IT IS fast approaching the season of the year when the red blood in all sportsmen asserts itself and the only cure possible is a sojourn in the big woods, in cabin or tent, with the smell of balsam or pine and the solitude of the great outdoors. Last year I had all the symptoms of this malady.
A 30-DAY open season on migratory waterfowl, and drastic restrictions to reduce the annual kill, have been announced for the current season by the Bureau of Biological Survey. The shooting season, which applies to geese, brant, jacksnipe, and coot, as well as to ducks, will open in Northern states Oct. 21 and close Nov. 19.
AN INGENIOUS new water-snake trap, designed by Elmer L. Pilling, game protector at Philipsburg, Pa., is intended as a safeguard against fishkilling reptiles in rearing ponds and streams. Constructed of ⅜-in.-mesh galvanized wire, the trap has wings at each end to guide the snakes into the funnels which form the entrances.
SWEEPING changes in game-control methods are promised sportsmen throughout the country by the American Wildlife Institute, recently organized by a large group of outstanding industrialists, publishers, and sportsmen. Discarding the word “conservation” in favor of “restoration,” the new organization, it is announced, will strive not merely to maintain the present stock of wild life but, by restoring favorable natural environment, will attempt to increase the quantity of fish and game.
These loving little fellows require intelligent training, but it need not be irksome if you follow these hints
GROWING popularity of cocker spaniels as hunting dogs focuses attention more than ever upon this breed. While only 26 pointers were registered in the American Kennel Club Stud Book in 1934 and 24 in the first 5 months of this year and only 138 and 244 setters were registered in the same periods, cockers leaped from 550 to 762.
ON THE 18th of December, 1933, being far out in Alaska and practically out of everything else—having a badly depleted larder and a sadly depreciated poke—and being, among other things, most urgently in need of meat, I had the good fortune of taking out of circulation a 6-foot bull moose that gave me all the meat, kick, and grief my system could very well stand.
Who would think that even fast, sporty little Ozark bobwhites could divert a hunter's attention from crafty, old wild turkeys? Yet here Chance starts a few adventures that will make your trigger finger itch
Guy W. Von Schriltz
IF MY meager knowledge of Latin literature doesn’t play me false, it was Terence who wrote: “How often things happen by chance which you would not dare to hope for.” This is true. So true that down through the centuries since Terence lived and died his words have become a proverb.
A PIONEER OF THE SPORT TELLS HOW TO TAKE DEEP-SEA GIANTS
Hooks a Salmon, Catches Eel's Backbone
Capt. George Farnsworth
The London Sketch
I HAVE seen a 155-pound marlin—tiger of the sea—jump from the Pacific 104 times in a frenzied effort to shake himself from a line that could easily be broken by a direct pull of 16 pounds. I’ve seen broadbill swordfish weighing ¾ ton jerking themselves loose from steel hooks and heavy lines.
STORM WOULD HAVE KEPT MANY HUNTERS INDOORS BUT FOR THESE IT MADE MORE EXCITING SPORT
WE LOOKED forward impatiently to the North Dakota chicken season even though opening day fell on the date of the fall equinox. What a date to select! Didn’t the game officials know that there was always unsettled weather at that time ? And didn’t they know that chickens can be successfully hunted only on warm, sunny days ?
EACH fall a horde of hunters comes north to follow the trail of the white-tail over windfalls, through the hard-wood slashings and tamaracks. Alert, and ready to shoot at the bobbing, white flag and antlered head of the buck, they carry .30/30’s, and spin tall yarns in their stuffy camps.
The capture of these fleet, shy creatures was full of thrills and difficulties before the end
B. B. HUME
UNTIL recently, skulls alone were the mute evidence that there ever was a concrete reason for the name of the Big Horn Mountains in northeastern Wyoming. For years the name had mocked the sportsmen of Sheridan. There were other kinds of game in abundance on the eastern slopes of the mountains—plenty of deer, elk, blue grouse, bear; plenty of everything, ironically enough, except bighorns, the game these sportsmen prize most.
Searching for a Pastime, An Angling Minster Finds a Fascinating Hobby That Helps Him to While Away ldle Hours and Earns Him the Praise of Scientists
WALTER E. BURTON
ALL work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. And you can’t be dull and keep your congregation awake every Sunday morning. Thus at least thought the Rev. R. E. Eshmeyer, pastor of the Bloomfield Reformed Church, Bloomfield, Ohio. So Eshmeyer became interested in a hobby which has brought him not only pleasure but considerable fame as well.
A ONE-TIME HUNTER REVEALS THE SECRET OF HIS LOST INTEREST IN BIG GAME STALKING
IT’S a long hop from a duck blind in Currituck Sound, N. C., to the island of Ceylon, but my friend in the grassmatted boat beside me made it conversationally without even getting breathless. Because the ducks were so few and the day so cold, it was perhaps only natural that his thoughts should turn to the warm climate of India—and elephants.
