BORN in the Missouri Ozarks, Leonard Hall, author of "Mama Goes Along,” which appears in this month’s issue, still lives in the Show Me state. He describes his present home as “a small farm some 20 miles southwest of St. Louis, where the Ozark foothills run right up to the doorstep of the state’s great metropolis.
ODDITIES. Bear with four cubs was seen recently by Frank Phillips, warden, Rangeley, Me. . . . Two young Canada lynx have been trapped on Bois Blanc Island, off top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, by Allen B. Smith, conservation department fire warden.
YOUR article, "The Coyote," contained critical references to the National Park Service officials, and I wish to take exception to this. It seems to me that numerous hunters, trappers, cattlemen, and business men are continually trying to exploit the national parks and other public lands, on one pretense or another, to further their own selfish interests.
LATE SUMMER, 1943. The mountainsides had been tinderdry. Rangers in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, spent the long hours of the brilliant days sitting in lookout towers and scanning the timber on distant slopes. One observer saw a wisp of smoke trail high above the trees.
WE WERE in the smoking lounge of a Pullman car when it all started. The train was rattling across the snowy countryside between Chicago, Ill., and my home town in Michigan on a blustery March night. The stranger sitting across from me was a joviallooking fellow and we drifted into conversation.
THE CAR began to shake violently. Sharp scratching sounds echoed and reverberated through the interior. EARTHQUAKE! I came awake all at once. I sat up, smashed my head against the car roof. Frightened, hurt, groggy, I reached madly for the door handle.
"CAN’T THINK of anything I’d rather sink my teeth into than a young squirrel fried up just right.” Tug Ullstrom, my next-door neighbor, spoke—and went back to chewing meditatively on a grass stem as he lolled against the white picket fence which separates our two backyards, here in Oklahoma.
Here's today's best bet for finer eating at big savings—and it's made to order for sportsmen's families most of all! With a freezing unit, your open-season sport can stock up your larder with year-round meals of the kind you like best. Also, you can swell your bank account with the money you slash from food bills. The home freezer will be the biggest postwar advancement in daily living. Better look into it—quick!
A Timely Measure
AMERICAN FAMILIES in great numbers, according to all present indications of postwar trends, are going to take up quick-freezing much of their own food, so that it will keep indefinitely and, when thawed out weeks or months later, will come to the table every bit as tasty as the day it was put in storage.
Here’s a yarn to make your mouth water—a true tale of hunting outsize deer on Vancouver Island, B. C.
ANYWHERE near Campbell River, on Vancouver Island —north, west, south, or east—you will find blacktail deer. To the east are the straits that separate the island from the British Columbia mainland, but deer are often chased into the water by cougars or dogs.
Some wives never get to share a fishing trip; others are tolerated because they cook and do camp chores; but with this one it’s different
MAYBE you think that a good reason for taking the wife along when you go fishing is so you'll eat better and have someone to tidy up around camp. But I’ve found better reasons than that— the first being that Mama rates right at the top as a sportsman.
WHEN I spotted the tiny landing strip nestling on a barren prairie between two forks of the North Canadian River, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, I breathed a sigh of relief. I would make it after all. My engine was sounding like a wornout threshing machine by this time, so I cut her off, spiraled down through the fluffy clouds, and set the fighter plane on the dusty little runway.
"GONNA play cowboy 'n' Injun?" the Yankee farmer asked with a salty chuckle. His shrewd eyes appraised the wide belt which supported the snaplock holster that housed the target revolver draping my right leg. ‘‘What kind of a contraption yuh call thet?
THE TALK at the Portage Gun Club had swung around to the forthcoming match and to suitable trophies for the winners. When Peter Mullins saw the president’s eyes aiming in his direction, he knew from past experience—as the club’s unofficial handyman, tinkerer, and how-to-makeit expert—that there was a job coming up for him.
NO, I’M NOT peddling the gabble of an anonymous backwoods liar, for I saw the ghastly sight myself—a dead thing that struggled on the midnight waters of Bayou Despair. I was standing in the prow of a dugout, with Silas to paddle, pointing my flashlight as we followed the zigzag course of a headless creature that dodged and twisted to elude our boat.
