ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
Buy a License for Junior!
Annabel's Alaska Goats
Do Windstorms Hurt Fishing?
Use for Souvenir Weapons
Another Way to Save Our Ducks!
Get Rid of Perch?
Exterminate the Ringneck?
Turtles Can be Silly Too!
Do Beavers Slap?
More About Frozen Fish
Case of the Squeaking Minnow!
Action Against Polluters
Reckless Riflemen—and Rum!
Who Knows Cats—Yellow and Mud?
Payment in Kind—Plus!
A Wounded Muskie
To the Editor Outdoor Life: HERE’S an idea which, I think, would put a lot of extra dollars into the conservation kitties of the various states and provide more fish and game for everyone. I recently became the proud papa of a baby boy, and he already has his first fishing and hunting license.
ODDITIES. L. E. Mercer, California fish-and-game warden, saw two men illegally snagging salmon below the DeSabla power-house. One fellow had a big one hooked. As the warden approached, fisherman cut line at reel. Before cut end of line had streaked out of sight into water, warden dived in, grabbed line, then landed the evidence.
AFITFUL WIND brushed the goldenrod and stirred dead leaves at the roadside. To the west a cloud bank hid the sun, giving authority to a threat of rain in the evening air. Small birds fluttered about in the fence rows, in a restless urgency of errands to be done before the coming of the autumn storm.
BUCKS THAT ASK TO BE SHOT GIVE A PAIR OF VISITORS TO WYOMING A REAL BANG-UP HUNT!
THE LITTLE GUIDE
BING fanned the sputtering fire with his hat and mumbled a string of cuss words directed at tent camps in the snow, efforts to cook over wet wood, and deer hunting in general. "We're likely the saddest-looking pair in Wyoming tonight," he said.
THE old-time prize fighter who according to legend was so fast with his dukes that he could reach out and catch a fly between thumb and forefinger had nothing on a Los Angeles policeman. I reproduce in full a story from a Dos Angeles paper : “County Jail Prisoner John E. Nagle was back in a cell at San Pedro today, and the fact that he was unmarked by bullet holes was due only to the skill of Policeman Ray Haberman.
LUNKER FISH BENEATH A NATURAL BRIDGE? WHAT COULD BE MORE NATURAL?
THE sheer-walled gorge of Pine Creek is typical of a good many trout streams in the rim country of central Arizona — only we didn’t realize it that bright, sunny morning in May when we parked the car at the end of an old logging road, with a brand-new trout season before us.
A keen nose and loud voice made him a good dog—but this old hound had several other things too
HAROLD F. BLAISDELL
PEP called him Meester Bob, because Pep grew up in Italy and the pronunciation of English was difficult for him. But Bob certainly deserved the Mister, and somehow it sounded better as "Meester." Meester Bob laid no claim to elegance of pedigree.
Juan Manuel said these Americanos worked too hard at their hunting; but the parrots had another view of what happened
Two Nets and a Gaff
THE small, cold-water spring, and even the rocky, green-sloped mountains could have been in any of our Western states—but they weren't. And, had I any doubts about where we were they would have been quickly dispelled. As we prepared to make camp I heard a weird, raucous cry and looked up to see some fifty parrots winging their way high overhead in a wide, sweeping line, like a flock of gun-wary mallards homeward bound.
It was a red-letter day when the game wardens' hounds pushed their bobcat kill to three figures, in a war that still goes on
THE sunny March morning was cold, but not cold enough for a man to mind it, and nearly windless. We had left Roy Gray's car where a snow-clogged woods road ended on a ridge, and without shifting my snow-shoes I could twist my neck and take in a twenty-mile panorama of the sky-jutting peaks of west-central Maine’s Blue Mountains: 4,200-foot Sugar Loaf over my right shoulder, Snow Mountain to the northward near the Quebec line, Deer and Aziscoos peaks to the west and southwest, Mount Blue across the smooth, white, table-top expanse of Rangeley Lake, and so around to Tumbledown Mountain over my left shoulder.
ANTEDILUVIAN in appearance, grotesque and awkward, pendulous of nose, long of legs, humped of shoulders, and with hindquarters seemingly out of proportion with his massive foreparts, a large bull moose is yet the most magnificent of our big game animals.
SPORTSMAN'S CLUBS ARE LEADING THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR VANISHING NATURAL RESOURCES BY SPREADING...
America’s Conservation Pledge
A GREAT MANY organizations—schools and colleges, civic and patriotic associations, and countless other groups—have adopted the Conservation Pledge and are actively supporting the nation-wide drive to protect our natural resources against further waste and misuse.
ACTING AS GUIDE TO TWO YOUNG DEER HUNTERS IS NERVE-RACKING BUSINESS— ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE YOUR OWN SONS!