BY AIRPLANE, fast truck, and refrigerated express car, bloodworms and sandworms are rushed daily from Massachusetts and Maine to provide superior bait for salt-water anglers. These aristocrats of the worm world rank at the top as bait for weakfish, flounders, sea bass, and kingfish.
IN MUD-WALLED Afridi mountain strongholds along the Indian-Afghan boundary, in the famous Kohat Pass, outlaw tribesmen rival civilized man’s best rifles with family weapons turned out by hand and crude homemade turning devices. Nearly every village makes a few parts and some produce complete rifles.
It Was Hard to Get Walt to Talking, at First, But After He Once Got Up Steam He Certainly Had a Thriller to Relate About the Big One That Didn't Get Away
WALT operates a cigar store. In addition to operating a cigar store, Walt is a fisherman. Perhaps I should have mentioned the fishing first, because that seems to be more important to him. The only reason I mention the cigar store at all is that it is there he keeps his trophies, mounted bass, pike, trout, and muskies.
Open Seasons for Big and Upland Game, 1935-36, United States and Canada
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
HEREWITH, in convenient and easily readable form, OUTDOOR LIFE presents the only complete and detailed compilation of new big and upland game laws appearing in a sportsmen’s publication. The information covers open seasons, bag and possession limits, and laws regulating interstate transportation of game in every state in the United States, every Canadian province, and in Newfoundland.
A PHOTO FINISHER told me not long ago that, of all the bad photographs caused by failure to estimate the correct exposure, at least 90 percent can be attributed to underexposure and only 10 percent to overexposure. My own early experiences taking snapshots and a critical examination of thousands of amateur photographs check very closely with this observation.
Question : Assume you are taking pictures on a bright, sunny day and you take first a picture with the sun directly behind you, and another with the sun directly in front of you but so high up that it does not come anywhere near being in the picture.
THE time to prepare for going into commission in the spring is before you pull your boat out of the water for the winter. If you live in a private dwelling and your craft is small enough to hibernate in a sling in the garage or on horses in the cellar, you win the first points of the game.
I HAVE always had starting trouble with the magneto. Sometimes I would have a spark, and at other times none. Rather than go to the expense of having the magneto repaired, I made up my mind to convert my outboard motor from a magneto ignition to one using a heavy-duty battery.
Question: I wonder if you could help me solve my problem in relation to my boat. I have a 30 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 2 ft. 6 in. motor cabin cruiser, made by Palmer Bros., Cos Cob, Conn. This boat tapers down from amidships to about 4 ft. 6 in. at the stern water line.
THIS simple method will make the work of butchering killed game less distasteful and unpleasant. It will also help to keep the meat sweet and avoid the objectionable taste sometimes detected in carelessly handled venison. If the deer is dead when discovered, it is useless to stick it because dead animals seldom bleed from the throat.
FOR roasting meat, the primitive Indians of the Northwest use an interesting method that is seldom seen nowadays, since most Indians are now supplied by traders with the modern and indigestion-producing frying pan. I think that all but the older hunters are entirely unfamiliar with the stunt.
Question: Please state what one can wear in a snake area to protect the legs? I have always heard that rubber boots are impervious to snake fangs. Is this true? Are composition waders a protection? The Piute Indians wear leggings made of sheep skins, with the wool on the outside.
A GUIDE made this stove with only his belt knife, a few copper rivets, some empty oil tins and a hand ax for tools and materials. It kept our camp warm for a month and at times, when the weather was too rainy and cold for an open fire, we cooked our meals on it.
WHILE you are planning auto camping trips for next summer, give a little thought to the way you will carry your provisions. The old, haphazard way of loading up with odd boxes, jars, and containers is wasteful of space and a trial to the cook. Most of the patent auto “buffets” and “kitchenettes” on the market are marvels of efficiency so far as space arrangement goes, but they pay too little attention to the main problem of keeping the food in wholesome condition.
ONLY one of two things cause a toothache. First is exposure of the nerve to air, cold, fermenting food or moisture. Second is a dying tooth which is abscessing. Ordinary toothache can be stopped in camp and on the trail by spruce gum, bacon fat, gun grease, petroleum jelly or anything that will keep air or moisture out of the cavity.
INTEREST in junior rifle shooting is happily at a rising tide. For instance, in the 1934 Junior Individual Championship match of the National Rifle Association, 579 boys not past their nineteenth birthday entered. Of this number 306 finished.
FEW things are better sport in the shooting game than breaking flying targets. Whether at skeet or the traps, the pulverizing of clay pigeons gives a thrill to the most blasé shooter and the sociability of the sport makes it the most popular of all diversions with the gun.
IF WE have a sight which is graduated with ordinary, old-fashioned scales for elevation and windage, we can find out how to adjust it in just a few minutes of home measurement and calculation and thus save us much time and ammunition when we come to range shooting.
A QUESTION that is asked me repeatedly has to do with the drop of a bullet immediately after it leaves the muzzle of a rifle. W. L., of Wisc., raises the question again and, to help him as well as others who may not be familiar with ballistics, I shall attempt to explain the problem.
