WE WERE up by Stump Mountain last fall and stopped in to see Old Man Whipple. He was in good form, as usual. "Bub," he bellered, "What kinda car’s that you’re drivin’?” “Nash Airflyte,” we said. “Thought so,” the old man snorted. “Well, by thunder, I’m opposed to it!” “Name something invented since 1900 that you aren't opposed to,” we said.
ANY SPORTSMAN'S SUBJECT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN? WE PRINT AS MANY OF YOUR LETTERS AS WE CAN
CONSERVATION POSTAGE STAMPS
LEARNED HIS LESSON
SWISS LIKE PIKE
BUCK FORGOT DOE
NOT IN THE SMOKIES
DECAL HELPS SPOT CAR
RESTFUL SQUIRREL HUNTING
TESTS FOR HUNTERS
Quit Work and Like It
The True Sportsman
Necessity for Conservation
I noticed your editorial about conservation postage stamps, and wish to report that the National Wildlife Federation has been trying for the last 10 years to convince the U. S. Post Office Department that wildlife or conservation postage stamps should be designed and printed.
Below are fifteen groups of words related to the great outdoors. You have seen every word many times in OUTDOOR LIFE. In each group is one word that doesn’t belong there. Can you scan the list and pick out the alien words? An informed sportsman, active or armchair, should get twelve or more.
The first time I ever hunted Dall sheep—those beautiful snow-white rams with golden eyes and yellow horns—was up in the glaciers around the head of the White River, near where the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory is jammed right up against Alaska.
Just one moment of carelessness brought down upon him the most agonizing experience a man can endure—and still live
Plan to hunt Alaska brown bears someday? Then listen to me. Perhaps you'll learn something—something that I thought I had learned after forty years of hunting and guiding in brown-bear country. Oh, I knew the score all right. I’ve been around the big bears long enough to realize that they are savage, unpredictable brutes.
It was a dreamy, drowsy spring day, and the rainbows were reluctant to take a lure. But my partner insisted on teaching me a lesson that shocked both me and my pocketbook
And So to Sleep
Second Leg on a Dollar
Should Have Stayed Asleep
Glen said that most fish are smarter than people. He didn’t mention me specifically but he was looking right at me. We don’t always agree —in fact I can’t remember when we ever did—but we have a lot of fun arguing and I still hope that someday I’ll be able to teach Glen a few rudimentary facts about catching trout.
BIGGEST land animal on the face of the earth—and often one of the most elusive. A placid, sleepy-looking brute one instant—and a raging maniac the next. That’s the huge African elephant, a beast that has gripped man’s imagination from the beginning of time.
More and more sportsmen and conservationists are advocating sport-fishing licenses for the salt waters along the Atlantic Coast. At present the only states which require licenses for salt-water sport fishing are California and Louisiana.
I had hung my mouth open to speak when Ernest's warning gesture stopped me. He had that absurd little .22 revolver-thing cocked and ready. I swung around to cover a run-way at his left and we waited motionless. Here we were again, the old rivalry still intact, but today I had a real advantage—or thought I had.
Ever see a dog hunt quail, and ducks and geese besides, on the same day? It works for us— maybe it will for you too!
Triple Threat-by Accident
Score Three on the Rise
Bob walked around one side of the clump of mesquite trees, while Rene and I circled it the other way. When we came within view of Bob again he was standing waiting for us. Not far in front of him was Prince, on point. Rene and I moved up.
When you play a buck on his home grounds, the brushy woods, he makes the rules. But catch him in your kind of country—well, he may make the rules anyway!
How I Got My Wish
Real Grandpas—But Where?
Two Men on Maneuvers
Waterproofing Felt Hats
The deer leaped from his bed almost at my feet. But as he slammed away through the dense stand of low scrub oak in headlong flight, all I could see of him was his big rack—and that only at the crest of each jump! For an instant disappointment gripped me, but then my spirits rose.
Big fish in rough water... HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO GET 'EM!
To see what is perhaps the most fantastic, death-defying fresh-water fishing any man can undertake, watch Erne St. Claire of Portland, Oregon, in action! Dissatisfied with landing only one Chinook salmon out of fifty hooked on his spinning tackle, he decided to fight the fish right in their own element, even though it meant following them through man-killing cascades, whirlpools, and rock-infested rapids.
California has a mystery that is baffling its hunters. It also has a chance to find out why ringnecks thrive under terrific hunting pressure in one section and fail dismally to take hold in another
Something Wrong Somewhere!
The Birds Know What They Like
One Big Question Mark
It’s a vast stretch, is California's Imperial Valley, and a region of strange and violent contrasts. Lying below sea level, it stretches northwestward from the Mexican border, splitting the southern-California mountain country in two for about 100 miles.
Quail dogs? Well, if Old Lemon wasn't the best that ever lived, my gun has a square barrel. Gil Branson owned him, and Gil was the only one he'd work for. You could be hunting shoulder to shoulder with Gil, but Lemon would never raise a point till you were looking the other way.
