ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
FEDERAL LANDS FOR SPORT
FLORIDA FLY FISHING
THOSE BANDTAIL PIGEONS
“DON’T SHOOT! I’M A DOE!”
TRY OUT YOUR GUN FIRST
NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
LEAVE SNAKES ALONE
THAT’S NO IVORY-BILL!
In the last few years I have noticed an increasing number of hunters in northern California, road hunting for deer, especially since the jeep has become available to the public. In deer season one sees car after car of hunters parked on highways, county roads, and logging roads near known crossing areas, streams, and springs.
Readers have sounded a hearty “amen" to the article “Let’s Stop Wasting Game” in the May issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, in which Arthur Grahame aimed some straight talk at the pothunters and game hogs who menace the future of hunting in America. Here are excerpts from a few of the many letters we’ve received on the subject:
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!
Aubrey F. Taylor says he and his wife are a couple of Washington hillbillies raised in the Olympic Peninsula. You won’t have any doubt about that (as far as the hill part is concerned) when you read, in this issue, “Goats—First and Last.” It’s Taylor’s story of some rugged peak-topping.
Fishing derbies? Take `em away! That's my reaction every time I read about—or see—one of those glorified mob scenes masquerading as sport. Somebody offers prizes for the biggest catches, hundreds of people stampede to the banks of a lake or stream, and when somebody shouts “Go!” the race is on.
He was sure it was just a gag. Who ever heard of calling in a buck? Those sourdoughs were great kidders, and as a cheechako he was sure he was being taken for a ride. But imagine his surprise when one toot on that deer lure brought in two prize black-tails!
We Decide on a Plan
The Call Had Worked—for Ed
One Forkhorn—Then Two
NORBERT M. ELLIS
A newcomer to Alaska, especially if he is a sportsman, gets an awful lot of kidding from the old-timers. No matter if he’s hunted and fished a lifetime in the States, he’s still a cheechako, or greenhorn, to the sourdoughs. So I thought it was just another rib when Ed asked me if I had a deer call.
Want a dingdong battle with a brawler who’ll hit you with everything he’s got? Then try Joe Carp with a light rod—but be careful he doesn’t knock your block off!
Bites Like Turtle, Kicks Like Mule
For a Snooty Fish
THERE have been a lot of arguments on the perennial question of whether, inch for inch and pound for pound, the smallmouth bass or the speckled trout is the gamer fish. Some have been pretty fair arguments, too, but they’re puny affairs alongside the ones I’m about to promote.
Northern gunners, used to seeking bobwhite quail in fields of harvested grain and over bottom lands grown up to weeds, find hunting in the Southeastern coastal plain something vastly different. This low country stretches from northern North Carolina down through eastern South Carolina and Georgia into Florida.
Runway watching is cold sport, but it does pay off—in white-tails. Here’s advice on picking a stand and learning to like it
Costly Bit of Exercise
Always the Right Weapon
It Was an Exception
DR. RUSSELL C. SMITH
My friend Alvin Hegna and I went deer hunting last Thanksgiving Day. We knew exactly where to go and, despite the fact that the Wisconsin deer season had been open for the better part of a week, we felt reasonably confident of killing a buck. The spot we had in mind was not far from Drummond, in the extreme north-western corner of Wisconsin.
Heavy fog? Why, in these Wisconsin River bottoms the cussed stuff is so heavy we have to shovel it off our front walk. Kids cut it up and use it for building blocks. What! You doubt it, mister? Well then, listen to this. One afternoon old Lars McGonicle was shingling the barn when a real pea-souper set in.
Fishing America’s wildest wilderness, where the legal limit is sixty (count ’em!) fish—and we scorn to keep any less than fifteen inches long. No, I didn’t take my limit; and that brings up the thing that puzzles me
Henry Didn’t Waste Any Time
Still No Salmon-size Rainbows
Like an Exploding Depth Charge
FRANK L. VENNUM
Across the valley of Wallowa from Hell's Canyon and the Seven Devils Mountains is a highland of alpine meadows and towering granite pinnacles known as the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Eagle Cap is another of those roadless extensions of a vast solitude that envelops the junction of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; and since the days of Chief Joseph and the Nez Percé Indians it has been credited as the wildest corner in America.
