ABOUT all January offers to the big game hunter is bear. Outside of bear, the noblest legal game of the month is wild turkey. In several Southern states, you can still test your skill against this wary king of North American game birds. With a good guide, who is a skilled “yelper,” you can look for some exciting sport—if you’re lucky.
IF THE fisherman has a car to get around in, he can’t go wrong in picking Melbourne, Fla., on the Indian River. Across the river at that place is a bridge 17/8 miles long. There is good casting the full length of the bridge. Four miles north is another bridge of about the same length.
Some of the methods a lively new organization found to overcome the obstacles that threatened success
FROM necessity, more and more sportsmen are taking an interest in conservation. Shrinking supplies of game and fish, and constantly tightening restrictions on taking either, are forcing hunters and anglers to realize that something must be done.
WISCONSIN will plant one billion fish in 1937. The State hatcheries have already been equipped and manned for the job, awaiting only a favorable spring season for spawn-gathering to carry it through. During 1936, the State planted more than 500,000,000 fingerlings and fry from its 31 hatcheries.
THE big game in the national forests increased by 10 percent during 1935, according to the Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture. An estimate of the total number is given as 1,523,000. Antelopes, grizzly bears, deer, and mountain goats increased; elk, moose, and mountain sheep showed a slight decrease.
THE black bass may easily be reared in small home ponds, says the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, which gives some useful hints on their culture. Young bass are intelligent and lively little fish, easily domesticated, and soon learn to know the person who feeds and cares for them.
Though he may wait a bit anxiously for his retriever to set foot safely on shore with the bird, the duck hunter whose dog is a Chesapeake never really has to worry about the fate of his kill once it hits water. It’s as good as in the oven
There is an air of resolute determination and a dash of daring about the 10,000-mile trip made by this American hunter and his wife in quest of their first elephants. On later hunts, the author tried his luck on other game, and found it still held. He will describe these other stirring adventures in future articles
HARRY C. PEARSON
“LION or leopard—which do you want first?” Pat Ayre, our white hunter, asked as we bumped along the road in our little safari car, en route from Nairobi, Kenya Colony, to the game country. “Neither,” I replied. “Elephant.” “Second choice?”
MATCHING WITS WITH THESE WARY RAMS AND LONG DAYS ON THE TRAIL BEFORE CAN GET WITHIN RANGE, AND THEN THE
CALLS FOR ARDUOUS STALKING A PERSISTENT TROPHY HUNTER EXCITEMENT HAS JUST BEGUN
WISCONSIN BUCK WITH CARIBOU ANTLERS
Maj. M. E. Barker
OUR pack train followed a dim trail through a narrow pass where darkness was fast settling. Climbing then a steep mountain side, we came out on an alpine meadow still bright with sky-glow from the sun, already set behind the snow-clad peaks of the Big Horn Mountains which stretched toward British Columbia.
It May Be a Gamble When You Go Down to the Foaming Edge of a Warm Sea to Cast, but You are Paid Off in Pulse-Stirring Sport if Tackle and Your Methods Are Right
Valuable Swamp Lands
L. S. CAINE
WHEN the average angler thinks of Florida, he envisions large-mouth bass of tremendous size, leaping tarpon, and streamline sailfish—and he’s right. But, while seeking these better-known battlers, he is quite likely to pass up a form of Florida fishing that cannot be surpassed elsewhere in the world, namely, surf casting.
After reading this stimulating tale of a Sonora deer hunt, you'll agree that, for their weight, midget white-tails provide more than their share of thrilling sport
Proper Quail Kill
HAVE you ever seen an Arizona white-tail? If you haven’t, you’ve missed meeting the smallest, daintiest, most beautiful deer found within the borders of the United States. And, if you have never hunted the species, you have missed matching wits with what is, pound for pound, the grandest, smartest, little deer in America.
