ODDITIES. Postmaster, Laramie, Wyo., got letter from Vermont man saying writer wanted to shoot or trap grizzly bear without running much risk, or taking much time, and asking, vlease how could he do it? ... Choriie Dunlap, Hulbert, Mich., last trapping season found beaver, frozen to railroad, track by one foot and belly fur, struggling to get loose.
ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
Hard Way to Hook a Trout
It's a Sheepshead!
Vinegar Kills Skunk Scent
Timber Wolf Attack Man?
Casters, Take it Easy!
Watch Makes Good Compass
R for Farmer-Hunter Feuds
Crappies Like Pork Rind
Public Hunting Grounds
It's All in Knowing How
Old-timers on Deer Rifles
Four Ducks Enough?
Partridge Adopts Humans
WHILE I was trout fishing on opening day, using a swivel between my line and leader, I had a healthy strike and hooked a trout. When I started to bring him in, my line tangled around a weed and broke. I fixed up the damage as best I could and made another cast.
Director of the Michigan Department of Conservation, and president of the International Association of Game, Fish, and Conservation Commissioners
P. J. HOFFMASTER
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article, written at the invitation of OUTDOOR LIFE, is based not only on my own data but on a wealth of information supplied by conservationists in many other states. LAST SUMMER a sportsman's club in Ohio banded and released 400 pheasants with the hope of improving local shooting conditions.
When nothing else seemed to entice those Adirondack lakers, he had an idea - and fished in his pocket
MY COMPANION, Dick Frederick, stopped where the trail wandered over the top of a hill. "If we had to do this we'd think we were being abused," he remarked. I took time to swat some more black flies before I answered him. "What do you mean—walking two miles through the woods with thirty-five pounds on our backs and being eaten alive by black flies and mosquitoes?"
Don't let anybody tell you that a mountain lion is afraid of man. He isn't, says this New Mexican, who knows all about the critters
Sam H. Nickels
A RECENT account of a cougar's attempt to attack a man brings to mind the old question of this powerful animal's courage and savagery. Many persons, some of them experienced hunters, continue to insist that the cougar is a coward. This is a mistake.
So far, the South hasn't won a skirmish in the war against the water hyacinth-deadly enemy of fisherman and gunner
SHELBY F. ROBBINS
TO MANY sportsmen it will be a shocking surprise to learn that the Japanese menace remains very live and very real in that part of the United States euphemistically referred to as Dixie—that sprawling fish-and-game paradise south of Mason and Dixon's Line.
Maybe it's kid stuff to angle for panfish, but in Oregon they come so big that even bass fishermen want to get in on the fun
WHEN I was a bike-riding youngster in nortneastern Kansas, we had plenty of panfish fun, but mostly with catfish and sunfish. The common Eastern or yellow perch was a total foreigner to me until recent years. Did I go east to get acquainted? Not exactly.
THIS was the last day of my hunting trip in the Yukon —my last day to hunt on that particular trip anyway, and maybe the last day I'd ever hunt there. Tomorrow we were going to pack up and head back for the Alaska highway. Almost all the way our route would be through a game preserve.
There's nothing to equal it, when the pack's hard on the heels of a cottontail. One of these chases was a laugh; one was a surprise!
THERE are many kinds of hound men—including those who follow the fox, those who send their bawling canines after coon and possum, and those others who course the lusty prairie wolf. But for my money let me tag along with that small but enthusiastic handful who run beagles.
"HOW fast do them little beggars fly, anyway?" asked Tim, my guide. "Anybody ever find, out?" A flock of greenwing teal had zipped by our decoys without stopping to be sociable, and each of us had wasted a couple of shells on them. Tim was disgusted because he'd made an exhibition of himself before his "sport.
GETTING two moose with two shots in less than two minutes seems at first glance like the low ebb in sportsmanship, but if you had been in Paul MacLean's place you would probably have done what he did last October. Here's what happened: There were six of us.
