HOW fast can an antelope run? Frank Gilmore, Rapid City, S. D., while driving last December, raced an antelope buck for a quarter of a mile at 50 miles an hour, and another quarter at 60 miles. Then the tired buck gave it up as a bad job. He’d run out of gas, but the car hadn’t . . .
IF YOU remember the Michigan grayling at all—and most of the younger sportsmen do not—you recall it as a famous food fish. It was outstanding for its gameness, its fine flavor, and for an unusual distinguishing mark—a large, colorful, fan-shaped dorsal fin.
ATTENDED by enthusiastic conservationists from this country, Canada, and Mexico, the third North American Wildlife Conference held at Baltimore recently established a record for attendance. Speakers included Juan Zinzer, chief of the Mexican Game Service, Hughes Lloyd, Superintendent of Wildlife Service, Canadian National Parks Bureau, and a score of federal and state conservation officials.
TO ACQUAINT the country with the need for checking the depletion of game birds and animals and for replenishing the wild stock of forests and fields, the General Wildlife Federation has proclaimed the week beginning March 20 as “National Wildlife Restoration Week.
HAVING lived on a farm all my life, I feel justified in contradicting Byron C. Jones who wrote a sob letter in defense of cats. He says the farmer depends on cats to keep down rats and mice. I have never seen a cat that paid for its keep by killing vermin.
While the rushing stream churns itself to foam at his feet, an exploring angler plays a rainbow in the deep wilderness of Canada's Algoma district. An inspiring tale of this unspoiled fishing starts on the next page
WHEN YOU CAST A LURE OVER THE SPECKLED HORDES OF A LAKE IN THE UNBROKEN WILD, YOU KNOW THAT ANGLING CAN BE SHEER JOY
SAY you live somewhere in the Middle West. Between Saint Louis and Pittsburgh. North of the Mason and Dixon’s, or maybe below it. It doesn’t make much difference. And say your mind runs to trout fishing. To balsam beds, and an open fire under the stars.
THE wind sobbed and moaned about the corners of the house like a banshee. A shutter on the upper story slapped against the sheathing in dismal cadence to the gale, and Jack Northrop, after kicking an ember into the fire, yawned, and dragged himself from his easy chair to walk outside for a look at the weather.
ARTHUR GRAHAME, WITH HIS TROUT TACKLE BATTERED BUT WHOLE, TELLS A VIVID TALE OF MEETING THESE CAPE BRETON FIGHTERS
SALMON fishing, I objected, was a sport for the disgracefully wealthy, and, unfortunately, I had escaped being disgraced by wealth. O’Toole, the fisheries inspector at Baddeck, snorted. That might be true enough in most places, he said; he wouldn’t know about that, for, thank God, he had sense enough to live his life where a man didn’t have to be a millionaire to have some fun on his days off.
After Encounters With the Fiendish Killers that Roam the Dense Jungles of Asia, You Will Know Why Tigers Fear Their Swordlike Tusks
WE ALL demand that our heroes, human or animal, be spectacular and romantic. We get a kick out of motion pictures showing majestic lions standing over a kill, roaring defiance at the world. We shudder at stories of savage tigers, creeping through jungles to pounce upon some luckless native.
Knowing Just When the Big Cutthroats Are Running Is a Secret Few Learn, but an Angler Who Does Can Enjoy Fishing Others Dream About
PAUL W. GARTNER
YOU’RE bound to hear conflicting stories about the Walker River. One angler will tell you the meadow runs of the west fork are alive with cutthroat trout that weigh up to a dozen pounds. Another will say you can fish that stream for a week and not take anything that will touch both ends of a foot rule.
WHEN I told a New York City friend, who goes in for rifles in a big way, that my 1937 deer hunting would be done in New Jersey, he had nothing good to say about it. “Why, New Jersey is just New York’s back yard. And besides, you have to hunt deer with shotguns!
Dangers Were not New to These Men, but Mishaps and Weather Tried Their Courage to the Limit
CLARENCE L. BOND
"WE’D better get out while we’ve got a chance.” Mike James, my half-breed trapping partner, looked into the north uneasily, and snuffed the air. The morning mists were rising sluggishly from the lake, and there was a fringe of skim ice along the shores.
Big or Small, These Marine Race Horses Have No Mercy on Tackle or the Back of an Angler
HAVE you ever got tough with some one about half your size, and found him doing all the talking? Even Jack Dempsey has had his surprises. The story goes that Dempsey, on a crowded sidewalk, chanced to brush rather hard against a man about two thirds his size.
ONE pleasant fall day many years ago, I was working down a wooded ridge, hopefully looking for mule deer. The country I had chosen to hunt was one of low hills, separated by wide, shallow draws, and was fairly well-timbered with piñon and juniper.
PERCH fishing is one of the most soothing and satisfying ways of spending time I have yet encountered. But, to get the maximum of pleasure from this much-neglected art, I love to have for companions a youngster or two, so I can watch the thrill they get.
