Behind the scenes with some of those who made this issue what it is
WHEN you’ve thrilled to those glorious waterfowl pictures on our cover and accompanying the article “Know Your Ducks,” we’re sure you’ll want to know something about their creator, Francis Lee Jaques. It goes without saying that he’s an authority on his subject, and recognized as such.
FISHY facts: Climbing perch of India spends the dry season buried in the mud, coming forth happily when ponds and streams once more are filled by rains. Natives in some localities get fresh fish by digging for them with a shovel! ... A species of small fish, native only to Lake Magadi, in the Riff Valley, Kenya Colony of Africa, lives only in soda springs on the eastern shore, in temperatures ranging from 80 to 100 degrees.
SEVERAL fox hunters in Dutchess County, N.Y., had a curious experience while out with the hounds. The latter had run an old fox so fast through snow that he holed up in less than an hour. The hunters thereupon faced the tough job of getting him out or digging through frozen ground.
ARTHUR WOODY, who is the ranger of the Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee National Forest, used to know the man who killed the last deer in the mountains of north Georgia. Someone told him that he shouldn’t have done it. “Mortalgod,” he said, “there jest weren’t no sense in leavin’ that pore ol’ buck lonesome in this-hyer big country!" It was thirty-five or maybe forty years ago that the man Woody used to know shot that last surviving deer.
If you sportsmen did less talking about predators and more shooting, we'd soon be rid of a nuisance maintains JACK O'CONNOR
Weights of Antelope
ONE thing’s certain: if hate could kill an animal, there wouldn’t be a coyote left in North America. Cattlemen hate coyotes because they prey on young calves. Sheepmen hate them because mutton is one of their favored dishes, and making quick, exciting raids on herds of sheep their favorite sport.
Here is information NO waterfowl hunter can do without—sure ways of identifying all protected species
EVERY duck hunter knows, or should know, that certain species of our waterfowl are protected by the federal government the year around, and that killing one makes the hunter liable to a severe penalty. A man has to be careful because there are species having a legal limit which is less than that of other fowl with which they may be confused.
WHEN A CITY-BRED FISHERMAN WITH PLENTY OF TACKLE SOUNDS OFF IN HOT DEFENSE OF HOMESPUN ANGLING METHODS—THAT'S NEWS!
FIRST time I went fishing with Tiddy Bug on the backwaters of Caddo Lake came very near being the last. Tiddy Bug was an old Negro guide who didn’t push himself with his trade. He hunted or fished or trapped when his thirteen chillun needed food or when he and the old woman had to have money for overalls and calico and molasses—but only then.
THE PHEASANT, originally a native of China, has the peculiar mental complexes of the Orient which we of the Occident find so difficult to understand. I have, in my time, sat in on discussions by sportsmen of this long-tailed alien, and listened to their contemptuous criticisms of him.
HOW often have you seen them, oh my brethern of the wet seat and the wind-beaten features— those self-confident ones who barge into a camp and proclaim: “I’m a good cook. Don’t worry about the cooking!” When they die, and they will if they go on eating their own stuff, this non-cooking, always-hungry man of the far places is for erecting one of their pancakes at the final resting place with the immortal lines of the good poet chiseled thereon:
Hunting the cayman is thrilling sport—but a nightmare of horror when the beast tracks down a man
WE STOOD back and watched our Sumu Indian hunters loading the four dugout canoes with chunks of fresh meat, stout grass ropes, bamboo baskets, knives, and queer-looking wooden hooks. The early morning air was already astir with flying insects, and oppressive with tropic heat and odors.
THE DOCTOR wrote that he’d found the place. Like a lot of others, perhaps, I’d read about the Rogue, the Umpqua, and other Oregon waters, and believed that “the place” was on one of these streams. But the real spot, according to a succession of letters from Doc Harris, was at Klamath Falls, Oregon.
MY FIRST deer hunt ended disastrously within the hour, despite the fact that I spotted, fired at, and hit a small buck. The only effect of my shooting was to spank the deer with a few pellets of lead and drive him directly into the hands of another party, some 200 yards distant.
A HUNT BEHIND ACE OHIO HOUNDS IS A THRILL YOU DON'T FORGET
MAKING CITY KIDS ENTHUSIASTIC ANGLERS
PISTOL SHOOTERS' PARADISE
LAZY FISHERMAN'S HELPER
MAGIC FOR DUCK HUNTERS
SPORT IN KHAKI
"COON hunting gets you! If there's a more spine-tingling thrill than the deep, weird cry of a hunting dog as he streaks through the night in pursuit of the elusive `Old Zip,' you'll never get a coon hunter to admit it." That—after just one hunt—is the testimony of Bob Doty, who took these exciting pictures in the fine coon country of Ohio's Miami Valley.