THE GREAT MAJORITY of singlebarrel shotguns sold in the United States are bored full choke, whether they are singles, pumps, or automatics. Most of the doubles are bored modified in the right barrel and full choke in the left. Such borings throw patterns too small and too dense for average shooting by the average hunter, but the manufacturers continue to give plenty of constriction to their barrels.
Question: As soon as possible I intend to purchase a Model 99-RS Savage rifle, .300 caliber, on which I propose to mount a 330 Weaver ’scope on a Griffin & Howe lightweight mount —just high enough to be able to use the peep for short-range emergency work.
COAST GUARDSMEN serving on at least one large attack transport have their own rifle range—and it’s right aboard ship! They can’t use it all the time, for it’s in one of the 65-ft.-long magazines where ammuntion is stored; but between invasions, when the magazine is empty, there’s no more popular spot on the U.S.S. Samuel Chase.
THERE are few subjects sportsmen will argue over faster than the correct way of scoring the heads of antlered game. As Arthur Hawthorne Carhart said a while back in OUTDOOR LIFE, some authorities use the measurement along the outside curve of the longer antler, from the bottom of the burr to the tip of the main beam, while others base the rating on the number of points.
HERE in South Africa we hunt everything from doves to elephants. We use rifles and ammunition from many countries—America, England, Germany, and Belgium—depending on who offers the most value for the price. When American factories get back to peacetime production they’ll find us a market for vermin loads for small-bore, shortrange rifles; also long-range loads for medium-bore big-game rifles.
WITH the recent death of J. Henry Fitzgerald at his home in Wethersfield, Conn., America lost one of the greatest handgun experts in its history, and countless pistol shooters in every section of the country mourned the passing of a friend.
AFTER his first bivouac in the New Caledonia bush the American soldier fresh from the States is prepared to swear that the island is full of wildcats. Actually, he is told, the caterwauling he heard in the deep gloom of the night is the hideous cry of what are known in the Pacific as flying foxes.
THE NAMES of 10 species of wildlife appear in the right-hand column. The names of their young appear in the lefthand column, but not in the same order. Can you match them up? Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. A score of 100 is perfect.
A COLUMN in the Geneseo Republic, Genesen. Ill., consists of items originally published in that newspaper 50 years ago. One such paragraph, recently reprinted, was this: “A little son of Eph Jaques, aged only six years, has developed a wonderful talent for sketching and painting, considering his age.
WISCONSIN'S Conservation Department and the Fox and Coon Hunters’ Association have joined forces to make it profitable for the state’s many raccoon hunters to bring ’em back alive by offering a bonus of $2 more than the pelt value for every female coon in good condition that is shipped, express collect, to the State Game Farm at Poynette or to the Coon Hunters’ Association headquarters at Evansville.
PERSONALLY I have no use for natural baits—if the fish will take artificial lures. However, there are times when the angler has to resort to the real thing instead of imitations, unless he happens to be one of those iron-willed irreconcilables who’d rather go home empty-handed than catch ’em on garden hackle.
DRIVING along a mountain road in the South, a city sportsman noticed a boy fishing in a creek. Sitting on the green bank of the stream, the kid was a perfect picture of everything a barefoot fisherman should be. Battered straw hat pushed back on his head, toes just touching the cool water, cotton line dangling from a freshpeeled willow pole.
Question: We have two landlocked lakes nearby. One covers more than 5 acres, is 13 ft. deep, has sandy shores, and a muck bottom. There is no evidence of springs, so far as I can discover. The other is about 30 acres, and 7 or 8 ft. deep. The shores are sandy, it has a muck bottom, and a few small springs.
Does Barometric Pressure Affect the Spawning of Fish?
H. M. Beattie
SOME TIME ago you published an article which advanced some theories as to why fishing is better on a high or rising barometer. Since then some rather interesting information has come to hand which tends to indicate that there is a relation between barometric pressure and the spawning of fish.