Practical how-to-do-it information been itching to make a wilderness
for those sportsmen-pilots who have hop-but didn't know how easy it is
ROB F. SANDERSON
REPARING for a trip is always fun, but planning a sky jaunt into the unlimited blue space above all the stalling and bustle of jammed highways is the most fun of all. The air trip will take a bit longer to plan, possibly—but you'll reach your vacation grounds in a fraction of the time required for an ordinary journey.
How were these fish warned when anyone neared the stream? Finding the answer may make an angler feel foolish—but it pays off!
PLODDING up to the trailer, I entered and threw my tired 300 pounds on the rear bunk. Mac looked up from his writing and asked, “Well, did you make a killing?” His voice carried a hint of baiting. “Sure,” I groaned—“killed off my dogs, my back, and any further desire to fish that blasted Crescent Creek.
Have you ever spoiled your chances on a whitetail stand? Here's sound advice—including what not to do — from a veteran of scores of hunts
SOME things about the wilderness I have learned from long experience—but much has come to me by way of warning and advice from those who are older and wiser than I about the variable and often mysterious ways of nature and her wild children. So now I’d like to pass along a few of the cardinal principles of deer hunting, with special reference to the white-tail.
A hunter with ideas figures out where those Oklahoma birds are hiding—but even his own dogs seem determined to cross him up
TWO BIRDS rose like bubbles in champagne and bored straight ahead, their stubby wings throbbing noisily in the frosted December morning. In beautiful rhythm the gun came up, settled briefly on the first fading targun up, get, spoke its piece, and then swung almost casually on the other bird, which now tilted steeply to the left as if aware that maneuvers were in order.
THESE TROUT WERE BIG, AND READY TO FIGHTDOWN AMONG THE WEEDS
JUNIOR knows Popeye gives spinach the credit for his big muscles —but Junior still hates the stuff. Dad, if he happens to be a fisherman, probably knows that spinach’s cousins, fresh-water algae, mean food and shelter for fish in lakes and ponds, yet he dislikes those weeds with a fierceness that amounts almost to an obsession.
A happy hunting ground for everybody! Properly managed and controlled, an area larger than the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia combined can produce all the game needed by America's ever-increasing number of hunters. Read this account of what the U. S. Grazing Service has done and is doing—and what you can do—to turn this vast region, which belongs to all the people, into a veritable sportsman's paradise. There can be good hunting for everybody, in this era of air transport, —if everybody does his part!
TOO FEW sportsmen realize that in the nearly quarter of a million square miles of publicly owned cattle-and-sheep range administered by the U.S. Grazing Service we have both a game-production area of almost unimaginable possibilities and a huge national recreational empire in which our present and future right to fish and hunt is safeguarded by federal law.
Do you find life in a woods lodge pleasant and simple—or are your days made bothersome with piled-up chores? Here are four pages of pictured ideas for easier living
MANY a sportsman looks forward at least once a year to trip to a camp that's tucked away somewhere deep in the woods. In far too many cases, though, he anticipates the fishing or hunting with a great deal more pleasure than he does what goes with it—the chores! And so on the drive up, he wonders if porcupines got into the shed, perhaps to chew a hole in the canoe.
STRUGGLING to remove his wet boots irked H. Leeper of Canton, Ohio, until he used an antique bootjack at a farmhouse. Pleased at the way it handled the wettest footwear, he made an identical jack himself. You can too, with two pieces of scrap wood and a few minutes' effort.
ALTHOUGH I've used weedless lures off and on for years, it wasn't until 1945 that I became really sold on them. My home-town friend Ezra Cole was responsible for this change of heart. He and Carl Jennings teamed up to take me to some red-hot largemouth water on the Canadian side of Lake Erie.
CONSERVATION, as OUTDOOR LIFE long has stressed, is a matter of vital concern to all Americans and especially to sportsmen. Yet many communities have failed to take concerted action to meet the problem because of a “Let George do it” attitude.
THE muskellunge is a great game fish. On that score every angler agrees. But when it comes to the muskie's lesser cousin, the great Northern pike, opinion is divided. There are fishermen who think of him as eager to strike and happy to fight; long-winded and savage; and deserving a shelf in the piscatorial Hall of Fame just under that occupied by the muskellunge himself.
