ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
COUPLE OF GOOD SPORTS
THINGS COULD BE WORSE
WELLS FOR FISHING BOATS
PROTECT THE COUGAR?
A BELLYFUL OF .270
SHOOT FIRST, TALK LATER
NUTS TO WILD TURKEYS
To the Editor Outdoor Life: For years the controversy has raged as to who starts the fires in the mountains during hunting season. No answer to this question is proposed in this letter, but I do want to extend the Forest Service's thanks to "a couple of buck hunters"—and to the many others who do as they did.
Nearly everything is outsize in that spectacular mountain section of British Columbia—including cross-country shooting at its big game!
The Country Was Made for Sheep
Tracks—But No Ram
Had the game animals of the Cascade Mountains of southwestern British Columbia been able to set out sentries, that late-September day, they would have received a frightening report indeed. Their haunts were being invaded by a party of terrifying might, seven hunters armed with topnotch rifles in some of the most deadly calibers —.270, .30/06, .25, and .300 Magnum.
There it was, a rack to stir any one's heart! But who would take it—the veteran who had waited so long or his greenhorn friend?
Just a Little Forkhorn
He Was Giving Me the Shot!
The Thrill That Comes But Once
This is the story of how one hunter made a friend for life. I'm the friend; "Jelly" Gatewood is the hunter; and when you read what follows you'll begin to see why my chest swelled when he referred to me as his pal. In a sense, I suppose, I followed Jelly around like a puppy in the early days of our acquaintance.
Neither cold nor gloom nor rain could prevent these two anglers from discovering a cardinal truth: the fishing season is never over while you can still get a strike
Revenge on the Bluegills
A Bigmouth Full of Beans
Would the Hooks Last?
Sure I like squirrel hunting," George agreed. "But not in this weather." "Fox squirrels will be moving around this afternoon," I argued. "Maybe," he conceded, grudgingly. Then he turned a jaundiced eye aloft, where a raw northeast wind was sending low clouds scudding across the Michigan sky.
Rarely does the mountain goat risk a descent from the heights to the stalking ground of the cougar. And even more rarely is a man on hand to witness the onslaught of the killer, the losing struggle for survival
A Cougar Had the Scent
The wariest of our North American big-game animals! That's the way quite a few experienced hunters rate the mountain goat. Those of you who have gone out after him know how elusive he can be. And you also know how fast he can be—and how incredibly sure-footed — when he takes to the heights in alarm.
Not many left now, but if you want real shooting, find yourself a prairie-dog town. They're mighty wary targets, those little critters. To hit 'em requires a first-rate rifle—and a rifleman to match
Hitting Below the Belt
Good Shooting Stands
The Doggie Exploded
A Cast-iron Target
For several weeks three of us had been combing the South Dakota range-land areas, west of the big, muddy Missouri, in a determined search for a sizable prairie-dog town. The grizzled old rancher of whom we inquired shook a despondent head.
"The kings are in!" When the word gets around, even Seattle business men find time to get out on the bay
Didn't Want a Good Plug
A Boat Really Scares Them
The long pier throbbed with pre—dawn activity under the glare of floodlights. Men queued up to rent boats or tackle, or to buy a dozen herring for bait. Greetings were shouted from one to another. A crew of furiously working attendants hauled out the racked-up rowboats, tossed in oars and a fisherman or two, and shoved them out on the dark waters of Elliott Bay.
El Barrego was obviously a nut; no sane man would trail a cougar by moonlight! Here's the rollicking tale of one who did just that—with astonishing results
Job for a Lion Hunter
"At Las' He is Come!"
Although the sound was little more than a low, guttural sigh, it jerked Al and me awake like a pistol shot. I sat up in my bunk. “What in the world’s that?” I asked uneasily. My rancher friend rolled up in his blankets and covered his head. “Oh, it’s just the frisky colts playin’ around in the corral—I hope," he muttered in a sleep-drugged voice.
Would a bloody feud ruin two great pointers —and a man's lifelong dream? It looked that way, until a boy turned tragedy into triumph
Now for the Show-down
"He'll Do to Drown"
Not an Apt Scholar
The Real Test—in Action
Teamwork That Paid Off
Nope," I said emphatically, "this is one feud I intend to stay out of." Dan McGinty's eyes were as hard and bright as fresh-chipped flint. "What're you trying to do," he demanded, "leave me in this alone? You__" "Whoa!" I said. "Steady, podner.
Believe in the old adage about an ill wind? Then consider this chain of events: sick setter pups, a wet nurse, an invitation, and a new hunting career!
