If You Had a Month's Vacation WHERE WOULD YOU GO? $5 for the best letter
Province Lake, New Hampshire
Glacier National Park
Boating in New England
No Trouble at Customs
"SMALL-MOUTH bass are calling me. That’s my bid for a topping good vacation, any old time, and with any old bank roll. It does not cost much to have a topping vacation at Province Lake, New Hampshire. This lake, near Wakefield, is reached by fine roads, and is not much settled.
THERE must be no more trapping of wild ducks or taking their eggs for private propagation purposes. Hereafter, anyone who wishes to breed wild ducks must obtain the ducks or eggs from commercial game farms, which are able to furnish ample stocks of waterfowl, bred from pure, wild strains.
BIRDS have their own idea of where home is, says Frederick C. Lincoln, naturalist of the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey, and this idea should be considered by anyone who plans new “homes” for migratory waterfowl. Homing instinct, says Lincoln, does not develop strongly in a migratory bird until after it has first nested.
HAVE you ever stopped to estimate how much a black bass is worth? If asked the question, your first thought would be of the market place, where the bass would bring from 15 to 30 cents a lb. But Talbott Demmead, law-enforcement officer of the United States Bureau of Fisheries, would give you a different answer.
THE Oklahoma Game and Fish Commission recently launched an intensive quail restoration program, which will assure better cover and food conditions for the bob-whites of that state. This program calls for a farm-to-farm canvass by competent committees selected for the purpose, to secure pledges for planting feed patches and maintaining quail cover.
CROWDED by civilization, the 20,000 elk of the Jackson Hole herd have become a serious problem. They have lost so much of their hereditary range in Wyoming that they can no longer find adequate supplies of forage on lands reserved for their use.
FLORIDA recently passed a bill to stop the sale of black bass. Florida conservationists had tried repeatedly to stop the sale of black bass, but until this year met defeat. This action eliminates the chief source of supply of black bass for the market. The only other source of note is Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.
IF in the past anyone had asked me what big game trophy I would most like to take I would unhesitatingly have answered, “A mountain sheep.” Tales of stalking the king of the high cliffs and the crags had always fascinated me. However, I had felt sure that this kind of hunting was not for me.
NOT all the joys of surf fishing lie in the sheer excitement of pulling a fighting fish from the ocean's white-capped treasure chest. It has a thrilling uncertainty as well, for there is always the possibility, even when you are fishing for a definite species of fish, such as channel bass, that some huge shark, stingray or other uninvited guest will pick up your bait and tear out to sea to the accompaniment of a screeching reel.
ANIMAL TRAINERS HAVE DONE MANY AMAZING THINGS BUT FEW SO DARING AS THE STRANGE FEAT DESCRIBED IN THIS UNUSUAL YARN
News for Mr. Moose
MOST REMARKABLE SHOT
I DIDN'T believe it, either. When I first heard that Ben Magavern, of Bridgman, Mich., uses a full-grown mountain lion along with his dog, to retrieve rabbits. I made up my mind that, to put it mildly, somebody with more enthusiasm than knowledge of animals had been indulging in a little flight of fancy.
The Lively Tale of Three Angling Sleuths Who Tracked Down the Fish That Changed Their Spots
OTTO M. JONES
Cow Elks With Horns
ON MANY occasions I had heard of a mysterious species of fish inhabiting Washington Lake in south-central Idaho. Enthusiastic but unscientific fishermen had identified these baffling and elusive fish as everything from bass to grayling.
HE WAS my first bird dog, an undersized liver-and-white pointer of uncertain lineage, named Spot. I bought him forty-eight years ago, when I was thirteen, for $5 in cash and other valuable considerations, including half a dozen brass shotgun shells and a Barlow knife.
AT NIGHT, when parties are camped in isolated valleys in the Colorado Rockies, tourists hear in the stories of the guides strange descriptions of weird animals, not found in the textbooks. Ghastly tales are told of the terrible fate of Sourdough Pete, when he ate a rubberado, or of Placer Bill, when he inadvertently stumbled over a whirling whimpus.
Fishing for Perch with Uncle Fletch Is an Adventure to Make Even the Bravest Hesitate. The Dangers and Secrets of His Curious Methods Make an Amusing Tale
"ANYTHING in it?" I asked. "Plumb full, I reckon." "What kind ?" "Pyerch." "Bite?" "If you give ’em what they want." "What do they want ?" "That," Uncle Fletch answered judgmatically, "will keep till tomorrer. Hit’s been a-keepin’ for nigh onto a month, and hit can keep a spell longer.
AS I wrote last month my first thirty days as a market hunter had netted me nearly $1,000. It seemed too good to last, and it was. Early in September I suffered my first serious reverse. But let my diary tell the story : September 3. Ran into a little bad luck, which accounts for the lapse in my diary entries.
