ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
SWIMMING IN HIP BOOTS
GIVE THE GAME A BREAK
★ GIVE A BOY A GUN
★ FOSTER FIREARMS COLLECTION
★ WHEN BEARS LEAVE HOME
★ SHE’S NO SALM0N-EGGER
★ GAZELLES ARE GOOD SPORT
★ FISHERMAN’S HONEYMOON
★ COOKING A CHUCK
★ THOSE BIG WHITE LIES
★ NO CONNECTION
★ HE SEES SEA SERPENTS
★ ORGANIZED CROW HUNTS?
★ LET'S PAINT THE TREES
Here is something I discovered by accident, which every sportsman should know. It is generally believed that when a man in hip boots falls into deep water the boots get so heavy that they are likely to cause him to drown. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Most appeals for the conservation of our natural resources deal with the problem from the point of view either of our country or of its sportsmen. There is certainly a good deal to be said for both approaches. Take OUTDOOR LIFE’S Conservation Pledge—“I give my pledge as an American.”
Bob court Rankin, and police reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1939 (less 42 months with the Army) says he knocks himself out 2 days a week dashing hundreds of miles north, south, east, and west to catch fish. Friends own some of the new paylake fishing ponds, and after visiting a few of those combination carnival, picnic, and family-reunion grounds he recovered sufficiently to describe them in his article in this issue, “It May Not be ‘Angling’—but It’s Fun!”
I was really sticking my neck out—opening the pheasant season with an untrained dog. And hunting with two expert hecklers didn’t help to make things easier. But those smart guys soon changed their tune, for while Bingo busted through brush like a bull in a china shop, he ended by filling our bags to the legal limit
Test for Dog and Gun
Plenty of Bird Sense
Meet the world’s most optimistic pheasant hunter! He opens the season with a gun he’s never shot and with a dog that won’t hold point.” Allan gestured in my direction and there was a note of derision in his chuckle. I grinned sheepishly, shifted my new gun to my other hand, and took a firmer grip on Bingo’s leash.
Here’s the author’s nomination for the best fishing lie ever had. And when you read his description of a pristine lake in Ontario’s Algoma area, and of trout that fight like bulldogs, you’ll agree it’s a choice that would be hard to beat
Big, Hungry Speckled Trout
Paddle and Portage, or Fly
There were four of us in the lounge of the Pullman car, riding through the mountains west of Philadelphia on a snowy January night, and the talk turned to fishing. We covered baits and fly patterns, fishing wet and fishing dry, rods and lines and leaders and a few other kindred subjects.
Flames baked the soil into a black ponder, slaughtered the wildlife, invited disastrous floods ... An accident? Not exactly. The object was to produce grass, and this story presents a strong indictment of the method
The Fire Begins to Grow
ARTHUR B. MEYER
Current River glistened like a thousand diamonds in the Ozark dawn. Clear water tumbled past granite boulders, over gravel bars, and swept in a shining ribbon around Owl’s Bend, where it is joined by the lesser waters of Blair, Bloom, and Powder Mill Creeks.
For fifteen years he’d waited to catch a deer napping. Then one day he found him—snoozing in the sun. it was a tough 250-yard shot. But he just couldn’t miss
Hunting an Old Smarty
A Good Lookout Point
The Buck Was a Faint Outline
Fifteen years is a long time to hunt one buck. Not that I was hunting a specific antlered grandpappy— for in fifteen years he’d have lost his antlers, his harem, and his life. But what I did want was to find and kill a buck in his bed. In short, I wanted to catch a buck napping, make a perfect stalk, and get in my killing shot while he still drowsed.
Here are more than a score of sure ways to drive the man completely nuts. They were gathered from the experiences of long-suffering woodsmen who have been exasperated by masters of the art
Indulge in Horseplay
THE LITTLE GUIDE
The Crowning Insult
Big-game hunters must spend a lot of time between seasons thinking up new ways in which they can annoy their guides the next time they take the field. It would be impossible, in my opinion, for them to invent on the spot all the ingenious and sure-fire methods they employ to bring gray hair, ulcers, and chronic nervous disorders to the men who are supposed to assist and protect them when they go ahunting.