More Corn at the Lake
Bill Got Action
Didn't Mean Coon Hunters
Majestic Canine Music
They say there's a time for everything, and if ever there was a time for coon hunting it was that November night when I drove down from Lexington, Ky., to Harrodsburg to keep my date with Earl Dean. It had rained all day in the bluegrass country of central Kentucky, and a wild wind had whipped the dead leaves off the trees, sent them scurrying through the streets like coveys of small, brown quail, and piled them up in sodden windrows in the yards and fence corners.
A veteran guide shows how woods savvy and infinite patience pay off in a sparring match with a wise Canadian white-tail
PHIL H. MOORE
The man from Hackensack wrote: "Can you guarantee me a buck if I hunt out of your camp? I've been trying to get a deer for three years—and I haven't even seen one!" The answer was simple: no guarantees. I pointed out that the maritime provinces of eastern Canada are full of deer, that I can guide a hunter into the general vicinity of some, and that I can offer good advice on how to get one.
He moves sluggishly about—ruining trees that shelter game and birds. So he's worth the attention of a man with shotgun or rifle
Can't Figure Them Out
Lo the Poor Porky—He Hasn't a Friend in the World, and He Doesn't Want Any
REUBEN R. CROSS
Give it to him! Give him another one!" my dad would shout as our neighbor Charlie Hall aimed his well-kept old Flobert rifle and put a .22 short into the midriff of a huge porcupine which my two brothers and I had discovered high in a giant hemlock.
Small, compact, and tidy, this sled will provide a multitude of conveniences for the man who likes to go out, of a winter's day, and fish through the ice. It combines a comfortable seat for those long waits; a lantern compartment for warming frost nipped hands during the day and providing light at night; another compartment to hold personal and fishing gear; and still a third for fish.
Pioneers in the nation's fight for better fishing, hunting, and living, sportsmen by the thousands are bringing powerful new support to America’s Conservation Pledge in an all-out effort to save our natural resources. In many states, vigilant clubs and individuals are having the Pledge put on display in their communities—in schools, clubs, stores, offices, and homes —where its message drives the meaning and importance of conservation into the minds of those who never before regarded it as their problem.
Burk, my 13-year-old son, had the black bear square in the cross hairs of his scope. The bear was feeding in a blueberry patch on the tundra and Burk was sprawled on the crest of a low ridge 100 yards away. Twenty feet behind him, on the slope of a hummock, Bud Branham, our guide, was stretched on his belly, holding a movie camera steady on boy and bear.
By using dehydrated foods, you can EAT HEARTY -but travel light!
EMIL E. BRODBECK
When you back-pack, why carry a lot of excess, useless weight? Most campers do—and nine times out of ten that excess weight is food. As you jot down the items you plan to take on a camping trip they don't seem to amount to much, but it's a different story when you have to lug them mile after mile on your back.
Most hunters have long realized that the points on a deer's antlers are no indication of the animal's age. Mule deer usually blossom forth with forks when they are yearlings, but on the other hand they may have only spikes. Again, but rarely, fine three-pointers (all mention of points is Western count) turn up that are only a year old.
The wax-covered paper used to wrap bread makes an excellent fire kindler. Compress the paper into compact rolls about 3 in. long, and tie them with string. A dozen rolls take very little room in a pack, and one wrapper will start most fires.
One thing about varmints—you may start shooting them with a low-cost outfit but you'll wind up with the best you can buy!
.22 Rimfire Poor for the Job
Good Scopes for the Hornet
To Shoot, You Must See
1-in. Groups at 200 Yd.!
JACK O'CONNOR, Advising anyone on the selection of a varmint rifle is a little like telling a man how to choose a bride; different people look for different qualities. One man may be content to shoot within 150 yd., whereas another wouldn’t be caught dead knocking off a chuck at less than 200.
Here's an additional note on "A Gun Cabinet You'll Want to Build," Sportsman's Work Bench feature in the October, 1949, OUTDOOR LIFE. To adapt the cabinet to long-barrelled shotguns, make the following changes in dimensions: back piece, 60 in.
Grouse are often heard drumming in Fred Graves's wood lot near Cavalier, N. Dak., but few residents had ever seen one of the elusive birds. Not until one autumn day in 1948, that is, when a ruffed grouse alighted in the Graves's yard—and remained there.
Question: The expressman has just delivered a surplus Army Springfield for which I paid $15. The breech is stamped "U.S. Rock Island Arsenal—Model 1903—388,288." On the barrel it says "S.A. 6-29." What is the correct ammu nition to use, and is the rifle safe to shoot as is?
