SOL Apopka Lake is located in Citrus County, Fla., in the west-central portion of the state, and within a stone’s throw of the Tallahassee-Tampa highway. It is approximately 30 miles long, divided by thick growths of lily pads and cat-tails into small lakes of about a mile in diameter.
BLACK flies swarmed up from the marsh in a dense, humming horde as we pushed our way through the greening willows along the little creek. At the edge of an open stretch of grass and barren sand bar, where deer tracks marked the wet sand, Crawford halted me. “The nest is beside that next clump of dead trees,” he warned.
AS THE result of recent studies of duck nesting in Iowa, Dr. Logan Bennett, of the Bureau of Biological Survey, has found that many hen pheasants lay their eggs in the nests of neighboring ducks, according to the Wildlife Institute. Of the duck nests studied, 4 7/10 percent contained pheasant eggs.
A HUNTER WHO LEARNED ALL ABOUT HUNTING THE FIRST TRIP
Yakima Predator Drive
HOWARD R. FINK
MY FRIENDS had been enthusiastic about deer hunting for years. I had been invited many times, but had never gone. So it was with a peculiar feeling that I left the office of the seventh doctor that had examined me. Six had told me to quit work. The seventh said, "Go north.
If You're the Kind of Angler Who Likes Fighting Fish or Big Fish, You'll Get a Kick Out of This Man's Discovery of Waters That Abound in Both
DR. R. B. VAN HORN
IF YOU are a follower of Izaak Walton, as I am, perhaps you have spent a good part of your life dreaming of some happy fishing ground where glittering beauties in all sizes and shapes are plentiful, unafraid, and full of fight. For two score years, I dreamed of such a place, and then, as I got along in middle age, I found it—the sort of spot fishermen seldom expect to find this side of the River Styx.
Deerstalkers Behind Every Bowlder, and Parked Automobiles on Every Run May Not Make the Sport Ideal, but They Did Lend Laughable Variety to One Exciting Trip
Coyotes in Alabama
HOLLIS J. BARRETT
WHEN deer hunting within 100 miles of Los Angeles, you don’t need a guide and you don’t need a compass. You can forget your Boy Scout wisdom about which side of the trees the moss grows on, if any, or what to do when you get lost. If you need help, just raise your eyes to the nearest ridge, and you’ll see at least a couple of deer hunters perched there hopefully with red rags around their hats.
When an old-time guide can overcome his prejudices against newfangled contraptions just so you can get some good duck shooting, you can't let him down, or you may find yourself scorned as these hunters were
Clearing Way for Victorious Anglers
GUY VAN DUYN
A WANING moon rode high overhead when not many seasons ago we pulled up beside old Tom’s humble abode and disembarked from our automobile. Within the darkened, one-room shack, silence reigned. Without, swamp rabbits cavorted unseen in the rank growth of dew-spangled moon vine.
Even if you dwell among sun-blistered cacti, an attack of angling fever needn't be fatal when, like these victims, you can drive up the road to a whole lakeful of scrappy fish
A. W. VOORHEES
IT TOOK just one sentence from me to ruin the peace of our quiet home in Tucson: "The bass are hitting plugs in Canyon lake." Micropterus fever! That was our trouble, or, to put it another way, the lure of the black bass. But, anyway you put it, it has the pleasantly irritating quality of getting under your skin, and hastening you off for the nearest bass water.
Giant crocodiles, gliding noiselessly through the ooze of Australia's northern swamps, are the villains of this stirring account of strange and perilous hunting
More Silt, Less Fish
EWEN K. PATTERSON
ALTHOUGH crocodiles are found in America, Africa, India, southern China, Malaysia, in Papua, Fiji, and other Pacific Islands, nowhere are they so plentiful as in the hundreds of virgin, sluggish, tropical rivers along the little-known and sparsely populated coast of northern Australia.
MOTIONLESS as the stump beside me, I waited on a snow-sprinkled beaver meadow. An ice-covered pond, with its white-capped beaver house, lay to my left. To my right stretched the meadow, dotted with leafless poplars. Behind was a strip of meadow and forest, and, a few yards in front, was Alder Brook and the other edge of the forest.
Northern grouse may make big targets, but a crack shot who tries to bring one down for the first time, like the Southerner in this laugh-provoking tale, is courting humiliation
New Big Game Records
C. B. H. VAILL
WHEN I came in from the afternoon’s shooting, a car with North Carolina plates was standing in the yard. I hung my bird on the back stoop and hurried into the house, for I knew that Mac had arrived. “I see you’ve been getting in some practice,” he remarked.
It's the little things that make or mar your fun when you are on your own in the wilderness. These tips by an old-timer at assembling a pack may save you regrets
HAMILTON M. LAING
A BLISTERED heel, wet feet, slippery soles, unsuitable clothing, the wrong rifle—these are some of the commoner petty annoyances that can mar an otherwise perfect outing. Yet how easily they can be avoided by a little forethought and care.
