Behind the scenes with those who made this issue what it is
WRITING your first hunting story must be something of a trick, when your previous efforts have been for medical journals and your subjects urology and such. But Dr. Roy Holmes made the transition smoothly, and clicked on the first try with “A Day at Tobe’s Place.”
BEAR beats time clock. A she with two cubs, near Laona, Wis., materially speeded up foot travel in that vicinity last fall. Sawmill employees complained that the bear was making them get to work ahead of time. ... No race prejudice here. White-tail buck and mule-deer doe mated at Meade County State Park, Kansas, and twin fawns were the result.
IN ALL CASES, THE INFORMATION GIVEN COVERS ONLY THE PERIOD FROM FEB. 1 TO FEB. 29 INCLUSIVE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Seasons, Bag Limits, and License Fees
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Good Fly "Dope"
Hunting : Polar Bear, Wolf, Wolverine, Coyote, Marmot, Squirrel (no limits). Caribou (2) closed south of Yukon River. Large Brown and Grizzly Bear (aggregate 2, Admiralty Isl. 1). Black Bear (3). Big-game bag limits given are for nonres.; limits for res. are larger.
ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
Let 'Em Alone?
An Orchid for the Girls
Why Exterminate 'Chucks?
Too Much Road Building
Common Sense Afield
Duck Regulations Upheld
EDITOR Outdoor Life
AS A FIRM believer in protection for deer and for all wildlife, I have read with much interest that recent letter of Dr. Frank T. Woodbury, advocating an open season on does in alternate years. When one has lived in the heart of our best deer country as long as I have, and has seen the buck-only law tried out for years, he knows that it is a curse and the prime cause of getting many of our does shot, and left where they fall.
Snow and rain couldn’t chill the ardor of these hunters who thrilled as the big black ducks came in on the gale
Jack Miner's Bird Sanctuary
"WHAT are you fellers doing, snooping around here?” The voice came out of the dark, at that cold and spirits-lowering time between the utter blackness of a starless night and the first paling of the darkness into the deep gray of earliest dawn.
STUFF THIS INDIAN WITH PLENTY OF GRUB, AND HIS BIRCH HORN WOULD TALK THE BIGGEST OF BULLS OUT OF THE WOODS
Safe Duck Shot Found?
Dr. F. I. KRAUSS
FRANÇOIS TOMASHAW, full-blooded Indian, had been hired through our friend the game warden, months previous. We’d heard of François and we wanted him. He was said to be the best caller in all that Quebec country, and so wise in woods lore that he thought like a moose, looked like a moose, and smelled like a moose.
Not every man could invent a brand-new method of fishing, even a screwy kind; and fewer yet could make this one work
Salmon Rights Come High
DAVID M. NEWELL
PROBABLY it is natural for every fisherman to like to believe that he is the sole inventor of something—even if it’s only a new alibi. How proud a man must feel who invents a brand-new kind of fishing! I know, for I’m the very guy who did it. Of course a certain fishing buddy of mine, who happened to be along, may take issue with me, but by that time it will be too late.
Jobless, broke, he turned to the hobby he'd supported and made it support him
W. G. BUSSARD
THAT little building would make a swell gun shop, I mused. The rent should be low—and the lower it was the better it would suit me. The building had thick adobe walls, and adobe, in case you’ve never seen it, simply is big bricks made of sundried mud.
THE ELUSIVE WILDCAT HAD A BAGFUL OF TRICKS, BUT ONE BETRAYED HIM AT THE LAST
ALL OF US confess to some affection for most of the wildlife we pursue. Even for most of the vermin. The fox, rascal that he is, has many endearing qualities; and those states that have removed him from the vermin list and given him the protection and dignity of legitimate game are on the right track.
Her farewell to the uplands wasn’t a dramatic one, but like a true veteran she carried on to the end
GORDON ROY AVERY
CLIFF KITES picked up his gun, stepped quickly down from the front porch, and waited for old Sally. The setter followed, tail wagging eagerly, but the rest of her movements were slow and awkward. “She’s ten years old today,” Cliff remarked.
The test of method and theory is an easy one—who brings home the fish?
WILLIAM HARNDEN FOSTER
"SUPPOSE you young fellers are goin’ t’ hit fer the Deep Bows ag’in today, ain’t yeh? Well, go on, an’ good luck t’ yeh! Yeh won’t get yer bait back in fish, I’m a-tellin’ yeh that! Ain’t no use fishin’ deep water a day like this’ll be—warm sun, late in February, an’ the moon in the last quarter.
Choice stand, pleasant weather, deer by the score—that's hunting down in Dixie
Eagles Attack Coyotes
DOWN in my neck of the woods an invitation to a deer hunt at Tobe’s place, over in South Carolina, confers more prestige than being elected congressman — a Democratic congressman, of course. True, there is hardly a week during the hunting season when Tobe is not host to some of his many friends.
