JUST imagine, for a pleasant moment or two, that you had a month's vacation and all the money you needed to enjoy it to the utmost. Where would you go? What would you do? Perhaps you would take a canoe trip through some virgin wilderness, hunting with your camera rare pictures of big game, shooting spine-tingling rapids, casting for gamy fish that have never known the stab of a hook.
Stocking of Streams on Public Lands Will Bring More Enjoyable Sport to Anglers in Many Sections of Country
To improve angling conditions through out the United States, the Public Works Administration has allotted $639,500 to the Bureau of Fisheries. Although this is not an enormous sum compared with others being spent in Washington, still it should accomplish in a season or two some of the things desired by anglers.
THE farmer's loss seems to be wild fowl's gain. An historic Oregon ranch, becoming unprofitable for agriculture, has been acquired by the Bureau of Biological Survey to form what will be known as the Blitzen River Migratory Refuge. This 64,717-acre area, formerly belonging to the P-Ranch in Harney County, Oregon, will not only be important as a bird sanctuary but also of great value in insuring a water supply for the Lake Malheur Bird Refuge, which adjoins it on the north.
MORE than 65,000 sportsmen in Seattle, I Wash., have united to begin a campaign to preserve the natural resources of their state by ending water pollution. As a means to this end, they are supporting the sewer-rental bill pending before the present legislature that provides for placing the sewerage system on a public utility basis, as the water systems of the state are at present.
WHEN one considers the damage and annoyance hunters can cause on a farmer’s land, it is not surprising that the latter becomes violently prejudiced at times and refuses to let any sportsmen whatever come upon his place. Because a western Michigan club has considered his side of the case its members have succeeded in attaining such satisfactory relations with the landowners in that section of their state.
SCENES like this were common during the exciting days that followed the Civil War. Adventurers, flocking to gold towns, needed meat and hunters, for a price, went out and shot it. A remarkable chronicle of this ruthless slaughter starts on the opposite page
IN THE FALL of 1878, I quit buffalo hunting to look up some mining prospects in the Leadville, Colo., region. These prospects I had acquired by grubstaking an old trapper. I had naturally discounted his yarns, but when he begged me to “come a-runnin’” I came.
GOLDEN MOMENTS FROM AN ANGLING CAREER MAKE AN INSPIRING TALE
Claude M. Kreider
STRANGELY enough, it is not the day I took a record-breaking rainbow or the days I caught the legal limit that come vividly to mind when I sit down, as I often do, to relive in memory the thirty years I have spent in wading western trout streams. The days that live most enduringly in my mind often do so because of some small incident, some halfformed impression that has grown stronger with the years.
Many of the jungle tales of horror and mystery this adventurer believed but he balked at man-killing bats. Then came the awesome experience he here relates
Commander G. M. DYOTT
WHEN Jordan asked me if vampire bats really attacked people, I didn't quite know what to say. I knew what everybody else knew, that they live on rats and other small rodents, and, on previous trips, I had had trouble with them feeding on my mules.
With Only His Wits for Weapons, This Timber Cruiser Tries to Hold an Infuriated Bear at Bay. It's a Yarn to Make Hair Stand
Too Lazy to Be Dangerous
ROBERT E. WARD
NIGHT'S first hush was settling. Somewhere down the canyon two coyotes broke the silence with a medley of shrill howls. Still farther down, where the creek widened in a series of beaver dams, I could hear a lone moose wading noisily through a wealth of lily pads, climbing to the shore, and then idling into a spruce thicket.
There's little romancing about the angling throngs whose adventures are stirringly related here but they do bring back fish
TO ONE MAN, angling means a trip to Canada in quest of muskies, to another a placid lake, populated with fighting bass. To til1 others, mention of the sport conjures up alluring mental pictures of gleaming tarpon, thrashing warm Florida waters, or of a swift-running, mountain trout stream.
A bold and entertaining attempt to answer one of nature's most curious and perplexing riddles
Six Million Hunters
ARE you one of the thousands of hunters who have tramped the woods year after year and never have found the shed horns of a deer? Well, I am. I hunted for a dozen or so years without finding any. Then my curiosity became aroused. I thought the scarcity of antlers particularly strange because the section of Pennsylvania in which I usually hunt has been pretty well populated with deer for the last twenty years.
JUNE 14: Well, tomorrow the season opens. The old story: anglers hammering away at us with plugs all day long, struggling with backlashes and cussing. I plan to run down to the other end of the lake and see Joe. For a small-mouth, Joe is getting too fat.
DON'T BLAME SIGHTS or the weather for poor shooting until you have examined your stock. In this article, an expert tells what a good stock is and how it is made
H. W. Rodgers
"THIS rifle seems to change with the weather," a rifle owner moans. "Yesterday it shot almost perfect groups. And now it plasters bullets all over the target. Something must be wrong with the barrel or sights.” But, before you condemn the sights, the barrel or the ammunition, take a look at the stock.
EACH YEAR the fly question gives me something new to ponder over. Just when I feel that I have a positive solution to the problem, something turns up to upset all my fine calculations and make me wonder how much I really do know about it all. One year things work nicely according to formula.