If you've never followed a wise field general you haven't really hunted yet
FRANCIS C. ZUIKER
DIAMOND JIM BRADY had a saying about diamonds: “Them that has ’em, wears ’em!” With it he could easily brush aside any objection about “vulgar display.” So it is with gun dogs: Them that has ’em, uses ’em. And those that don’t have ’em do the best they can.
ONLY one day more. How shall we spend it?” I asked my son Lowell, who had recently celebrated that big event, his eighteenth birthday. “Let’s go fishing,” was his reply. “It may be a long time before I get another chance.” He had been graduated from high school in the spring.
WANT TO GET A RECORD HEAD IN THE CRAZIEST POSSIBLE WAY? WELL, HERE'S HOW IT'S DONE!
WALTER E. BURTON
FORMULA for getting a record antelope head: 1. Shoot an elk, then lose it. 2. Drink a gasoline cocktail. 3. Humidify your ’scope sight so it becomes as opaque as a London fog, then go after antelope. 4. Use all but an alarmingly few rounds of special ammunition by missing all the ordinary pronghorns.
In presenting this comprehensive monthly digest of fish and game laws, compiled by Arthur Grahame from official sources and covering the facts you need to know when planning trips, we have made every effort to insure accuracy. Space limitations, however, prevent listing local exceptions to general laws; so you are urged to consult state or local authorities before taking either game or fish.
Planning some out-of-state hunting trips this year? You can find the kind of sport you want—at the time you want it—in this comprehensive table of seasons in all the states and provinces. When you've located what you want, turn to the Fishing & Hunting Guide for details, license fees, bag limits, etc.
FOR more years than most of us can remember, it has been fashionable to say that rifles are “aimed” and that shotguns are “pointed.” To say that a man “aimed” a shotgun has implied that he was caught in a social error, like eating peas with a knife, or wearing a ski suit to the funeral of Uncle Oscar.
THE September 1939 issue of OUTDOOR LIFE carried an article by me, “Make Your Shotgun Better,” which had to do with patterning guns. Some shooters wrote to me, following the game season, and said they had improved their shooting and their guns’ efficiency, by patterning and finding out what loads worked best.
Major changes make it imperative that all wildfowl hunters study the new regulations
THE NEW LAWS AT A GLANCE
NORTHERN ZONE: Maine. New Hampshire, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. Ohio was in the intermediate zone last year. INTERMEDIATE ZONE: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington.
EACH morning Bill and I sat in the blind at the end of the point, waiting for the ducks to come our way. But the flight was always directly over some shoals in the center of the river, where there was no chance to construct a blind or hide on the few rocks showing above the surface.
SHOOTING with open sights at a fixed mark, the front sight of a rifle appears in the V of the rear sight, and the bullseye is easier to see if it appears slightly over the front sight with the narrow strip of the white target showing between the top of the front sight and the bullseye.
WHEN a hunter has eaten the meat of his game and has shipped its head to a taxidermist, he may forget that the animal’s hide forms a third trophy of real value. The skins of small and big game, and of vermin, can be made into rawhide, buckskin, or leather, materials you can later transform into outdoor clothing and equipment.
A SERVICEABLE revolver holster can be easily made from the top of a worn-out leather boot. Measurements in the picture are for the H. & R. Special with 6-in, barrel, but any gun can be fitted by laying it on the boot top with its sights even with the back seam.
HERE is a most worthy fish, very gamy and interesting, preferring the cool-water lakes and the speedier and cooler water in the rivers. The normal range of this fish spreads from the rivers in the more northern of the Southern states to the southern section of Canada.
USING line grease sparingly gets you better results than when you use it freely. Put it on with the fingers and rub it in thoroughly so that there isn’t any surplus. Personally I do not care for line-greasing pads. When using them you never can tell how hard you are rubbing, and are quite likely to burn your line.
LABOR DAY brings a wholesale exodus from the seashore. Hotel owners close storm shutters on fly-specked windows. The seedy person whose hopes and financial status are upheld solely by his toy balloons has shuffled wearily away, and the gleeful shouts of children along the beach are heard no more.
ARE you in a position to spend from $1,000 up on a boat? And are you the canny type that buys with future as well as immediate use in mind? If so, by all means investigate the merits of the new small “speed cruisers” now offered in stock models by a number of builders.
EVERY hunter worthy of the name discovers that the man who said, “There’s as much pleasure in anticipation as in realization,” knew what he was talking about. This is especially true if the hunter in question happens to live in a city, suburb, or sizable town, holds down a good job, and wants to keep on holding it.
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.
"A CROW lottery?” I asked. “What in heaven’s name is that?” “I’m going to try my luck this afternoon,” Bill said. “I’ll show you.” That’s how I came to be with Bill, in a field near Moncton, New Brunswick, as he cawed away on his black, whistle-shaped crow call.