Something new and unique in nautical designs—a craft that has a bottom like a sieve and a rubber doughnut secured along its sides. It looks odd—but it’s very useful for transferring legal-size trout from an Oregon hatchery to the swift McKenzie River
PAUL R. NEEDHAM
A strange craft, ten feet long, equipped with a rubber doughnut, and with holes bored in its bottom, made its appearance recently in the swift McKenzie River some thirty miles above Eugene, Oreg. It was attached by a line to a more conventional-type boat manned by three State Game Commission employees.
This handy guide, compiled by OUTDOOR LIFE from official sources, lists legal data on rifles, shotguns, ammunition, and magazine loads for all the states and Alaska. Save it for ready reference
Permits use of rifle, and of shotgun not larger than 10 gauge, fired from the shoulder. Prohibits any autoloading or hand-operated repeating shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, magazine of which has not been cut off or plugged (with one-piece metal or wood filler incapable of removal through loading end of gun) to reduce capacity of the gun to not more than three shells at one time in magazine and chamber combined.
They’d heard it was the fightingest of all small game fish. And they soon discovered that no one was kidding. It weighs less than a pound. But when it comes to all-out scrapping, it wins the title of “tiger” fins down
An Obliging Little Tyke
You Can Fish Him at Night
George Ties Into a Big One
HENRY E. BRADSHAW
Out from the point of the island, in George Rezabek, "is a moss bed where the yellow bass like to lie." Woodrow Buck and I piled into George’s broad-beamed boat, powered by a ten-horse motor, and, as the sun rose above the horizon’s trees, we headed for the moss bed.
A college professor digs up an old book that he calls one of the ancestors of this magazine. Conrad Gesner’s History of the Animals first showed readers how wild creatures really looked
Spared No Pains
JOHN S. BARNEY
Have you ever stopped to think that a magazine such as OUTDOOR LIFE has ancestors just the same as you or I? In fact, some of those ancestors greatly influence the type of magazine published today. Of course the most outstanding forefather was the one which differed from the previous hand-written manuscripts in that it was printed from movable type.
American pioneers met their toughest foe in the terrible silvertip, until improved firearms finally turned the tide of battle against the most dangerous animal ever hunted on this continent
Seldom a Second Chance
From Mexico to the Subarctic
Grizzlies Always Look Enormous
Silvertips Would Eat Anything
New Guns Doomed the Grizzly
ROSS C. McCLUSKEY
Grizzly! There’s a word to stir the imagination of any red-blooded rifleman. The toughest and most courageous foe ever offered to the hunter in this country. And one of the shrewdest, too. Today you will have to travel many a mile to find him, but he’s still the cantankerous, unpredictable monster he was a hundred years ago.
The typical “pay lake” of the Midwest is no place for fly fishing. Tackle and technique are unorthodox, and beer is as important as bait. Still, these sportsmen-for-a-day bring home the fish
Bass on the Menu, Too
Everybody Has Fun!
A Run on Rainbows
Maybe Simple Simon, fishing for to catch a whale, wasn’t so dumb after all. For in congested areas in the Midwest, where fishing waters are at a premium, they have enlarged Simple Simon’s mother’s pail somewhat and fishermen are now flocking to such spots every day by the thousands.
Silica gel, the thirsty sand that has saved millions of dollars’ worth of industrial and military supplies from damage by humidity, can do the same kind of job in protecting your valuable sports equipment. Here’s how to use it
Moisture and Temperature
Oiling Isn't Enough
How to Make a Simple Unit
To Keep a Gun’s Bore Area Dry
Readers Get Around
WALTER E. BURTON
Thanks to modern ammunition, today’s sportsman doesn’t have to worry about keeping his powder dry; but much of his other equipment may be damaged by excessive moisture. The recent war, especially the part of it that took place in the humid tropics, taught the importance of protecting everything, from monkey wrenches to delicate electronic equipment, against the moisture that causes corrosion, mildew, and other damage.
