ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING?
BLAME EELS—OR ANGLERS?
DUCKS BEING SLAUGHTERED?
IT’S MURDER, HE SAYS!
WHERE ARE THE SQUIRRELS?
HANDGUNS NOT FOR RABBITS
McALMOND A GAME HOG?
OWL MOCKS SQUIRRELS?
WORLD’S RECORD? NO!
WHAT’S A LONG SHOT?
SOUTH DAKOTA UNREASONABLE?
The heat is on so far as conservation commissions are concerned. They are expected to furnish good fishing and hunting—but with what? In general the money for their operations comes from the sale of licenses. With higher costs for everything that goes into fish and game production, with the need for paying higher salaries to field and office forces to compensate for greatly increased living costs, those commissions which have not raised the cost of resident fishing licenses are behind the well-known eight ball.
Since l9l6 When he killed his first buck in Michigan, Philip A. Hemm has been an ardent big-game hunter. His sport has taken him over most of North America, far from his home in Piqua, Ohio, and reached its never-to be-forgotten climax in his "Miracle Month in Alaska," which he describes in this issue.
How do hunters like being called bloodthirsty morons and game hogs? Nothing published in this magazine in all its fifty years has produced such a reaction as Renwick C. Kennedy’s article in the February issue. Here are a few comments, selected from the hundreds of sizzling letters, to show typical points of view.
Kennedy is right. I have the desire to kill. Where is Kennedy?" That explosion from W. D. Hanneman, of Mercer, Missouri, is a sample of the way a lot of hunters reacted to the article "Why I Gave Up Hunting." From every part of the country, letters poured in-all expressing strong feeling, one way or the other.
Can a lucky coin actually help you get your buck? Six members of this hunting party thought so, but one man had oilier ideas. Regardless of which side of tile fence you're on, you'll find some new arguments in this lively yarn—plus adventure that will live long in your memory
A Reluctant Concession
A Very Fresh Trail
The Charm Worked!
Where deer hunting is concerned, I'm not much given to superstition. I know the element of luck enters in, but I contend a hunter makes most of his own luck, good or bad. One man makes six or eight trips to the deer woods and comes home empty handed each year.
He's no muskellunge or bass, but for good old rough-house tactics you can't beat that shovel-faced infighter, the channel catfish!
His Whiskers in the Mud
Toughest Fight From Any Fish
Just a Mud-rooting Lug
Use a Light Sinker
Look Him in the Face
Paul Chandler still talks about the big channel catfish he took in the Raccoon River, in Iowa, a few summers back. Likely he'll go on talking about it as long as he lives. We were on a float trip, Paul and Irv Kentzelman and I, fishing from a canoe.
That big beast was mad! He dodged two slugs and charged. If the next shot missed. . . well, the guide swore you can't outrun a silvertip—but he was going to try!
A Long, Silent Stalk
Betrayed by a Breeze
THE LITTLE GUIDE
For more than an hour we'd excitedly stalked the big silvertip. From across the great basin to the east, my guide had spotted him; and the easy, undulating movements of the heavy animal were momentarily deceptive. “Look!” Tom exclaimed when he first saw him.
It looked like a bad combination; the trout were down, the stream was petering out. Then along came a stranger who knew the remedy—hut refused to talk
HENRY E BRADSHAW
Woodrow Buck was tense. He tied on a little black fly and, while the faint breeze ruffled the water of the pool before him and the shadows of overhead leaves dodged a sprinkling of sunlight on the surface, flicked his offering to the far bank. He let it lie there a moment, twitched it, and then folded the line rapidly into his hand as he jerkily retrieved it.
He should have known there was a catch in it when his wife agreed so readily to go hunting with him that hot spring Sunday in Oklahoma. He even said he'd cook the dinner, but--Well, it's lucky her memory is a lot better than his
Oats Getting Too High
Weigh Twelve Pounds
My Favorite Position
Young oats in Muskogee County," I mused, "must be about four inches high these days. Beautiful stuff, oats ! The book dropped from my wife's hand and struck the floor with a thump. She looked up with astonish ment and alarm in her eyes. -“Oats?” she shrilled.
When I saw the crowd along the bank I figured our pet fishing spot was a goner. Jud thought the same way. We watched those anglers break. every rule in the book-but then we found the solution to our woe where we never thought of looking!
Wherever There’s Trout!
“Not a Chance!”
