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Lake Smith, Virginia
Muskies in Northern Michigan
Michigan vs. Ontario
Canoeing Down the St. Croix
Near Iron River
Burt Lake, Michigan
I HAVE many memories of lonely places that reach out across the span of years and call to me. I've known some lonely trails and many a skyline has beckoned me. I’ve known the desert with its weird and changing moods and I’ve ridden the high plateaus.
SPORTSMEN of St. Joseph County, Mich., faced a serious conservation problem. Membership of the St. Joseph County Fish and Game Association, which had been organized with high hopes in 1929, had dwindled from its original total of 800 to almost nothing.
NUMBERLESS geese and ducks are once more making their home in the Big Grass Marsh at Gladstone, Manitoba, as a result of a movement by the Gladstone Board of Trade to restore the area to its original condition. “Prior to 1910 the marsh was a real sportsman’s paradise,” reports E. B. Pitbaldo, president of the Manitoba Game and Fish Association.
ANOTHER state, New Hampshire, was recently added to the list of those that have adopted the model administrative law recommended by the International association of Game, Fish and Conservation Commissioners. The new law establishes a Fish and Game Commission of five, with staggered terms, and authorizes the commission to select a director for an indefinite term.
WHEN it comes to food, white-tailed deer have their preferences just the same as human beings and very often they show just as poor judgment in choosing it. Dr. Gardiner Bump and his assistants of the New York Conservation Department recently conducted a series of experiments to learn the food preferences and requirements of the deer of that state.
MUCH benefit to the cause of game conservation results from the Norbeck-Kleberg bill signed by President Roosevelt on June 15, adding $6,000,000 more to the sum already appropriated for wild-life conservation. This bill covers a multitude of activities.
IN SOUTHWESTERN United States and northern Mexico, the tradition of the armed and mounted man is still strong. In spite of automobiles and the spreading network of good roads, which take hunters into the game country in which they can hunt on foot, a large percentage of the deer killed are taken by men on horseback.
ANGLERS who fish our Eastern streams often wonder why so few large brown trout are caught. Because this species grows almost as rapidly as bass or pickerel and is plentifully stocked, it would be logical to assume that a fair number of heavy fish would be taken every year.
HE LAUGHED AT PHEASANTS AT FIRST BUT THEY HAD THE LAST CACKLE
WILLIAM D. FRASER
"WHY, sure," exclaimed Phil in a tone that invited little argument. "The pheasant is the easiest bird in the world to hit.” We were returning from a preseason work-out with a liver-and-white pointer Phil had just bought. I must confess that the first bird we flushed had looked pretty easy as it sailed away across an open field.
STANDING under a straight rank of brightly colored umbrellas, 80 gunners bang away at fleeting clay disks. Spectators, crammed into a grandstand and crowded up close behind the gunners, send up rackety cheers. On the practice traps, other gunners swell the din with crackling volleys.
PART OF ISLE ROYALE'S COLONY IS SUBJECTED TO A NOVEL EXPERIMENT THAT INVOLVES A MOVING DAY AND A FERRY RIDE ACROSS THE LAKE TO MAINLAND
A HALF dozen of us were looking on, some seated on the top bar of the high corral fence, some on the ground, peering through the fence. It was an odd place for a corral, that birch and balsam of rocky, wild Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, where a cow would die of lonesomeness.
An angler who knew all about taking trout ventures out in quest of the rainbow's doughty relative and finds there are things a fisherman will never learn till he has come to grips with this Northwestern battler
SCIENTISTS may differ as to the origin of the steelhead, but anglers agree, 100 percent, that it's a fighter. Whether the steelhead is a rainbow trout that has gone to sea or whether it is a species of salmon, it’s one of the most belligerent fish a Pacific Coast angler can hope to hook.
When this dyed-in-the-wool hunter found his bride preferred football to upland birds, he plotted to make a Diana of her, with results that were not only amusing but extremely painful to his pride
HAVING been married only a few weeks, and still strange to the ways of wives, I came home long after dark on an October evening feeling like a conqueror. The pockets of my hunting coat were bulging with three woodcock, two fat partridges, and a cock pheasant.
AS WE had made our plans in advance, there was no need of a whispered consultation. I got up silently as possible and pointed my rifle toward the spot where I supposed the beast to be. Walker thrust out his torch in the same direction, and at my whispered.
The endurance of migrating birds, their unerring sense of direction, and their nesting habits have for years baffled naturalists who would explain them. In this article, new light is thrown on their strange travels
FRANK A. MONTGOMERY
IN THE fall of the year, when the early frosts are turning the leaves of the hard woods into a wonderland of scarlet and gold, and the hint of approaching wintry days is in the air, the stage is set for one of nature's greatest mysteries—the mystery of bird migration.
WHEN it comes to Selecting the gun and ammunition for big game, the authorities have a hard time agreeing. There was, for instance, Sir Samuel Baker, who lived a long life in savage lands. In 1891 he summed up his recommendations in “Wild Beasts and Their Ways” thus: “For all animals above the size of fallow deer and below that of buffalo, I prefer the .577, solid, 648-grain bullet with only 6 drams of powder.”