TWO methods which are used by professional crab catchers may be of interest to sportsmen living near tidewater. One method takes advantage of the biological urge. Some large male crabs are caught and tied by the shell with a length of light strong cord to a limber stake located preferably along the edge of a deep channel through which a good tidal current flows.
AS A MEANS of inaugurating aggressive public action by the people of Indiana to put an end to stream pollution —in line with OUTDOOR LIFE’S recent expose of the conditions which menace America’s waters—Gov. Ralph H. Gates proclaimed the week of August 13 to 20 as Stream Improvement Week in that state.
QUARRY BASS, by all accounts, are the wariest of all bass, and the hardest to catch. From my own experience I’ve learned that it is necessary to use the utmost caution and skill in fishing for them—also to know the pond thoroughly. Some time ago, I sent out an S.O.S., asking readers who are successful quarry-bass fishermen to tell how they do it.
A COTTAGE and a boat free for one week at the Fifield, Wis., resort of Art Huebner, South Milwaukee publisher, was the latter’s vacation offer to service men and women who hail from South Milwaukee, Cudahy, or Oak Creek, in the Badger state. Other resort owners, Huebner hopes, may be inspired to make similar offers.
HAVE you ever caught a whitefish on a line? I mean the common whitefish of the Great Lakes which has been introduced into so many of the larger lakes of the U. S. and Canada. Of course you haven't, for according to the authorities Coregonus albus takes a hook rarely if at all.
CONDUCTING a boating department is mighty pleasant work. To me the most interesting phase is my correspondence. The many letters I receive and answer serve to establish close contacts with a great host of OUTDOOR LIFE readers and they represent a cross section of the nation’s boating enthusiasts, novices and veterans alike.
IMPROVED and expanded facilities for the repairing of all makes of outboard motors are expected to be available after the war, since the large engine manufacturers have been conducting schools in this work for members of the armed services.
Question: We have recently acquired an 18ft. sponson-type canoe with square stern. We renewed the finish on it. and plan to use an outboard. But we have no opportunity to try out various sizes of motors, and do not know what horsepower would be most desirable.
WHEN YOU PLAN your camping trip, make your preparations with the idea that you’re going to meet up with rain. That’s not pessimism—it’s just good common sense. The fact is, wet weather can reasonably be expected in nearly every section visited by campers, and a spell of rain can make you mighty miserable if you’re not ready for it.
YOU can make a handy collapsible stove from the bottom of an old metal bucket and three 18-in. pieces of heavy clothesline wire. Drill three holes, evenly spaced, in the outer edge of the bucket bottom. Form the legs by looping the three wires onto the flat piece at the points where the holes come, as shown in the illustration.
Cheese and Bean Roast Here’s a hearty dish for those meatless meals we must serve frequently. 2 cups cooked kidney beans ½ lb. American cheese 2 tbsp. butter or margarine 2 beaten eggs ¼ cup chopped onions 1½ cups soft bread crumbs Drain beans and put with cheese through a food grinder, or beat in a power mixer until soft.
Question: I am planning a long canoe trip. Can you tell me the best way to keep bacon from spoiling.—J. E. B., Ohio. Answer: When bacon is taken on any camping trip that lasts two weeks or longer, it should be purchased in a chunk or side, and not sliced, because the solid bacon resists mold much better.
WE ALL KNOW that half a century or more ago American sportsmen realized they were confronted with a serious and constantly increasing scarcity of game, and decided to do something about it. We also know that their organized agitation for more stringent laws for the conservation and protection of wildlife of all kinds has not only brought results, but in many sections of the country has saved certain varieties of furred and feathered game from complete extermination.
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.
WHAT to feed the dog, in these days of rationing and shortages, when we humans have hardly enough red points for ourselves? That’s a question I’ve been asked repeatedly, day after day, in recent months; for I’m a veterinarian in a dog and cat hospital.
Question: I have a pair of fine pointers, father and son, one 4, the other 6 years old. Only trouble is we live near a railroad, and they howl whenever they hear the trains pass. They have good quarters in the backyard kennel, and I give them plenty of exercise.