The seed corn was ruined, hens were slaughtered, and a pup was badly mauled— reason enough to challenge the killer. And the battle that began one dark night roared along to a climax of tooth-and-claw combat
Marks of the Killer
A Feminine Hunch
Calling Up Reinforcements
Big Red Gets the Scent
Lots of Telltale Tracks
Tough Route to the Top
Heavy Traffic on a Tree
Uncertain Trail Song
“That’s for Butch!”
Along about daybreak the other morning I’d just come out of the henhouse and was at the chores on my New Hampshire farm when I glanced up the road and saw John striding toward our place. By the way he walked, I suspected something must be wrong.
Conservation Pledge ADVANCES PLANTING of SCHOOL FORESTS
School youngsters in every section of the country, returning to their classrooms, will learn to value and safeguard America’s natural resources through the medium of the Conservation Pledge. From Maine to Texas and from Oregon to California, word comes that schools are adopting the Pledge, reciting it regularly and, inspired by it, are learning to protect and to use wisely the nation’s natural wealth.
We had traveled many a dusty mile to the lake country in northern Ontario. It was carry and portage all the way—until, at last, we glimpsed the polished rack of a half-ton bull
ROB F. SANDERSON
Easing our canoe through the blue waters of Shikag Lake, my brother, Tom, and I focused our binoculars on the wooded areas and the meadows along the boggy shore. Here indeed was a good spot to open the Ontario moose season! We had left camp by starlight.
Here’s the information—carefully compiled from official sources—which you need to plan that next hunting 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!
When hunting big game, it pays to be sure that the rifle and cartridge you’ve chosen are adequate to do the job
Causes of Wasted Game
A Good Shot Carries a Good Gun
For the Man Who Must Use His Left Eye to Shoot With
Some Animals are Tough
You Kill Game With Bullets
Sportsmen Transplant Deer
Only One Casualty
A friend of mine who was prowling around some low hills last fall came upon the carcass of a magnificent buck mule deer that should have supplied around 150 lb. of prize meat and a grand trophy. No one would ever eat the meat, however, because it had rotted, and no one would mount the scalp and those beautiful antlers either, for the hair had slipped and the skin was decomposed.
This matter of how high to hold when shooting at long range with a .300 Weatherby Magnum is going to sound very strange indeed, but it works, not only for me, but for others who have shot that big cannon. With the 180-gr. bullet in front of 75 gr. of No. 4350 powder, the rifle is sighted in to hit the point of aim at 300 yd.
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
Why Deer are Missed
.270 Barrel, Mauser Action
.228 Ackley Wildcat
Headspace—Long hut Safe
Alaska Bear Hunt
Rebore .35 Remington?
Pass-shooting at 55 yd.
6.5 Short-action Mauser
About Dot Reticules
Rifled Slugs Won’t Hurt
Reloading .30/06 M-2’s
.257 Loads for Deer
Not Enough Rifle for Deer
Temperature and Patterns
Deer Rifle for a Woman
For Big Game in Alaska
Choke Reduces Free Recoil
What Top-wad Figures Mean
Sub-load for Small Game?
9 mm. Mannlicher-Schoenauer
Gun Barrels, New and Old
Question: Last season, using a new .32 Remington slide-action rifle, Model 141, I had several misses on deer. I was told that the rifle was targeted to hit point of aim at 100 y . with 165-gr. soft-nose bullets, but I used hig -speed loads with 110-gr. mushroom bullets.
An exceedingly cute, snappy-looking little musket is the new Mossberg Model 152. It has enough interesting novelties in design for a whole flock of new rifles. It is short—only 37 in. overall. It weighs only 5 lb., and it has an 18-in. barrel.
Latest of the variable-choke devices to join the Cutts Comp, the Weaver Choke, and the two types of PolyChokes is the POWer-PAC—written just like that. It’s named for the two men who invented and developed it— E. Baden Powell, southern California engineer who is also widely known for his work on the PMVF wildcat highpower cartridges, and Frank Pachmayr, Los Angeles manufacturer and gunsmith.
