in. long, and the top and bottom pieces 18 in.
MY PARTNER and myself had been waiting in ambush all afternoon at Wolf Pond clearings in the Adirondacks for a wise old buck that frequented the clearing. But luck was not with us and, disgusted, we started for camp. We were just entering a cattail swamp that laid between the clearing and the forest’s edge when suddenly three grouse broke out of a clump of alders in front of us and sailed beautifully across the cat-tails and disappeared into the spruce trees beyond.
Question: I am contemplating trading for a Springfield Sporter. This rifle has the magazine cut-off. I notice Sedgley and Stoeger grind the end of the magazine follower to permit closing of bolt on empty magazine. In doing this, do they remove the magazine cut-off on outside of receiver?—R.B., Mo.
OF COURSE, all of us know that we have the best guns and ammunition today that the world has ever known. Whether we can shoot any better is debatable. If we cannot, it is not our fault, because we have much less to shoot at compared with fifty years ago.
given me by my father, with “A. Greener” stamped on the side of it and “Belgium Royal Damascus” stamped on the rib between the barrels. I am unable to find any serial number. My father had this gun about 35 years and it is a very good-shooting gun, although it doesn’t look as well as present-day guns.
AS a rule, long columns of shot, that is, heavy shot charges for the gauge, string shot more than standard loads. The reason is that, with these maximum charges, the factory is almost certain to increase the powder charge to maintain standard instrumental velocities.
ALL skeet shooters try to help beginners at the game, but occasionally we hear given to both novices and men of experience in skeet shooting advice that I believe is misleading. I like to see this willingness of one shooter to help another, but on one particular point it seems to me the advisers are often mistaken.
Question:—I am wondering if you could inform me where I could find a skeet-shooting range in my locality. I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I would appreciate any information you can give me.—W.J.O’D., Ind. Answer:—The only skeet field of which I have record in Indiana is the Capital City Gun Club at Indianapolis.
A PACK BOARD is constructed on a design radically different from that of an ordinary pack, or ruck sack. A tightly stretched canvas drum on a light, sturdy wooden frame conforms to the wearer’s back, keeps projecting articles in the load from coming into direct and painful contact with the body, allows ventilation for the back, and prevents chafing.
The secret of this pot hook’s utility lies in the shape of the looped end which slips over the upright rod. This loop holds the hook at any desired height. Make these pot hooks from soft ¼ or 5/16-in. iron rods. Heat one end and bend into a loop. Then bend loop up into a right angle as shown in “C”.
YOU might think that anybody would know how to set up a tent as simple in design as the pyramidal auto tent, and yet I have met a number of campers who were not on to all of the tricks. I saw one fellow, camping for the first time, get inside his umbrella tent and start to raise the top and ribs before he had staked the corners fast.
Question: I have a fox fur that I am going to send away to be tanned and later made into a choker neckpiece. What is the proper way of secretly marking fur for positive identification. I have heard that even the better fur companies trade furs. I think I am dealing with a reliable firm but I do not want a doubt in my mind that the pelt was changed.—G. W. IV., New York.
ALTHOUGH comparatively a newcomer to this side of the Atlantic, the Labrador retriever has made rapid strides in recent years toward popularity in both the United States and Canada. It is unfortunate that it is not better known to all sportsmen who enjoy upland and marsh, stream and lake, bay and inlet shooting, for this sturdy gun dog, whose genesis is credited to the British Isles, is at home wherever the gunner wishes to use it.
BRED and trained in Georgia and used as a gun dog ever since she was a yearling puppy, Homewood Flirtatious, white-and-black pointer bitch, owned by Henry M. Curry, of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently won the national bird-dog championship. She carried a wild and enthusiastic gallery with her when she won the coveted title.
Question: In a recent issue you referred to some kind of a mechanical device to make a dog hold his head up instead of tracking on the ground. Can you tell me where I can secure one or how it is made? I know this is not an inherited trait in my dog as he did not always do this.
Dr. Hermann is glad to answer personally all letters from readers regarding their dogs' health. It should be remembered when writing him that serious illnesses cannot be treated successfully by a person unable to examine the dog. In such instances, a dependable local veterinarian should be consulted immediately.
CALL it what you will, trigger squeeze, trigger pull, or trigger press, the control of the act of actuating the trigger of a rifle so as to discharge it is the one most important act in good rifle shooting. In our Army, where more men are taught annually to shoot really well in both slow and rapid fire, our instruction manual has this to say relative to trigger control: “Men instinctively do the wrong thing in firing the rifle.