Side lights on some of the men who contribute to this issue
FOR MOST of his life Maurice H. Decker has been wondering if his father was right. “At the age of nine,” our Camping and Woodcraft editor tells us, “I abandoned mycherished ambition to become a railroad engineer, and decided I would be a second Daniel Boone instead.
MUSKIES are caught in Indiana. Reported to be in many streams in southern part of state. The Little Blue River, south of English, said to be one of the best. The Big Blue also has them, as has Guthrie Creek in Lawrence County . . . Last California grizzly bear of record was killed in Los Angeles County, in lower part of Tujunga Canyon, on Oct. 27, 1916.
MISSOURI was at one time a nattural wild-turkey state. From the low swamp land to the high peaks of the Ozark Mountains the gallant bird roamed the free range. But its fate was that of most of the state's game — hunters' guns almost wiped out the flocks.
MARKET gunners of the past did no more than politics and commercialism are doing now to profit from natural resources. These natural resources belonged to all. Each state subdivided its share. Some have used up theirs or sold them out.
finds that slogging through the moorlands on a timber-doodle expedition can be bonny sport, spats or no spats
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
IN ALL the world there is probably no place in the hunting season as bonny as Scotland. At the moment I can think of no other term so descriptive as “bonny.” It seems to fit that mountainous region in the north of England as his shoes fit Mickey Mouse.
Call him grayling, sucker, or a great what-is-it, this much is certain: he will give you a fight, and he makes the tastiest winter dish you can hook
ED M. HUNTER
EVERY once in a while I feel like kicking myself because I fail to recognize good fishing right in my own back yard. At the moment I have a good swift kick coming because I’ve been overlooking Coregonus williamsoni Girard, or Rocky Mountain whitefish.
Read the evidence this Alaskan has to offer, and you will agree that the biggest of the deer tribe also displays the biggest bag of tricks
EXTRAORDINARY and wholly unexpected happenings, it seems to me, are the chief characteristics of moose hunting in Alaska. And that, perhaps, is why the moose is such popular game among visiting American sportsmen. Take an incident that occurred one blizzard-swept October afternoon at the headwaters of Mystery Creek, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, during a hunt I was making with John and Matt Lantis.
THE ghost method of crow shooting was invented in Michigan one morning when Dan Markley was gazing idly out of Bryce Dennison’s kitchen window. “Look at that flock of crows crossing the river,” remarked Dan. “Where are they all coming from—Canada ?"
He may have been a lightweight when you shot him, much lighter after you dressed him; but he's heavy as a horse to tote to camp
MAJOR M. E. BARKER
DEER HUNTING resolves itself into four simple operations. First you find the deer. Next you shoot him. Then you dress him. And, finally bring him home. In theory, that’s all there is to it. But in practice, bringing home the buck is likely to be a problem, as Griffin, Lee, and I found out many times in the Maine woods.
SCOOP! The Magic-Eye Camera has accomplished what innumerable sportsmen who use a camera in the field have tried to do: get a picture of a game bird being stopped in mid-air by a charge of shot. Many a lens has been aimed, many a shutter snapped, but successful shots could be counted on the thumb of one hand.
Tearing through treacherous white water may be a crazy way to fish, but it's a trip you never forget
States Getting Funds
ARTHUR HAWTHORNE CARHART
MONTY MONTGOMERY told me about this craziest way of taking trout in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It sounded lunatic. But gosh, I was ready to try it. “There’s a screwy bunch of sportsmen at Gunnison," Monty said, “who canoe the canyon and fish as they go.”
A ready-made blind 300 yards from a highway didn't promise much, but a brisk wind sometimes works wonders
ORDINARILY, any man foolhardy enough to ring my doorbell at 3 o'clock of a black October morning would get a cold welcome. But it was no ordinary occasion when Allison and Earl rang. In a scant four hours the bars of yearlong restraint would be dropped, and once again we could swing a shotgun barrel after the swift-winged ducks of our pond.
GEORGE GRAHAM VEST represented the state of Missouri in the United States Senate for four six-year terms—1879 to 1903—yet today his chief claim to fame rests on the peroration of a court-room plea made nine years before he became a member of that august body.
Even if you've never handled a gun, you'll marvel at the feats of this shooter who had the experts gasping
THIS is the story of a boy who mounted a horse and rode 135 miles from a frontier cow town to recognition as America's best man with revolver, rifle, and shotgun. It is the story of Albert Howard Hardy. The place was Hyannis, Nebr.—a dusty settlement on the edge of things —and the year was 1896.
THE MIGHTY muskellunge, biggest game fish of America's inland waters, can be reared in a hatchery just like the smaller trout and bass. Wisconsin, where these tackle busters abound, is a leader in the artificial propagation of muskies, and these exclusive pictures from its Conservation Department give probably the clearest demonstration yet of how it's done.
When shooting conditions are so poor that you can't see your quarry flush, a clever bit of strategy is called for
Snowshoe Hare Cycle
"BY THE sweating ghost of Nimrod!” swore Mark, “this is the last time you catch me trying to shoot grouse in the middle of summer!” Sweat dripped from his face, sweat darkened his shirt; and his face was scratched and dirty. I suppose I looked a little worse.
Memory of that big fish or buck may fade, but a good photo captures the thrill forever; so it's only sense not to let neglect spoil your chances
WALTER E. BURTON
ONCE upon a time a mighty hunter came back from the Canadian Rockies beaming like a six-year-old who has just been to a circus. Two days later he was wearing a face a yard long. “What’s the matter, Bill?” a friend asked. “You look like you never shot that champion bighorn.”
