Introducing our contributors to our readers by bits of personal history
NEVER yet has Emile Brugiere had to go looking for excitement. He has a rare talent for making adventure find him. It started with his birth, which coincided with the San Francisco “fire” of 1906. Taken from the smoky ruins by his parents, a typhoon followed him to Guam. The 8-year-old Brugiere’s appearance in the Philippine Islands was the signal for the last big massacre by the Igorrotes.
SOME HUNGRY MEN must have been among Minnesota pioneers, for in the State are lakes that bear the names of Coffee, Ham, Egg, Sugar, Sandwich, Potato, Cranberry, Lobster, Plum, Apple, and Pie. Why were beans, popular with pioneers, left out? .
ONE vital problem faces anyone who wishes to encourage the increase of the deer population in any particular area. That is the provision of natural forage. It is wellknown that deer will not leave their accustomed range in quest of food, preferring starvation to travel. Therefore, in too many instances, notably in the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, an increase of deer population has led to starvation of many deer.
UP THROUGH the rugged, primeval wilderness of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, building trails as they went, a foursome of California fish and game patrolmen struggle with a small but heavily loaded pack train. At an altitude of 2 miles, they reach Shepherd Pass, then push west, south, and east through Tulare County.
WHEN Jack O’Connor says in his article, “What, No White-Tails?” that the Remington .257 bullet is unreliable in its expansion on game, I think it is only fair to prospective purchasers of .257 rifles and Remington cartridges of this caliber to point out that Mr. O’Connor’s statement does not apply to the present .257 Remington ammunition.
Pleasant memories of past seasons quicken his hand, as this Tennessee old-timer, with the swift waters of North River swirling about his waders, makes the first cast of spring in Cherokee National Forest
LITTLE white spots scurrying along the craggy mountain side, only half a mile from where we stood. Goats! Not far away a bull elk was bugling, with another, farther in the distance, answering his challenge. All around were the rugged, imposing mountains.
WE ANGLERS are strange folk. We struggle, and sweat, and work like slaves, just to catch a few trout. Weary after a hard day’s work, we think nothing of driving 100 miles or so to get to a likely stream. Then our days of rest are spent in strenuous footwork on the stream, and we climax it all by the long night drive home through maddening week-end traffic. But, because we dote on some particular bit of water, or perhaps take one good trout, we call it play and love it.
Maybe You Know These Pests as Prairie Dogs, but, by Whatever Name They’re Called, They Can Provide Exciting Off-Season Practice
The Moose Loses
HIS popular name is prairie dog. The noise he makes is usually spoken of as a "bark." But he isn't a dog; he doesn't remotely resemble one. And his “bark” doesn’t sound like any noise a dog would make. Instead it is more like the chirp of a bird. Nor is the prairie dog as big as even the smallest dog.
SEEKING the spectacular Atlantic salmon in a setting that gave free rein to the dash and spirit of the species, Lee Wulff, a New York angler, journeyed with a friend to Newfoundland and the renowned Humber River. Twenty-six miles from Deer Lake and the nearest station on the Newfoundland Railroad, their canoe nosed its way up to the great falls of the Humber.
No Pedigree Came with the Lad's Pup but the Mongrel Had Some Fancy Running to Show the Greyhounds When They Were Pitted Against Him in a Jack-Rabbit Race
A HANDY GUIDE FOR SPORTSMEN
A. D. MOODY
TIME dwarfs most things that bulked large in our minds when we were boys. In later life, the home town shrinks to an insignificant village, the hill whose top once seemed the highest point in the world becomes a modest hump, and the heroes of other days somehow fail to excite our admiration.
DID you ever try taking fish in the tops of willow trees? Well, we did. Al Wands and I pulled them right out of the twigs and branches, leafy with new foliage. So did every other party of anglers on that water that day. It sounds weird, I admit, but it happened, in a lake east of Loveland, Col.
KEEPING a company of men on combat duty supplied with wild meat is a man-sized job. I discovered that during the three years I spent in Nicaragua, two of them in the Guardia Nacional. About 200 U. S. Marines were lent the Nicaraguan government to officer and train the native army.
When You Tangle With a Ton of Sea Monster, You Find the Action You Wanted and Some Peril You Didn't
THOMAS NORD RILEY
HAVE you ever caught a fish so colossal that no one, not even your mother, will believe it ? And I mean a fish, not a whale. Not long ago, I killed three fish that weighed more than 2,000 pounds —one ton—each. Since then, I have found that a fish weighing a ton is utterly preposterous.
