When his Infantry company was pinned down by heavy fire near Soam-Ni, Korea, Captain Millett charged alone into the enemy positions, throwing grenades, and clubbing and bayoneting the enemy. Inspired by his example, the attacking unit routed the Reds, who fled in wild disorder.
In a recent “Game Gimmicks” Gus Mager nominates the impala antelope of Africa as the broad-jump champion, citing the fact that one of them had covered 70 ft. in three leaps. An Australian kangaroo can beat that rather easily. The “blue flyer” or “flying doe” (female of the red kangaroo) is generally considered to be the fastest and most agile of Australian ’roos.
How do you feel about your husband’s gunning dogs? Do you love them and spoil them (as I do), thereby interfering with the ironclad discipline so important for sporting dogs? Or do you say, “Don’t you dare bring that dirty dog of yours in the house, tracking mud all over my clean floors and leaving white hairs on my furniture”?
WARNING! This tabulation is compiled from official sources; but in the space available it is impossible to give full details. and in some cases the authorities have power to change seasons on short notice. So before you hunt in any state or province, get a copy of the current regulations from the proper agency and then read up on bag limits, local exceptions, etc.
and camera. For good measure I slung on my .351 Winchester self-loading rifle. And in case I needed an alibi, I picked up my steelhead fishing rod and a box of tackle. Since I wanted to travel light I left my fly wallet home. I was pretty sure I could cover the five fishable miles of the Stamp and Ash Rivers and not need much artificial respiration when I got back.
That’s how fast the snowshoe hare moves across your sights. But he comes back to give you another try
My first hunt for snowshoe hare got under way one freezing November morning. My breath jetted on the frosty air like live steam as I stood on a hilltop waiting for the dogs to buzz a hare out of the slashings below. I tried to warm my feet by burrowing my toes into my wool socks but my host, more accustomed to New Hampshire’s winters than I, studied the progress of the pack with interest.
Shakespeare, in As You Like It, painted the seven ages of man in a somewhat bleak and sardonic light, beginning with the mewling, puking infant and ending with his second childhood. The ages of a sportsman skip those two stages altogether, but crowd an added measure of adventure in between—and, we are happy to say, much more of sheer delight.
OUR GUN EDITOR’S FIRST REPORT ON A PIONEERING BIG GAME HUNT
My old pal Watson Smarch, crack Yukon Indian bushman and sheep hunter, appeared quietly at the door of the tent. In his eye was a strangely restless and triumphant gleam. “Got your spotting scope handy?” he asked quietly. “I think I have found some sheep.”
They did it in Mark Twain’s day; they’re doing it again down Tennessee way. It’s great sport
1 On the swift water below Tennessee River’s Pickwick Landing Dam, Mrs. Bob Green prepares to jug for catfish. She checks the bait—drum fillet—on a line wrapped around today’s version of the old earthenware jug. It’s three oil cans soldered end to end
It seems best to let the town where it happened go unnamed. Ed still lives there with his coon dogs, and he still has his troubles with a few neighbors who don’t understand a hound man’s ways. I’m sure that some of them, like the minister and Miss Struthers, remember the events of that late-autumn night—with good cause. There’s no use in stirring up muddy waters.
This hunt for chamois—a command performance—was a stirring adventure too
MAJ. KIMBERLY BRABSON
Sportsmen generally believe that the chamois is a nearly extinct form of European antelope, and rate it highly as a big-game trophy. The little, goatlike animal deserves the honor, all right, but it’s far from extinct in the German Alps. While on duty in Germany in 1950, I wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., inquiring if its staff wanted some specimens of the chamois for the National Museum.
Fred had kept the debate alive for two days. He was still arguing when I pulled the last tent cord tight and Ward dumped an armload of wood next to the fire. “This river has been fished down to the last wiggle-tail,” he declared. “You might as well be casting hickory nuts up a pine tree to catch squirrels.
That was the bobwhites’ only chance, when their field food was gone. Now it’s your opportunity
Easing Boots Over Shoes
It’s tough but it’s true—numberless coveys of Southern quail have taken to the woods. And if hunters want them, they’ll have to take to the woods too. Nowadays a man may start his hunt in the fields, and if he gets out early enough—and has some luck—he’ll down a bird or two.
The romantic sawbuck packsaddle and panniers used for many years in bringing large game out of wilderness country are rapidly giving way to a new and easier method of packing. It calls for the use of a decker saddle, a pair of mantas, and a swing hitch.
It was yet a full hour before sunrise, and when I pulled off the side road and started down the narrow, wooded lane that led to Tom Newton’s house, I still had the peculiar feeling of being a trespasser. It wasn’t that I had come uninvited. Tom had asked me down to spend the opening day of the New Mexico pheasant season with him on the little fortyacre farm where he lived alone.