Dope on Squirrel Hunts
MAYBE big-game guides don't react the way I do; but if they suffer from stomach ulcers or have an occasional nervous breakdown, I can well understand it. Although my own guiding has always been on a strictly amateur basis and usually a family affair, I know that there is a lot of heat on the guide to show his dudes game, to make sure that they get good shots, and to see that they connect.
"I want the cream. Big pike---fish I can't catch near home!" Feeling as he did, the author's partner slighted flies...at first
HRRRY H. EDEL
USUALLY, before Floyd O'Neil and I settle on plans for our annual Ontario fishing jaunt, we get blistered tongues—from licking postage stamps. You see, he lives in Ohio, I in New Jersey; and while coming to an understanding we run the postman bow-legged.
How a Texas game-rearing project helped to restore a sport that was slipping fast
L. A. WILKE
TWENTY-FIVE years ago Texas sportsmen faced some grim alternatives. Because of the steady decline in the deer population, it appeared that there would have to be a lengthy close season, a reduction of the bag limit of two bucks, or a permit system for hunting this popular biggame species.
OUR deer-hunting party met last fall on the Georgia coast to hunt the swamps and flatlands. We had hired a local guide with dogs to drive the deer from the thick marshes. We took stands along a logging road that crossed a big swamp, and then the driver and dogs disappeared into the forest.
DOC POST stopped his car, with the duck boat lashed on top, at the crest of a low rise in the prairie road and waited for us. We had had to drive two cars that morning. Sam Weller and I planned to hunt pheasants later in the day, but Doc had an afternoon appointment—filing down somebody’s bridgework—and would head back to town around noon.
A GUNSTOCK cover such as shown in the accompanying photos is easy to make and will protect the stock against damage from brush. It will also increase your shooting pleasure. The cloth used should be light or medium-weight duck, heavy gabardine, or wool overcoat material, preferably of brown or green.
WINTER MOOSE HUNTING IN ALASKA ISN'T ANY PICNIC, ESPECIALLY FOR A MAN NOT USED TO SNOWSHOES, BUT YOUR THRILLING EXPERIENCES MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR ALL THE HARDSHIPS
WHEN the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a December open season on moose in Alaska last year, it started something. Presonally, I would have bet that moose hunting on snowshoes in subzero cold never would prove popular with nonresident sportsmen.
THE ONLY good coyote, according to Western ranchers, is a dead one—and it doesn't make any difference at all how the critter is "made good," just so long as it's done. And in Sheridan, Wyoming, a pair of ex-Army flyers named Jack and Dick Yentzer, have found out one of the best ways we’ve heard about for changing bad coyotes into good ones.
ARE YOU THINKING OF A .300 MAGNUM? IF SO, HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
FOR many a year the most rabid rifle nuts have been dreaming of a super .30 caliber rifle that would push a big 180-gr. bullet at veloci ties at least as high as those achieved with the 130-gr. bullet in the .270 W.C.F. and with a muzzle energy approaching 4,000 foot pounds.
WHICH is the better cartridge—the .250/3000 or the .257? That's a question I get no less than 25 or 30 times a month, perhaps more. Each one has its points. The .250/3000 in a good Savage Model 99, Winchester Model 70, or a nicely built custom-made rifle is just as accurate as the best .257.
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 to you by mail. Question : I’d like some straight information about the .30/30.
A PIECE of farsighted, nonpartisan legislation introduced late in the last session of Congress deserves the whole-hearted support of every American sportsman. Sponsored jointly by Senators Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Iowa Republican, and Millard E. Tydings, Maryland Democrat, and known officially as Senate Joint Resolution 142, it would authorize the President to call together a "congress" of state delegates, appointed by their respective governors, to draft and recommend to the nation a comprehensive plan for the conservation of our soil and forests.
THE best deer runway I've ever seen I found at the foot of the Huron Mountains on the south shore of Lake Superior last November. It was worn down like a cowpath and looked as if half the deer in the upper peninsula of Michigan had been traveling it.
A RECENT development designed to give sportsmen a means of improving their field shooting is a hand trap which can throw double clay targets as well as singles. By putting two “birds” in the air at once, it affords practice in gun manipulation which may lead to keener shooting eyes and better poise.
THE U. S. Department of the Interior has taken the first step toward making the Alaska Highway of real use to sportsmen and other automobile travelers by opening to settlement several million acres of land in the 10-mile-wide strip along the Alaska section of the highway which was held by the Army during the war.
CATCHING CARP TO CLEAR THE STREAMS IS SPORT WITH A CONSERVATION ANGLE
MANY of you will perhaps have an impulse to turn to another page as soon as you discover the subject of this article. I hope, though, that you'll reconsider and read right to the end, then decide to do something about reducing the numbers of carp.