They were lucky enough to get permits for Washington’s first open season. But the weather and a series of tough breaks led them over lots of hurdles before they downed those tough-to-get trophies
Not Proud But Curious
Follow the Leader
The Wrong Box
A Long Shot Called For
AUBREY F. TAYLOR
My wife and I had always wanted to hunt goats and we thought it would be a cinch after being lucky enough to draw two of the 150 permits from the more than 5,000 applications to hunt in Washington State’s first official goat season. What we hadn’t figured on was the weather—and more important still, our stupidity.
Ever look a blackie in the eye, when he’s practically on top of you and ready for a fight? Well, it’s hard on the heart! Leastwise, I found it so the day I went with Jes to hunt down an Arizona renegade
“I’d Know His Track Anyplace”
The average black bear, husky brute though he is, is mortally afraid of a hound's baying. There's something about it that seems to strike to the very heart of the biggest bruin, turning his blood to water, making him long for distant parts—or the protection of a tall tree.
Even the best of them are different as can be—lovable, maddeningly temperamental, a law unto themselves. Take Bud, or Queen or Duke or Fanny. Yes, and Rudy and Black Bill! They’re the stand-outs in my book of memories
Queen Had to be First
Had I Bought Just a Bark?
Black Bill’s Revenge
Time Out for Love
The men who go puffing along behind a pack of bawling, bellowing coon hounds when darkness has settled down upon the autumn fields offer some interesting character studies. But they’re a colorless lot compared with the dogs they follow.
On the eve of open season I had ivy poisoning. Awful bad. Blisters, itches, wet bandages—I couldn’t have felt worse. So for once I didn’t give fishing a second thought. That is, not until I’d thought the situation over!
Rage Instead of Joy
Doc Set Me Thinking
Mac Makes Up My Mind
This One Knew How to Hit
That Fish Did Me Good
The bass season opens in Michigan in late June—a very pleasant time of year. In fact, I suspect I enjoy the first few days of fishing as much for the setting as for the sport itself. The mornings are warm and dew-wet. You drive down to the lake at daybreak and the fragrance of wild grape blossoms hangs over the dusty country roads, pungent and heavy.
Good news for waterfowl hunters—the best they’ve had for several years. But before we start cheering, let’s do a little serious thinking about the things we should do to keep the duck population from tail-spinning again
Even More This Year—Maybe
A Lesson in Management
Production in “Duck Hotels”
State-wide Restoration Project
More Than 3 Million Cripples
Cheered but not yet cheering, two million duck and goose hunters in the United States are looking forward hopefully—but with their fingers crossed—to the coming water-fowl season. It was Albert M. Day, director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who gave them cause for their cautious optimism.
When ringneck pheasants were first introduced in this country, a few research technicians sounded a somber warning that introduction of exotic (not native) species seldom pays off. That they were wrong in this case is best attested by the fact that more than half the forty-eight states had sufficiently large pheasant populations for an open season in 1948.
New Ideas for Use of Pledge in Teaching Conservation
Saving the nation’s resources is a job for everyone. Here are ways to get your fellow citizens to understand the reasons why
Reports of new uses for America's Conservation Pledge continue to reach OUTDOOR LIFE every day, as more groups and individuals undertake the job of informing their fellow citizens of conservation’s vital importance. Featured in a window display in Abercrombie & Fitch’s New York City store, a four-foot-square copy of the Pledge recently brought its inspiring message to many thousands of persons daily over a period of weeks.
Life itself is at stake when you walk right into lion cover! No safe tree perches, no White Hunters for these three men; just a minimum of equipment, a few natives—and a whole month of excitement. Here’s the sort of big-game hunt that you might take in South Africa!
Animals Worth Hunting
On the Trail of a Big Cat
Thorns, Snakes, and Tsetse Flies
Antelope and Buffalo—Plus!
The Medicine for Lions
Safari Into Bechuanaland
Buffalo Meat—and Trophy Head
And Then it Happened
No Place for Cowardice
Leo Reared Up and Roared
Frozen to the Spot
COL. HENRY S. CILLIERS
An animal that doesn't scare you isn't worth shooting. A hunting trip that doesn't produce a few new gray hairs on your poll isn’t worth taking. Now, I’ll admit that this is only one man’s opinion. I’m not bigoted about it. I’m not raising the issue of “sportsmanship”—I have no qualms about shooting animals.
When something goes wrong with your gun, you can do one of three things: If it's a minor matter, you can fix it yourself. If it’s more serious, you can take the gun to a reliable local gunsmith. But if it needs a major operation, the only place to send it is to the manufacturer’s own customer repair department.