In Rochester, N. Y., 3,000 employees of the Eastman Kodak Company recently adopted America’s Conservation Pledge at two conservation rallies sponsored jointly by the company and one of its employee groups, the Kodak Park Association Fishing Club.
Tramping across the rock-strewn, snowy beach of Crane Island with two companions that bitter-cold winter morning, on his way to the rough shore ice and the lake-trout grounds beyond, Lewis Sweet had no warning of what grim fate the next seven days had in store for him, no intimation that before the week was up his name would be on the lips of people and the front pages of newspapers across the whole country.
With a few hours of easy work and a few dollars’ worth of materials, you can equip yourself with a grub box that makes it a pleasure to prepare and eat meals on camping trips. Folded for stowing in the trunk of a car, it measures only about 18 x 18 x 24 in., yet holds a surprising amount of food, cooking equipment, and mess gear.
Choke boring in the shotgun: how it is achieved, what it does, and how you may pick the right type for your shooting
No "Doughnuts" Wanted!
Forget That Dime
Pattern is What Counts
Various Methods—Same End
Small Patterns Are Chancy
Easily Made Recoil Pad
The .303 British Rifle—and Some of its Offshoots
Help Spread the Message of Conservation!
Long-range Varmint Rifle
The discovery of choke as a means of controlling shotgun patterns was one of the few really revolutionary developments in the history of the scattergun. Until choke was discovered, all barrels were bored true cylinder, a straight hole all the way through, as large at the muzzle as at the breech.
Question: I'd like to finish a rifle stock. Is it necessary to use a filler on the wood before applying linseed oil?—C. F. Rutherford, Md. Answer: Perhaps the best method is to first apply a coat of spar varnish. When it is dry, sand it right down to the surface, so that all the grain will be filled.
A man, in applying for accident insurance, stated that he was a piano tuner. Later, while his policy was in force, he went on a hunting trip and accidentally shot himself, inflicting a serious wound. The insurance company refused to pay him bene fits, so he sued.
Grandfather started the whole thing. When my brother Bill and I were kids, he used to tell us stories about his hunting adventures, and they were something to stir the blood. I believed everything he said, all but one thing— his description of how he’d call up a bull moose.
One of the best ways of doping the range when you see a big-game animal broadside is to compare its body thickness, from top of shoulder to bottom of chest, with something of known width. For instance, I have often used a 4-minute Lee dot in a 2½X scope for this purpose.
If a certain silvertip in the Yukon had acted according to rule when the author stumbled across him with only a camera in his hands—then you just wouldn’t be reading this amazing yarn
Big Wolf's Track
LOUIS D. McGREGOR
There are no hard and fast rules of behavior among wild animals. No hunter, however experienced, can forecast with complete certainty what an animal is going to do in a given situation. And of all the big game of the North American continent, the bear ranks easily as the most unpredictable.
According to tradition, buck fever is a good deal like German measles— it hits its victims young, then makes them immune for the rest of their lives. We are all familiar with the story of the lad who, upon seeing his first buck, gets the shakes so badly that it is impossible for him to pull the trigger.
More than 800 motion-picture films on fishing, hunting, travel, nature, and kindred subjects are listed in the newly revised and expanded booklet, Free Movies for Sportsmen's Clubs, prepared by OUTDOOR LIFE as a service to its readers.
Acontinued and needlessly loud clamoring for action on the mourning-dove situation indicates that most sportsmen still don’t know about the census. The dove census isn’t the total answer, but it certainly will help. In case you don’t know about it, rural mail carriers have combined hunting with toting the mail.
Despite the fact that head shots often result in quick kills on big game, they are a good thing to lay off of as a rule. One reason is that the head-shot animal is usually a dreadful-looking sight, and if it is a trophy animal the head is ruined. More important, the head shot is fatal only if the bullet strikes the brain or comes very close to it.
Spinning tackle puts new sport in panfishing—and lets you work the difficult waters where other gear often fails
A Real Go-getter
Have the Right Lure
Multiple Hooks Get Snagged
The angler who considers panfish beneath his notice may be missing out on a lot of sport, as well as good eating. Perhaps he associates the little skillet-size fish only with the cane pole, which doesn’t permit a very sporty fight. But the advent of spinning tackle has opened new vistas in panfishing.
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.
The efficient panfish lure shown above is simply a triangular-shaped piece of yellow chamois skin impaled on a No. 8 or 10 fly hook. Dip the tip of the chamois in mercurochrome (or any bright stain or dye) to give it a bit of color. Secret of the lure is its motion in the water.
Many good fly fishermen now use a floating line to fish wet flies as well as dry ones. By using a leader at least 6 ft. long when fishing wet, they get the fly down deep enough for it to be effective under practically all fishing conditions. A fly line that floats has several important advantages over one that sinks.
