ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
HARD WORK—BUT FUN
DEER EAT GRASS?
IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE
SNAKE HUNTERS’ BIG DAY
TEXAS IS ALL RIGHT
BAD FOR VARMINT HUNTERS
ROAST TURKEY FOR ENERGY
HOW TO PREPARE CARP
GOOD SPORT EITHER WAY
SCRAPPING THE BUCK LAW
Editor Outdoor Life
Hats off to the writer of the editorial about the opening of the deer season. I have hunted deer for years and have read many articles of similar nature, but never one that depicted so truthfully and understandingly the real feelings of the deer hunter who hunts for the sport of hunting legally.
Here's the informtion—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!
A few months back OUTDOOR LIFE published a letter from an Idaho sportsman contending that the number of hunting accidents, in proportion to the total number of licensed hunters in this country, is not so large as many believe it to be—and certainly not so great as newspaper headlines would indicate.
My friend Hap Apple and his wife, Helen, have been making movies of scenery and fishing and wildlife for 10 or 12 years, but they expected little except scenery the morning they set off along a foot trail in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.
THERE are thousands of persons who, like myself, shoot ducks. I have not tried to understand all their motives, but I know we duck hunters are not the murderous barbarians that seme people suppose us to be. It isn’t easy to explain my theory in simple fashion; any argument I may adduce from the shooter’s point of view has little value.
Fifty years ago when Carl Abell was a very small lad he was inoculated with a blue-gill spine and the disease is still rampant. He de-developed all the symptoms, culminating some six years ago in the attempt of his wife and three sons to effect a cure.
After several lean years the pheasants are coming back pretty well all over their range—which, roughly, extends from an imaginary and irregular line running from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, northward to and beyond the Canadian border.
James Bay waveys are justly famous, but somehow we found the shooting almost too good, and it began to pall. Then Doc was inspired to ask for Canadas, and our guides obliged
Up the Harricanaw
No Blind, No Decoys
New Lock Covers Trigger
Where the northward-flowing Harricanaw River comes out of the bush country of Quebec into northern Ontario, to empty into the lower end of James Bay, it is split into two channels by a low swampy island grown up with willows and scrub aspen. You won’t find the place named on any map; but the Cree Indians know it, appropriately enough, as Willow Island.
Those strands of barbed wire forced us into a detour. It was only a few miles as the crow flies —but crows don’t lug deer
Red Riding Hood Wouldn’t Talk
Virgil Was Hell-bent for Buck
A Very Painful Memory
We might have discovered The Fence sooner if everyone hadn’t been working like beavers to get the camp set up before dark. Virgil and Ken had picked a handy spot for the big tent, a snug clearing in the cedars on a rise of ground smack on the edge of the swamp.
Because of his strength and ferocity, the bobcat (wildcat) has always been a favorite figure in hunting literature. The old frontier description of the man who could “whip his weight in wildcats” was an apt one. Muscular and active like all the cats, this vicious predator is a relentless foe of rabbits, squirrels, birds, and other small game.
They looked more like feather dusters than lures, and in fast water you never knew if they were dry or drowned. We were skeptical about them—until we began hooking those battling beauties
Might Have Possibilities
A Dry-fly Man Inspects Our Catch
CLAUDE M. KREIDER
AFTER thirty years of angling, it was in Pat Barnes’s little tackle shop in West Yellowstone, Montana, that Don and I found the right answer to a pressing problem one day last July. In this thriving village at the west entrance to Yellowstone Park you can talk trout, see trout, and almost catch trout any time of the day from June until late autumn.
Their guide didn’t want to take them hunting in that particular locale. “Try something easy—like lassoing eagles,” he advised. And another time, perhaps they will!
Luxury Cruise on a Raft
No Time to Waste
Two Shots, Going Away
Meat on the Shelf
Swinging for the Twin
ROBERT L. KELLOGG
No man can truly call himself a hunter until he’s bagged a British Columbia mountain goat. Now, wait a minute—I’m not bragging or looking for an argument; long before I set out to collect my own billy I realized what I’d be up against. Glenn Walters, my outfitter and guide, had sounded off on that while we were on a bear expedition.
Maybe we don’t grow the biggest reds and grays on earth, but as my next-door neighbor said when the shooting was all over, we grow 'em mighty tough!
We Suddenly Get Action
Little White Lick Creek meanders through our town of Danville, Ind., providing an excuse for a swinging bridge in the town park and a place where barefoot youngsters dangle their hooks for suckers in the spring and get in a spot of wading and swimming in the warm summer months.
For six leg-weary hours we followed that trail blind. Then with heart-stopping suddenness it happened. In plain view were two heads right out of a deer hunter’s dream
Six Hours—and Still Going
The Buck Wouldn’t Wait
S. OMAR BARKER
WHEN Hank and I raised our rifles it was exactly the kind of climactic, pulse-pounding moment that every hunter loves to remember—a shot at hard-to-get game, well worked for and earned. That morning, as the November sun first pinked the clean white world of timbered mountains swathed in a fresh eight-inch snow, Hank and I had separated on a long east-and-west ridge, aiming to hunt singly in this rough and woodsy neck of the New Mexico Rockies.