A picture of a boy and his dog is a favorite theme for artists and photographers. But a picture of a boy, his dog, and his gun might seem recklessly incongruous from a safety-first standpoint when you consider that the little lad shown here is only 5 years old and that the .22 rifle he is holding is, as he expresses it, his “very” own.
A practical program to build good will between farmers and sportsmen is being carried on by the Sportsman’s Co-operative Association of Lake County, Ill. Cards containing the telephone numbers of the association have been given to the 1,800 members of the County Farm Bureau to hang in their homes.
A lantern and a wooden box will keep away the shivers while you are sitting outdoors in cold, damp weather on a fishing or hunting trip. Get an apple box or similar container and bore a lot of holes in one end. To keep warm, place the box with the holes up and set the lighted lantern inside.
Should you lose your cartridge belt while on a hunting trip, you can easily alter an ordinary leather belt to take its place. Lay the belt out flat on a smooth surface and make a number of horizontal, parallel slits in it with a safety-razor blade or a sharp knife.
Because I've long wanted to settle in my own mind what the best twist of rifling for the .270 with various bullet weights really is, I undertook to experiment a little. Previously I'd had disappointing results with the 100-gr. bullet in two .270 rifles with the standard 1-in-lO-in.
There are times when only a spoon will produce strikes. Here's the dope on basic patterns—where, when, and how to use them
Light Spoons for Fly Rods
You May Get a Thrill
A Popular Old-time Lure
A Wounded-bird Effect
Spoons of all types are top performers in the artificial class. They consistently attract and catch both game fish and non-game varieties. No angler's kit is complete without an assortment of such lures; how many he'll need will depend on his fishing interests.
This method of minnow fishing for trout may be old stuff in some parts of the country, but it was new to me—and it gets results. Attach a light leader to your line with a swivel and tie a small loop in the end of the leader. Take a large darning needle (I swiped one from my wife) and file away one side of the eye to leave a hook.
Here is a way to repair a broken hollow steel rod when you can't get to a repair shop. Find a piece of steel wire about 4 in. long and as near the inside diameter of the rod as possible, and push the broken ends over it. If the wire is a fairly snug fit, the rod will not come apart in ordinary use.
A miniature, electric-powered boat that permits an angler to stand on shore and troll the middle of a lake or river is now being marketed. The fisherman lets out enough line to reach the desired trolling depth, hooks it onto the boat's electric switch, and then pays out more line from his reel as the boat moves out on the water.
The money received from the sale of fishing licenses cannot pay the cost of raising fish of legal size to provide daily limits to all anglers. Fishermen are increasing faster than fish can be supplied by nature and conservation measures combined.
Most of the comforts of home have been provided for rambling anglers and hunters in a "house on wheels" which is a modification of the now-familiar "parcel delivery" type of truck. The vehicle is mounted on a Ford chassis of either 104 or 122-in.
One hundred and twenty years devoted to making tackle for American anglers! That's the combined record of the two men seated in the picture above. They are: L. W. Griffiths (left), secretary of the Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Akron, Ohio, and Chris Schill, a department head.
Here's a neat, easy way to skin a fish. Cut off its head, remove its entrails, and then put it either in your home freezer or the freezing compartment of your refrigerator. When it has frozen solid, remove it from the freezer, pour boiling water over it-and you'll find you can peel off the skin as easily as peeling a banana.
Marshmaflow candy makes an excellent carp and buffalo bait. It requires no mixing or cooking, and you can buy a good supply of it very cheaply. To use the marshmallow, pinch off a carp-size bait and roll it between your fingers into a ball.
Small grasshoppers make good bait for crappies and bass, but they're hard to catch. After trying to walk close enough to grab them—and failing—I got a bright idea. I wired a fly swatter to the end of a long cane. Then I was able to get close enough to swat them.
Question: Is it possible to cast dry flies with a spinning rod?-John Rottschafer, Mich. Answer: Combining a fly rod and a spinning rod is like combining a heavy fly rod and a light one. You can make it work, but it isn't the best you could have for either job.
Have you tried power-lining for horned pout, fat sunfish, or pickerel? It’s a sort of lazy-man’s method, requiring just a single cast for a whole afternoon of fishing in one spot. After you make that cast, you can bring in your catch, rebait your hooks, and send them out again to productive waters without further heaving effort.
You can easily make these soft Ojibway moccasins and enjoy solid foot comfort on the trail or in the home
MAURICE H. DECKER
About 20 years ago a trapper friend of mine traveled overland from Alaska to the United States. He used a boat or raft whenever possible, but most of the long journey was just plain walking. In order to conserve his single pair of low-top hiking boots, this man made moccasins along the trail from time to time with hides he trapped or shot or traded from the Indians.