He’s got a fine chance to get ’em at Fountain Grove’s public shooting grounds
I’ve always looked skeptically at state-operated shooting grounds. But they told me it was different at Fountain Grove on the Grand River in northern Missouri. So when Charlie Schwartz and Ted Shanks, biologists with the Missouri Conservation Commission, invited me to join them for a couple of days’ shooting, I decided I would give it a whirl.
Canvas-covered boats and canoes are excellent craft, invariably well built and made of the best materials. But they have a single bad fault —a tendency of the paint over the canvas to crack in small checks in time, and this eventually weakens or rots the fabric itself.
fore dawn. No sluggard could qualify. There were a great many motors drumming in the darkness while we were having breakfast, and fishermen were streaming in from every direction. I hurried my wife through her second cup of coffee, and then herded her out onto the floodlighted dock that floated between the black water and the dark sky.
HOW TO GET INTO A WHELEN-TYPE SLING FOR STEADIER AIMING
On the plains and in the mountains, the sitting position is the most useful of them all when you’re after big game. It isn’t quite as steady as the prone, so your shooting will be a little less accurate. It isn’t quite as fast as the offhand when you have an easy-to-hit target, but it’s a lot faster for a precise shot at a difficult mark.
Question: I intend to install a POWer-PAC variable choke on my 12 gauge Remington pump shotgun. Can I shoot slugs through it? If so, which tube is most suitable for them?— Jerry Feils, Minn. Answer: You’ll get somewhat better accuracy by using the short-range tube.—J.O’C.
The new primers recently put on the market by the Federal Cartridge Corp. Minneapolis, Minn., are in the large-rifle size—.210 in.—and intended for cartridges from .25/35 to .375 Magnum. Primers are of bright brass, not nickel-plated. Priming mixture is the one that Federal developed for the government.
Come winter, the dyed-in-the-wool angler must make his choice: Go south to tropical waters, where he can fish to his heart’s content; join up with cronies before a fireplace and talk angling; or go out, cut some holes in the ice, and try his luck.
Question: I am an ardent fly-rod angler, but I hear so much these days about spinning that I’m tempted to switch over. What do you think about the two methods?—W. T. C. Bates, S. C. Answer: Personally I don’t like spinning for surface work. I much prefer either the fly rod or bait-casting rod for such fishing.
When you add a compass to your camping, hunting, or fishing outfit, be sure to keep in mind two vital points. First, a compass will distinguish one direction from another, but it won’t by itself tell you which of them is the right one to follow to reach a given goal.
Question: How should goose decoys, made of plywood or tin in silhouette, be colored? Are commercial goose calls effective?—Aloy T. Carrón, Mo. Answer: Use nonglare paint, designed especially for decoys, in the following colors: Neck and head, black with a taupe ring around the eye;
How about these boat-building kits you can buy now? Are they any good? Can you put the parts together as easily as they claim, and if so will the assembled boat behave properly in the water, and not look too homemade? These are typical questions many economy-minded boating enthusiasts and sportsmen are asking these days, especially those who haven’t any experience as boat builders but would like to try their hands at it.
Question: A correspondent recently asked you if it would be practicable to reduce the length of the John boat you described in the March, 1951, issue from 16 ft. to 12 ft. I have done just that, with entirely satisfactory results. I reduced the width of the end spreaders from 3 ft. 8 in. to 3 ft., and made the center spreader 3 ft. 3 in. instead of 3 ft. 10 in.
Sportsmen often ask which is the better hunting dog—one that flushes the game or one that points? A direct answer cannot be given immediately since both types have their distinctive features, and actually the question concerns not so much the merits of the dogs as the hunting habits of the gunner and the conditions under which he prefers to hunt.
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.
Keeps Catching Cold
Hookworms in Puppies
Growth on Neck
Pup Getting Mange
Hound Has Hernia
Docking Pup’s Tails
Injections for Rabies
Pads Dry and Crack
Dr. JAMES R. KINNEY
Question: No matter how much care I give my dog he keeps catching cold, and when he does his bowels become very loose. Would vitamins help in a case like this?—Mrs. C.H. Lewis, Ohio. Answer: ABCDG vitamin capsules are very good and, taken over a period of time, may help your dog to build up resistance against colds.
Question: I’m trying to train my year-old dog for coon hunting but he is very frisky. When I try to train him he just runs around, happy to be free. How can I correct this playfulness?—Andy Welser, Mich. Answer: Your hound is still in the puppy stage, and pups are sometimes slow in getting down to serious work.
Sap-sucking bears. Recently this column reported extensive damage done by bears to Douglas fir, hemlock, spruce, cedar trees in Olympic Peninsula, Washington. “Bear facts” committee of Society of American Foresters, investigating, examined more than 6,000 acres forest land, found bears have killed as many as 50 percent of Douglas fir some areas, as much as 100 percent on some tracts.
LEAVE IT TO MAMMA. Men have talked about doing this sort of thing for years, but it remained for the Berkshire Streamline Anglers of Pittsfield—an allwoman group—to stock a local stream with 1,500 trout and post it for fishing only for youngsters up to sixteen years of age.