Any Pistol Lover Who Wants to Know Exactly How Good His Gun and Ammunition Are Will Enjoy These Experiences of a Leading Shot Who Built His Own Rest at Almost No Cost
MACHINE rests can do a lot for a pistol shooter. The reason they do is that they take matters out of his hands, so to speak, and let the gun behave as it would like to behave, undisturbed by human contact. The influence of environment upon it is reduced to a minimum, and its behavior amounts to an expression of its own virtues, dependent only upon its inheritance from the factory and upon its diet.
EXCITING HUNTS IN THE CAREER OF A KEEN-NOSED, FIGHTING HOUND THAT BECAME A LEGEND IN HIS HOME STATE
H. B. SPARKS
AS THE first, faint rays of the rising sun pierced the eastern sky, the dogs hit the trail. Old Red picked up the scent first, and, with a deep, throaty bay, called the four other dogs in the pack. They swarmed around him, noses to the ground, barking, and eager for the chase.
The Killing Power of the New, Heavy Loads, Shown by Patterns Shot at Different Ranges
TO FLOAT OR NOT TO FLOAT
Redfield 'Scope Mount
EDWARD C. CROSSMAN
IN THE beginning, in case you are interested in ancient history, the standard 12 bore load on the top-side contained just one and a quarter ounces of shot. True, the British had made for many years special long-chamber 12’s to fire 1⅜-ounce or 1½-ounce loads, but they were not standard, not known in this country to any extent.
FOR thrilling sport on lakes or rivers, coasting on seaside rollers at express-train speeds, or aquaplaning behind a fast motor boat, the hollow surfboard is unsurpassed. Many other uses, never dreamed of by the original Hawaiian designers, have been found for these surfboards, among them oneman cruising, paddling about, and use as emergency or portable craft.
Open Seasons During 1938 for Game Fish in the United States and Canada
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE IN HANDY FORM
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ALBERTA NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
HERE, in a compilation made from official sources, OUTDOOR LIFE brings to the angler the only complete and detailed summary of game-fishing laws in the United States, Canada, and Newfoundland appearing in an outdoor publication. Presented in convenient and easily readable form, the tabulation includes regulations covering sport angling in every state in this country, every Canadian province, as well as in Newfoundland.
MOONLIGHT pictures have such an air of mystery and romance it is not surprising that hundreds of photographers have tried to catch the beauties of moonlit scenes on their negatives. Nor is it strange that piles of film have been spoiled in the effort, and that countless photographers have forsaken the whole idea as impracticable.
THERE are some important details about trout flies which every fly-fisherman should know if he is to make a wise selection for his individual use. Intelligent application of the points discussed here should make it easy for an angler to know what kind of flies he needs and to make his purchases accordingly.
THERE is no need to lose a fly when it gets caught in a tree limb too high to reach by hand. Make a small loop in the center of an 8 or 10-in. piece of stiff wire. Then bend each end to form two long, narrow hooks. Tie a 10-ft. piece of heavy cord to the center loop, and the gadget is complete.
Question: When I read about all the different rods, reels, lines, etc., on the market, I get bewildered when I try to decide on a satisfactory outfit. The stuff about balanced outfits and proper fit just makes it that much harder for me. What I want is a fly-rod outfit to catch bass and pan fish from a small boat.
IN THE general eagerness for game fishing, anglers lose sight of the fact that pan fish offer a pleasant diversion from trout and bass. If the average fisherman who dotes on any one of these more favored fish could step down to the more lowly sunfish, crappie, and perch, not to mention others, he might find that many an exasperating and fishless day could be turned into one of enjoyment and profit.
OF ALL things pertaining to fly-fishing, the proper method of dressing the line is, perhaps, the least understood. A properly dressed line will shoot to a greater distance, will not become water-logged, will float longer, will remain soft and pliable, and will not become tacky, or sticky.
FOR two years, I have been using a simple method of preparing fish for the pan. In point of rapidity, it far surpasses any other method I know of, since, by following it, you can get almost any North country game fish ready to cook in 30 seconds. Holding a straight-edged butcher knife in your right hand, with thumb along the back of the blade, take the fish in your left hand, grasping it around the head.
EACH year, the opening of the fishing season finds Ray Bergman, Angling Editor of OUTDOOR LIFE, all packed up and with thousands of places to go. His fishing grounds include most of the North American continent, and he conscientiously covers as much of it each season as he possibly can.
BY OFFERING a course in angling for the present term, the South-Orange-Maplewood School of Adult Education at Maplewood, N. J., becomes probably the first school of its kind in the country to introduce this type of sport instruction into the regular curriculum.
NO TWO fishermen will agree on which is the gamest fish that swims. If you make allowance for his tiny size and trifling weight, the brook trout can fight. The great marlin asks no favors and his speed and power will test the strongest tackle. The tarpon has his hosts of advocates.
WHAT is the matter with the full choke? Nothing. I do not even grant that any great amount of shot mutilation takes place in the constriction of a full choke, as many shooters seem to believe. Most of the shot injury occurs within the case when the crimp is being forced, and while traveling through the forcing cone, where the shot column is narrowed and compressed.
