DR. LYNN W. ELSTON feels that he has hit the jackpot, because "Silvertip: Another Word for Danger!” is his first hunting story. A surgeon with thirty years of experience, including a hitch with the A.E.F. in the first World War, Elston has also taken movies and enjoyed hunting in most of the countries of the world!
QUEEROSITIES. Harry Blunston, Tweedsmuir, New Brunswick, went to a spring near his house to fetch a pail of writer. Met a large bear, and bear kept coming. Blunston dropped pail, grabbed club, conked bruin across the beezer. While bear lay unconscious Blunston polished him off.
ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS. MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
Who'll Aid Boy Hunters?
Wants House Cats Taxed
Sportsmen, Here's Your Cue!
Jigging New? Haw!
Jigging Sport? Bah!
Bow-and-arrow Man Speaks
Wall-eyes Like 'Em So Big?
Don't Squabble, Boys
First Catch Your Fish!
THERE are a few things I’d like to get off my chest after reading Rita Wagner’s letter calling upon sportsmen to go to bat against vivisectionists. First of all, the dogs that are sent to these scientists are the lost, injured, or unlicensed animals which have been taken to the city pound and would be put to death in a matter of days anyway.
MORE American deer hunters than you can shake the proverbial stick at returned from their autumnal jaunts last year nursing grouches or packing alibis instead of the anticipated venison. If you were one of these unfortunates, here’s how to shorten the odds on your driving home this year with a strapping buck roped to your car’s fender.
DOC’S a little to the right of center when it comes to fishing. Maybe he’s fished so many years and tried so many fads that he just doesn’t have the patience he should have with comparative beginners of only twenty-five years’ experience. Not that he tries to cram his conservatism down your throat; he just regards enthusiastic, talkative devotees of such things as extremely light tackle as a bit naïve.
UNLESS a great deal of good luck enters into it, any sheep hunt includes among its necessary ingredients a lot of looking, a lot of climbing, and a lot of aching muscles and creaking joints. This one I want to tell you about now is no exception—in that respect, at least.
If you shoot a man by mistake you're guilty till you prove otherwise. Heed this lawyer's advice—look before you fire!
RENZO DEE BOWERS
THE time was 9:30 of an October night, and a full moon was shining. Harry Craig, Jess Harp, and Joe Manning had driven up to the northwest hill country for a deer hunt, and made camp for the night at the edge of a clearing adjacent to a roadway. There was a parallel road about 200 feet distant, with a clearing between.
Despise the lowly coot? Not if it’s grain-fed, and cooked to a turn. You’d be surprised!
Advice on Snelled Hooks
THE CATFISH is my good friend. By spoken and written word I always have tried to give him a square deal. You just don’t forget a boyhood pal, even though more recent and fruitful years have afforded you many opportunities to chase and wrestle spectacular game fish.
Big bass that take to the air like buzz bombs give two anglers a problem, a battle—and a real thrill
"WELL, if you guys don't mind putting out a little effort I'll tell you where you can get plenty of largemouth bass. Big ones, too!" The speaker, Dave Dyer, who runs the resort at the west end of Oregon’s Siltcoos Lake, looked at all 300 pounds of me and grinned.
There is nothing like a frosty morning in November and a pack of eager Walkers to quicken a hunter's blood!
FOR TWO DAYS the woods had been wetted down by a gentle, late-November rainfall. Then— shortly before the preceding midnight—the rain had ceased abruptly, and when the sparkling stars filled the heavens, a sudden and intense cold spell set in.
What happens if your first shots fail to stop a raging, charging grizzly? Here’s the answer—by one who learned the hard way!
LYNN W. ELSTON
OUR cavalcade of sixteen pack horses made a pretty sight as they filed out through the corral gate and headed toward the bush. The September morning was crisp and invigorating. Frost silvered the ranch-house yard, and across the Chilcotin river valley the early sun touched the distant snow peaks of the Canadian Rockies, tinting the gleaming white slopes.
LAND of peak and pine, of dizzy, tumbled mountain heights and lonesome lakes, of cold rushing streams and flower-spangled alpine meadows—that, in brief, is the high country of our West. Here are sweeps of scenic splendor, vigorous, primitive, and unspoiled.
EVER since the experience of Eve, the question of whether we should kill snakes has been debated hotly. Yet if we examine the business without any prejudice, the answer will be far from a positive yes. The primary argument against it is, of course, that indiscriminate killing of any kind upsets the delicacy of nature’s balance—something no man can do with impunity.