One afternoon when our cows came in from the pasture, here on our Michigan farm, my dad and I noticed that one of them was bleeding rather badly from her head and rump. Thinking she had probably brushed up against a barbed-wire fence, we didn’t pay much attention.
Even the wisest old crow can be captured with this trick. First get a few No. 1 steel traps—preferably of the underspring or jump style, since they can be more easily concealed. Then, in an area frequented by crows, find a pond, small stream, or spring hole which can be easily seen from the sky.
Are you one of those healthy specimens whose heart and general condition are so good that an army recruiter would drool just to look at you? If you are, don’t bother to read this. If, however, you are one of those middle-aged deer hunters who try to pack a year’s exercise into a 2-week hunting trip, you’re ripe for some advice.
Nobody could ever figure out how Cousin Tanglefoot always managed to down a nice buck every year, but when the old rascal was on his deathbed he let me in on his secret. Seems Tang started hunting deer when he was barely big enough to tote a gun.
Last fall the duck shortage back-fired on the coot, or mud hen, especially in the Mobile Delta area of Alabama, where the bird is known as the poule d’eau (pronounced “pool doe”). Careful check along the causeway in that area showed that 43,000 coots were bagged as compared to only 5,000 ducks—or about nine coots to every duck.
Federal hunting regulations on woodcock may be relaxed next fall, if field reports that this popular migratory game bird of the Atlantic Coast is staging a comeback continue to be borne out. According to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of occupied singing grounds at the start of the 1948 breeding season showed a healthy increase—amounting in some areas to more than 20 percent over last year’s figures—in eastern Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
The deadline date for submission of entries in the second annual Boone and Crockett Club’s North American big-game competition is Nov. 15, 1948. Awards are made for winners in three classes: trophy heads, motion pictures, and still photographs.
Cougar and bobcat hunters spend nine tenths of their hunting time looking for cat tracks in the snow. To speed up the work of destroying these enemies of hoofed game, the Washington State Game Department last winter bought two snowmobiles.
Rambling notes on pike perch, unpredictable fish of many aliases. It boils down to this: either you catch a lot or you’re skunked
Use Minnows Properly
Crawfish in the Shallows
The fish I am calling the pike perch has more monikers than a bank robber on the lam. In various sections of North America it goes under the names of wall-eye, wall-eye pike, jack salmon, blue pike, green pike, yellow pickerel, yellow pike, and perhaps a few others I’ve never heard of.
New Telescoping Fish Pole Made of Flexible Aluminum
A new 14-ft. fish pole, illustrated above, is constructed of high-tensile-strength aluminum tubing which telescopes to 4 ft. for carrying. It can, of course, be transported much more conveniently than a cane pole and, used for stillfishing, it has a pliant, whippy action.
A wooden bucket makes an excellent storage container for live minnows. However, do not make the mistake of putting in too many of them. To keep the minnows in good condition, observe two simple precautions. Every other day pour into the bucket (from a height of several feet above it) a quart of water of about the same temperature as that within.
If you have trouble keeping minnow bait from floating out of the trap, fold a small piece of ordinary wire screen over the bait and thread a length of stovepipe wire through the fold. This seals the cage and keeps the wet bait from floating away.
Question: Can you tell me how I should go about refinishing my fly rod?—John Sanders, Utah. Answer: After removing the guides and tiptop, take off the old varnish with varnish remover. Rub down with rottenstone or powdered pumice and, when it is absolutely clean, give the entire rod a coat of varnish.
Designed for use on gusty days, new tapered leaders (9 and 12 ft. long) add power and distance, and are easier to straighten out, when cast into the wind. The monofilament product, of du Pont nylon, is made up with 2 and 3-ft. lengths of different test weights knotted together, and center balance is about one third of the distance from the tip of the line.