Panfish baits are tricky— and, we found, so are the anglers. But all that just adds to the fun when you stalk finicky fish
Signs of Bad Weather
Contact—Twelve Feet Down
We Decide to Call it Quits
Charley leaned over his tackle counter, turned on his most ingratiating smile, and confided with the air of one imparting a top secret, “You gotta give 'em white. I don’t know what those crappies are feeding on, but it must be something almost pure white.
Brother, I’m telling you the strict truth when I say there never was anything but water in that jug. It was just an ordinary brown earthenware one with a narrow neck and a small, curved handle. And by the time the tornado hit us it was empty. The tornado?
"Git set," Dad ordered. “Things will happen fast!" And they did when the old sourdough released his lead dog and the birds rocketed into the air. That was unique sport, crammed with action and surprises, and a startling prelude to a real adventure in near-arctic Alaska
Bird Dog Meets Bird Hunter
Waiting for the Winter
Yarns Spiced With Grayling
Fit for—at Least—a King
The tundra was afire with color that September 1 morning. Stepping briskly out of the arctic with buckets of freshly mixed paints, the Frost King had laid on the bright shades of autumn with a liberal brush. The waist-high willows along the creek beds were splashed with yellow and orange.
Broad tracks in the new snow indicated that the pair of animals were bulls, and hour after hour the two elk hunters webbed noiselessly after them. Game in the Island Park section was migrating from Yellowstone National Park at this season. Hunters were working the drift, and the meandering of individual animals for many miles each day was not unusual.
Today’s children must know the crisis our natural resources face. Here’s how you can tell them, in thirty words they won’t forget
Present the Pledge at Meetings!
Not quite three years ago, on December 7, 1946, a new movement, nationwide in scope, was launched to introduce conservation education in the schools of America. This was the historic day on which America’s Conservation Pledge was presented to the nation by OUTDOOR LIFE.
A popgun, Dad called the .30/30 I took out after elk. He changed his tune, though, before the end of that adventurous hunt
Laddy Hadn’t Figured on This
Action Across the Canyon
“Dead” Bull Comes to Life
Moose and Mo Strike a Hot Trail
Into a Black Void
The Saddle Was Empty
We Should Have Had That Bull
Which Way Would He Run?
He Was Worse Off Than I Was
HARRY C. AMES
A cross the river and far up the side of the mountain, a huge black moose strolled unconcernedly through an open patch of sunlit grass. The hard, checkered wood and the cool steel felt good to my fingers as I fondled my new .30/30 Winchester Model 64 and wondered if it would do.
Here's a worth-while conversion job that should appeal to every owner of that famous German military rifle, the 8 mm. Mauser Model 1898. For with the exception of some gunsmithing work on the action and the barrel—work that would have to be farmed out in any case—the whole undertaking is within the skill of the aver age home craftsman!
The .22 rimfires—answering most all the questions that arise about cartridges, trajectory, and performance on small game
For Expert or Beginner
The Lowly BB Cap
Long—and Long Rifle
Most .22’s are Misnamed
A Combination to Avoid
Velocity and Barrel Length
For Small Game Only!
The most popular cartridge in the world is the .22 rimfire in its various forms. It is the most-used target cartridge, fired wherever men are fascinated by the problem of putting bullets through paper, be it Argentina or Zanzibar. It is also the most widely used game cartridge and is used on everything from mice to moose and from grouse to gnu.
Here’s one solution to the problem of the sportsman who sits rigid and chilled alongside a deer runway, crouches muscle-cramped waiting for ducks to come in, or slowly freezes alongside his ice-fishing rig. It’s a new portable blind designed to ward off wind and driving rain.
Some time back, in a piece on the .270, I suggested the possibility of a 180-gr. bullet in that caliber for those who want really deep penetration on the heaviest game. Now George W. Robinson, Box 301, Brownfield, Tex., has come through with some samples.
Question: What’s happened to the Remington Model 720 bolt-action rifle? Before the war a bright future was predicted for it, and I’d like to get one in .30/06 caliber, but I can’t even find it listed any more.—Robert Hagen, Minn. Answer:
A de luxe custom sporting rifle to be sold through regular retail stores is being turned out by Weatherby’s, of South Gate, Calif. It will retail for $195 with iron sights (Lyman No. 48 and ramp front) and for $265 when equipped with a Stith 2 ½X Bear Cub scope on Buehler mounts.
A strike is no good unless you hook the fish. This article will help you to keep your hits from turning into misses
When to Strike a Running Fish
Don’t Let the Current Fool You
Wait for the Second Run
Trouble With the Esox Tribe
The Fish May Come Back for More
The way of a fish with a lure is not a cut-and-dried affair that can be set down in a formula. As in human behavior, there are many things that must be considered—such as the characteristics of the species and the size and mood of the individual fish.
Many anglers have reported that hip boots can help keep one afloat in case of a ducking, and Hugh Johnson, Y. M. C. A. swimming instructor of Portland, Oreg., has taken the trouble to demonstrate just how it is done. Fully clothed, wearing hip boots, and carrying a fishing rod, Johnson purposely fell off a fishing dock.