You can add new zest to your fishing by trying unusual ways of working your home waters—as these four New Jersey anglers did
HARRY H. EDEL
JUST as I finished a fast clipping job on the front hedge last fall, Doc Leonard drove up. With a critical eye, he surveyed my handiwork, then shook his head sadly. “What a butcher!” he said. “You’re worse than a correspondence-school barber.”
DEEP IN THE WILDERNESS EACH WAITED—KNOWING HE’D HAVE A PENALTY TO PAY FOR POOR SHOOTING
RUPERT E. WEST
THE last ray of sunlight was flickering through the lofty North Carolina pines as the day ended. There was a gleam of yellow lamplight through the camp window as we rolled to a stop, then a door opened and the friendly aroma of steaming coffee swirled into the night air to greet us as Yates and Hink and I got out of the car.
It's been called a sweltering green hell— ask some of the G.I.'s who've served in the Pacific! But most of us can only imagine what the jungle's really like. Here's the straight dope, from a man who has shot more than 150 tigers—and wild boars and elephants too—in India, Burma, Malaya, and points beyond.
The more states follow this fine example, the better America will be!
CHALK up a notable achievement for Kentucky in the fast-growing he-man type of youth movement which is teaching thousands of the Blue Grass state’s lads to be prudent sportsmen, alert conservationists, and all-round better citizens.
ONCE upon a time, not so many years ago, the wildcat cartridge situation was a relatively simple one. The average gun editor who kept his ears open and was fairly quick under the hat could answer offhand just about all the questions he got on wildcat cartridges.
JACK O'CONNOR will be glad to help you get the best results from your firearms—rifle, shotgun, or pistol. Address your questions to him in care of this magazine, inclosing sufficient postage for his reply, which will be sent you by mail
Converting a Sharps-Borchardt
Left-handed Bolt Actions
British Lightweight Shotgun
An Impractical German 'Scope
.22 Shorts in Long-rifle Chamber
Sighting In a .300 and a .32
Hornet a Varmint Rifle Only
“Genuine Cowboy Revolver!“
Size of Texas Jack Rabbits
Inexpensive Hunting Rifles
Best Bullet for .300 Savage-
A Scored Shotgun Barrel
Fine English Binoculars
No Lost Energy in Auto Rifles
.22 Winchester Auto
M-1 Garand on Japanese Bears
Sighting In a .250/3000
Dope on 7.5 mm. French Rifle
Where to Shoot a Grizzly
Bullets Didn't Expand
All-round Shotgun Combination
A .32 Italian Handgun
Converting a .22 Springfield
Barrel Length and Velocity
Unknown German Binoculars
Advantages of Improved Cylinder
Cause of Ring in ,22 Barrel
Rifled Slug as a Deer Killer
Sights Help Overshooting
Dope on a Belgian Handgun
The Lightweight Mauser Action
Dope on the .405 Winchester
Using Auto Cases in a Revolver
Poly-Choked Gun Shoots Low
A 7 x 57 mm. Sporter
Visibility of Dot Reticules
Old "W. Richards" Shotgun
Recoil Flattens Soft Points
.38/55 for Deer and Bear
Game Load for a 7 mm.
Arisakas are N.G.
Barrel Erosion in a Modern Rifle
Target and Combat Revolvers
.30/30 and .32 Special Compared
Wrong Steer on a German Rifle
Question: I have a Sharps-Bochardt action in very good condition. It is now in .30/40 caliber, but I am thinking of having it rebuilt to .257. This gun will be used quite a bit in competitive turkey and merchandise shoots. Could you tell me what iron sights would be most satisfactory for it?
They're Lilliputians of the world of mammals— at birth, it would take 218 of them to weigh an ounce! But they grow up, and make fine hunting!
OPOSSUMS at birth are smaller than the newborn young of any other North American mammal. Dr. Carl Hartman, who has studied this pouch-bearing mammal intensively, found that at their entry into the world opossums average a mere .13 gram (1/218 oz.) in weight.
FOR nearly 60 years I have fished, hunted, and hiked here in Saratoga County, N. Y.—and watched our fish and game supply diminish steadily. I think I know the main reason why, and I think I know how sportsmen—acting individually, for the most part—can do much to bring back “the good old days.”
ALVIN LINDEN, one of the greatest stockmakers of all time, died on July 4. He was found lying on the floor of his Wisconsin shop. He was taken to a hospital, but never recovered from the heart attack that had struck him while he worked. Linden turned out some of the finest stocks ever made anywhere.