A Scrambling Mob
Too many fishermen,” Jud declared. "Last season, everywhere I went there were—” He brightened. “Half Mile! Half Mile Pond. There’s a good one I overlooked. You remember. I’ll bet they haven’t dug that one out.” Sure, I remembered. Our last visit had been four or five years before the war.
That's the way the mallards, teal, and spoonbills came over, the day I got my first thrilling taste of pass-shooting in South Dakota. As somebody said, they barely gave a man time to yell "Coming—gone!"
Water Crawling With Fowl!
Teal in High Gear
Impressive Evening Flight
The flight is in,” the fellow perched on the lunch-counter stool next to me announced. "We shot northern mallards yesterday that had never seen a man before. Three of us got the limit in two hours.” I sat and listened but I didn’t believe it. There was no duck shortage then, not anyway the kind we’ve had in the last two seasons; yet that brand of shooting was becoming pretty rare in my part of the country.
Timber wolves are ravaging Alaska's big-game herds and neither guns nor traps can check their murderous raids. Here's a story as grim and stark as the cry of the savage pack
Killers Score Again
Difficult to Capture
Pack Works as a Team
Lobo’s Last Stand
John was alone that winter night in his cabin on the Little Gerstle deep in Alaska’s Tanana Range when he heard the first, far-away call of the wolf pack. The eerie wailing swelled to siren pitch as the gray animals swept over a moon-drenched ridge above the trapper’s log shelter. Then the volume faded. John hoped the wolves had decided to follow a day-old caribou trail.
Settlers shot game in the streets, and birds kept `em awake at night! Even today the official seal bears witness to the importance of the wildlife which overran the region
Indians Welcome Hudson
Time Out for Sport
Fish and Beavers, Too
Next time you get to New York (if you’re not one of the millions already living or working there), take a good look around. You’ll see miles of hard pavements, towering skyscrapers, and bustling people. No game bird or wild animal, you’ll tell yourself, could live there except in the shelter of a zoo.
Vicky was only a young pointer, but she knew how to lift a poor timber-doodle season out of the doldrums and give it a real punch. All she needed was coöperation. And what hunter wouldn't supply that?
A Cock Grouse, Too!
THE AMERICAN WOODCOCK
Vicky’s Future Clear
“Flush the Bird!”
The expressions that our Connecticut woodcock hunters wore as the season began to draw to a close were vivid studies in despair. Men could lose their shirts on ill-advised stockmarket transactions, or be suddenly informed that their wives had deserted them, without coming within ten shades of the deep indigo of these sportsmen.
A handy item that’s easy to build and compact for carrying. It’ll prove mighty useful when you need an hour or two of light for doing essential chores after sunset in your tent or cabin
A simple camp light, easily constructed and compact, may prove indispensable in your tent or cabin when you must prepare reel, gun, or gear for the next day’s sport, or do any other essential chores at night. It will also serve as a ceiling or wall light for general illumination.
Americans of all ages, in communities throughout the nation, are joining the drive to protect our priceless natural resources and our wildlife. School children in every state are learning that our natural wealth, infinite though it appears to be, has very definite limits.
He'd spent a quarter of a century hunting big game all over the North American continent. Now he wanted an adventure-packed trip to top them all—and found it deep in the Territory's wilds
Art of Siwashing
Season Almost Over
Horns Make Full Circle
First Shot Paralyzed
“"Plenty of Time!”
He’s Still There
Moose Turn Coy
Light Getting Poor
But He’s Gone !
Looking for Trouble
Too Close for Comfort
PHILIP A. HEMM
The guides said it was the best hunt anybody had had in Alaska since the war. I don’t know about that, but there’s one thing I am sure of. If anybody has had a tougher hunt, in Alaska or anywhere else in North America the last couple of years, I’m glad I wasn’t along!
Light 3-thread line, skillfully handled, matched against the lunging acrobatics of a tail-walker— Action I Suspense! And a thrilling photo-finish!
The 3-thread lines looked wispy as cobwebs as they trailed through the sparkling water just north of Florida’s Palm Beach Inlet. Mullet bait trolled realistically. And, in the stern of the cruiser, Mrs. Louis E. Marron of Brielle, N. J., checked her gear.
Here's the information—carefully compiled from official sources—which you need to plan that next fishing trip. Pick your state or province; write to the proper agency for details about limits, license fees, local exceptions, and so on; and you'll be set!
