HAVE you ever stood on a hard, sun-washed beach, reveling in a January warmth that is new to you, and cast out into the curling breakers for the abundant game fish that throng the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of Florida? Have you ever thrown a line over quiet bayous where strange and beautiful birds, and trees draped with Spanish moss, almost beguile you from the sport of catching seven and eight-pound black bass?
EVER since dams have been thrown across rivers in electric power projects, there has been considerable concern over the fate of fingerling salmon on their way down to the sea after having been spawned. What happened to these youngsters, conservationists wanted to know, when they got caught in the raging waters of the draft tubes and were carried into the whirling blades of the great turbines?
AT EVERY session of the legislature in each state, organized sportsmen spend time and money attempting to have sound laws passed to protect fish and game. Prior to the sessions, the sportsmen take the time and trouble to study conditions in the streams and afield so that they may argue intelligently for necessary protective legislation.
A LETTER by K. C. Kartchner questions my statement in a recent issue that antelopes can do more that 60 miles an hour. Kartchner lives near antelope country, but his saying 37 miles an hour is their top speed is silly. On one occasion, a single antelope cut across in front of my car when the speedometer registered 62.
TRY to imagine the scene! A barren island, a mile wide and twice as long, rising out of the sea. At the southern end, twenty or thirty yards of beach, littered with bowlders bigger than a kitchen stove, and then 100-foot broken cliffs, rising in steplike ledges.
Getting Close Enough To a Mountain Sheep to Kill It With an Arrow is a Tough Assignment, but It Offers Unequaled Thrills For the Hunter Who Is Resourceful
Water Cannot Stop a Caribou Herd
MORE than 11,000 feet above sea level, a lone bighorn grazed as the sun sank behind the end of the rugged Sawtooth Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. Far below, to the south, the beautiful Sunlight Valley was purple with deep shadows.
Taking issue with observers who paint a rosy future for our wildfowl, an expert, who made a life study of the problem, offers a startling theory to guide conservation efforts
West Virginia Hunting
IS THE worst over for the waterfowl ? Belief that it is seems to be becoming general. Morris Johnson, in "More Ducks to Hunt" in the November OUTDOOR LIFE, takes that optimistic viewpoint, and expresses the opinion that soon it may be possible to relax restrictions somewhat.
THOUGH THEY TACKLED RUGGED COUNTRY AND CARRIED UNTESTED AMMUNITION, THESE MEN TOOK TROPHIES TO THRILL ANY HUNTER WHO LIKES A CONTEST OF ENDURANCE AND SKILL
An Elk Begs a Winter Handout
WHEN I took Charlie O'Neil after antelope in the tall mountains of Idaho, I wanted to get him a record head if possible. And I wanted to do something else. I was lucky enough to get an antelope license myself for the special season, and I wanted a head bigger than any I had ever taken.
WITH a chest measurement of sixty-eight inches and a weight of 500 pounds, the huge male gorilla recently brought back from French Equatorial Africa by the George Vanderbilt Expedition with a rare family group of these fierce, forest-dwelling beasts is the biggest animal of the species ever taken.
Ever Since He Left His Cave to Take Food from the Water, Man Has been Contriving Odd Devices to Make His Fishing Easier and More Enjoyable
AS MODERN anglers, we are inclined to think that the art of angling has moved along pretty fast since “the good old days.” There weren’t any steel hooks available at the nearest hardware store, or any double-action reels, swivels, jointed rods; or any of the hundreds of fly patterns, spoons, feathered lures, spinners, and what-nots for surface and deep-water fishing.
Hard-riding cow hands can put a rope on anything that grows hair, but keeping it there is another and more dangerous matter when the animal is a deer or bear
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
ROPING fools! Men who could make a rope do everything!. I've seen a number of them in my time. The heroes of modern rodeos can do trick stuff, putting on acts that will get the crowd's eyes like a blonde when the fleet's in, but, can they, like the old-timers, hang their ropes on anything that grows hair, and stay with it like ticks to the woollies?
THIS EXCEPTIONAL ANGLING SPOT MAKES IT EASY TO TAKE GAMY FIGHTERS FROM THE SEA
Paul W. Gartner
WHEN visiting the southern coast of California, you are likely to hear sportsmen speak about groyne fishing. But, before you get the idea that this uncommon term is applied to some species of ocean fish, let me hasten to explain that groyne fishing is merely a variation of surf fishing.