AN APPRECIATIVE ANGLER'S COLORFUL, EXCITING ACCOUNT OF BATTLES WAGED BY SILVER KINGS IN WATERS THEY LIKE BEST OF ANY IN THE WORLD
Dr. Richard L. Sutton
PORT ARANSAS, Texas, is the tarpon capital of the world. For six months in the year, the silvery giants parade up and down the jetties, mill, and leap and play in the surf along the North and South Beaches, and ceaselessly explore the inside flats, from Corpus Christi Bay to the Rockport channel.
HUNTERS WHO CAN WATCH THE ANIMALS ONLY DURING THE OPEN SEASON WILL FIND FRESH FACTS ON THEIR ANTICS IN THIS TALE BY A WRITER WHO LIVES AMONG THEM ALL YEAR
Coast Deer Increase
ESTHER BULWAN ALLAN
ELK are written about more, but visitors find the moose one of the most interesting of all big game animals in Jackson Hole. As my husband is a forest ranger, we live at a ranger station in the very heart of this famous Wyoming country, where, each winter, two dozen or more moose and sixty odd deer come to be fed.
FROM the doorway of our home, you can hear the automobiles roaring by on the road that crosses old North Mountain, that ridge of the Alleghenies at whose foot my ancestors farmed. Once in a while, as I watch a lone car heading up that road, my mind goes back, with a shudder, to the night I spent on the mountain.
Thundering white waters, rushing pell-mell through rocky gorges in the canyon country, provide some thrill-packed fishing for the angler hardy enough to tackle, and conquer, the difficult chasm trails
Beaver a Conservationist
DEPRIVE an angler of a place to fish, and he’s just as unhappy as a fish when you deprive him of a place to swim. I know I was. I left western Washington, with its rainfall, springs, creeks, rivers, and fine fishing, and drifted into northern Arizona with a wave of settlers.
An army medical officer, who has unusual opportunities to study the effect of gunshot wounds, writes here an absorbing account of the startling power shown by this new cartridge in an amazing series of tests on animals
MAJ. F. T. CHAMBERLIN
TWO American mining engineers in Belgian Congo set up a permanent camp, with a sizeable labor contingent of native porters. To feed the natives, it was necessary to shoot a “beef” animal every day, these animals being, of course, any of the available large species of antelope.
IT IS difficult to imagine electricity in the rôle of benefactor to the upland-bird hunter, but, in one instance, it is a decided aid. At Redding, Conn., there is one of the largest pheasant farms in the country. There the pheasant chicks are hatched in electric incubators, and raised almost to maturity in brooders heated by electricity.
ANGLERS are severely exacting in the demands they make upon the manufacturers of fish-line. They insist upon an almost limitless variety of line, level and tapered line, line for fly casting, for lake trolling, for surf casting, and still sturdier line for deep-sea fishing.
The Exciting Thunder of Partridges in the Autumn Woods Echoes Through This Tale of Shrewd Grouse and of a Man Who Used Only One Shell a Bird
Big Bend International Park
O. C. LEMPFERT
IT IS good indeed to write of a partridge hunt while the taste of grouse breast still is sweet on your lips. It is becoming usual today, when a hunter speaks of an Eastern grouse hunt, to discover that he is delving back into memories of five, ten, or even twenty years to flush his birds.
Any time you begin to feel there is nothing new under the sun, try studying our antlered game more closely. When you've found a few unicorn deer and does with spikes, you'll agree nothing is too much for nature
BLACK mule deer, whose glossy coats shine like ebony; snow-white albino deer with pink, rabbitlike eyes; antlered does, part male, part female; unicorn deer, with extra horns jutting weirdly from the center of the forehead; deer whose antlers are grotesquely formed into a thousand points—these are some of the amazing animals that have bounded across the paths of hunters as they stalked deer in American forests.
The badger hound may be amusing in a kennel, but in the field there is no dog that needs less training to make it a superb tracker and daring killer
ALF P. MADIN
“DON’T tell me,” exclaimed a friend who saw my dachshunds for the first time, “that you actually hunt with those laughable dogs.” “Laughable, my eye!” I exclaimed, ready to defend my dachshunds. “Come with me, and I’ll show you what hunting is.”