THIS story I’m about to tell you [said the old-timer] I wouldn’t believe it myself—not if I was to hear it from the lips of my own mother. But it’s gospel. The night I lands in on Jeff, he hardly gives me a chance to say howdy—after 20-odd years it was, too—before he starts expostulating and paraphrasing on the characteristics and attributes of these here valley quail.
THE U. S. Soil Conservation Service wishes to obtain photographs of foreign landscapes and agricultural subjects for use in its educational program, and officials of the Service will appreciate the use of any such pictures made by members of the armed forces.
ANGLERS usually have definite ideas about how the weather affects fishing. Some are so set in their opinions that they will not even bother to try their luck when they consider conditions unfavorable. Others just don’t know what to make of the whole business, because their own experiences have contradicted some of the most common beliefs.
TO AVOID losing a jumping fish, it is a good plan to adopt tactics based upon the terminal strength of your tackle. For instance, when trout fishing with a delicate leader and small fly, be quick to ease pressure when the trout jumps, by a rapid lowering of your rod from the usual vertical working position to the horizontal.
WHEN taking care of a box of bait worms it is a good idea to sort them frequently. Throw away any that are dead or excessively soft, or have that about-to-die paleness; otherwise they will quickly contaminate the healthy ones. Don’t let long periods separate these checkups, or your wife will start asking pointed questions about a certain horrible odor!
THERE was a time, early in my troutfishing career, when I despaired of creeling anything except small ones. I would go astream bright and early on clear, sunny days and spend my time whipping bucktails, nymphs and dry flies over gin-clear mountain pools.
HAVE you ever trolled with a heavy sinker, only to find that its weight robbed you of half the sport of playing any fighting fish you hooked? I have, and it irked me so much that I finally devised a rig which automatically releases the sinker and at the same time sets the hook deeply following a good strike.
Question : Would an 8-ft., 4½-oz. rod be good for a novice fly fisherman to use on trout? Would a 95½-ft., 5¾-oz. rod be suitable for bass bugs and bass flies? If so, what size line should he use with it? And what do you think of automatic reels on both rods?
MY NOMINATION for the leastknown game fish on the North American continent is the arctic char, Salvelinus arcturus. This big trout —close kin to the Eastern brook trout and the Dolly Varden of the Pacific Coast—is found only in arctic waters along the rim of the continent.
WHEN plugs and spoons are permitted to rattle around loose in a tackle box, there is danger that their finish may be damaged. To prevent this—and also to facilitate selection of the lure you want— keep them in their original boxes. You can protect these containers against dampness by applying a coat of clear varnish to their inner and outer surfaces.
THE most dramatic example I ever encountered of devotion in a “married couple” among wild creatures was provided by a pair of otters three of us surprised one day while we were on a fishing trip out of West Branch, in northern Michigan. Running upstream in a small boat with an outboard, we had stopped fishing and were looking for deer.
HERE’S an easy way to barbecue fish in the outdoors and enjoy that distinctive flavor which no other dish can provide. First knock the bottom out of an empty metal drum; also out of a large but shallow hardwood box. Replace the bottom of the lidless box with hardware cloth or similar heavy-gauge wire mesh.
CONSIDERABLE correspondence has reached me about the horseweed and the. worms or grubs that sometimes live in it. Here is an informative letter that I think readers will find interesting. C. D. Cannon, a Pennsylvanian writes: “The plant is the giant ragweed, which commonly grows along the bottom lands of streams and similar areas.
CRICKETS in North Africa and Italy are kept in cages—for the sake of their singing. The Chinese keep them captive for the sport of cricket fighting. But here they are generally not kept—we just catch them for fish bait. To those interested in collecting insects, the cricket is known as any of the saltatory insects constituting the Gryllidae family—but to us fishermen it is long known as one of the best panfish baits that hops.
WHEN you get ready to go camping, it’s a good plan to write out a list covering each piece of equipment you’ll need. Then, when you’re sure the list is complete, check it against the material you have either purchased or dug out of storage. Two should work at this to achieve absolute accuracy—one calling off the items and laying them in a common pile while the other checks them off.
NEXT time you kill a buck too heavy to carry, drag it to your car. Hunters have used the following method, or some individual variant of it, for many years: Lay the animal on its back. Hook the front legs behind the antlers. Cut two poles about 1½ in. in diameter and 3 ft. longer than the deer.