Peeling a perch isn’t difficult, and it sure makes the fish taste better when it’s cooked. First put the fish in the freezing compartment of your refrigerator. ( Or, if it’s wintertime, just leave it outdoors.) When it’s thoroughly frozen, leave it at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Don’t let camp chores take the fun out of your trip. System and planning will make them pleasant instead of sheer drudgery
Choosing a Camp Site
Erecting the Tent
Take Fire Precautions
Scouring the Utensils
MAURICE H. DECKER
A certain amount of work is necessary in making camp. You expect this—even welcome it, because real enjoyment comes from certain outdoor tasks well done. Camp work, however, should never be so formidable that it overshadows the fun of a vacation trip.
In addition to its uses for sandwiches and potato hash, this canned meat makes an excellent stew. 4 tbsp. bacon fat 1 onion 1 can kidney beans 1 can tomatoes 1 can corned beef Cut onion fine, and brown in fat; add beans and tomatoes, and simmer 10 minutes.
The ideal way to display big-game heads, hide rugs, and mounted birds is under glass as museums do. But since this kind of protection is impractical in many homes, heads are often hung on walls, hide rugs laid on the floor, and birds placed on a stand.
Winter storage for your craft might not be easy to find. So if you need it, you had better start looking for the right spot now
Yard Storage is Costly
Start Early, If You’re Building!
J. A. EMMETT
These can be busy months for the man interested in boating. If he already owns a boat, he must decide if he is going to lay it up early or continue using it far into the fall. If he is thinking of getting a new boat from the factory, he should put his order in now to offset any possible delay in spring delivery.
When a small air-cooled engine with the usual flush base is to be installed in a flat-bottomed boat the bed should be designed to distribute weight and stress of vibration over several bottom planks. A bed which meets this requirement and is, at the same time, easily built, is shown in the sketches below.
A relatively low-priced utility skiff or runabout, 13½ ft. in length, has its flat bottom hollowed aft to give the exceptionally shallow draft, for this type, of 6 in. The 1½-horsepower air-cooled inboard is fitted with a reverse gear, and the propeller is protected by a metal shoe attached to the wooden skeg.
Question: Last summer I bought a new 12-ft. plywood boat. I didn’t like the color—green with a shellac finish—so I repainted it with porch and deck paint. Now the top coat is beginning to peel off. What shall I do to get it all off—or do you suggest some other treatment?— W. H. White Jr., N. C.
More than 1,000 miles off the proper migrating course between Louisiana and its arctic nesting grounds on Baffin Island, a blue goose recently showed up in a banding trap at Maine's Swan Island game refuge. Unlike the Canada geese which regularly visit the refuge and are easily tamed, the blue proved to be a tough fighter.
If your gun dog is to live in your home, be sure lie acts like a gentleman—and that you and your family return the courtesy
Feed Him Properly
Don’t Teach Him to Beg
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
While I have always thought it wiser for a gun dog to live in a kennel rather than in his master’s home, in these days of “housing shortages” and space limitations, there is often no alternative. For such a situation to work out well, however, a few simple rules must be observed.
Wrorking both from patterns supplied by other people and from my own designs, I have built several different types of doghouses in the past. Nearly everyone, I guess, thinks his own design is best; at any rate, I know that the house (see next page) which I planned and made seems to be the favorite with my dogs.
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 local veterinarian should be consulted at once.
Question: I want to use my English shepherd as a watchdog. How can I train him to be vicious to strangers?—Robert Stiles, Ind. Answer: Simply keep your dog chained up all day and never show him any affection. It won’t be long before he will be biting people and you will be in trouble, but that seems to be what you want.—C. B. M.
Hybrid deer. Moot point among hunters for years has been whether black-tail and white-tail deer ever cross. It’s happened at least once. Buck killed illegally in Oregon recently was confiscated by State Police. Because type was strange, antlers and skull were sent to Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, for identification.
Obey Those State Firearms Regulations - - for Conservation and Safety
To Get Clean Water, We’ll Have to Fight for It!
Out in the depths of Lake Texoma, Texas (if he hasn’t been caught) lurks a five-pound black bass named The Ghost of Woodville, worth $1,500 to the lucky angler who can land him. He is the prize catch of 900-odd tagged fish released in a “rodeo” sponsored by a local sportsmen’s club.