Do suckers in a trout stream—and most Northern streams have them in abundance—mean better or poorer trout fishing? Anglers differ on that question. One group contends that suckers are the born foes of trout, gobbling up spawn off the beds, taking food that is needed to maintain the trout supply at high levels, and otherwise interfering with their betters.
It’s simple, easy to make, inexpensive, but long on convenience for many types of angling. Besides stowing a heap of gear it provides a very comfortable seat
GLENN W. FISH
Here’s a tackle bucket you can make easily and inexpensively. It can’t rust, it won’t fill with sand, and it doubles as a seat. Although especially useful to surf casters, it’s convenient whether you fish from shore, bridge, or boat. The basic requirement is a suitable wooden bucket.
Have you dropped any hints about what you’d like as Christmas gifts? Surely there’s something you want in the line of tackle, instead of the usual hackneyed presents. And you wives and sweethearts: why not put out a few “feeler” questions ?
One of the best baits for taking bluegills through the ice is the small white grub found in galls or swellings on goldenrod stems. Winter bluegills often go for these grubs in a big way when they are turning up their noses at red worms, wigglers, and other lures.
Question: What is the safest way to remove a slight bend in a fly rod?—Kurt Boettger, Oreg. Answer: A slight set can usually be taken out of a split-bamboo joint by applying very mild heat and then flexing the bamboo in the opposite direction with the fingers.
For traveling in snow, the modern sportsman still relies on three inventions of primitive man —toboggan, snowshoes, skis
Sled of Many Uses
Stow the Cargo Snugly
Age-Old Snow Footgear
An All-purpose Snowshoe
MAURICE H. DECKER
Active outdoorsmen needn’t be immobilized by winter snow. No matter whether it is heavy or light, it can be traveled easily and pleasantly with the right gear. Invented by primitive people, our present winter trail equipment has never been excelled for real utility.
A bedroll containing loose possessions is a temptation to petty thieves when it is in transit or lying about in storage or in camp. It’s safer if it’s locked up so that a light-fingered gent can’t get into it by simply undoing a few knots and hitches.
2 cups cooked, mashed potatoes 2 tbsp. dehydrated onions 5 cups milk 4 tbsp. butter ¼ tsp. pepper 1 tsp. salt Cook onions in butter until light brown. Add milk (blend first with water if powdered milk is used), mashed potatoes, and seasonings.
To transport rabbits conveniently, lacking a carrier or game pocket, link the carcasses together. Slit one animal’s hind leg between tendon and bone. Draw the hind leg of a second rabbit through this slit. Cut the other hind leg of the second rabbit (just as you did the first), and push a hind leg of the third animal through the slit.
Here’s a tip on cooling your canteen—and the water in it. Wash out a woolen sock and, while it’s still wet, stretch it over the outside of the canteen. After it dries, trim it so that it reaches to about 1 in. from the top of the canteen. (This will keep lint away from your mouth.)
Outboards not permitted? Don’t let it worry you. Here are a number of craft any one of which will provide plenty of fun
Fit Your Boat to Its Waters
Different Types, Different Virtues
Exploring Small Streams
Fuel Tank for an Outboard
Rig for Boat Fishermen
J. A. EMMETT
On many a small lake throughout the country local ordinances forbid the use of outboard motors. As a result, near-by residents often feel they have little chance of getting any boating pleasure. Actually there are any number of craft other than outboard-motor boats that can be used on such waters, and often an owner will find that he can get more fun out of one of these craft than he could possibly have with an outboard.
The handsome scow-type houseboat shown below was built by O. R. Browne, Raleigh, N. C., from plans published in OUTDOOR LIFE (December 1947). The builder and his family have made a number of extensive cruises of North Carolina’s rivers and sounds, using an outboard motor for propulsion.
A vibration dampener is an added feature on a safety mount for outboard motors. Bonded to a stainless-steel plate (which protects the transom of the boat) is a section of processed rubber which cushions the plate and absorbs vibration. A well-made and comfortable boat seat of aluminum, with kapok-filled cushions, comes in swivel and rigid models.
Some practical, useful facts on feeding and training a beagle —and interesting comment on the versatility of the breed
Qualities of a Good Pup
Trust the Kennel Man
Vitamins are Essential
Yard Training Helps
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
The beagle has gained enormously in popularity in recent years in this country, a development reflected by the numerous inquiries I receive from owners of these miniature hounds. Most of the questions concern the general care of the dog and training in the field.
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.
No pockets. Ray Walker, Michigan conservation officer, caught angler in the nude fishing the Carp River. Obvious that fisherman couldn’t have license on person as required by law. Fine—$12.80 . . . Tarheel black panthers. Early last September five black panthers were sighted in full daylight on highway near Stumpy Point, N. C. Occupants of an automobile were able to drive within 25 yd. of beasts.
Beef--or Venison? Scientific Crime Detection May Trap the Poacher
Don’t Leave Your Manners at Home
We want you to keep in mind the statement, “The Game-Law Violator is a Thief,” which we have made on this page and elsewhere in recent issues. We intend publishing this, month after month, because it’s time that everybody called a spade a spade in this sneaking business of stealing what fish and game we have left.