Seeking his first wild turkey, the author of this gripping true story cursed his luck when his gobbler got away... Not till later did he learn how really kind Fate had been
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
ALTHOUGH Dr. Carlton C. Curtis and myself expected excitement when we decided to hunt wild turkeys in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, we gave no thought to actual danger. The excitement, we believed, would come with matching our wits against those of these wily birds, not from brushing shoulders with death.
ON A DARK NIGHT THESE ARMORED SUBMARINES WILL GIVE YOU PLENTY OF THRILLING SPORT
H. G. STILLWELL
BENEATH the calm surface of a lake in the Rio Grande valley, the soft, penetrating rays of our gasoline lamp revealed a multitude of fish, gliding like ghosts. A big bass, like a creature of another world, fanned the water lazily with his fins and then darted with incredible speed into the darkness beyond our light.
Though their development has led to curious and startling experiments, nets today differ but little from those used in the Stone Age
ELSON A. PARRY
IF A woolly-headed, betel-chewing native from the jungles of New Guinea could be turned loose in the fishing-tackle section of a modern sporting-goods store, he would probably be less impressed by the display than we had fondly hoped. Among the shining gadgets, which are supposed to be the very last word in modern tackle, our breech-clouted angler would recognize much that is as old as his race, and older.
TO MOST hunters, tracks are merely an aid to bagging trophies. But, to Charles Urner, of Elizabeth, N. J., they are the trophies! When he goes hunting, he slings over his shoulder not a gun but a small, brown knapsack, containing a battered tin pan with a handle, a folding stove, a couple of cans of condensed-alcohol fuel, and 1 pound of heavy, yellowish paraffin.
THE other day I asked a photo finisher, who handles thousands of amateur films every month, what, in his opinion, caused the greatest number of failures in amateur snapshots. “I should say,” he answered, “that fuzziness was the principal trouble.
IN LIGHTNESS, convenience, and for protection against the cold nights which will be coming along soon, the sleeping bag is far superior to blankets even of the highest grade. There are a number of reasonably priced, ready-made bags on the market.
CUT a 2-ft. section from a large balloon inner tube. Roughen inside the ends and cement ends shut. Apply clamp while cement dries to make the pillow air-tight. Then cut a small hole on the outside curve near one end, insert valve from tube and tighten down its lock nut.
Question: I have finished a tent as described by you sometime ago, and am having trouble with the waterproofing treatment recommended. I melted the wax and then poured it into the turpentine, but it immediately solidified. Please tell me how to mix these.—G. L., Va.
Question: I notice that the iris diaphragm of the lens in my camera does not seem to be true. When I move it to the smaller openings, the shape of the hole is noticeably irregular and not exactly round as it should be. Will this affect the picture?—B. T. T., Mont.
PETROLEUM is to be preferred to fats and oils for cleaning a gun barrel, since some of the fats and oils do not protect the barrel from rust. Some oils get gummy and others become rancid, and, by exposure to the air, acids are formed which attack the steel of the barrel.
THE best muskie fishing I've ever had has been in the Lake of the Woods country of Ontario. It is from this section that most of the prize-winning fish are taken, and many of its lakes are still practically virgin territory, offering unlimited possibilities to the angler with time and money to fish them.
Editor: I read your tip in a recent issue about leaders floating because of grease on them and want to know if this is the only reason why they float. I always put my leader on last and wash my hands before doing so. I also draw the leader through soap but despite this it floats after the first five or six casts, that is when fishing dry fly.
SEPTEMBER is usually a month of rare charm and it's also a time when you may expect some good fishing. In New Jersey, trout anglers will be out in vast numbers and, if the weather holds good, they may expect many tight lines. On meadow streams, a grasshopper, or a fly which looks like a grasshopper, will be of great value.
I HAVE discovered that a few links of ordinary chain are less likely to foul and much easier to free when hung up than the ordinary sinker. You may use two, three or more links, according to the size of the chain and the weight desired. —Jim McTimmonds, Calif.
PLANNED fishing frequently rubs some of our best sportsmen the wrong way. Much of this planning could obviously be omitted for the best interests of the sport as a whole. Tackle classifications are far too numerous in some localities and at times very confusing.
Question: We have a lot of tuna off our coast every summer. I have always wanted to try my luck. I wish you would tell me what I need for line, rod, and reel for tuna, also bait. I have a 35-ft. launch which I believe would take care of the boat part of it.
A NEW world's record for blue marlin was established on June 18 when Thomas H. Shevlin, of New York, 21-year-old son of Tom Shevlin, former Yale football star, landed a 636-lb. fish. The catch was made in Bahaman waters off Bimini from the Florida Cracher II, captained by Bill Fagen.
CRUISING by outboard on the nation's countless navigable rivers, interconnected lakes, and costal waterways offers the vacationist and camper a wholly new recreational and zestful means of exploring our enchanted water trails. New sights are to be seen and new waterways to be discovered.