CARIBOU country begins just north of South End, the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost at the bottom of Reindeer Lake. The lake is 200 miles long, lying partly in Saskatchewan and partly in Manitoba. Twice each winter I had to cross this lake, en route from Pelican Narrows to Lac du Brochet, the trading post near the north end of Reindeer.
CANNY BIRDS THAT KNOW THEIR WAY AROUND THE CACTUS-STUDDED WASTE OFFER HUNTERS STRENUOUS SPORT THAT IS HARD TO SURPASS
500,000 Fish for $400
CARLOS RYAN II
OVER the hill comes a Southwestern quail hunter. He is dogtrotting and in his eye there is a wild, desperate look. Then, suddenly, he breaks into a run. He whirls, shoots—shoots again. Then he picks something up, stuffs it into his shooting jacket, starts running and shooting once more.
There Are Two Things a Real Angler Will Forget—His First Fish, and His First Sa But About the Latter There's More to Remember
THE MAN is fortunate, indeed, who has a chance to make a fishing trip after king salmon in Puget Sound. And, when he is lucky enough to get a man like Walter Bourke to guide him on his first trip, it’s something to get enthusiastic about. Walt roused me at 5 o’clock in the morning, to find a breakfast of bacon, eggs, and flapjacks ready.
These Six Brothers and Their Dogs Are the Roughest Medicine for Big Cats in the West
AND, if you’re not good little lions, the Lee brothers will get you!” Thus, if she could talk, a mother mountain lion would conclude her bedtime story before tucking her spotted kittens away under a great rim rock, high in some Southwestern range, and going out to kill them a colt, a calf, or a white-tailed buck.
THERE’S more than one way to shoot a buck deer or a bull elk. Deciding which way is best depends on the kind of country you’re shooting in, the range, whether the animal has seen you first, and on your own physical conformation. Assuming you have the right rifle for the game, and know how to aim it, the most important thing is to shoot from the right position.
Fishing: Trout, except Dolly Varden (no size-40). All other fish (no limits). Hunting : Caribou, north of Youkon River (Res. 5, nonres. 2 a year). Large Brown and Grizzly Bear (Admiralty Is. 1 ; restricted areas, res. 2, nonres. 1 ; other areas, res. no limit, nonres.
WHEN starting on an outdoor trip, I invariably pack my camera and film first of all, and then fishing tackle or gun, as the case may be. Rain or shine, night or day, regardless of weather, I am' equipped to take pictures. My friends seem to regard this as an amusing eccentricity.
THE joys of angling for trout, salmon, and muskies have been extolled for so long that the impression has become firmly fixed in the minds of most fishermen that any other freshwater species is lacking in sporting qualities. I had the same impression myself, but that was before I caught my first white perch (Morone americana).
WHEN selecting a plug do you consider color, shape, and size rather than action? And, when you do consider action, do you think of your own part in making it effective? I wonder if many of us don’t attach too much importance to the lure, and not enough to our technique in using it.
WE OFTEN hear arguments concerning the sagacity of trout. Many say the fish can discern the slightest difference in a fly, even to a wisp of hackle or the way the tail is cocked. “Why,” they tell us, “if that tail should be set at 45 degrees instead of 39 degrees, it would never take a fish.” How strange all this is when we think of the hook.
Question : Here is an experience on which I would like your personal opinion : The season opened on June 21 and the first 3 or 4 days the bass hit very well. Then they let up, and the few I caught seemed to have sore mouths. The gums were turning red and I’m told that the fish were shedding their teeth.
IN THE long edge of a piece of light wood about 6⅜ in. long, 5 in. wide and ⅞ in. thick, drill a row of holes large enough and deep enough to take the point of the hook and the barb. If you space the holes ⅜ in. apart, there will be room for 16 holes. Put two small screweyes on one side of the block near each end and about 1½ in. below the edge in which the holes have been drilled.
DESIGNED to afford bait and fly casters a chance to practice with tackle they would use in actual fishing, a new game, known as Fish-O, was invented recently at Chicago, 111., by a group of fishing and casting experts. The rules have been drawn with the idea of giving the beginner as well as the specialist a chance to win.
AFTER a man has selected a fine bait-casting rod and reel, he should be just as careful to choose the correct line. For the line, remember, is one of the most important items of the bait caster’s equipment. It is well to select it according to the weight of the lure to be used. Its size will tell something of its strength; its color may have a bearing on the number of fish you catch; and its care will largely determine how long it will last.
THE lowly catfish, after being properly peeled, dipped in corn-meal batter, and fried in sizzling fat to a crisp, golden brown, is the answer to many a tired angler’s prayer at twilight. I don’t pity any poor fisherman on a night like that. I envy him.