COMING out of the stern waves, the first big one raced along the surface after the starboard teaser, his fin and tail cutting through the top of the water. The marlin’s long, narrow, purple side fins were extended like the wings of a bird, and his sword almost touched the teaser as he charged, even though Carlos had the boat going full speed and we were pulling in the teasers as fast as we could.
Surprises Greet You as You Read the Odd Uses Africans Find for Native Animals
WYNANT DAVIS HUBBARD
"IF YOU have any rhinoceros blood I'll buy all you have," an Indian trader told me one day at Mussangwe on the Zambesi in Portuguese East Africa. I did not have any, either fresh or dried, and consequently failed to put through a trade which would, so far as I was concerned, have been unique.
A STRANGE sport that furnishes lots of action for both fisherman and reader
BY THE latter part of July or the first part of August the Missouri River subsides to low water stage. Hidden bars peek forth and the muddy water clears slightly. It is then the river fisherman begins to get his jugs ready. Taking gallon varnish cans, glass or stone jugs, he ties to each of them a strong line to which a single hook is fastened.
The secrets of training your setter or pointer for autumn hunting, revealed in a lively article by experts at the work
H. E. ASMUS
TRAINING a bird dog must be undertaken in a systematic, continuous way. To develop him adequately requires a minimum of four months; and longer if he is backward. That means that this is the time to start training a dog if you hope to use him this fall.
IN THESE unusual drawings, Lincoln Lothrop tells how two men solved the perplexing problem of raising a foundered sailboat. The 30-foot sloop, Lady Luck, moored on a lake, sank during a heavy storm. By their skill and ingenuity the men raised and towed her to a shipyard in three days.
Any sportsman's subject you're interested in? We print as many of your letters as we can.
Rabbits Invade Town
Catches Bass Hard Way
Would Curb Sheep
Builds Crow Decoy
Farmers at Fault?
YOU have perhaps read about the jackrabbit hunts in this section of the country. The hunts and the kills are no exaggeration, nor are the hordes of rabbits an exaggeration, nor the fact that they are taking every bit of available feed in the country.
THE outdoorsman who carries a camera soon finds that, while his friends may enjoy looking at scenic views, the snaps that really excite interest and produce the most enthusiastic comment are the photographs that show people doing things.
Question: In photographing a very dark object against a dark background, how do you make it stand out?—B.L., Ark. Answer: Without seeing the object and the background, it is difficult to advise in such a case. Of course the best solution, when possible, is to move the object to a lighter background.
CALIFORNIA anglers for the last few years have not been idle. More anglers and better boats have been in evidence each successive summer and the 1934 Catalina season accounted for 225 striped marlin, with a good catch of the same fish reported from San Diego as well as from intervening waters.
A NEW authenticated world's record for wahoo was created early this year when a fish of this species weighing 124¾ 1bs. was brought to gaff on regulation 24thread linen line and standard heavy tackle by J. B. Stickney, of Honolulu. This fish was caught near Rabbitt Island, which is off the coast of Oahu in the Hawaiian group.
TARPON TOURNAMENT for eastern anglers at Venice, Florida, has influenced the Seaboard Air Line to operate special trains from New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington. The first left Saturday, May 25, and others will run June 1, June 8 and June 15.
Out of his rich experience, our angling editor writes helpfully of the lures and strategy that will stir up indifferent fish
SOMETIMES I question the generally accepted statement that bass are less susceptible than trout to crude fishing tactics, and the further statement, offered in explanation of the first, that bass are more moody than trout, that they either feed recklessly or not at all.
USE a round cork about 1¾ in. diameter. Place a swivel in the bottom and, to this, attach a sliding connection. The sinker must be just heavy enough to pull the line through the connection on the cork. Make a stop on the line with a roll half hitch.
DO YOU KNOW that the overturning of rocks in fast water above a pool will frequently make fish in the pool start to feed? Sometimes the most lifeless of days may be made quite interesting by doing this stunt. Apropos of this, I remember a meadow stretch of stream in which this trick worked to perfection.
Question: Will you please let me know the exact thicknesses of 1x, 2x, 3x, and 4x silkworm gut ?—H. A.K., Minn. Answer: Sizes of various gut manufacturers vary somewhat but the following table is used quite generally: lx, .009; 2x, .008; 3x, .007; 4x, .006.—R.B.
There IS Always One Knot That Will Serve Your Purpose Best
E. R. AUGUSTIN, JR.
WHEN EMERGENCIES ARISE on your camping, angling or hunting trip, a knowledge of tying knots may enable you to meet them. In this series of unusually clear pictures, is shown the way to make a wide variety of useful knots
An expert tells you how to get more pleasure out of your craft by using two sets of sails
E. T. Keyser
THE more I see of heavily sparred, canvas-covered canoes, the better I like the rig and arrangement I have used for many years. This rig is shown by the photo which shows the 17-footer lying gracefully on one side and displaying her innards. The craft has two mast seats and differs therein from the garden variety of canoe.
