Crow shooting, is, to me, the main part of hunting. I go after the black rascals from March until late fall. Recently I purchased an army-surplus camouflage suit. This stuff is the berries. The crows don’t seem to see you at all. Last week I shot a crow and just broke a wing.
All who fish with worms have, the same difficulty. The worms always seem to be at the bottom of the bait can, especially when you need them quickly. The trouble can be easily overcome by making a bait can with lids at both ends. All you need are two empty half-pound tobacco tins and a few tools and supplies found in all home workshops.
Do you happen to be married to an angler or hunter who refuses to be content with his memories and insists on dragging home his trophies, via the taxidermist’s, to hang on the wall? If so, do you go along without a struggle, or do you fight back? I asked this same question of a friend whose husband is one of those Florida Key fishing maniacs who like to bring home the body, all eight feet of it.
A man owned some lake-front property. Some hunters started to build a duck blind in the shallow water near it. The landowner went to court and asked for an order prohibiting the blind; he maintained that anyone using it would shoot over his land, endangering human beings and domestic animals.
I'll never forget the day my son Bradford saw his first set of caribou antlers. He had been out playing when the express truck came, and returned just in time to see all the mounted trophies of a Canadian hunt being uncrated in the patio. He was about ten then, a blond, knobby-kneed kid whose blue eyes looked very pale and very big against skin burned brown by the sun.
When a boy first trains his first .22 on a squirrel, the result is almost sure to be a miss—as shown by Amos Sewell in this, the second of his Sportsman’s Progress scenes. Taking that first trout, as pictured last month, wasn’t so hard as to hit a bushy-tail.
On this African safari it was a case of feast or famine. At first, no simbas, but later, wow!
Big-game hunters say that collecting a lion trophy in Africa is a cinch. All you have to do, they claim, is to hang a kongoni or a zebra in a tree so that the hyenas can’t reach it, come back at dusk, select the biggest simba eating your bait, and plug him.
He called 'em gamefish and meant it. Then he went out and proved it
It was the size of the line that piqued my imagination as much as anything. Emmett Gowen and I walked into a tackle store in Nashville, Tenn., and Emmett said to the clerk, “Give me 200 yards of 24-thread line—the best linen you have.” You see it wasn’t as if we were going big-game fishing in the ocean.
To me, the years from 1946 to 1949 were the most memorable ones in my military career. As chief of the Alaskan Air Command, I was responsible for establishing an air defense for Alaska. No previous assignment had ever presented me with such problems of extremes in climate, rugged and unmapped terrain, and weather conditions peculiar to high latitudes.
Lost for a month in the forest, his body wasted and torn with pain, he crawled onward with an indomitable will to live
In the spring of 1927 my brother Robert and I made the long jump from Noranda, Quebec, to The Pas in northern Manitoba. Mining was beginning to stir in this still trackless wilderness, and as two ambitious young prospectors we were quick to move into new areas.
This easy-to-learn method will get you more—and bigger—fish
Cure for Trout Ulcers
Faulty striking costs the average angler more fish, particularly the heavy ones, than he lands. Yet he goes on making the same mistakes over and over—largely because he is unaware he’s making them. And when experts write about fishing, they devote little or no space to the strike.
Want to eat trout at the peak of their flavor? Then give them the proper care, from cold water to warm plate. Keep 'em cool, keep 'em clean, and keep 'em dry. Carry an amply large but light creel lined with dry grass. Before you put a freshly caught fish in it, break the fish’s spine just behind the head.
It was my host's last chance for a fox, so I just helped him out
When Ben Griswold and I turned the hound loose in the old Seranton orchard that March morning, the air smelled of moldy leaf and mushy apple. Sunshine and warming breezes were thawing holes in the snow, dotting it with patches of soggy earth.
Yes sir,” said Uncle Jeff, “there was scads of fish in Possum Strut Crick when I was jest a chunk of a lad, but you couldn’t catch nary one of them. Smart, they was. Wouldn’t bite to nothin', and some of ’em got to be two ax handles long and fatter’n a drownded cat.
A deer hunt in Ohio?” I scoffed. “Are you nuts? This isn’t 1851, pal. There were bucks near Akron in your great-granddaddy’s time, when this was new country. But the farmers drove them out long ago.” Jim was stubborn about it. “I say we stand a good chance of getting a deer.
The hunters made camp in a mountain glade and sheltered it from the weather with an emerald backdrop of massed hemlock and rhododendron. They could hear the wind screaming through the leafless winter branches of the trees high on the ridge.
That's what the Cape Codders call white marlin, and you get 'em right off No Mans
If you were to draw a line from the center of Block Island eastward to the center of Nantucket it would cut through one of the most fabulous fishing areas in the world—and one of the least known to sports fishermen. Few anglers to whom Bimini and Acapulco are commonplace excursions have trolled a lure through these waters in which are to be found broadbill swordfish, school tuna, dolphin, striped bass, mako sharks, and white marlin.
That is, if you want to get it wrapped up in a sturgeon big and hefty enough to break your leg
My home town, the village of Indian River, Michigan, spreads along the south shore of beautiful Burt Lake, a fifteen-mile-long body of water lying among heavily forested hills in the heart of the lower-peninsula resort country. It was there, last winter, that I had the greatest fishing experience of my life.