WITH the arrival of spring weather, salt-water anglers who were forced to pass up the winter fishing of warmer climes are polishing up their rods and reels, going over their lines, taking stock of hooks and lures, and generally preparing to do battle with game fish from New Brunswick, Can., to the Virginia Capes.
WITH the winter big-game-fishing season just closed, it seems a good time to give a word of credit to some of the boys and girls who have performed outstanding feats with rod and reel in various waters. While some of the exploits that have come to our attention are not record breaking, they are anything but ordinary.
THERE are so many ways in which the pistol shooting of the expert differs from the work of the average shot that it’s impossible to mention them all in a short article. Steadiness of holding is often considered the main difference between the dub and the crack shot, but I doubt that this is the whole story.
WHAT shotgun is the most deadly? Is it the long, heavy, fullchoked gun, or the short, light gun, cylinder-bored? The answer is, both types of guns are deadly under certain circumstances. Everything depends on the use to be made of the gun and the man who is to use it. A 10 bore, weighing 11 lb., chambered for 3½-in.
Question: Kindly advise me what I should do regarding my Fox Sterlingworth 20 gauge, bought through a local dealer. I ordered a 28in. barrel with a modified right barrel and a full-choke left barrel. Not examining the factory tag, I did not notice that the gun I received had an improved-cylinder right and a modifiedchoke left barrel.
Question : I’m writing for some information concerning the recoil of the .30/06 or the .300 Magnum cartridges, as compared with the 12 gauge shotgun. Is the recoil much heavier in either of these cartridges?—W. C., Mich. Answer: The recoil of the Magnum .300, while considerable, around 25 lb., is not punishing.
OUTDOOR LIFE'S RECORD-BREAKING CONTEST FOR NOVICES AND VETERANS WILL BE HELD AGAIN, STARTING JULY 1, WITH SKEET SHOOTERS EVERYWHERE ELIGIBLE TO SEEK, WITHOUT AN ENTRY FEE, THE SILVER MEDALS TO BE AWARDED WINNERS ONE good tournament deserves another.
Question : Of the two revolver cartridges, .44/40 and .45 Colt, which is your choice for maximum stopping and killing power, and for what reason? Also, why isn’t the .44/40 so accurate a cartridge as the .45 Colt? — W. G. B., Cal. Answer: Originally, the .44/40 was a bit the more powerful of the two, and was in common use.
THIS is the time of year to check your camping outfit and put it in first-class condition for summer trips. A few simple repairs now may prevent discomfort and annoyance from the breaking of faulty articles when you’re on a trip.
THIS extension pad of sheepskin is attached to the bottom of your hunting coat. When fastened up inside coat, it protects the small of the back from bitter cold. When lowered, it provides a dry, warm place to sit while resting or waiting for game.
Question : In my part of the country, it is seldom one shoots a jack rabbit without finding boils or blisters on them—sometimes right in the meat. These boils are filled with a clear, watery fluid. In some rabbits, the fluid turns to pus. But all of the rabbits seem to have plenty of life.
WHY can’t we have more houseboats? By houseboats, I don’t mean the cumbersome type that’s hardly more than a floating house, but small, better-looking, cruising houseboats with decks fore and aft, powered with an outboard motor on the stein or towed by an outboard or inboard-powered skiff or runabout.
TAKE a board of any desired length, 2 in. wide, and ⅛ in. thick. Bore 1-in. holes, spaced to take as many poles as you like. Bend metal strips to secure the board 4 in. below edge of boat, and 1 in. from the inside of the boat. Place butts of rods in the holes and lay them across the opposite gunwale of boat.
Question: I am building a 10-ft. flat-bottomed boat, which I expect to convert into an inboard motor boat when completed. The boat is practically finished, but I have left the bottom construction until last, until I could be better advised about the proper lap or joint to use.
WHEN I was a very small boy, I heard somebody say honest confession was good for the soul. So I tried it out one day and was somewhat shocked to discover that, while it might be good for my soul, it was gol-derned hard on the seat of my pants. But the older we grow, the more most of us are convinced, I think, that to admit our mistakes frankly and cheerfully is a pretty good idea, no matter how embarrassing or even painful it may be at times.
Question: My 2-year-old Llewellin setter bitch persists in running away. She will dig out of her pen, and, if I give her any freedom around the yard, she will wait until my back is turned and go, refusing to come back when she is called. Is there any way to cure this fault? —G. A. S., Mich.
Question: A 3-year-old English setter of mine is always biting his paws and legs. I cannot find anything wrong with his paws. On the inside of his legs, there is a small rash. He has lots of pep and a good appetite, though he does rot get much exercise as I live in the city.— F. L. A., British Columbia, Canada.