WE WERE FISHING in the channels that drain Mattamuskeet Lake in North Carolina—Oscal Chadwick, Chet Smith, and I. Chadwick was keeper of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and knew the country. We had taken several good bass when suddenly I got a strike that almost yanked the rod out of my hands.
Question : Near my home is a small, springfed pond that is full of largemouth bass. They average up to 4 or 5 lb., and I've seen one old lunker that will run close to 8. I think. The hitch is, however, these fish never seem to feed and completely disregard all offerings of natural as well as artificial bait.
MEMBERS of the pike family are considered to be solitary fish, but according to Guy Abell, of North Carolina, that view doesn’t seem to hold true in his state. He writes: "Pickerel gather in small creeks that are tributary to the lower Neuse in such numbers that one can actually see dozens of them in the clear, slightly brackish waters.
ANYONE who has trouble casting a worm, minnow, or other live bait with a fly rod should try this method. It works well and will not snap your offering off the hook as often happens in ordinary casting. Hold the baited hook in your left hand (your right, if you are left-handed) and strip off all the line you are going to need, looping it carefully in your left hand and being careful not to tangle it with the hook.
How readers reacted to A. M. Whittingham's pointed views on farmer-sportsman relations
Wisconsin Deer Kill
AS WAS to be expected, "Revolt of the Farmers," which appeared in September OUTDOOR LIFE, inspired a flood of letters. In this article, the author, A. M. Whittingham, declared, among other things, that free farmland shooting at the farmer's expense is a thing of the past.
IT'S EASY TO TAN YOUR GAME HIDES: HERE ARE SEVERAL POPULAR METHODS
Wanted—a Chemical to Make Game Counting Easy
MAURICE H. DECKER
WHEN properly tanned, the skins of many animals become objects of practical value. No pelt or hide should be wasted or permitted to spoil. Home tanning is easy and every sportsman who handles the skins carefully can obtain good results. The process is inexpensive, too, since in some cases (making rawhide and buckskin, for example) labor is practically all you need supply.
WHY not make yourself a pair of warm mittens now so that you’ll be able to enjoy your cold-weather jaunts next fall and winter without suffering the handicap of ice-cold hands? Those shown in the accompanying pattern are easy to make, warm, and durable.
2. Dangerous Massasauga or Innocuous Hog-nosed Snake?
Michael H. Bevans
THE American Indians had many names for the different snakes they encountered, but the only one that seems to be in general use today is "massasauga"—a term applied to a small rattlesnake that inhabits the Central and Prairie states. Also called black snapper and swamp rattler, it is one of the few American snakes whose range extends from Mexico across the U. S. into Canada.
Dry-pick the birds and singe over a medium flame (burning paper is good) to remove hairlike fibers. Split down the back, remove entrails, and cut off head and feet. Wipe birds inside and out with a damp cloth, and then spread the attached halves out flat.
READY-CUT KITS ARE BACK AGAIN, AND HERE’S THE DOPE ON HOW TO USE THEM
J. A. EMMETT
BOATBUILDING kits which were practically unobtainable in the war years are now filtering back on the market, and judging by the mail I receive there is a considerable interest in them on the part of would-be boat owners. Among the questions most frequently asked are: 1. Are these kits actually available again?
ROPE must be given proper care if you expect it to give long and satisfactory service. The two chief causes of rope failure are chafing and rotting. Here are ways you can guard against them: In making a rope permanently fast to a ringbolt or eye in a boat’s bow or to an anchor ring or shackle, always use a thimble (a metal ring with a grooved outer surface of the right size to take the rope).
THE jeep engine, which demonstrated its power and dependability on land during the war, is proving equally effective now on the water. Several manufacturers of marine engines list a jeep marine conversion as one of their regular models. They have found that in actual use to date the engines are economical and give every indication of a remarkably long life.
Question: I am considering converting my boat from outboard to inboard power. The hull is 13½ ft. long and the beam is 4½ ft. Is it adaptable?—Don C. Simmons, Mich. Answer: Putting inboard power in a hull designed for an outboard motor seldom works out and usually the boat is spoiled—especially if the hull is fast and you install a large inboard with the intention of getting speed.
SPECIALISTS FOR GAME THAT TREES —SQUIRRELS, COONS, CATS, AND BEARS
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
WHAT is a tree dog? Well, it's any type of canine which has both the incentive and the ability to force game to seek refuge in trees. It must have keen eyesight, good scenting ability, and stamina. Almost any dog will pursue a fleeing animal. The real tree dog, though, shows its quality not simply by chasing game up a tree, but by its intelligent handling of the situation after the quarry takes to the branches.
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: Can you give me some tips on training my cocker spaniel for the field? —George J. Kitts, Pa. Answer: You don’t need another dog to train your cocker. He is born with the hunting instinct and requires only experience derived from plenty of field work.