FINISHING AND EQUIPPING YOUR Ideal Outdoorsman's Trailer
Simple Instructions on Putting the Final Touches to a Mobile Camp That Will Enable You to Cover More Ground in Greater Ease
TO MAKE THE JOB EASIER
WITH the chassis and sleeping compartment built according to the instructions and drawings given last month, we are now ready to start on the kitchenette of our lightweight trailer. The general dimensions of the extremely compact and convenient kitchenette are given in Figure 9.
THE BROAD FEET OF THE CANADA LYNX ENABLE IT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE SNOW, WHEN MOST OTHER MAMMALS WOULD BREAK THROUGH AND BE AT A DISADVANTAGE THOUGH THEY ARE SMALLER, A COYOTE'S TRACKS ARE HARD TO TELL FROM A TIMBER WOLF'S. THOSE OF A COYOTE ARE USUALLY FOUND ALONE. THE WOLF RUNS IN PACKS MAGNIFY A HOUSE CAT'S TRACK FOUR TIMES, AND YOU HAVE THOSE OF THE COUGAR.
With these easily followed suggestions, you can put life and interest into your winter snapshots
ALFRED P. LANE
TROUBLES with winter photography are by no means uncommon. Anyone who tackles snow pictures and other photographic work in winter is likely to run into difficulties. Many of these difficulties can be overcome, however, if you observe a few simple precautions designed to make your winter pictures clear and interesting.
Question: I lent a camera to a friend of mine for a trip, and, when he returned it, there was a slight scratch on the lens. I am not positive that the scratch wasn’t there before he borrowed it, because the camera has seen pretty rough usage in my own hands.
AT NOON we loafed on the south side of Mount Yeager, soaking in the sun that beat down on us this abnormally warm November day. The dogs were flat on their sides, thoroughly relaxed after refreshing themselves at the spring that bubbled up in an alder clump behind us.
Question: My 20 gauge automatic, with 28-in. modified barrel, seems perfect for snipe, quail, and woodcock, but I haven’t had much luck with doves. What kind of choke should I have for duck shooting, and what type shells should I use? When I bring the gun up, I have to pull it back to my shoulder, losing time doing so.—E. B., La.
TELESCOPIC rifle sights have reached such a stage of popularity as to have become a fad. Half the men who write me about their rifles either have a ’scope or want one. Naturally, when a man pays no more than $25 for a rifle, he doesn’t like the idea of paying double that sum for a sight.
Question: I find that if I hold my Winchester .30/06, Model 54, in the easiest position for sighting, it jumps enough to make my right cheek bone sore. Is this because the stock is too long for me? If so, approximately how much should be taken off?
IN PREVIOUS articles, I dealt with the stance and manner of holding to break the outgoer and incomer at station No. 1. This month we will step over to station 2 for a try at the outgoer. The first thing for the novice to consider is the position of his feet, for the hinges in our bodies will tend to jam, or work stiffly, when we attempt to swing toward the right while the left arm is extended.
SOME hunters, who do their own restocking, find it difficult to guide the checking tool with the eye and hand alone. If the design to be checked is laid out on the stock before starting to cut the grooves, much trouble will be avoided. Try this way.
IF YOUR gun barrel has too much choke for your shooting needs, don’t have it sawed off. Have it rebored. A sawed-off barrel will usually shoot a wide-open pattern, and it is suitable for only the shortest range. Moreover, should a little of that choke be wanted again, as is often the case, the work of replacement requires the skillful services of a master barrel mechanic.
IF THERE is one item of the angler’s equipment which provokes argument and discussion, it is the rod. Instead of trying to try to settle these disputes by assembling technical facts, I will give, as simply as possible, the results of my personal experiences.
ANY tackle box is satisfactory for storing miscellaneous tackle, but they are not so good for carrying reels. Rather than have my good reels bounce around with the rest of my tackle, I have partitioned off the lower part of my box so that the reels fit in snugly.
IN A letter telling of his early days in Holland, J. P. De-Vries, of Buenos Aires, gives some pointers on carp fishing. “Carp fishing,” he says, “is great sport in Holland, but few persons understand the game. The carp were always on bottom, and we fished for them with boiled potatoes.