MOST sportsmen divide hunting and fishing into three stages: enjoyment of the sport, the exhilaration of bringing back some direct evidence of skill and luck, and the final satisfaction of eating said game after it had been properly cooked.
NORTHERN ZONE: Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. INTERMEDIATE ZONE: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York (including Long Island), Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
THE perplexing moment recounted by the tall-tale angler, in which he faces the alternatives of swimming after his runaway fish or of cutting his line, is no worse than the actual dilemma often faced by a lone big-game hunter who is unable to hang his kill.
I HAVE WRITTEN a good deal on gunstock fitting and specifications. Studying a man's height, his length of arms, breadth of shoulders, facial fullness, I can tell him what should be a mechanically perfect fit. The try gun, or try stock, is designed to do just that.
IT IS ALWAYS wise to check theory by practical test, and to remember that actual results under actual working conditions are what really count. Some years ago my butcher shop for a long time was mainly a rifle. We lived back in the mountains, and meat was mostly small game—shot with a pumpaction repeater, using the .22 long-rifle Lesmok cartridge with hollow-point bullet.
Question : A friend maintains that when a bullet leaves a rifled barrel, held horizontally, it rises above the axis of the bore. I claim he is confusing the bore axis with line of sight; and that while the bullet does rise above the line of sight, it cannot possibly rise above the axis of the bore.
Do not run or in any way speed up the circulation Keep calm and don’t be afraid. The danger depends upon many factors— condition of the snake, whether you are bitten by one or two fangs, whether the snake recently has used up most of his venom, the part of the body bitten, rapidity of absorption, amount of venom as compared with the weight of the patient, and so on.
Question : There is quite a bit of an argument in this locality as to what size shells are best for duck hunting. This makes it quite bewildering to us newcomers. We would appreciate it if you would suggest what sizes you think we ought to use.
Question : Could you tell me if sheepskin revolver holsters are as good as, or better than, the regular leather ones? Should a revolver be left in one of them when it is not being carried on the belt? Or should sheepskin holsters be used only when revolvers are being carried in the woods?
MANY small-game hunters, disappointed in the .22 Long Rifle cartridge, are interested in the .25 rim-fire. Some of them have been suggesting speeding up the cartridge to 1,500 foot-seconds, which is about the limit for lead-alloy bullets.
WHEN skeet first took hold, critics immediately arose to point out the alleged danger in this new form of target shooting. They were so vehement in declaring the sport a menace that it is doubtful if skeet could have survived a series of accidents, had such occurred.
ALMOST everybody who has shot skeet has come forward, sooner or later, with suggestions for rule changes. While it offers something novel in using the present skeet layout with the addition of a third trap, this Scrambled Tower-Skeet is not intended to replace regulation skeet.
POWER PLANT satisfaction isn't all a matter of having a new engine in your boat. It can result just as much from understanding what you have, in order to make the best of it, and knowing how to locate and correct minor ailments before they have had a chance to assume troublesome proportions.
WHEN storing boats in the open, through the winter, the method shown keeps the inside dry and clean, at very little expense. Ordinary roofing or building paper is cut to a suitable length, and the edges fastened over the sides of the boat by tacking strips of lath over them.
SUDDENLY and without warning the bottom of your canoe is ripped open on a submerged rock. The craft fills so fast with water that you have time only to grab a single piece of your equipment and toss it to shore. Which do you save—your rifle or your ax?
Question: My friend and I intend to go on an unlimited (as far as time is concerned) camping trip to Florida. We will follow the Appalachian Trail down from Maine. As this trip will be mostly on foot, the equipment carried must be as light as possible.
BECAUSE of their economy and the splendid exercise of pedaling, bicycle camping tours are becoming more popular each season. Since the rider can cover many more miles a day, cycling is less tedious and less expensive for the distance covered than hiking.
ONE ever recurring question pops up in letters I get from readers. How to answer it is a problem, but it comes so often it cannot be sidetracked. Here is the typical question: “My fishing will be mostly for pan fish, but I may sometimes catch bass or other large fish.
DO UNTO OTHERS as you would have them do unto you” is as applicable to the sport of fishing as to anything else. To live up to the Golden Rule will be a help to anyone in becoming a successful angler. If you honestly endeavor to help someone else, instead of trying to outdo him, many of the stumbling blocks to success miraculously disappear.
Question: Where can I obtain a tournament bait-casting rod and reel? What are the length and weight of this rod?—D. W., I11. Answer: In tournament bait casting, you may use what rod you wish. However, if you are casting in the various classes you will need rods for the different purposes.
THIS department has received so many letters asking "What is a game fish?" that we have not only given the matter considerable thought but have asked for the opinions of many expert fishermen upon the subject. The general reply is: “A game fish is one that puts up a good fight.” Not so bad—until you analyze it, and ask : “What is a good fight?
A FEW months ago a reader of this magazine wrote in for information concerning the characteristics of greyhounds and other canine speedsters, and their use as sporting dogs. He was especially interested in the practical value of greyhounds for capturing and killing coyotes on the prairies of his home state, Wyoming.
Question: A few weeks ago I lost my dog through distemper, and now I am planning to get another dog. What is the best way to clean the coop and surroundings, so my future dog won’t get distemper?—M. L. P., Mich. Answer: I suggest that you wait a few months before obtaining another dog.
Question: Would you please tell me the difference in hunting qualities between the German short-haired pointer and Drahthaar, and the English. Irish, Gordon and Llewellin setters? — O. L. S., Tex. Answer: The two German dogs are slower than the American bird dogs you mention and are also used on a greater variety of game.