Carry a few extra-large flies in your book for fishing in fast water and in the dark spots where medium sizes are not visible
Fast Water, Poor Visibility
Try a Larger Size
No Luck at the Old Stand
Maybe it Was Luck
Don’t Expect Too Much
Try Different Colors
The size of the dry flies you use can, on occasion, be even more important than pattern and color. Granted that sizes 12 and 14 are best for all-round use, there are times when a very large fly, and others when a very tiny midge, are much more effective.
Like many other anglers, I had trouble securing a fly to a nylon leader so the knot would hold. The turle knot, so satisfactory with gut, proved most unreliable. And I found that the conventional timber hitch would sometimes come undone if a goodsized fish struck hard or was smart enough to get in the weeds.
Anglers get the benefit of wartime research in new-type dressings for waterproofing dry flies and lines. Resembling the silicone compounds, chemically related to sand and glass, which waterproofed vital radar and aircraft equipment during the war, two such products are being distributed by B.F.Gladding & Co.
Are you worried by industrial waste polluting your favorite stream? Ask offending plant owners if they know about the manual brought out by the Manufacturing Chemists’ Association to guide managements in disposal problems. Without going into technical details, the booklet tells how to find out whether factory control is needed, and how to set up supervision in the plant.
Fresh facts on a reliable index to daily angling prospects— good or bad, depending on the dial!
Don’t Blame the Weather!
Bass Prefer the Up Swing
B. C. SNIDER
Fish like their barometers jumpy— any time, any place. The needle on this foremost guide to changing weather may indicate pressure in the high zone (above 29.90 in.), or in the low zone, but it has to be on the move to stimulate fish appetites.
California fishing and hunting licenses may cost more in the future—because for the next 3 years the state is going to spend $3,000,000 of its horseracing revenues annually on wildlifeconservation projects! The legislature specified that all this money must be spent for land acquisition and construction of facilities, and authorities are wondering where the funds are coming from for the maintenance of the new projects.
The netting of minnows for bait should be controlled in some manner, says Pete McGillen, of Peterborough, Ontario. “Obviously one of the main reasons there is not good trout fishing in Jackson Park Creek is because the young trout are taken out as bait minnows,” he writes.
Question : At my Cape Cod summer home there is a 5-acre pond which, when I bought the property 15 years ago, contained only frogs and bullheads. Since it seemed an ideal habitat for Eastern chain pickerel, I introduced 8 of this species into the water.
Too many fish in a lake are as bad for fishing as not enough of them. Lake Seven, covering 22 acres in Sheboygan County, Wis., is a good example of too many fish spoiling the fishing—and of what canbe done about it. The Wisconsin Conservation Department netted out or poisoned 87,000 fish—close to 4,000 an acre--which averaged only 1/10 lb.
A container for carrying grasshoppers, crickets, heligramites, and similar live bait may easily be made from a couple of old tin cans, some wire cloth or window screening, and two small pieces of old inner tube. The accompanying drawing shows how to do it; dimensions may be varied to suit individual needs.
The brilliant white beam from an ordinary flashlight will usually send night crawlers back into their holes in doublequick time, but a diffused red light doesn’t seem to bother them so much. Here’s how to treat your flashlight so that you can catch crawlers a lot more easily.
Why don’t more bluegill fishermen use real millers for bait? These small brown or gray moths that gather on screens and flutter around lights on summer evenings are among the best warm-weather bluegill lures that I have found. In the heat of July and August, when bluegill fishing is at the lowest point of the year, send a miller down into the cool depths where the big fellows are hiding out, and you’re almost sure to get action.
Last year the state of Washington hung up a new record for the production of Chinese pheasants and their liberation at an age when able to take care of themselves in the wilds. Almost 11,000 adult pheasants were released in March, and as many brood-stock birds were turned out in June.
Outwitting minnows — never too tough an assignment for a baitseeking angler—is said to be even easier with a new plastic trap. It’s so transparent that the minnows can’t see it coming! And, since it folds compactly enough to fit into a tackle box, you can take it along and catch your bait at the fishing grounds.
By interviewing more than 4,000 pheasant hunters last season the Iowa State Conservation Commission brought to light these facts about the value of dogs in ringneck shooting: Hunters who used dogs lost one out of every nine birds they shot down.
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.
C. Dale David Doren
A bunch of us were sitting around camp, batting the breeze about one thing and another till finally the talk got around to the Eskimos' habit of eating their fish raw. Big Tom looked sort of uneasy as he listened and at last put in his two bits’ worth.