THE Alexandria is an excellent wet-fly pattern for trout and landlocked salmon Sometimes this old British favorite is deadly with bass. Of the variations on the original pattern, the scarlet or crimson hackle for brook trout, and black hackle for browns, are good bets.
THE DREAM of many fishermen is to have a private trout pool. Usually this dreaming stage is as far as most of them get, because unless their lands have a brook, the project is considered impossible. But it isn’t—if you have access to water than can be diverted from a lake or pond—or a spring that provides a yearround supply of clean, cold water.
WITH a sharp pocketknife, some sandpaper, a few bottle corks, and a thin wood dowel, you can easily make a fishing bobber. Punch or drill holes in the corks so that they will just slip on the dowel, and secure them with waterproof cement. Trim and shape the corks roughly with the knife, along the lines shown in the right-hand drawing; add a wooden stopper at the bottom, as indicated; then sandpaper smooth.
TO BE a successful fisherman you must take all sorts of chances on losing tackle. Most anglers will fish the easy places. Show me the chap who is consistently successful, and ten to one he's always casting to spots almost impossible to reach without getting hung up.
BECAUSE hellgramites crawl under rocks and snags at every opportunity, much care should be used in fishing them. The rougher the stream or lake bed, the greater your troubles, which usually result in lost hooks and pieces of leaders. The best idea is to keep lifting your rod tip, so that the insect will never have time to secure a firm hold on the bottom.
HAVE you ever tried catching small frogs along creek and pond banks— and become exasperated because you missed so many? If so, here is a stunt to try: Cut a 7-ft. willow switch. When you sneak up on the next frog, instead of attempting to catch him by hand, remain a couple of yards away and tap him lightly with your switch.
Question : I used to know of a glycerin formula to revive leaders, but now I’ve forgotten it. Do you know of any using this ingredient? — Monty G. Perkins, N. Y. Answer: Here’s a good one: add ¼ tsp. baking soda and 1 oz. glycerin to 4 oz. distilled water.—R. B.
The contributor of this little story makes no claim to originality; he's passing it along only because he enjoyed it and thinks others will too.
GUESS it was the coldest winter we ever see [said Doc Rodson]. Coldest in my time, anyway, and I been round here since afore they put the railroad through. Well, sir, cold or not, I allus liked my ice fishing, so one day I cranked up my old Model T and driv down to the lake.
ONE of the commonest headaches in surf casting for fluke is the fact that the bait—usually a shiner or a killifish—frequently flies off the hook or is bent double by the force of the cast. Convinced that this is caused by the way in which the bait is fastened to the conventional hook—through the head and then through the mid-section—I contrived a new-type hook which eliminated the trouble.
BEFORE spinning fur on thread and wrapping it on a hook to tie the body of a fly, do this to make the body material more water-resistant: With just a trace of albolene on your finger tips, handle the fur lightly until it is completely covered, but not matted.
WHEN planning to get that post-war dream rifle, many a man finds himself all hung up over the problem of whether it should be a .30/06 or a .270. One day he is convinced that the smart thing to do is to use the government cartridge. The next day he has sold himself on its younger brother, the .270.
CONSIDERABLE study and experimentation are required before satisfactory results can be obtained from the many types of target and hunting rifles that G.I.’s have brought into this country from Europe. This is particularly true when an attempt it made to adapt these arms to American ammunition.
DUCK HUNTERS are doing considerable headshaking these days over the dark prospects for the approaching waterfowl season. According to the annual census estimates of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the duck popula tion has nose-dived from more than 125 million at the end of the 1944 open season to 80 million at the end of last year's hunting.
Question : I should appreciate some information about the 6.5 x 52 mm. rifle I brought back from Germany. It is a beautiful singleshot job with a break open or shotgun-type action, a shotgun-type safety, a mottled, ribbed barrel, and double set triggers.
SPORTSMEN have long wondered about the mysterious disappearances of certain game birds that sometimes occur in their localities. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has come up with a possible answer to one serious scourge of northern grouse, Hungarian partridges, and quail—vitamin-A deficiency.