AN inexpensive, strong and easy-to-make boom for your catboat is made of 7/8in. yellow pine and consists of two pieces, 10 ft. long. Each piece is 2¼ in. wide at the forward end, tapering to 1¼ in. at the after end. They are fastened together with brass screws at right angles and form a “T” shaped boom.
Question: I have recently purchased a 14-ft. dory skiff. I desire to get some ideas and plans for constructing a sail and rigging for this boat, and am writing you in the hope that you can help me. The boat has no center board so I plan to use a lee-board arrangement of the type described for a canoe in a recent issue of OUTDOOR LIFE.
A ONE-NIGHT camp is a camp that is made and broken each day when you are traveling by canoe, pack horse, dog sled, bicycle, motorcycle or on your own feet and lightweight shelter is absolutely necessary. The problem, then, is to select a tent which will give the most shelter and room for the least weight, as this is the best insurance you can provide against unpleasant experiences especially in bad weather.
Question: Having read many helpful hints in your columns from time to time, I shall now ask you for a bit of information. Can you give me a formula for waterproofing canvas goods such as tents, clothing, canvas buckets, bags, etc. ? The waterproof in this case would have to be of such a nature as to leave canvas clothing and denim clothing (such as overalls, overall jumpers, etc.) in a pliable enough condition to be used for wear and at the same time not leave the clothing too heavy in weight.
MOST of us know by this time that the Bureau of Biological Survey has announced a regulation, signed by the President, making the use of magazine shotguns carrying more than three shells illegal. That may work a hardship on the manufacturers of pump and automatic shotguns, but so far as I know none has protested.
A RECENTLY invented rifle, claimed by its inventor to shoot a lead pellet with a velocity as high as that of one from the highest-power air rifle now on the market, uses springs for its propelling force. One of the guns, fired 600 times by the inventor, Magruder Andrews, of Macon, Ga., since 1932, is said by him to have revealed no loss of power or undue wear of working parts.
Question: The Ithaca Company says it built the first 10 gauge Magnum gun for you, and quotes you as saying you shot into a flock of ducks at 100 yds. and killed four and that you shot at three ducks flying close together at 84 yds. and killed all of them.
"WHEN duck, quail or doves pass to my right, I might just as well save my ammunition as shoot at them. They are perfectly safe,” a friend of mine remarked not so long ago. “Why don’t you visit a skeet field and get some practice on quartering birds?”
USING an automatic signaling device, attached to the side of the high-trap house, skeet shooters of the Penn Manor Club, at Morrisville, Pa., have found a way to overcome the awkward delay that often results when a broken target is thrown or a shooter makes a “Dutch double.”
Question: A few of us are planning on laying out a skeet field. Perhaps you can tell us something we would like to know. Can you tell us where we could get a couple of second-hand machines and traps in fair condition? As our funds are limited, we thought you might know of some concern who has what we want.
I HAVE seen many printed statement's recently, expressing the opinion that civilian rifle practice was dominated by the War Department. I am utterly at a loss to find any cause for such belief. I wish it were so. I fear that' those who express such an opinion are not well-informed.
THE new S. & W. .357 Magnum revolver is by far the most powerful hand arm that has ever been produced when taken in conjunction with the S. & W. .357 Magnum cartridge which was developed for the gun by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. The barrel is 8¼ in. long, which gives the 10 in. between the front and rear sights that is the maximum permissible in the Any-Revolver matches.
Question: In our town there is a club which has reclaimed some of the old cap-and-ball rifles which our grandfathers used, and we get quite a kick out of shooting these old-time rifles. I should like to know the approximate drop of the bullet from such a rifle at 300 yds., when rifle is sighted for 60 yds., and held at target without sight elevation.
NATURAL aptitude for dog training is in the blood. The successful trainer, whether interested in setters, pointers, spaniels or hounds, is born that way. A nonexcitable disposition, patience, and an insight into the dog’s character are necessary to success as a trainer.
HE'S off nose! One hears the complaint among fox-hound, beagle and bird-dog enthusiasts, but more commonly at field trials. Though all kinds of theories on the subject have been advanced, the problem is one of a dog’s physical condition.
Question: I have an English setter, 3½ years old, that I cannot handle. When I take him out, the moment I turn him loose he gets so far away that it is impossible to make him hear the whistle. It is not unusual to have him range mile away from me and I have found him as far as three miles from where I put him down and still going wide open.
RESURRECTION of a great, white hunting dog which disappeared from France in the sixteenth century, is the aim of a unique series of cross-breeding experiments now under way at New Haven, Conn. Leon F. Whitney, breeder of bloodhounds, is crossing modern dogs in an effort to reproduce the “lost” hound of Normandy.
Question: I own two flat-coated retrievers which involve a big expense in feeding. Please advise an inexpensive yet balanced diet.—S.V.W., Canada. Answer: Dogs subsist mainly on a protein diet and thrive on it if sufficient vitamins and roughage are included.
I DISCOVERED this quick-acting duffel bag several years ago on a canoe portage. A married couple from Chicago were making the grind with us. The wife was suddenly seized with an insatiable desire for some gimcrack or other. Her husband groaned.