HUHUNTERS WITH A CONSCIENCE WILL KNOW WHY NONE FELL
By DARRELL EBBERT WHEN I heard the kids on their way to school while I was working in the barn one morning, I was happier than I’d been for weeks. I didn’t have to go to school any more, the long summer was over, and the deer season just that much nearer.
TAKING UP THE QUESTION OF HOW TO LIMIT THE BAG ON FARMERS, OUR DOG EDITOR MAKES A PLEA THAT'S FULL OF LOGIC AND CHUCKLES
WM. CARY DUNCAN
WELL, Ed, it looks like us shooting and fishing fellers never gets the brakes. What I mean is the old paistbords is stacked against us again, and eny time we draw cards its the duce or the tray, which dont never get you eny jack no matter how dost you play em, and you quit a cupple of dolars out enyway and maybe more.
There is startling, pulse-quickening sport in store for the man who first pits his strength and angling skill against the vigorous cunning of these transplanted West Coast trout
ME, I’VE never done any tarpon fishing, and I’ve yet to take my first salmon, so maybe I don’t know much about fighting fish, after all. But I have caught square-tail trout in the rock-paved lakes of Algoma, at the end of unblazed portages, and a twenty-inch square-tail is a brook trout, grown heavy and two-fisted.
UNDER most conditions of hunting, game is a fast-moving target, and your shots must be delivered with speed and accuracy. In this instructive article, a rifle expert, who has taught hundreds of men, suggests some methods of dry practice which will help you to bring down game successfully
COL. TOWNSEND WHELEN
IN THE hunting field, the speed of shooting normally used is rapid fire. Since most of us have lost, or neglected to acquire, the ability to slink noiselessly through the forest, virtually all the game we see is forewarned, and already on the move for other parts.
In a tribute to the mighty game bird of the sagebrush, a veteran hunter touches on the habits and characteristics that make it a constant challenge and fill each hunt with soul-satisfying sport
Caribou for Nova Scotia
EACH year a few Western states offer some of the finest of all shotgun sport —hunting the big sage grouse, the largest American grouse and the most peculiar in habits. Old, male birds of this species are at least twice as large as the big sooty, or blue, grouse, and, with their long, mottled, tapering tails, are as beautiful as you can find.
The ingenious yet simple stunts described here by an expert outdoor photographer will enable you to overcome even serious mishaps and bring home all of the picture you set out to take
ALFRED P. LANE
"WHAT would you do in a case like that?” Charley Wilson barked challengingly the night after he got back from his hunting trip. ‘‘There I was a good 200 miles from the nearest camera store, and the test film I developed after I dropped the camera gave me a bunch of pictures as fuzzy as a six weeks’ growth of whiskers.
Simplified plans and instructions to enable you to create in your spare time a comfortable lodge for your summer vacation or for your fall hunting trip
J. A. EMMETT
WHEN it comes to offering a maximum return of shelter and pleasure for an absolute minimum of expense, you’ve got to hand it to the log cabin. My wife and I have now built our third, learning more about this fascinating business every time we undertake it.
PASS-SHOOTING high, wide-flying ducks and geese has long been considered the finest sport wildfowling has to offer. Calling for long-range shooting, this form of hunting is probably the hardest test the shotgun man encounters. Since federal regulations barred live decoys, baiting, and dawn and twilight shooting, and have reduced bag limits, more shooters have been turning to longer-range shotguns.
Question: I have a Parker shotgun, made in 1901, that has Damascus twist barrels. The factory told me it was a P.H. grade and both barrels were full-choke. I want an inexpensive shell for all-round shooting, pass-shooting at ducks in the river bottoms, and long-range shooting at rabbits, and pheasants.
A WELL-KNOWN English shotgun man, Stanley Duncan, says many gunners believe that, unless a shotgun is stocked just so, the owner can’t hit anything with it. Duncan doesn’t share that belief, for, he says, a good shot will do clever work with almost any shotgun.
SLOWLY and carefully, for the fourth time in a week, I climbed the steep north side of Old Bailey, in the Adirondacks. A buck was using the summit for his front porch—his tracks proved that—but each time he had eluded me. Either he wasn’t at home, or he had detected my presence and had circled around out of sight.
NOT long ago, having some spare time on my hands, I decided to make a pistol out of an old, bolt-action, .22 single-shot Mossberg rifle. First I discarded the old stock, then amputated the barrel to within 7½ in. of the receiver end with a hack saw.
Question: I am thinking of buying a rifle. My friends and I agree we want a rifle that will shoot anything from white-tail deer to Kadiak bear. What would you recommend? What bullets would be suitable? What do you think of new Winchester 71, .348 caliber?—O. P., Mich.
SINCE the angle of flight of skeet targets has been changed, and the distance to the crossing point of the targets has been slightly increased, some shooters are more or less worried about the efficiency of their wide-spreading patterns at the distances at which the shots are taken.
Question: I intend buying a 16 gauge Browning automatic, and possibly will use it for both skeet and birds. I would also like to know what degree choke to use for skeet shooting.—H. E. Q., Va. Answer: The degree of choke required would depend upon the speed with which you shoot at the outgoers in skeet.