Step Into the Boat With Our Angling Editor and Let Him Tell Graphically How He Sizes Up a Strange Lake and How You, Too, Can Catch More Big Fish
IT IS often said that lake fishing could never have the charm of stream fishing and that trout offer a degree of uncertainty that could never be found in the pursuit of other species. Along with this platitude we usually hear another which stresses the importance of specialized angling methods for trout and the lack of their need when fishing for game fish not so high in the social scale.
After a kibitzer tells a group of experts what is wrong with their pistol shooting, an extremely interesting experiment with sights follows. The results will startle you and may upset your previous views
WALTER G. DANA
THERE was a pungent odor of burned smokeless powder in the air of the range room of the Greenwich Revolver Club, of Greenwich, Conn., where we sat around a table back of the firing line. The merry clang of bullets on steel plates was at its height when a member dropped in for a few minutes with a guest.
Experts, in the world's queerest library, get the goods on birds of prey by studying stomach contents
Adventures With Buffalo
EVEN in Washington, D. C., a city famed for remarkable libraries, one of the libraries maintained by the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey stands out as unique. The backbone of this strange collection of information consists of 200,000 stomachs of birds and animals.
Go with these adventurers into the wilds and bitter cold after one of the oddest and most elusive of animals
TWO shells with which to kill one giant panda seem few indeed, particularly when you have already thrown one of the shells away. In fact an entire arsenal would have seemed quite meager to me the day last December when in the remote Tibetan border land, I frantically struggled to load my rifle while a bloody-mouthed panda shuffled closer and closer to me.
Taking trout and gold from one of the oddest mountain streams an angler ever saw
STANLEY FOSS BARTLETT
DEEP in the foothills of the White Mountains, near Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine, lies one of the strangest rivers on earth, a stream that in Indian legend is called the River of Stone. And the Indian legend is not far wrong ; it looks for all the world like a turbulent mountain stream that by some conjuring trick has been transformed into rock.
HERE IS A PRACTICAL WAY TO USE SIMPLE HELPS TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE WILDS
T. C. VAN ALSTYNE
ONLY a person who knows very little about the woods attempts to minimize the danger of getting lost in strange territory while on a fishing or hunting trip. Almost the first tale you hear on reaching camp concerns the harrowing experiences of persons previously lost in that neighborhood.
An expert tells how to record the events that make an outdoorsman's trip enjoyable
ALFRED P. LANE
THERE are two ways to go at this business of carrying a camera on your next outing. If you take it just to be prepared for exceptional picture-taking opportunities, the chances are you’ll come home with mighty few pictures or perhaps with none at all.
ANY SPORTSMAN’S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN.
Thinks Tiger Grew Coming to U.S.
Hornets and Woodchucks
Poisoned by Rabbit Fur
How Many Ears Has a Deer?
An Outdoor Range
Sorry for the Coyote
EDITOR Outdoor Life
I READ with a great deal of interest the story Six Hundred Pounds of Fury, by Commander G. M. Dyott, in your excellent magazine. A very interesting story. With due apologies to all concerned, I wish to state that there never was a tiger kittened that weighed 600 lbs.
Surprising Bits of Evidence Are Offered by Our Angling Editor to Show How the Hue of Your Lure Affects the Size of Your Catch
I'VE heard many anglers claim that fish do not know one color from another. So have you. But have you ever known any angler to use any color indiscriminately? Who would choose a plug or fly from a motley collection without carefully considering the color combination?
Question : I am located on Beaver Island, Lake Michigan, and want specific instructions as to how to catch lake trout on hook and line— the lures to use, the depth of water to fish, the season of year, etc. We also have an inland lake containing northern pike.
HAVE you ever attempted the exasperating and almost impossible feat of extracting one cricket or grasshopper from a container before three or four of his kin folk hopped out? If you have, then possibly this simple suggestion from a fisherman friend of mine will prove helpful.
REGULARITY and roundness in the gut is one of the principal things to look for when buying leaders or the gut to tie them with. Assume, for instance, you had a 1x leader which was not true throughout its length. Suppose just one strand had a spot where the gut ran down as small as 3x or 4x.
IN THE early days, angling for swordfish was an adventure. Since no one knew what to expect, most people who tried the new sport were constantly bewildered. At times they had reason to believe they might possibly be as insane as many others, including their guides, considered them.
Heaviest Big Game Fish of Various Species (Over 100 Pounds) Caught With Rod and Reel
*Confusion of species and failure to file complete data leaves records open. No fish are considered eligible for records unless unmutilated, witnessed, and taken by angler unaided on rod and reel and according to tackle specifications and accepted angling club rules and practices of the locality where caught.
THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION at San Diego this summer will afford an opportunity for real big game fishing, as the casual visitor will find fully equipped boats for the great sport around Point Loma. The principal species include giant striped marlin, blue-fin tuna, albacore, dolphin, yellowtail, and a dozen other species.
Question: I have just bought a telephoto lens for my moving-picture camera and I am wondering how I am going to tell how big a field it covers. The finder lens is not marked for telephoto lens, but I have found that it shows exactly what appears on the film when I use the regular 1-in.
HOW about your ground tackle ? Is your anchor something you selected merely because it is easy to drop overboard and raise, or is it a real man’s-size bit of equipment that will keep you off a lee shore when a gale springs up? If you have never yet been in this predicament and therefore do not know whether your outfit would keep you out of trouble, here is the seaman’s rule with which to measure the efficiency of your present rig.
Question: Could you give me some information about building a stern-wheel paddle boat? Our river is too shallow for inboard boats. I plan to use a 2-horsepower Wittu farm engine, 500 r.p.m. What would be the best shape to build the boat, length and width?
A SIMPLE telltale to show wind direction will assist in making the most of the wind. The one shown is made of a ¼-in.-diameter iron rod, threaded at one end. Two nuts are attached to secure the vane and pennant. The vane and pennant are free to swing in any direction.
SOME campers and anglers during the mosquito season wear head nets and gloves. Others rely on repellent dopes smeared over the exposed parts of their skin. A few of the most experienced use both nets and dope, and possibly a small minority merely suffers.
GET a piece of cardboard or tin, 6 in. square. Punch a hole in its center large enough to slip over the skillet’s handle. This shield will prevent the heat of your campfire burning your hand.—Maurice Mock, Mo. THIS convenient device for supporting skillet and pots over your campfire is made of strip iron, 1 in. wide and 3/16 in. thick.
Question : I would like to know where a knife such as the Mexicans throw so accurately can be purchased.—B. K., Ind. Answer: Most throwing knives are made by hand by the users. However, about three years ago one company decided to make a throwing knife and submitted three samples to me for tests.
LAST WINTER, I received a great many letters concerning short-barreled guns. The world over there seems to be an odd tendency to prefer shotguns with short barrels. I regard this partly as a not altogether logical follow-your-leader business.
HERE is a "log” cabin built of .22 rifle shells by George O. Trier, of Park Ridge, Illinois. The little building, measuring 11 ins. x 9 ins. is 10 in. high and required 1,700 shells, obtained from a rifle and pistol range, 3 lbs. of solder and 30 hours of labor to build.
EVERY now and then somebody bobs up with the discovery that if the speed of a shot charge over a 40-yd. course is an average of 800 ft. a second, and if a fast duck is traveling 100 ft. a second, then the speed of the shot is only 8 times that of the bird.
Question: Are the barrels of a double-barrel shotgun parallel ? If the barrels run parallel, isn’t it true that you are not shooting directly at the target but to one side? Assuming that the shot stayed together as one ball and you pulled both triggers at the same time, would the shot cross?
TWO years ago skeet shooters began to suggest plans to equalize the chances of those who use 12, 16, and 20 gauge guns in matches. One of the plans was a handicap based on the shot load, and another was the proposal of C. R. Danielson, then president of the Northern California Skeet Association, to limit all three gauges to 1 oz.
Question: Could you please advise us where we could find information regarding the equipment and layout for a skeet field?—E.V.B., London, Canada. Answer: If you will write to the following companies and ask for their booklets on skeet and skeet fields, you will get the information you want: Remington Arms Co., Bridgeport, Conn.; Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, Conn.; Western Cartridge Co., East Alton, I11.
I HARDLY ever receive a patch of correspondence without finding a letter stating, “I do my best work with a double gun, and do not like a pump or an automatic.” However there will probably be one or two letters stating just the contrary. Now I am curious to know the reason for this.
BECAUSE collective effort is usually better than working alone, I wish to emphasize the benefits that come to a rifle shooter from joining a rifle club. We have a great many such clubs in this country, almost every city of any size having at least one.
THEY call him the dachshund, the teckel, the badger dog, and sometimes, in derision, the sausage dog—the dog that is sold by the yard. He has been, and still is, a subject for comic strips and humorous columns, but, for his inches, the lowly dachshund, or German badger dog, is the gamest little canine that ever wore hair.
Question: I am a young fellow thinking about breeding beagles and would appreciate it if you will give full particulars about the age the female must be, how old the sire must be, how many litters can be raised in a year, how many puppies are likely to come from each litter and whether you think it would pay.
Question: I have a really splendid English bulldog male pup, eight months old, weighing 45 lbs. I secured him from a “hobby” breeder in Oklahoma, in whom I have great confidence as a breeder. He weighed 28 lbs. when I got him. After he became accustomed to the change in surroundings and in diet, he did very nicely.