Our angling editor discovers a brand-new thrill in his first encounter with the famous hard-fighting trout of the Soo
A New Experience
Anglers Ring the Bell
Four Rivers in One
I Chose a Lighter Rod
Heavy Tackle Pays Off
For many years I've listened to bits of talk and read articles about the "Soo" trout of the St. Mary's River, at the outlet of Lake Superior. I’ve often intended fishing for them but somehow never got to it, although my wife and I often crossed the river on the ferry.
Two live baits for bass that always bring home the bacon (for me, at least), are a large, fat polliwog, and a small bullhead or catfish with the barbels and fins cut off. Removing the barbels is important because bass seldom feed on bullheads because of their “horns."
Use the heating unit of the cigarette lighter on your automobile to aid in removing broken ferrules, and resetting and tightening loose ones. The lighter provides enough heat to melt the glue without discoloring rod or ferrule.
Following hard on our article about fish lures that glow when activated by ultraviolet light comes word of a plastic bait made in St. Louis, Mo., that not only glows by day but can be made to do so at night or in murky water. Intended for stillfishing, it looks much like a pink-and-white peppermint stick.
One day I happened to notice how much small pieces of macaroni looked like grubworms, and got the idea that they might serve as fish bait. Softening the macaroni and cutting it into small pieces, I found that in many cases it was just as good as worms and other forms of live bait.
Question: The maker of my new 9-ft., 5-oz. fly rod recommends a silk H-D-H double-taper line, but I have read that ordinary double-taper lines are hard to handle and not suited to bass-bugging. Would a torpedo head be better for this type of fishing?
August is really a doldrums month for fishing. But if you look about for cold spots in streams and ponds you may be most agreeably surprised by the results. Also, if it’s permitted, try some night fishing. Though dog days are proverbially poor fishing days, some of my most interesting angling experiences have occurred then.
For white-tail deer, which rifle action and caliber should you choose, and why? You’ll find the answers in this article
When the Going is Bad
Think of Brush, Too
A Badly Scared Deer
Barrel Length for Brush Work
Some Other Good Loads
MY companion had shot a whitetail buck in the hills that morning; and while he dressed it out and hung it up, I headed back for the horses, which we had left tied at the foot of the hills. The way I went, it was about 2 miles, and I hunted all the way. I cut through the heads of all the canyons without moving a thing.
JACK O’CONNOR will be glad to help you get the best results from your firearms—rifle, shotgun, or pistol. Address your questions him in care of this magazine, inclosing sufficient postage for reply, which will be sent you by mail
Barrel Length and Choke
7.62 x 63 Means .30/06!
For Faster Aiming
Can Do—for $100,000
Two Bullets, One Setting?
Luger From Stolen Parts?
Partial Head Separation
Scope for Woods Deer
Rifle Won’t Group Well
.22 Springfield to Hornet
Ward Westernfield Shotgun
Measuring a Bighorn Head
U. S. Model 1917 Enfield
Problem in Neck Sizing
Question: I’m thinking of getting a 12 gauge Ithaca pump gun, Model 37-R, with an extra barrel so that I’ll have one for upland-game shooting and one for duck and long-range crow shooting. I also intend to get two double-guns, one 12 gauge, the other 16.
Bright Insurance Against Mishaps in the Deer Woods
One of the glowing synthetic products used on new fish lures—described in the June issue of OUTDOOR LIFE—has been adapted for use in the deer woods as added insurance against hunting accidents. As part of the hunting costume, it gleams like a red traffic light and immediately differentiates a moving hunter from a game animal.
Sheldon M. Smith of the Ithaca Gun Co. writes that I laid an egg when I said that only the higher-grade Ithaca doubles had been discontinued for 1949. I would have been right if I had said all Ithaca doubles. Their Le-fever Nitro Special doubles have also been temporarily discontinued.
Besides providing farmers with a natural “barbed-wire” barrier, the multiflora rose offers game the cover it needs to survive
Hunters and sportsmen's clubs can do something to increase the supply of game, and at the same time earn the gratitude of their farmer friends, by calling attention to a new idea suggested by conservation experts. It’s a living fence of multiflora roses, which makes an economical field boundary and at the same time provides cover for game birds.
