IF IT'S easy, Ned Schafer, who took the photographs for the picture story "Blues !" doesn't wish to do it. He didn't start fishing with a bent pin, but with a casting rod and squid in the New Jersey break ers near Elberon, where he was born. At Yale, he picked one of the most grueling of sports-rowing.
WALL-EYES know their way home. Spirit Lake, Ia., wall-e yes were netted by State hatchery men, stripped, tagged, and then released 3 miles from where netted. Within 48 hours, 4 of tagged fish were caught again in same net at same place as before. .
EVER since a dry summer in 1912, I have been a firm believer in restocking streams with fish that will live. That summer every farm pond in the country went dry, and the only fish that seemed likely to survive were those in a few spring-fed creeks.
STURGEON fishing in the Snake River in Idaho, while not important as a sport, is growing in value as a means of conserving wildlife. These formidable fish, taken on set lines baited with eels, are being used by the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey to make scent which attracts coyotes to traps.
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EDITOR Outdoor Life
ANY MAN can be admired for casting a fly 183 ft. in a tournament pool. But the man I admire more is the one who finds a good spot of trout water 80 ft. out from a brushy stream bank, and, with a closer approach impossible, shoots his line out skillfully enough to get a rise.
Yarns About Grand Largemouths that Came From Nowhere to Become Giants Lure Two Anglers Fishing Most Men Only Dream About
AFRIEND who knew that the black bass is a weakness of mine, returned recently from a sight-seeing trip to Boulder Dam and told me he saw an eightpound largemouth which had been caught in Lake Mead, the giant body of water formed by the world's highest dam.
It Is Hard to Equal a Lone Jaunt to Country You Love, Especially If You Can Take a Bull, a Buck, and a Billy
HAVING lived in big game country all my life, it's no thrill for me merely to go out and kill game, but I get a whale of a lot of enjoyment out of a trip back into virgin game country where I won't bump into a bunch of other hunters. I like to hunt in an old buckskin shirt, not dressed up like a racketeer's bride in the hope that some greenhorn won't mis take me for a bull elk or a grizzly.
European Fishing May Not Be Exactly Like Ours, but a Champion Fly Caster Finds That the Trout Respond to the Same Kind of Skill That Fills Creels Here
NORMANDY and trout! It was a new thought to me. Normandy had always been associated in my mind with two things only. It was the ancient duchy from which William the Conqueror had made his jump into England that time when he put King Harold down for the count at Hastings, and so changed English history.
IT IS THE ONES THAT ARE CLEVER ENOUGH TO GET AWAY THAT MAKE HUNTING A SPORT
Wild Pigs Thriving
WHEN the deer season is over, there is hardly a hunter whose memory is not haunted by the recollection of the old buck he did not kill. My own life is especially rich in memories of deer I did not kill. I know that this sounds negative, but I hold that much can be learned from our failures.
WITH gulls wheeling and screaming overhead, and the hungry blues leaping and splashing in the slick that stretches like a satin ribbon toward the horizon, the bluefisherman clears the decks for action. From that moment on, gamy blues will be coming over the side as fast as the angler can wear them down.
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MINIATURE MONUMENT TO GREAT DUCK FLOCKS OF THE PAST
MOST any angler will concede that the speckled trout is smart. Not the smartest of the clan, if you ask me. Not possessed of the uncanny wisdom of the alien brown, for instance. But he's a long way from subnormal, and the angler who catches him knows how to fish.
THE RIGHT THING TO DO WAS TO SHOOT HER, BUT THIS DOG LOVER FOUND A BETTER WAY
L. B. HARDWICK
BIRDS were plentiful in southern New Hampshire in the fall of 1917. One Saturday afternoon in October was particularly memorable, not only for the delightful shooting, but because on that occasion I made the acquaintance of a young lady who, indirectly, changed the pattern of my life.