THESE remarkable action photographs show how ducks take their downward plunge when shot strikes various parts of their bodies. Taken by John W. Mackay on his private game reserve at Roslyn, N. Y., the pictures are of interest to every duck hunter, for the speed of the camera has caught action so fast it is easily missed by the naked eye.
It Takes Iron Nerve and Fast Thinking to Survive a Bout With a Killer Snake
W. M. CUNINGHAM
IF ANY outdoor occupation in the world produces more thrills than hunting the swift-moving black snake of Australia, I have still to hear of it. Perhaps I am biased. If so, it is due to my hair-raising experience with one in the wilds of Queensland.
An experienced breeder lets you in on the secrets of caring for puppies so they'll grow up as dependable hunters
CARL E. SMITH
WHAT greater satisfaction can come to the outdoor man than the ownership of a really fine hunting dog which he himself bred, raised, and trained? Good hunting dogs command good prices. Perhaps you, like many another man, having paid a fancy price for such a dog, hope to recover your investment and make a substantial profit besides, by raising a litter of choice pups, keeping the best for yourself, and selling the others.
CAPT. BILL HATCH, the dean of Atlantic Coast big-game-fishing guides, was born more than 1,000 miles from the nearest salt water and never saw the ocean until he was' past thirty. His earliest memories are of a farm not far from De Kalb, Ill. That part of the country wasn’t especially noteworthy as a fishing region, but there were catfish, perch, sunfish, and even large-mouthed black bass in the streams and ponds.
Loads for Every Purpose and a Surprising Lot of Fun Are Yours Once You Master the Knack of Turning Out Cartridges Yourself
W. G. BUSSARD
YOUR friend lies down, adjusts his sling, sights, then touches off his .30/06. But, instead of an ear-splitting report and a muzzle blast that lays the daisies low, you hear an easy bang which might have been made by a .32/20, or some other relatively lowpowered cartridge.
LIVE-BAIT farming is fun. It's an educational hobby that will be well worth the angler's while, because it assures him of prime, live bait whenever he wants it. So far as the Middle Western states are concerned, there are only a few types of live bait worth considering.
THE most highly specialized cartridge in the world is the .22 Long Rifle. More money, time, experiment, and grief are expended on this cartridge than on all the other sporting ammunition loaded in this country. This is so because the ammunition, when in match form, is used by a collection of human machine-rests, firing the finest of heavy and specialized match rifles, often fitted with powerful telescope sights, and with the human element reduced to the minimum.
SO YOU want to know why you don't get good pictures? Well, toss another log on the fire while I fill my pipe, and we'll talk this thing over. In the first place, I'm going to confine my remarks to the common-sense side of operating a camera, so brush away any fears you may have formed about this being a strictly technical discussion.
MOST women prefer a rifle to a shotgun. Except at the traps, where they will never be able to compete on even terms with men, only a few women devote much time to the shotgun. The reason for this, like other things concerning women, I have never fully understood.
IF, AT this time, I were the only one concerned over what seems to be a growing disregard for the gun-position rule in skeet, the matter might be passed off as something of a personal obsession. However, too many sound students of the sport realize the matter is getting so serious that the future of skeet depends on Whether or not the gun-position rule can be brought under control.
FOR a considerable time, we have been hearing demands for money shooting by shooters who make no bones about the fact that they would like to have a chance to make at least part of their skeet-shooting expenses. Up to this time, these demands have carried no particular weight because the mass of skeet shooters was quite content to shoot for fun, honors, and what trophies might come its way.
Question: In your article, “Why Patterns are Good or Bad,” you say that black powder is a progressive powder and maintains a more or less even pressure from breech to muzzle, while smokeless powder is quick-burning with decreasing pressure.
Question: I am getting away from the idea of buying a .410, and somehow, I don’t seem to be able to sell myself the idea of buying a 28 gauge. I have decided to get either a 20 gauge double-barreled shotgun, or a light 16 double. I have read that it is rather difficult to keep a 20 gauge from leading.
A fine, though obsolete, action is still in great demand among riflemen. Here an expert explains the reason for its long-continued popularity
ALLYN H. TEDMON
ALTHOUGH the Stevens Ideal Model 44½ rifle, introduced 32 years ago, is no longer made, the action still has a great many admirers among riflemen. The J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. manufactured three separate models of good rifles, prior to the present line of lever-action, small-bore match rifles.