WHEN the bottom of a flat-bottom boat needs renewing, a replacement can sometimes be made by using a sheet of composition wood. Lay the old bottom on the sheet, mark the outline, and saw to shape. If the bottom ribs are farther apart than 15 in.
AT FIRST glance, lead would not appear to have a great deal of connection with elevation. Lead is a product of knowledge and experience; correct elevation is due to gun fit. No man can get his correct lead from reading what I or anyone else may write.
ORIGINALLY designed as a game to be played during the close hunting season, skeet has now become one of the greatest competitive sports in the country. At first, every shooter who tried skeet used his regular field or duck gun, and, while each man strove for good scores, nothing was gained or lost by an occasional missed target.
Question: We are about to organize a skeet club and if you would be kind enough to tell me where we can obtain suitable traps, how much they would cost, and plans for a field, it would be greatly appreciated.—H. B. R., Wyo. Answer: You can get all the information on laying out a skeet field, building the trap houses and on how to run a shoot from booklets issued by the ammunition companies.
Question: How will a raised rib affect the elevation for one who has always shot a pump gun with plain barrel? Some tell me that the rib will be fine after I get used to it, but will fool me when I change to a plain-barrel gun again. What is your opinion?
OUR SHOTGUN EDITOR TURNS TO ANOTHER FIELD TO ASK AND ANSWER SOME PERTINENT AND INTERESTING QUESTIONS
Breaks World's Record
COL. TOWNSEND WHELEN
WITH the exception of a certain line of automatics, now obsolete, I have tested only one modern rifle that wouldn’t place 10 shots in a 3-in. ring at 100 yd. However, the lever-action man should confine himself to factory ammunition in big game shooting, for hand loads are just an invitation to trouble.
Question: I have never learned why a rifle needs to be sighted each day to hit the bull. I have noticed that I could not hit the same each day, but considered the trouble was in the eye, the object not being where it looked to be. I have never heard this explained.—F. J. C., Wash.
TO PREVENT undue wear on a pistol or revolver barrel during the cleaning process, I have devised a cleaning-rod guide that can be snapped over the muzzle instantly. Through one end of the cylindrical attachment runs a bore just big enough to admit the cleaning rod.
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Another Remarkable Shot
Takes Issue With Askins
Am I Screaming!
Capt. Robinson's Bear
Duck Nests in Tree
EDITOR Outdoor Life
A RECENT issue of OUTDOOR LIFE printed a short article by “T. W.” entitled “Most Remarkable Shot.” The circumstances described remind me of a somewhat similar occurrence which took place many years ago. A 15-year-old lad had the happy experience of being allowed for the first time to go alone into the woods with a big-caliber moose rifle.
EVERY rifle, unless intended solely for deer or squirrel hunting where one shoots almost exclusively in the standing position, should have a gunsling. When properly used, it adds tremendously to one’s accuracy in the sitting or prone position and it is handy for carrying the rifle when the hands are otherwise occupied.
THERE has always been an argument over what size shot is the best to shoot ducks with. One shooter will swear that nothing less than 5’s are worth a whoop. The next will say that 7½’s will do the work more efficiently. A load of 7½ will kill a duck at 40 yd.
PONDERING over William Cary Duncan's article, "Color Doesn't Make a Bird Dog," in a recent issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, I found a number of questions running through my mind. Did you ever locate a motionless deer against the dun background of autumn by the white patch on its throat and so identify it?
PAPA Dionne was scarcely more surprised when the quintuplets arrived than was J. H. McCullough, of Sedan, Kansas, when his Irish setter recently presented him with 23 puppies, all but six of which were sound and healthy. At the end of 2 weeks they were just about as vigorous as a normal litter.
IT took J. A. Sanches Antunano, whose hobby is raising bird dogs at his home in Yucatan, Mexico, only 1½ hours to complete the yard training (including retrieving) of his dog, Whoopee, a grandson of Comanche Frank. In his recently published book, “Practical Education of the Bird Dog,” the senor writes:
ONE of your recent correspondents wondered if his dog was ruined by having taught it to retrieve. I have a hound, which, when it was a pup, I taught to retrieve any kind of game or other object. After she learned to run rabbits, I shot a rabbit over her and had her bring it back to me.
THE article, The Spaying Question, in a recent issue of your Dog Department should interest a great many readers. Many hunters would prefer a female to a male dog, but hesitate to get one because of the annoyance of the heat periods and the possible effect of spaying on the hunting instincts.
Question: I have a 3-year-old beagle that has developed into a wonderful hunter and throws her whole heart into her task. However, she has one fault. She does not stop to hunt me up at regular intervals.—G. K. I., Ind. Answer: If the dog is hunting and on a hot trail, it is not advisable to call or scold her simply because she does not look you up.
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.
AFTER years of living in remote spots little frequented by man, I am no longer easily astonished by any display of “almost human intelligence” on the part of wild animals. But I recently witnessed a performance of two Alaskan mountain goats, which did impress me as an amazing example of devotion and unselfish courage.