If You Would Like to Get a Real Kick Out of Your Hunt For a Big Bull, Try Going Two Years Without Seeing One and Then Find More Than You Can Shoot
ABOVE the dude ranches of the lower Sangre De Cristo Range, in northeastern New Mexico, lies a stretch of elk territory which is open to hunters holding special permits for a short season each year. In an area of about 225 square miles, bounded by Baldy, Elk Mountain, and Truchas peaks, it is estimated there are between 500 and 1,100 elk.
With His Mind Made Up to Use Only Surface Lures, Our Angling Editor Discovers that Bronze-Backs Go to the Angler Who Meets Them on Their Own Terms
War on Carp
AN ANGLER usually starts on a fishing trip with a definite purpose in mind. That purpose is to catch a certain kind of fish in a certain manner. But, all too often, his hopes are never realized. The fish either won't strike or they will be taking some bait other than the kind he is fishing.
When You Find a Trail of Slaughtered Prey in the Deep Jungle, You are Close to the Spotted Killer That Only Death Can Conquer
FRED G. BRANDENBERG
SOUTH AMERICA with its River of Doubt, steaming jungles, treeless plains, and towering peaks has always had a fascination for me. When the new wing, designed for habitat groups of the animal life of the continent to the south of us, was added to the Colorado Museum of Natural His tory, in Denver, three of us, F. W. Mill er, F. E. D'Amour, and myself, were assigned to collect groups of tapirs, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, red wolves, capybaras, peccaries, deer, monkeys, and smaller mammals and birds.
Men Who Undertake to Show a Party of City Hunters the Wonders of Pack-Train Travel Have Trouble in Store, but Some Laughs, Too
ALLIE W. ROBINSON
NOW, Mister, you've struck my pet peeve. Sure, these horses are gentle. We don't go in for rodeo stuff on this job. With corrals at the mouths of a dozen canyons leading up into the hills, and more than 200 saddle horses, mules, and burros to wrangle, we can't be bothered with the wild ones.
THE PUZZLING, RECKLESS FLIGHT OF THE MOURNING DOVE MAKES HIM THE IDEAL BIRD FOR HUNTERS WHO LIKE ACTION
OLD Bill shivered, drawing his head even deeper into the collar of his hunting coat. It was one of those days you remember a long time. We had taken our positions just at dawn. Sometime during the night, a bitter-cold wind blew out of the north.
RIFLE shooting, like milady's fashions, has undergone a change of style. During the last thirty years, we have ceased to stand on our hind legs and shoot like men. The target rifleman now gets down on his belly to fire, in accordance with the best ideas of the modern school.
WHEN dog-training season rolls around, the average owner in those areas where wild birds are scarce sighs wistfully-and does nothing. He wishes for birds on which to work his dogs, but overlooks completely the possibility of raising his own supply.
IOBSERVE, around and about, that some of the brothers use technical shooting terms with blissful disregard for their real or accepted meaning as applying to guns and shooting. As for instance, referring to lead in a .22 bore as "metal fouling."
You Will Be Better Able to Cope With Tricky Light If You Heed the Tips of a Man Who Does It Successfully
PAUL W. GARTNER
THE firearms enthusiast likes to digest technical articles by men who know, but he also enjoys reading about actual experiences in the back country, unusual conditions of a hunt, new places to go, as well as kinks and discoveries of his fellow hunter.
AFTER all, no matter how much or how little a man knows about rifles, his success at big game shooting depends on picking the right caliber and cartridge. Having these two things, and knowing how to use them, he never needs to fear that anybody has the edge on him.
ONE of the perpetual skeet questions is, "How much help does the field shot derive from his skeet shooting?" The tacts or the case are contrary to earlier ideas on the subject, and it may be interesting to look into this subject at a time when so many confusing phases are cropping up in skeet.
IT IS accepted without much question that the proper way to sight a shotgun at a moving mark is with both eyes open and with the vision centered on the object while the gun is being brought up into the proper line. In shooting with both eyes open, or binocular shooting, as it is called, it is absolutely essential that one eye take mastery over the other. In most cases one will, and the shooter fires from the corresponding shoulder.