Remington's new Model 721, a big-game rifle, is moderate in price, lightweight, accurate, with a novel bolt action
Five Calibers to Choose From
Built to Handle Pressures
Radically Different Extractor
Accuracy is Plenty Good
If Gun Nuts Were Salesmen—
For more than 2 years now, rumors have been going around that the Remington technicians at Ilion, N. Y., have been working on a new boltaction big-game rifle. Right after the first World War, Remington brought out the Model 30 based on the old British-designed Model 1917, which Remington had made first for the British and later for the Americans by the tens of thousands.
When I heard that the Firearms International Co., 1526 Connecticut Ave., Washington 6, D. C., was importing actions on the Mauser pattern made by the great Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, I was anxious to get my hands on one, look it over, and have it tested.
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
That M-I Carbine
Rifle for a 12-year-old?
Long-range Duck Gun
.257 Weatherby Magnum
Dope on the 9mm. Mannlicher
Right-side 'Scope Mount
Deer Rifle for a Woman
Lead on Crossing Shots
Lay Off Texas Rangers!
No Chance for New Barrels
Rifle for Western Game
Handload for .33 Winchester
’Scope on Running Deer
8 mm. Mannlicher-Schoenauer
10 Gauge Magnum
Mauser O.K. to Convert?
Once in a Lifetime!
.35 Remington vs. .270
Loads for British Shotgun
Aperture Sights in Target Work
Safe Load for Old 10 Gauge
Ammunition for 8 mm. Mauser
6X 'Scope for Big Game?
7.62 mm. Russian Moisin
Handloads for the .30/06
Question : The boys who’ve used them tell me that those M-l carbines are very accurate and effective, and this seems to be borne out by a bulletin from the Arizona proving grounds at San Bernardino, Calif., which gives the effective range as 300 yd.
Owners of .22 rifles should welcome a table compiled by the Remington Arms Co. which we reproduce below. For it not only gives muzzle velocities of .22 rimfires but tells at what speed they’re traveling at various distances after they’ve left the muzzle.
The greatest flight of waterfowl I have ever seen was the fall migration of blue and snow geese coming down the east coast of Hudson Bay in the Canadian arctic last September. All the better part of one forenoon I watched an Eskimo trying to lure geese down to his crude decoys, and all that time geese poured down the sky from the north in an almost unbroken procession, migrating in flocks of 50 to 500.
Sportsmen who found numerous dead ducks on the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Illinois thought the birds had died of starvation. However, an investigation by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service technicians, who performed autopsies on 18 mallards, showed that the ducks had died from lead poisoning.
Smokey, the famous fire-prevention bear (shown above) wants to thank sportsmen for their successful efforts to decrease destructive forest, woods, and range fires. And the U. S. Forest Service, sponsor of the 26-in., four-color, easel-backed cut-out, wants every sportsman’s organization in the nation to help him do it—by asking sportinggoods dealers to display Smokey in their windows.
A few years ago a friend of mine called me up and asked me to have lunch with him and his brother-in-law. It seemed that the latter owned a big hunting lodge in New Brunswick, and had one of his pet guides visiting him. “Leon (the guide) is a wonderful moose caller,” my friend told me over the phone.
Woodsmen know that a wildcat, or bobcat, as the bay lynx is commonly called, is about as sassy and independent as any critter in the wilds, excepting bears. Yet for a bobcat actually to make an unprovoked attack on human beings is unusual enough to merit recording in print; for in the past the accuracy of all such accounts has been challenged.
At least two states which have a superabundance of crows are actively encouraging their sportsmen to make things tough for the black marauders. Last winter the Utah Fish and Game Commission conducted a novel statewide crow derby. Trapped birds were banded with coupons redeemable for cash—one with a coupon worth $100, and others from $5 to $50.
A while back I made the statement that shooting at the neck of an animal wasn’t the sharpest notion in the world as a rule, because the neck shot is by no means deadly, unless a spinal vertebra is struck. The vertebrae are small, hard to hit, and many hunters don’t even know just where they are located in the neck.
As a special service to anglers and hunters who wish to organize clubs OUTDOOR LIFE offers a new handbook, How to Form a Sportsman’s Club, an authoritative and informative guide, prepared by Frank J. Valgenti Jr., attorney, sportsman, member and former president of the New Jersey Fish and Game Commission.
So quickly and unexpectedly did it happen that I thought nothing about it until minutes later. Then a creepy feeling came over me, and I noticed that my hands were trembling as I considered how easily I could have been fatally injured on that tranquil September evening, when accidental death seemed as distant as the stars.