MOST shotgun users are, at some time or other, confronted with the problem of deciding whether to use soft or hard shot. The type of barrel and the powder load should decide. There will be little difference between the patterns of soft and hard shot, providing the shells contain a light powder charge, and the gun barrel has very little choke.
THERE are two kinds of hunting camps, those easily reached, and those that lie at the end of a long, hard trail. The same assortment of foods can scarcely serve for both. When a party goes into camp within reach of easy transportation, the hunters can select nourishing, hearty foods that are quickly and easily prepared.
A SERVICEABLE parka may be made from an old army-type blanket, though a better blanket is certainly smarter looking. This one is made from a Hudson's Bay blanket. First make a full-size pattern out of wrapping paper, cutting it to fit individual requirements.
THIS adjustable pot hook not only enables you to hang kettles at varying heights above the fire, but permits you to suspend a small pot inside a larger one to make a double boiler for cooking easily burned cereals. Cut three lengths of heavy wire, one 20 in. and the other two 8 in. long.
Question: Will you please send me instructions and the formulas for home tanning of newborn calf skins and similar hides?—A. T. M., Okla. Answer: One of the easiest and simplest formulas to tan hides with hair on, is first to soak skin soft in water, carefully flesh it, removing bits of fat and muscle, and paring the skin down until it is about the same thickness all over.
REAL woodcraft is, among other things, the knack of making one article serve more than a single purpose. If you can use one piece of equipment so it does the work of two or three, you have reduced the weight of your duffel like a good woodsman.
AN OUTSTANDING characteristic of the Northern pike is its readiness to strike, which makes it a desirable fish for the average man, who has little enough time to spend at fishing. As long as there are Northern pike in the lake, it doesn’t matter very much whether the muskies and bass strike, because the pike can be depended on to provide plenty of action.
Question: Please tell me how to catch minnows and what is the best apparatus to use. What are the best places to look for them? — A. J. McN., Pa. Answer: The best way to catch minnows is with a seine, but it requires two persons to use a net of this sort.
RECENTLY I have been getting a lot of requests for advice on tapering leaders. To answer them, I shall devote most of this Daybook to the subject. Of first importance are the details of tying. Buy the best gut obtainable, and, before tying it, soak it thoroughly in a solution composed of 4 oz.
GRASP the rod about 8 in. back of ferrule, and hold firmly against the body with arm. Now vibrate it in a short arc from right to left. When enough vibration is set up to cause friction in the ferrule, quickly grasp the front joint about 8 in. ahead of ferrule. Do this as the joint completes the arc toward the left hand, and pull apart quickly before the friction set up by the ferrule ceases.
DAD MUNDY hailed me as I was cleaning my morning’s catch of natives at the river’s edge. “What are you doing?” he asked, by way of salutation. “Cleaning fish,” I replied, tipping my creel so he could get a look at the beauties reposing therein.
HARD as it is to imagine, the brilliantly hued chameleon of the ocean—the dolphin—is often ruthlessly killed by -anglers under the guise of good sportsmanship. The dolphin is one of the most widely distributed species in the world, and a spectacular fighter that will grab almost any kind of lure or bait as long as it is moving.
THE LOWLY BARNACLE plays an important part in the sport of salt-water fishing. It is this crustacean, clinging to the hull, that explains why so many fish are lost by mysteriously cut lines. MRS. KEITH SPALDING, of Pasadena, caught the first broadbill swordfish ever conquered by a woman angler just 15 years ago.
WITH the end of the active boating season, the interest of some owners in their boats reaches low ebb. This should not be, for care and attention at such a time goes a long way toward adding useful years to the life of the boat and its equipment.
Question: Recently I purchased an 18-ft. canoe which has not been conditioned or painted for two seasons, and has a slight leak. I have not had much experience with canoes and I would like to know how I can put this one in good condition. How should I get the old paint off? How can I find the leak?—R. W., New York.
THE old saying that it’s a difference of opinion that makes horse races is all right as far as it goes, but it doesn’t cover enough territory. Differences of opinion are what make life worth living, history worth recording, and people worth meeting and talking to.
Question : I have a pointer bitch, of good stock, about 3 years old. Last year she was in the field some, and got to know what quail were, but gun noise seemed to bother her. If another hunter and his dog are along, she will range out and hunt a while, sometimes until the first or second shot is fired, and other times not that long.
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.
JUST to give variety to views of Americans on shotgun shooting, I am giving herewith a few quotations from Maj. Gerald Burrard in “Modern Shotguns.” Such comment as I may make will be of a minor nature. Here we are then—an Englishman speaking:
THE letter by J. M. McCord, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is childish. If the gentleman from Minnesota wishes to slay wolves with his bare hands, or grizzly bears, for that matter, then that is his own business, and we who lack that courage should keep to our guns, and let the other fellow enjoy his sport as he likes.—J. E. Fisher, Richmond, Ind.