THERE HE IS, LARGE AS LIFE AND ALMOST AS NATURAL, BRINGING BACK TINGLING MEMORIES OF A SAVAGE, NO-QUARTER STRUGGLE
ED M. HUNTER
BIG ONES that get away? Listen, mister! Whenever you see a trout hanging on a wall you can be sure that he did not get away, and whenever I hear that familiar question I can't help thinking of the so-called salesmen who come into my office and show that they have been reading a book on selling.
An ex-congressman soon forgets bills and voters as he faces the charge of Africa's fiercest game
Dangers of Berry Picking
WHEN the Seventy - fourth Congress adjourned, Representative B. T. Castellow of Georgia walked out of his office in the House Office Building and headed down Capitol Hill for Washington’s Union Station. He had no immediate family responsibilities; he didn’t have to go home to mend his political fences because he had declined nomination for a fourth term as representative of Georgia's Third Congressional District; he felt that after almost forty years of holding public office—twenty of them as solicitor general of Georgia—he owed himself a vacation; and he was sixty-one years old.
THERE are six big-game rifles in my gun rack today, all sighted with hunting telescopes in American mounts. Five makes of ’scopes and three makes of mounts are represented. All the outfits are good. Each mounts a small, light, brilliant ’scope low on the receiver of the rifle.
WANT to do your winter angling the comfortable, pneumonia-proof way? Then visit one of Michigan's unusual villageson-ice. The well-built little shanties, some privately owned, some rented to the public, are heated and furnished with tables, chairs, and cots for night anglers.
ARE THE ever-expanding power systems of the country a menace to young fish? That was the question the Oregon Game Commission`s Fisheries Division wanted answered, so it performed an odd experiment with the help of the Federal Bureau of Fisheries.
"BEAR off the starboard bow!” That strange cry is no stranger than the sport it springs from—hunting by ship. For out of the ports of Norway sail many wooden vessels, carrying sportsmen and explorers into the northern seas to seek the seal, the musk ox, the arctic hare, and—finest of trophies—the huge and powerful polar bear, undisputed king of the North.
MOST sportsmen have been greatly disturbed by the gruesome picture of the forest-fire menace that we found ourselves compelled to present to you last month. It came to them like the news that a friend was in peril. “Why is this destruction, this meaningless, ruthless desolation, allowed to go on?” they ask.
IT'S ABLE, IT'S HANDY TO CARRY, AND IT COSTS ONLY A FEW DOLLARS IF YOU FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS FROM A MASTER DESIGNER
THE MATERIALS YOU NEED
TRANSPORTATION of boats by auto or other means greatly extends the effective range of all sports activities. And especially so with this unique sectional boat, which occupies little space when nested for stowing. The boat presented here fulfills all requirements for easy transportation by auto, trailer, or cruiser, and when assembled is 10 feet 3 inches long, having the capacity of a large rowboat and carrying three or four passengers safely.
THE wise owner does not overload his boat, however large it may be, with gear. He has aboard all equipment required by law, then selects from the wide range of available gadgets only those which make for safety, or add to pleasure and comfort.
Question: I have been using a metal boat for the last two years, but my friends keep telling me it's no place to be in a lightning storm. Do you know whether a metal boat is much more dangerous than a wooden one in this regard?-R. N., La. Answer: Damage through lightning to any sort of boat on the water is a rarity; it often does funny tricks, especially on boats with masts, but seldom if ever any real damage.
Next summer's tun won't be spoiled by fuel-line trouble if you act now
THE best way to guard against a plugged fuel line and a dead motor next summer is to spend a few hours thoroughly cleaning out your gas tank. No matter how carefully you have been straining gas into your tank, you will find, every time you clean the strainer, particles of reddish brown and graywhite.
HERE’S an auto-top rack, for a flatbottomed boat with floor boards, that can be set up quickly on any car that has crossbars in the top. Drill two ⅜-in. holes through a crosspiece about 2 ft. ahead of the roof’s center, and two more holes in another crosspiece about 2 ft. behind the center.
THE careful owner, especially in sections where summers are very hot, periodically examines his boat thoroughly for dry rot. This is not, as its name implies, caused by dryness but rather by a constantly moist condition, and is encouraged by heat and lack of ventilation.
MANY outboard motors, particularly the older models, will not throttle down to effective trolling speed. This is easily corrected by towing a water bucket from each side of the stern. These serve as brakes and give the motor a whole new range of low speeds.
ARTIFICIAL flies play an important part in the lives of fly-fishermen. Patterns which have been responsible for red-letter days become inseparable companions. Those experiences wherein some particular fly played a prominent rôle are always responsible for the most enthusiastically and realistically told stories.