DID CERTAIN hen pheasants work overtime last spring to make up for the heavy losses of 1945? Michigan game men raise the question after going over reports that indicate an unusual number of pheasant nests with 16 to 20 eggs apiece. Ringneck clutches in excess of 12 eggs are not too common; yet from several sections of southern Michigan last May and June farmers and conservation officers sent in scattered reports of sets running up to 20!
SMALL outboard motors now coming back on the market should be fine for use on hunting boats, making the trip to your favorite shooting grounds quicker and easier than ever. Whereas many hunters were dissatisfied with the performance of outboards on their light boats several years ago, their complaint —the heavy weight of the engines—is now being eliminated.
SIMPLE in design and easy to build, a pram is ideal for car-top carrying, for stream and calm-water fishing, and as a tender for a larger boat. This one, constructed almost entirely of waterproof plywood, is a real lightweight. As in all boatbuilding, the first step is to set up the form.
MANY owners of canvas-covered boats and canoes use linseed oil to forestall the checking to which such craft are subject. These cracks in the paint start as hairlines and, despite repainting, grow worse each year until it becomes necessary to remove the paint entirely or renew the entire covering.
Question: I have two runabouts that I want to put to use this summer, hiring out a boatand-guide combination through the fishing and tourist season. To date there aren't enough boats available to meet the demand on the lake I plan to serve. What do you think of my chances, remembering that I lack the drawing power of a ranch or resort?—G. C. Hibbert, Idaho.
NO OTHER piece of camp equipment is made according to so many different specifications as the tent. Outfitters' catalogues before the war listed up to 18 types, many available in four or five different fabrics and some in at least a dozen sizes.
THE man who is planning to build a log cabin, or make appropriate furniture for one already built, will find a lot of valuable information in Building With Logs, a 56-page booklet written by two U. S. Forest Service experts. Everyone who has been around in our national forests has seen log houses that make your mouth water.
Question: As a result of my excessive sweating, my leather jacket becomes partly coated with what appears to be a white saline deposit. I am afraid this might cause the leather or stitching to deteriorate. Do you know of any remedy?—Desmond Watt, Alberta.
THERE are many plants which may cause an inflammation or the skin in certain individuals. This is an acquired susceptibility, which means that previous contact is always necessary. Babies and Eskimos, who have never been exposed to such plants, are not harmed by them.
TOO many sportsmen, including plenty of old-timers who should know better, plan fishing or hunting trips down to a fine point, but still overlook one small piece of equipment which may well be all that stands between them and disaster if an emergency arises.
FISH lose weight rapidly after being caught, and your big ones should be weighed as soon as possible. Here's a method of doing it, even if you left your regular scales at camp. Balance a thick section of your rod on a narrow straightedged surface or on a notched stick, with the edges of the notch rounded off, set upright in the ground.
WHEN I wrote a few months ago that there is no such thing as an all-round gun dog, that each breed falls down in some one or more of the specialized forms of hunting, I knew that a great many sportsmen were searching for the perfect pooch—but I never realized just how numerous these enthusiasts actually are.
FITS and convulsions in animals are disturbing, to put it mildly, and freuently frighten owners and bystand ers alike. Many leap to the conclusion that a dog so afflicted has "gone mad"— but in a few minutes the animal may be back to normal. The basic cause of these afflictions in dogs has not yet been satisfactorily or scientifically determined and there is no unanimity of opinion on the problem.
Question: Can beagles be trained to hunt foxes and deer as well as rabbits?—H. Ernest Hewson, Ontario. Answer: Yes. In fact, the main difficulty usually is to stop them from running deer and to concentrate on one sort of game. The strong deer scent apparently offers an inducement which dogs find it hard to ignore, and if your beagles cross a deer track while you’re out hunting rabbits you'll probably have a long wait until they return again.
Dr. Kinney is glad to answer person ally 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 veter inarian should be consulted immediately.
WE ALL have met men of great intelligence and ability whose personal appearance gives little indication of their true character. Only when we come to know them intimately can we appreciate their worth. Among sporting dogs both the Irish water spaniel and the Afghan hound have that sort of personality.