It was a naturalist of the Marine Biological Laboratory, of Woods Hole, Mass., who gave me the idea. I watched him use a “waterglass” to find undersea specimens in Buzzards Bay. When I saw what he could do with it—well, I just had to have one of my own to find fish!
Question: What are the advantages of a glass fly rod over the conventional type made of bamboo?—C. Gordon Bell, N. Y. Answer: A glass rod is more durable and retains its original action, whereas the bamboo becomes more and more whippy as time goes by.—R. B.
Should fishing for rainbow trout be permitted during the spawning season? Many correspondents have objected to the practice, particularly in New York State. I have always felt that such angling does no harm to the rainbow population, but to get an official opinion I wrote to the New York State Conservation Department.
It’s great to have a stove along, if you can manage it. But make the most of whichever fuel you choose—gasoline or wood
Determining Fuel Consumption
Be Wary of Leaded Gas
Handle Fuel With Care
Guard Inflammable Fabrics
MAURICE H. DECKER
A camp stove may not be so romantic as an open fire but under certain conditions it's more practical. A wood burner, for instance, produces plenty of heat even from a poor quality of timber and uses less of it. No other device available to campers is so effective and safe to warm cold, damp tents and to dry wet clothing.
It takes only 15 minutes to cook this hearty breakfast or luncheon dish. ¼ cup chopped onion 6 eggs ¼ cup fat ¼ cup catchup 1 No. 2 can succotash 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper Heat fat in a skillet and add eggs, stirring them to mix up yolks and whites.
A good job doesn't require much more effort, and it adds immeasurably to the appearance and tightness of the walls. Here, also, are some hints on how to get the best results out of poor timber
Working With Slabbed Logs
Oil Protects the Mortar
J. A. Emmett
You’ll get more satisfaction and comfort out of your log cabin if you plan some of its details before you start to build. Chinking is a case in point. You may dismiss it as a minor matter and do a hit-or-miss job. I have seen the beauty of many cabins ruined by unsightly chinking, with uneven blobs of plaster sometimes held in place by furring strips.
Question: What effect does freezing have on eggs, bacon, smoked ham, fresh meat, and canned goods? Your readers may be interested to know that there is a "flash treatment" for preserving eggs which consists of plunging the eggs into boiling water for 5 seconds and then letting them cool.
Start repairs and upkeep work right now! Follow these suggestions, and you’ll be ready to go places early next spring
Start Out With Small Repairs
Substitutes Can be Costly
Charts for Local Waters
Local Groups Make Charts
J. A . EMMETT
For a shrewd guess, 90 percent of the small-boat owners in this country do their own maintenance work. They find repairing, painting, varnishing, and making minor improvements a pleasure. A new owner, however, often expects to be able to have his craft serviced as he would a car.
Here’s a practical livebox or bait well that can be installed easily in a flat-bottomed fishing skiff. Its top forms the center seat, but the ends of the well are kept in about 6 in. from the sides of the boat. This makes it easier to get a watertight job and leaves room for storing oars.
Question: I go out on lakes that are 50 to 200 miles long and up to 5 miles wide. They have a current that rolls back into whitecaps when the wind is against it. Does this actually make the waves larger than they’d be without the current, or do they just look that way? — H. D. Jackson, N. C.
Common faults in the field, from gun-shyness all the way to false pointing, and advice on how best to correct them
Food Under Fire
Seeing it His Way
Appearances Can be Misleading
Check of Pheasant Bags Shows Dogs are Big Help
A while back, in two articles on training bird dogs for the field, I devoted some space to failure to honor point or to retrieve but touched only lightly on what to do if other short-comings develop. Now to bear down hard on some of the problems most often met with—gun-shyness, blinking, faulty nose, stealing point, trailing, false pointing, pottering, cutting back, and so on.
Question: I have noticed that many hunters simply take their beagles into likely-looking cover, turn them loose, and wait until they find and start driving a rabbit—in other words, they let their hounds do all the hunting. However, I like to hunt along with my dog, and am trying to train him to range near me as we move through the woods, something in the manner of a bird dog. Many times I have been the one to kick a rabbit out of cover and could thus quickly put the dog on its trail.
Question: My spaniel has a skin infection around the hind legs and tail. The raw sores are very hard to heal. Can you suggest a remedy?—Mrs. H. Norman, Minn. Answer: Apply a 3 percent mixture of salicylic acid in olive oil to the affected parts daily for a week. Then bathe the dog, using Castile soap or soap flakes.
Anybody lost a moose? Bull moose, wearing 40-in. spread of antlers, showed up last fall at edge of Troy, N. Y., wandered northward. These big animals have been extinct in state for about 50 years, and no one knows where this specimen came from.
For Wildlife Habitat, You Can’t Beat the Old-fashioned Brushpile
Demand Adequate Fish and Game Laws
One of the most heartening pieces of news we've heard comes from the New York State Conservation Department, which reports that from now on all students attending the eleven New York State University Teachers Colleges will receive compulsory training in conservation education.