Question: In a recent number of your magazine I read an article on pistol shooting. A few days ago, I took my .380 Remington automatic with me into the country for a little target practice in order to demonstrate to me the advantages set out in that article, especially in trigger pull, using the tip of the first finger of the right hand.
THERE IS some question in my mind as to whether one degree or one form of choke shoots all sizes of shot well. The experiences of any one man never tell a complete story, so I would like to hear from my readers about this. From my tests with buckshot, not very extensive, I think the man who obtains a good buckshot barrel is in luck.
IN THE last few years, I have noticed that raised ribs on shotguns, particularly on double guns, are increasing in popularity. Many shooters commend the ribs because they are narrow, thus being an aid to more accurate sighting. In rifleman’s parlance, a fine front sight can be held closer than a coarse front sight.
IT SEEMS to me that the time has come for a national classification of skeet shooters. As it is now, each club, or group of clubs, has its own method of classifying members. Such a variety of systems inevitably results in confusion when members of different clubs enter a sectional match.
Question : I am planning to get a new doublebarrel shotgun with a selective single trigger. I want to use the gun for quail and rabbits and some skeet shooting but do not know what barrel boring or gauge to get. I would like a 20 gauge if I thought I could shoot it as well as a 12 or 16 gauge.
Question: I have the trouble of under-shooting with standard dimension of stocks, especially on hurried shots. A length of about 13¾ in. or 14 in. fits me about right, especially the 13¾ in. for fast shooting. Does the pitch down of the barrels have a very big effect?
IT IS surprising what a change can be wrought in the appearance and fit of a fine but travel-worn old arm, when turned over to a really expert gunsmith, along with good, dense, walnut blanks, for restocking. Having an old but sound No. 4 Ithaca ejector 12 bore, built 20-odd years ago, I decided to have it restocked to fit me and to improve its appearance and efficiency.
PERHAPS lake trout are not in the same class as muskies, salmon brook trout, small-mouth bass and others but they have their good points, nevertheless. Under certain circumstances and with light tackle they are worthy antagonists. Unless you have fished for them under proper conditions you really do not know their sporting possibilities.
TO MAKE a practical and effective casting lure, round a used cartridge case and make two angular hack-saw cuts ⅜ in. from the base. Into the slots solder pieces of brass to rotate the lure. Next, drill holes in the center of the base and through the axis of the bullet to accommodate the piano wire axle.
OFTEN we give too much thought to the choice of a lure or fly and not enough to the method of fishing. The right delivery, the proper placing of our fly or plug is far more important than any other thing in angling. Learn to know where the fish are, the procedure they follow when they feed.
Question: You have mentioned Dr. Edgar Burke’s method of tying the dry fly. Would you kindly explain—does he merely carry the body farther down into the bend of the hook, or does he leave a bare space behind the eye, sliding the whole body back, as it were?
IN THE autumn, the big game angler must either shift to a new locale or prepare to put his tackle in winter storage. Most anglers know the precautions they should observe in storing their tackle but most of them just stow it away “as is” in a closet until the day before it is wanted again.
"EAST of the Gulf Stream.” This biggame angler’s isle of enchantment, most westerly of the Bahamas, is 45 miles due east of Miami where cabin cruisers should be chartered. Here will be found all species of Florida fish in a bigger and better way.
SMALLEST BROADBILL SWORDFISH, 44½ lb., ever seen in the MontaukBlock Island waters brought in last summer by commercial boat. Ichthyologists please help—where was it hatched and when? NEW AMERICAN AND ATLANTIC RECORD. Mako, 786 lb. by Ernest Hemingway, at Bimini, aboard his own boat the Pilar in June.
He is a mean, low-lyin' pest and I'll have none of him—dead or alive
I HATE rattlesnakes, bill collectors, alarm clocks, and the so-called “great barracuda” of the West Indies, the Florida coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Too much is said and written about this “great” fish and probably the less said the better.
I WAS most interested in reading Comm. G. M. Dyott's article, “Six Hundred Pounds of Fury.” Then, in a recent issue, I noticed a letter written by Capt. Hugh Thomason, in which the captain derides the existence of a 600-lb. tiger. I wish to correct the captain in that I have not only seen, but also been a member of a party of hunters that shot not one but two tigers in excess of 600 lb. each.
WHAT is considered good style in a setter or pointer on point? Generally speaking, bird-dog style is the visible manifestation of the character that lies within. Every setter or pointer may possess a certain amount of individuality or display various idiosyncracies in the way he goes about his job.
Question : Can. you tell me the best kind of dog to buy that is a combination hunter, good for birds, squirrels and rabbits?—G. G. B., Mich. Answer: Strictly speaking, the all-round dog is made, not born, though some breeds are taught more easily than others to hunt a variety of game.
Question : Our female cocker spaniel will be 4 years old in November, and we would like your advice on having her spayed. We’ve heard so many conflicting stories about spayed dogs, that we have put off having it done. She has had regular periods every 6 months.