THE man who is just taking up angling is confused by the stupendous array of fishing tackle from which he may choose. At best, he has but a vague idea of what he needs, and, if he has to limit his expenditures, he may easily become discouraged. In such a situation, a word of advice from an experienced angler is a great help.
WHEN a string of fish is hung over the side of a boat, it is often difficult to attach the end of the stringer to the boat. A simple and safe way to do this is to bore a hole through the gunwale large enough for the line to pass through, and, about 1 in.
WHEN winter begins to bore you, just open up the old tackle box, and let it transport you in fancy to the place you like best. If this magic fails, take out a favorite rod—one that always goes with you on your angling adventures—and it will do the trick.
Question: We have heard many fishermen say that fishing is not so good during the period of the full moon. Please tell me whether you believe that the moon has any effect or relation to fishing conditions.—G. W. V., Mo. Answer: I do not put much stock in the power of the moon to affect fishing; at least, not enough to make any hard-and-fast rules concerning it.
TIRING of everyday angling for salt-water fish, Bennie Sells, a sportsman of Venice, Cal., takes fish in the Pacific Ocean with steel-tipped arrows, then plays his quarry on a light line until he brings it to gaff. Sells first tried this novel and dangerous sport from a pier, but, after he had lost several arrows, he devised a swivel point, fixed to a long, steel shank to which his light line is tied.
WE'D like to take you girls along on this fishing trip, but—". Most any man, except a newlywed, probably could find six ways of completing that sentence in less than six seconds. Not one would give what seems to be the right answer. Actual information on this subject has been coming in since 1933.
VACATION on a 34-ft. cabin cruiser, through the Florida Keys, offers plenty of excitement to both the boatman and the angler. Dr. Raymond F. Johnson, my son, Frank, and myself spent eight days cruising on the Caroline from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, and back.
SHARKS, the mad dogs of the seas, cannot be disregarded in marine angling, whether we like it or not. The best of anglers may hook one by accident. Some fishermen go after certain varieties of sharks deliberately. And there are others who take it upon themselves to declare a personal war on all sharks, and endeavor to carry on a single-handed, relentless program of extermination.
MARINE ANGLERS!—My compliments of the season, and best wishes for more enjoyment during the coming year in the surf, bays, inlets, passes, tide rips, and ocean currents. RESEARCH WORK continues to develop new, game-fish waters each year.
THE man who owns a boat has one advantage over the man who owns an automobile. Cars, if they cost the same, are all more or less alike, but boats are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. The boat owner has a wide choice to suit his own tastes and pocketbook.
WHILE fishing and moving constantEly from one anchoring place to another, time and trouble are saved if you have taken the precaution of fastening a hook to your anchor. When under way, you can then hang it over the bow of the boat where the chain is fastened.
Question: To complete my trailer equipment, I need a durable folding boat and outboard motor. Will you please advise me which of the faltboats will best stand the use of an outboard, and the outboard which, in your opinion, can best be used with any folding type of boat?
WHEN we reached the third portage on the Fish Lake and East River canoe route, Sam pointed with his paddle. "There are those two college boys who started yesterday morning. They should be 30 miles ahead. I’ll bet they’re in trouble,” he said.
THE Chippewa Indians of Minnesota use this comfortable pack frame. It is inexpensive, weighs only 1½ lb., and there is hardly a limit to the amount of duffel that can be piled on it. As the first step in making this frame, get two pieces of well-seasoned hickory, split them with the grain into splints about 1 in.
THIS case is made from a used or new automobile inner tube. Cut a piece about 8 in. longer than your gun. Close one end by vulcanizing, leaving the other open to insert the gun. Fold over the open end, and secure with two heavy rubber bands, ½-in, wide.
Question: Will you please tell me how to go about building a turtle trap?—J. M. L., Mo. Answer: A turtle trap that has proved very satisfactory in Texas is merely a box made of wood and wire screen. It is anchored so the open top floats about 2½ in.
ALL work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and, by the same token, 100 percent concentration on any job—day labor, big business, housekeeping, or anything else—makes Jack’s father and mother uninteresting to their friends and neighbors and often even to the rest of the family and themselves as well.
Question: My dog is half German shepherd and half bulldog. I would like to train him for opossums or squirrels. I have been told he should make a good squirrel dog. He is about 1 year old. I have taken him into the woods with me, and have allowed him to run rabbits.
Dr. Kinney 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.