Question: I have a Savage .22 Model 5S rifle with a 29S Weaver ’scope in an S1 mount. I had this rifle and ’scope adjusted to shoot center at 60 yd. I then took the barrel out of the stock to clean it, and put some swivels in the stock. When I put it back and tried it, it was shooting a couple of inches off center, and had to be readjusted.
Question: What length and choke of a shotgun barrel and what size of shot are most popular with duck and goose hunters? What length barrel is most generally used in trapshooting?— C. R., Ohio. Answer: Duck and goose hunters, as a rule, prefer 30-in.
EVERY beginner at skeet has to learn that it is impossible to hit a target by swinging his gun along in front of it at the proper distance and then stopping the gun when the trigger is pulled. It might seem logical to assume that, when the instant has come to shoot, there is no further need of maintaining the lead, which, of course, is necessary to allow time for the shot to reach the mark after it has left the muzzle.
OF LATE, a number of correspondents have asked how I feel about the suggestion to drop small-bore shooting from the programs of tournament events. I can answer very promptly. I do not favor the idea at all, and don’t mind telling why. As I get it, the argument against small-bore shooting is the assertion that only a small percentage of competitive shooters are really interested in it.
IN DISCUSSING the official rules in February, I quoted the 1937 version of Rule 2, an official of the N.S.S.A. having said there would be no change. I now find not only a change but a contradiction between Rules 2 and 9. The new Rule 2 reads : “NUMBER OF SHELLS IN THE GUN : During the shooting of single targets, the shooter shall put but one shell in his gun at a time, with the exception that, in registered shoots, the management may permit the' loading of two shells at any station, except Station 8, providing said management assumes full responsibility for the exercising of this exception; but the management cannot compel the loading of two shells in the shooting of singles.
THE following is part of a letter addressed to the National Skeet Shooting Association by Robert A. Leeson, one of the East’s well-known skeet figures, and a practical upland hunter of long experience : “In the earlier days of trapshooting, I believe 10 gauge guns were used extensively, and later, for a considerable time, the shot load in 12 gauge guns was limited only by the ideas of the particular contestant.
WINTER deer feed is decreasing in Wisconsin, according to the investigations of State forest rangers, conservation wardens, and federal forest representatives. While the situation is not yet acute, it will be, if the proper balance of the deer population is not maintained, says the Wisconsin Conservation Department.
NO PART of the sportsman’s equipment receives more hard use and less care than his outboard motor. Though a gasoline motor may often give satisfactory service without especial care during the active season, every one ought to have a pretty thorough overhauling each spring.
SCREW a broom holder to the side of your boat if you’d like a convenient place to hang your landing net. When you take a fish, the net is within easy reach, and you always know where it is.—George P. Doan, Mich. THIS gasoline-tank-outlet sump not only permits scale and sediment to be flushed out easily at the end of season but makes it unnecessary to clean the strainer and fuel line frequently.
Question: Are rubber boats or rafts suitable for fishing on lakes, and will they stand up if properly cared for? I would like a boat large enough for two, and one I could carry on my back to reach lakes in the back country.— H. H., Cal. Answer: The rubber boat is quite useful but has certain limits.
THE automobile trailer obviously is a compromise, a halfway step between a portable tent and a modern bungalow. Naturally, no one expects to buy a coach as easily moved as a tent and as convenient as a home, yet trailer designers have taken long steps toward this goal.
SPREAD a blanket on the ground and lay two stout poles lengthwise on it to divide it into thirds. The pole ends should extend 2 ft. past each edge of blanket. Fold the outside edges of the blanket over the poles, and lay your packs on the blanket.
Question: Three of us are planning a camping trip next summer. We will have $60 among the three of us. We would also like to know about clothes, food, and equipment to be taken along on a 2-week trip.—R. G., New York. Answer: You will need a tent about 7x9 ft. for three campers.
IN A piece in this department some months ago, I asked the question, “Is a dog show a beauty show?” I answered it in the affirmative, but with one or two important reservations. Briefly, I tried to prove that beauty, as applied to all canine breeds, with the possible exception of toys, such as Pekingese or Pomeranians, means, or should mean, conformation, type, and action that are good to look at, not because they are really beautiful in the abstract, but because they are indications of exceptional ability to do the especial work for which the breed is suited, and for which it has been scientifically developed and improved by man.
Question: Your article on the Brittany spaniel was a most interesting description of a type of hunting dog entirely unknown to me. How extensively is this Brittany spaniel used in this country? What kind of game is he best suited to hunt? I am interested in getting a dog I can use in hunting partridge and pheasants and possibly rabbits.
Dr. Kinney is glad to answer personally all letters from readers regarding their dogs’ health. It should be bremenbreed when writing him that serious illnesses cannot be treated successfully by a person unable to examine the dog. In such instances, a dependable local veerinarian should be consulted immediately.