Don't be a slave to the cookfire. New methods save time and take the drudgery out of the job of getting meals outdoors
Boiling the Cans Saves Trouble
More People, More Variety
No Tedious Creaming Needed
Pressure Cooking is Easy
MAURICE H. DECKER
Do you have fun preparing meals in camp or is the job drudgery, taking so much of your time you have none left to enjoy the outing? If the latter is true the remedy is to discard old methods and use the following shortcuts. - Canned foods. An ample supply of these will save hours of tedious potwatching and fire-tending and may also provide tastier, better-balanced meals.
Sportsmen who want to drive to Alaska but haven’t been able to do so because of the lack of filling stations, repair shops, and living accommodations along the Alaska Highway will favor a bill introduced by E. L. Bartlett, delegate to Congress from the Territory.
Don’t fail to try this on your outdoor grill although it can also be cooked on a skillet, either in camp or at home. Use large-size wieners. Split lengthwise, leaving bottom skin intact, put in a slice of cheese cut rather thick and to fit, close wiener, and wrap a long slice of bacon around it.
Twenty hungry hunters will hush if you feed them this recipe, according to the superintendent of one of the largest plantations in tidewater South Carolina. And he ought to know, for his hush-puppies are much in demand at community events as well as in camp.
How to pick the right craft for hunting and general use, out of the wide variety now available in design and construction
Materials and Construction
Light in Weight, Low in Cost
How About Car-top Carrying?
Make Sure It’s Seaworthy
J. A. EMMETT
Dealers these days are showing an unprecedented variety of hunting craft—not only as to the number of makes but the multiplicity of models and forms of construction. Now, the man who is considering purchase of such a boat has a wide choice, but that very fact raises a number of questions.
You can Wheel This Car-top Boat to Launching Spots
Designed especially for sportsmen who want to penetrate remote fishing and hunting areas is this new lightweight car-top boat made of welded aluminum. The 12-ft. craft can be used with oars or an outboard motor up to 7½ horsepower and will accommodate three persons.
Question: All last summer my 12-ft. flatbottomed clear-cedar rowboat leaked, especially when walked on. After soaking, it tightened up nicely and even forced out much calking compound. Can I tighten the boat without putting on a new bottom; if not, what thickness of plywood would you suggest?—D. G. Fischer, Mich.
Along some sections of both our East and West Coasts where craft must be launched off the beach and maneuvered through surf an unsuitable boat can be difficult to handle and even dangerous. A boat used in surf should be of lowcost construction because one would hesitate to risk an expensive craft.
For a versatile hound and a happy hunting companion, try the lively little beagle. He'll add punch to your days in the field!
They Used to be Smaller!
Knows All the Tricks
Tail Carried Jauntily
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
The beagle, a merry little hound with a sunny disposition, long ears, and a phenomenal scenting ability, is taking a tighter hold on the hearts of American sportsmen today than ever before in his long and successful history. Right now the breed is second in total number of registrations with the American Kennel Club, topped only by the cocker spaniel.
Question : Your article contending that a hunting dog is able to reason recalls to my mind an incident that occurred many years ago. I was hunting woodcock with my pointer named Kent. The dog pointed in a strip of alders bounded on one side by a stone wall.
Question : About a year ago I bought a hound. From that day to this, I’ve tried everything to fatten him, but he stays thin; in fact, you can see every rib in his body. How can I put some weight on him?—Arthur R. Sines, W. Va. Answer: Have his blood examined for heart worms.
Oddities. Bighorn ram from mountains near Saguache, Colo., has taken up living with domestic sheep flock owned by Jim Rabey, rancher. Ram is big, has massive horns, now bosses the domestic sheep . . . From Utah came report that in 1947 open season a hunter checked in at Diamond Fork checking station in Spanish Fork Canyon, with a fat burro that he’d shot, tagged, dressed, and dragged from the hills.
That Picture Had a Moral : Always Carry a Safe Gun and Avoid the Hospital
There’s Room for 12 Million Hunters —if They’re the Right Kind
Any Spoil-sport Blue Laws in Your State? Better Get Them off the Books
OUTDOOR LIFE recently published a picture of a hunter kneeling beside a big-game trophy he had taken, his lever-action rifle tucked under his arm—with the hammer back in full firing position. A flood of letters promptly poured in, calling our attention to the boner and protesting it as an exhibit of gross carelessness.