For Better Fishing and Hunting . . . ORGANIZE A SPORTSMEN'S CLUB!
To promote conservation and ensure better fishing and hunting for all, sportsmen must work together. If you don't have a club in your community, why not organize one? You'll find many who are eager to join. As a service to its readers OUTDOOR LIFE offers a special handbook, How to Form a Sportsmen's Club.
More outdoor cooks should adopt this Italian recipe. It’s dandy for hunting camps where hearty appetites are the rule, not the exception. Bring 7 cups of water to a brisk boil and slowly add 1 1/2 cups corn meal, stirring constantly. Season with 1 1/2 tsp.
Question : I’m looking for a good waterproofing compound, but I want one that won’t soften my hunting boots so that they stretch out of shape. What do you suggest?—Robert A. Case, Wash. Answer: Neat’s-foot oil is as good a dressing as any for boots and shoes.
Tire-tube patching makes an effective repair for holes in tents or water bags. Clean the surface around the break thoroughly with gasoline and let it dry. Apply two coats of the rubber cement which comes with the patching kit, scraping each before it dries so as to maintain an even surface.
Toughest part of boatbuilding is obtaining the right materials. This guide tells you what you need and shows you how to get it
Lumber to Avoid
If You Can't Get Oak
Other Types of Cedar
J. A. EMMETT
Nowadays the hardest part of building a boat is getting the right materials. If you use inferior stuff a lot of things can go wrong. Warped or crooked-edged pieces used for the form can cost time and accuracy. Knots, cross grain, or bad checks can cause breakage in members that must be twisted or bent, or, worse still, can cause these pieces to fail after they've been fastened to other members.
When building a boat, you will find it easier and more convenient to preshape parts like the stem or frames around rough forms, rather than to bend them in the process of assembly. Preshaping involves heating and softening of the wood. Set an oil drum, from which the top has been removed, upon stones or bricks so that you can build a fire underneath it.
Question: I have a lightweight plywood boat 12 ft. long, 44 in. wide in the center, and 261/2 in. wide at the stern. When driven by my 5-horsepower outboard it squats too much in the stern and doesn't give the speed I'd like. Is there any way to correct this?-George W. Keller, Ill.
Man's interest (and woman's too) in the subject of knots goes way back to the day when Eve decided to wear a fig leaf. The Bible doesn't describe the knot she used to secure it, but it's a cinch she tied one. Since those wonderfully simple days, the experts have been trying to complicate every phase of our life—including the number and variety of knots.
More facts on the beagle—how to prepare him for the field by correcting his mistakes and developing his specialties
If He's Diverted by Deer
No Escape for Pheasants
C. BLACKBURN MILLER
Last month I discussed the selection and early training of the beagle. That, of course, is only half the story since the value of any gun dog is based on his performance on game. And that, in turn, depends upon more advanced training—and on the sportsman's understanding of the dog's capabilities as well as his limitations.
Question : Would you advise me how to select a female Brittany spaniel which I can train for pheasant hunting?—S. P. Schnell, N. Dak. Answer: Get a strong, rugged type of dog which, at maturity, will be from 17 to 19 in. high. Study her expression.
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.
Tough doe. Last fall Manford Hart, Wellsboro, Pa., hit a doe with his automobile. Doe lay in road apparently dead. Hart lifted it into the trunk of his car and, trying without success to get in touch with the local game protector, appealed to Perley Lawton, a Wellsboro policeman, for advice as to what to do.
That portion of Montana's Madison River referred to in this summary is the stretch from Hebgen Dam on down to the mouth of the West Fork. If you are going to be in the Yellow-stone country around July 1 be sure to spend a day or two on this part of the river.
Big-game hunting in the Hawaiian Islands consists mostly of drives for wild pigs and goats, though there is some deer hunting on the island of Molokai. Roping wild cattle in the forests is a real thriller for the venturesome. There also is bird shooting on all the islands.
Fishing for smalimouth and large-mouth bass and wall-eyes in Summers County, W. Va., is really something, according to Charles E. Skidmore, resident of that county. The Greenbrier, Bluestone, and New Rivers are all good fishing streams.
All through central Texas there is plenty of fishing for black bass, which sometimes goup to 12 lb. The many artificial lakes all give excellent fishing. There are three large ones near Fort Worth, two near Dallas, two near Austin, one near Waco, and several near San Antonio.
Death of the Dingell Bill: Another Case of Politics vs. Conservation
Help the Birds Through the Winter
This pledge should be recited regularly by school children and by all patriotic groups to inspire every American to save our irreplaceable natural resources Estimates of the loss of wounded deer in various states run from 10 to 25 percent of the number shot every hunting season.