EELS make a very good dish if prepared properly; but the killing and skinning of one often presents a tough problem for the amateur fisherman—and sometimes for the seasoned angler as well. A method that I have used with great success is as follows: The eel is grasped firmly around the head with a dry piece of burlap or old rag, (which does not “slime up" immediately) and the lower third of him is clouted forcibly against the bottom of the boat or against a convenient tree or post.
A NEW WAY to keep shrimp bait straightened out, in steelhead fishing, is to use a sharpened match stick or round toothpick. After uncurling the boiled shrimp, stick the match or toothpick through it endwise. Then, after making a slight cut underneath the shrimp toward the tail end, take an ordinary steelhead leader with a treble hook and insert the hook into the cut.
ARE your leaders and gut strands kept in a dark compartment? Are they wrapped in blue or black paper, or in a chamois leader case? Do you keep them where it is cool, away from the pipes of the heating system? If not, you’d better see to them before it’s too late.
Question: Can you suggest a way to remove the varnish from a split-bamboo fly rod without disturbing the windings? The rod has had several coatings of varnish, which is now so thick that it breaks off in spots.—P. R. W., Pa. Answer: The professionals use varnish remover for refinishing a rod.
INTENSIVE coöperation between boatman and angler is necessary to insure success—a fact which most fishermen, but few captains and mates, realize. Frequently it is the captain who is remiss, but more often it is the mate whom the angler must rouse to a sense of his duties and a sensibility of his surroundings.
SOMEBODY once said this would be a monotonous world if we all thought alike. But there isn’t much danger of that so long as folks go camping; for we campers have decidedly different opinions about equipment, and especially about tents. We’re always looking for something better and different.
Question: I have some deer feet which I’d like to make into a gun rack. Can you tell me how to cure, reënforce, and mount them? — M. B., Ontario. Answer: Soak the deer feet, if they have dried stiff, until the leg skin is perfectly soft. Dissolve a little borax in the water and place the receptacle in a cool place.
A GOOD mechanic, it always seemed to me, should make the best wing-shot, but very often he does not. His vision and his brain, having been trained to concentrate on small things close to his eyes, do not work well on birds passing at 50 yd. Without special training he doesn’t know whether his mark is 40 yd. away or 50, and whether his lead is 4 ft. or 10.
Question: Have been told that my Ross .303 rifle isn’t safe to shoot. The barrel has been cut down to 24 in., but the arm seems to be in first-class condition. Could it be rechambered to take the less-powerful .303 Savage, or would you suggest shooting reduced loads?—R. E., Md.
Question: My grandfather has a 10 gauge shotgun which he has used for more than 40 years. It breaks by pressure on a lever ahead of the trigger guard, and has twisted barrels marked “Parker Bros., Meriden, Conn., Pat’s 1870-76.” I wonder if there are many of these old guns left and how much one cost when new? R. C., Iowa.
RECENTLY I wanted some full-jacketed ammunition for my Savage .300 rifle. I intended using it on coyotes which had been unusually numerous in this section of Colorado. None of the ammunition dealers from Steamboat Springs to Craig regularly stock any loads other than the mushrooming type, which, generally speaking, makes sieves of the hides of coyotes shot at our usual ranges in this country.
YOUNG TOM lived quite a while ago, as measured by a man’s lifetime. When Gen. Custer and his men were massacred in 1876, the boy was just about old enough to read the headlines in the paper. Maybe that fired his imagination a little more-he meant to be an Indian fighter.
NOWADAYS every important sport has its coaches, men or women who are paid to teach its followers how to become proficient. Modern colleges comb the country for men who can develop winning football teams. They’ll even send abroad for a man who they think can produce a great crew.
COMES an item from Illinois about a new skeet stunt. It seems Gus Portman, president of the Peoria Skeet and Gun Club, started out to see how fast he could shoot at 100 skeet targets. Two loaders (they call them gillies in England) passed him guns, and with their help Mr. Portman succeeded in shooting at the 100 targets in 6 minutes and 42 seconds, breaking 80.
MORE than a year ago this department carried a brief account of the little brown or liver-colored spaniels that once were to be seen on the streets of every country town in the East and the Middle West, and which, when I was a boy, were called cockers.
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.
Question: I have a setter pup 11 months old, that seems to have a good nose. When I take him to good pheasant cover, he will point for about a minute, sometimes as far as thirty feet from the pheasant; then he will rush it. When the pheasant flies up he will chase it a little way, come back, and smell the ground excitedly.
WHEN, in 1910, George Moore’s Russian wild boars were uncrated on Hooper’s Bald, in North Carolina, after a long trip from the distant railroad, the mountaineers who gathered to see the creatures gaped incredulously; then most of them took to the trees.