Question: Though I have done quite well with my Winchester carbine on close-running deer, I don't like the feel of it. Looking about, I see Marlin is putting out a little better-looking gun. I especially like the larger forearm, larger butt on a pistol-grip stock, and a 24-in, barrel.
Question: Most of my shooting is at the traps, a sport I have followed for 40 years. While I have a good, close-shooting Winchester which works well on quiet days and even at 24-yd.-handicap targets, I want another gun to use for quick shooting on windy days.
EVERY year more and more sportsmen realize how necessary a small outboard engine is to the full enjoyment of their chosen hobby. The handiness and general utility of the modern motor are too well-known to warrant comment here. Once you own one of these little packages of power, you are seldom satisfied to go back to oars or paddle.
Question: In a recent issue, some one wanted to know if it would be possible to put an underwater exhaust on a Johnson outboard motor. The exhaust was originally under the tank. I have been thinking about trying the same thing with mine, but the pipe from the manifold would interfere with the 360-degree steering.
THE name grayling always has fascinated me. For years, I read articles about this fish with great interest. As a rule, the articles didn’t tell me as much as I wished to know and so kept my interest alive. I gathered the impression from this reading that grayling were very beautiful and extremely easy to catch on a fly.
JUST as I was taking the coffee pot off the fire to pour a last cup, Fred drawled, "Well, sir, you can have your bass, and tarpon, and sailfish, and marlin, but for plain honest-to-gosh fishing and eating, give me speckled perch and hush-puppies.
Question: What flies would you suggest for the North Umpqua in Oregon? What length and weignt of leader would be suitable?-J. E. S., Minn. Answer: The best flies for this river are the Umpqua and the Cummings. A 9-ft. leader is perhaps the most satisfactory length, and a gooa taper is from .019 in. to .013 or .014.-R. B.
THE material for this handy fish-cleaning tool usually can be found around any fishing camp. To make it, simply rivet two beer-bottle caps to a short length of wooden handle. The bottom end of the handle is slotted to take a piece of steel from an old table knife. -A. S. Wurz, Jr., Alberta, Canada.
AUGUST is a poor fishing month in most of the country between the foothills of the Rockies and the coast of Maine. Many of the lakes and streams in this area begin to suffer from the summer heat, and the fish become listless. Of course, there are a number of exceptions, and unusual weather may bring good fishing even in August.
MARINE anglers in every corner of the globe are interested in fishing for tuna. This is possible because this species has the widest distribution of any of the large migratory fishes. Tuna don't seem to mind the colder waters, yet they are equally at home in warm, tropical currents.
WHEN fishing for striped bass with cut bait, I’ve often had trouble when the bait was soft and wouldn’t stay on the hook. I made a little sack out of mosquito netting and placed it over the bait, fastening it on with elastic bands. This worked fine, as striped bass strike at the scent of the bait and not at its appearance.
FISH are the main feature of many camper's meals. To break the monotony, and stimulate appetites when fish are served regularly, keep the catch fresh and sweet, and cook the fish in as many different ways as possible. If you do this, they will always be welcome.
Question : My two air mattresses have been used 2 weeks for 2 summers. Last summer I found that they leaked. They had me on the ground in a couple of hours. Is there any treatment that will make them hold air again? — A. P. S., New York. Answer: As your air mattresses are only some 2 years old, I believe the leaking is due to small breaks in the rubber.
I SHALL never forget the shivers that slithered up and down my youthful spine when anyone mentioned a bloodhound. The very word suggested dire and dreadful things. Before I was fourteen, I had read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” not once but many times, and Eliza crossing the ice was my idea of the ultimate in feminine heroism.
Question: My 14-month-old beagle doesn't complete the circuit when running a rabbit, but back tracks, and fails to straighten the trail out again. He works hard to start game, but does not come in when called. Is there anything I can do?-J.V. M., Jr., Ohio.
Dr. Kinney is glad to answer person ally 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.