Question: Are there any landing nets suitable for medium to large muskies? I have had some failures with gaff hooks, but have heard a net would not work.—L. M. J., Ohio. Answer: There are no landing nets suitable for muskies of any size. A salmon net might serve the purpose, but it would be very awkward to handle in a boat.
SHOULD anglers pay for a license to take ocean fish? This has always been a vigorously debated question on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. In California, an old law, which has been on the books for more than 25 years, has been dusted off, and the Division of Fish and Game has been instructed to enforce it.
THE United States tarpon record, according to recent research, is held by Edward Trainer, of Philadelphia, with a 223-lb., unmutilated fish, caught in the north fork of the St. Lucie River, at Stuart, Fla. “Trainer,” says Ernest Lyons, of Stuart, “was anxious to have his catch mounted, but there was no taxidermist in Stuart at that time, so he hired a local undertaker to ice down the fish, and take it by hearse next day to Palm Beach, where it was mounted by Fred C. N. Parke.
YOUR choice of outdoor clothing for normal winter temperatures can be determined by the amount and character of the exercise you perform. Do not wear too many heavy garments for strenuous sports, such as skiing, snowshoeing, and vigorous hiking.
TO MAKE a pair of snowshoes that will serve in an emergency, place two wide, barrel staves side by side, and fasten them together with cleats 6 in. from the ends. Wedge a strip of stave between them at the back, to act as a tail or drag. A leather strap provides a toe hold, and pieces of old, suspender webbing, fastened to the strap, tie about the heel to keep the foot from slipping back.
Question: Would you be kind enough to tell me just how snowshoes are used, the method of traveling, etc?—F. L. M., Ill. Answer: There is no special trick in walking on snowshoes. You must simply learn to lift your feet, spaced a bit wider apart, and drag the rear foot up over the front one, on which your weight momentarily rests, to avoid striking the shoes against each other.
PERHAPS the most important question that confronts many shooters, when purchasing shells, is that of determining what difference exists in pattern and range among the light, medium, and heavy 12 bore shotgun loads. Curious to find out for myself just what these loads would do, I carefully tested each of them by the pattern-board method.
THE canoe is one item of the sportsman’s equipment that is continually exposed to the elements, and used under every conceivable condition, yet often it receives far less care than equipment that is treated better in use. However, if it is gone over at intervals, preferably at the end of the active season, a well-built canoe will render long and continued service.
Question: Please tell me the best way to put a white-pine bottom on a rowboat. Should it be crosswise or lengthwise, screwed on or nailed on? How much bevel do the boards need? Should I bevel the entire thickness of the board, or only part? Is there any opening between the boards on the inside?
THE hunter can maneuver his rowboat into this brush duck-blind with great ease. As the log at one end of the blind is set 8 in. below water, the boat can be pushed in by a stroke of the oars. After the boat is inside, the hunter thrusts the ends of a few leafy boughs into the holes bored in this end log.
ONCE in every three or four decades, I try to balance my budget. I don’t mean my financial budget. That lost its balance so badly in the fall of 1929 that it fell into the garbage can and was gobbled up by an Irish setter pup before it could be salvaged.
Question: I have a Jewelling setter, about 6 months old, that has had no training. What training would you recommend giving him now that the bird-hunting season is over? Would it be advisable to teach him to retrieve birds shot on the wing by shooting English sparrows and blackbirds?
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.
WHEN it comes to usefulness on the scatter gun, the modified-choke boring is truly a Jack-of-all-trades. As such, it is probably not master of any. It is too close-shooting for brush work, and too open for the extreme ranges covered by the full-choke.
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Too Many Kills?
Warning Law Breakers
Making Arrows Turn
Big Guns In Wisconsin
Those Pickled Minnows
EDITOR Outdoor Life:
WHILE deer hunting in the Adirondacks last fall, I was back in the woods about four miles, still-hunting as most hunters do in that section, when I came across a chap sitting about 100 ft. off the main trail. He told me he was a watcher on a drive that included six drivers and eight watchers.