The new Bear Cub Master 4X scope, which has just appeared on the market, is a high-class job in every respect, mechanically and optically. Like the 2½X Bear Cub—also made by Kollmorgen Optical Corp. of Brooklyn, N. Y., and distributed by Stith Mounts of San Antonio, Tex.—the Bear Cub Master (as shown) is of light-metal construction with a handsome and durable black finish.
An effective treatment for poison ivy is the common styptic pencil. Dip the pencil in water and rub it over the inflamed parts. Continue the treatment for about 15 minutes, dipping the pencil in water occasionally. Don’t rub the powder off. The itching should be gone in a few hours.
How to Take Bird Pictures With Still and Movie Cameras, a 16-page booklet containing several color illustrations, is being offered free of charge to OUTDOOR LIFE readers. Simply address your request for a copy of the booklet to Sales Service Division, Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester 4, N. Y.
Hot-weather camping needn’t be uncomfortable, if you know how to eat well and sleep well. These hints will help you do both
Quickly Made “Icebox”
Other Methods of Cooling
Ventilating the Tent
MAURICE H. DECKER
Most people take their annual vacations in midsummer, because that's the best time to get away from their regular work or business. In most cases the woods and lake regions are considerably cooler now than city pavements and buildings, but if you should strike some unusually hot weather on a camping trip, don’t worry.
Prunes are a safe, healthy laxative and their food value is high. Put 1 lb. prunes in saucepan, and add a No. 2 can of grapefruit juice and ¼ cup sugar. Simmer 25 minutes. Serve cold. Enough for six to eight persons. 2 slices bread 1 No. 2 can tomatoes 2 tbsp. butter 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper
Question: On a deer-hunting trip last year we used a new wall tent, 14 x 16 ft., with no floor, no windows, and only a flap in front for a door. We had quite a bit of trouble with condensation. Drops of water collected all over the roof, and any sudden jar on the tent started a young cloudburst.
Planning to use it on salt water? Here’s some sound advice on choosing the right boat, and keeping it in good condition
Get Reputable Products
Antirust Dope for Steel
Caring for the Motors
J. A. EMMETT
What are the requirements in a boat for salt water, as compared with one for fresh-water use?" a reader asked recently. This man’s boating experience had been limited to fishing trips on a small inland stream; now his firm was moving him to the coast, where he’d have a chance to use a boat of his own.
Gunwale fenders are a necessity where a small boat is used in conjunction with a larger one, to avoid scarring the latter’s paint. On any boat, they cushion against shocks such as contact with piers. The drawing at left, below, shows a simple rope-type fender.
Question: Before painting, should I apply a coat of sealer to the plywood boat I have built?—R. C. Collins, N. C. Answer: Some paint manufacturers make plywood sealers designed to prevent the hair-line checking of paint or varnish, a fault to which plywood is subject.
Coursing, a sport old as the pyramids, is still popular today. Here’s a colorful story about it— and the sight-running hounds
Many Admirable Traits
Sport of the Past—and Future
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
Often when we think of gun dogs we picture the retrievers, the pointers, and the hounds which combine keen scenting powers and instinctive hunting traits with the skills they’ve learned from their trainers. They find game, wait for the gun to down it, and then bring it to the master’s outstretched hand.
Question: My Brittany spaniel will be 9½ months old by the time pheasant season rolls around. I’ve been training him to retrieve dummies, but do you think he will still be too young to retrieve live pheasants when the season opens?—R. A. Seem, Kans.
Question: What should be done for a dog that has been poisoned by strychnine or arsenic? —N. A. Benton, Minn. Answer: If a dog is suspected of having been poisoned, his stomach should be emptied immediately if possible. Table salt placed at the back of the tongue will induce vomiting.
Eddy trap. At foot of lower falls of the Yellowstone River, in Yellowstone National Park, there was until recently an eddy that trapped objects entering it. In 1930 a 20-ft. log floated round and round in it for the entire summer. In 1908 two runaway horses fell into eddy, their bodies still in harness whirled in it for months, were probably carried out by ice the following spring.
Here’s a Way the Elementary Schools Can Teach the ABC’s of Conservation
Safety Works Both Ways
Put Pollution Under Federal Control
A member of the faculty of a Southern university has suggested that conservation can be made a part of elementary education by a very simple expedient. He urges that school readers be revised so that, instead of children encountering such sentences as “I see a hen and the hen is on a nest,” they will be taught to read with something like “The river washes good land down to sea.