BOTH chocolate and cocoa have considerable food value, besides being stimulative. They are especially suitable with an evening meal, for—unlike tea and coffee—neither makes you restless. Instead, they actually help you compose tired muscles and nerves for a good night’s rest.
WASTE of game-bird flesh through spoilage can and should be scrupulously avoided by taking a few simple precautions. Inasmuch as the body temperature of a bird is more than 100 degrees F. and the feathers serve as effective insulation, decomposition sets in almost as soon as the game is killed.
CUTTING flat pieces of leather or rawhide into narrow strips presents no problem when you have a simple device to work with, such as the one shown in the sketch. From one end of a 1 x 1-in. piece of wood 5 in. long, saw away a section that is 1½ in. in length and ⅝ in. thick.
THERE'S YOUR ANSWER... AMERICA WILL LEARN TO CONSERVE!
AT LAST the truth about our natural resources—our soil, forests, waters, minerals, and wildlife— has been effectively driven into the minds of the American people. There has been a forceful awakening— and the force which brought this about was the Conservation Pledge competition, conceived and sponsored by OUTDOOR LIFE, and conducted by this magazine with the cooperation of an advisory board of distinguished conservationists, scientists, and educators.
Question : Another 16-year-old boy and I want to hike over part of the Long Trail in Vermont. We’ll be gone about 3 days and will cover some 50 miles. We won’t need a tent—shelters are placed at convenient intervals—and we want to travel as light as possible.
Left-overs of these two meats can be combined in a pie to furnish a full meal for 6 or more. Or, if you have no leftovers, use about 2 lb. cold boiled or baked ham and a small chicken. Boil chicken (if not previously cooked) until very tender and remove meat from bones.
FAILURE to use the right materials in building your own boat can easily mean a waste of money, time, and effort. Experienced builders know that no matter how carefully you follow a well-designed plan, no matter how hard you work over each joint and seam, the finished craft will never be satisfactory unless good-quality lumber and other materials go into its construction.
WHEN Herbert von Arx, of Los Angeles, Calif., built a canvas-covered sectional rowboat he used plans supplied by Outdoor Life. The picture is evidence of the neat job he turned out. If you're handy with tools, you too can build your own boat by following the complete, clear directions which accompany the Outdoor Life series of blueprints and illustrated instructions.
Question: When I bought my outboard motor I was told to run the carburetor dry before putting the engine away for the day. When my friend bought his outboard, he was told to put it away without running it dry. Which of us was given the right advice?
BUILDING kits for making boat trailers at home now are being produced, featuring blank cradles which, I suppose, you can shape to fit your craft’s hull. The chassis assembly is of yellow pine and steel, and the kit is complete with deck yokes, rods, trailer hitch, taillight, and wiring.
DURING the war, air-driven boats proved practical and efficient under operating conditions which made the use of conventional craft impossible. Equipped with airplane-type propellers driven by gasoline engines, they can navigate shallow, weed-infested waterways without difficulty and at good speed.
BECAUSE many fish hooked from a boat try to wage their last-stand fight right beneath it, some anglers prefer canoes without keels, to lessen the danger of broken lines. Before using any small craft for fishing, inspect the bottom for slivers of wood.
MANY dog owners and trainers unfortunately regard their charges merely as dumb, four-legged automatons which they compel to remain subservient by strict disciplinary measures. Others, although recognizing the sterling qualities of dogs—their fidelity, affection, and usefulness—nevertheless seek to dominate them by harshness.
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.
THE Gordon setter is a canine Uncle Tom. Some Simon Legree, usually a breeder of one of the other bird dogs, is always cursing his black hide and trying figuratively at least to sell him down the river. Yet the comparatively few American gunners who own and shoot over this black-and-tan son of Bonnie Scotland are, almost to a man, as enthusiastic about him and his ability as are the supporters of his better-known rivals in singing the praises of their respective breeds.
YOUR dog’s coat can be a badge of good health—or a danger signal of poor condition. Skin diseases themselves are common and can cause considerable discomfort for dogs. Eczema. It has long been the popular practice to brand any skin eruption on a dog as “mange,” but usually it’s a case of eczema—and it is hardly a disease at all, but a condition.
Question: I want to get an all-round farm dog, one that will drive stock well, be a companion to the children, and a watchdog around the home. Would either a Newfoundland or a German shepherd fill the bill?—C. E. Yourdon, Oreg. Answer: I shouldn’t recommend either of these breeds for your purposes.