This remarkable picture and those reproduced on the following two pages constitute the most complete photographic record ever made of a pronghorn antelope birth in the animal’s natural habitat. They were taken in May, 1950, shortly after Helmut K. Buechner of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that a doe in a herd of pronghorns on the U Up and Down Ranch, ten miles northwest of Fort Davis, Texas, would soon become a mother.
It's important for a new gunner to know such things, but I had to learn them the hard way
Only Man will deliberately subject himself to the extremes of physical discomfort in pursuit of pleasure.” If that isn’t an old Chinese proverb it ought to be. And there I sat proving it, wondering rebelliously how and why I’d ever let myself get talked into this soggy duck blind in the dead of a November night and surrounded by the frigidity of Barnegat Bay.
Is the finish on your gunstocks scratched and marred? If so, it’s no trick at all to remove it and apply a new oil finish. A few hours of work, spread over several evenings, will transform a stock into a thing of glowing beauty. These pages show you how.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying a new boat, a new motor, a boat trailer, or some new piece of boating equipment, and you’ve been wondering what this year’s offerings will be. Will there be much variety? Any interesting changes in styles and designs?
Several concerns are now offering building kits for a cabin cruiser to use outboard power. All have good hull shape and cabin styling, and the parts supplied are first-rate—including such materials as top-grade marine plywood, mahogany for other wood parts and trim, and even brass fastenings.
A deck can be quite an advantage on an outboard-powered boat. It makes it more seaworthy by keeping out waves and spray, and it adds strength to the hull. Campers will find the space under a forward deck useful for keeping gear dry.
Many different effects are demanded of bullets for big game. To shoot smallish, thin-shelled animals like antelope at long range, what we want is a bullet that will expand readily against light resistance. Yet such a bullet, if used in shooting large animals like elk at moderate ranges, might go to pieces too quickly, particularly if it had to break large bones or penetrate much meat in order to strike a vital area.
Leon Fisher, custom handloader of Presidio, Tex., sends in a list of handloads for the 7 mm. Mauser. He’s tested them all in his own 7 mm., which has a 1-12 twist. All are fairly hot and should be used only in 7 mm. rifles with good strong actions, like those of the Winchester Models 54 and 70; Mauser Models 1912 or 1898; Springfield; Enfield; or Remington Model 30.
While it's no secret that all fresh-water fish will take worms, it is surprising how many anglers there are who know little or nothing about how to fish with them. They either don’t know or choose to ignore the fact that worms often will save a fisherman’s day, bringing fish to net when nothing else will.
Question: I plan to fish almost entirely for bluegills. What kind of a rod would you suggest I get?—Emil Senkowski, Pa. Answer: I’d select a rod 7½ to 8 ft. long and weighing not more than 4 oz. This would be equally good for either worm or fly fishing.—R.B.
Question: I’ve long admired your articles and looked upon you as the dean of fishing editors. But near as I can make out, you were off base in what you said in your December article about hooks. For one thing, dealers tell me there’s little call nowadays, in these parts at least, for two of the hook types you repeatedly recommended.
They have a way of canning carp in the Ozarks region of Missouri which, natives say, makes that lowly fish taste "better’n salmon.” Here’s how they do it. Cut the carp into fillets and small strips and soak overnight in salt water. Pack the fish in pint-size screw-top jars, using the smaller pieces to fill in between the chunks.
A combination of field trials and America's Conservation Pledge is Howard Pavey’s formula for teaching sportsmanship and the basic principles of conservation to teen-agers. The Flint, Mich., businessman came up with the idea in an effort to dramatize the problem of ever-increasing pressure on upland game.
Here's how to make a fine, inexpensive sharpener for your fishhooks. Get two Carborundum stones i¼ × ¾ ¾ 3 in. Place a small, thin piece of wood between and near one end of the stones. Then loop the stones together with rubber bands. Keep the bands right over and a little forward of the wooden wedge.
Food is the hardest part of your camping outfit to pack and handle on the trail, because a grub list includes a lot of different items that must be kept separate from each other and yet be readily available when it’s time to cook a meal. What’s more, many camp foods are vulnerable to dampness or rain and can become quite messy even in dry weather if handled carelessly.
Question: Last fall I hunted with a party in Newfoundland. We killed our bag of moose but didn’t know how to prevent blowflies from spoiling our meat, and consequently lost most of it. We plan to go again next season and wonder if you can suggest something to foil the blowflies.
Cut a dressed rabbit in six pieces and put in a kettle with 3 cups cold water, ½ lb. diced bacon, and 1 chopped onion. Simmer until meat is tender, adding a little water at times if needed. When meat has cooked two hours, boil 4 peeled, diced potatoes in another pan.
As the big pointer swung across the field a rabbit darted out of the sedge grass and streaked toward the brush. The pointer checked, backed up a step or two, and shot a side glance at us. “You may think he blinked that rabbit,” his owner defended, “but he didn’t.
Question: A day after my dog was given distemper shots he was unable to get up on his feet. Later he developed twitches which now have grown to regular spasms. Is there anything I can do to help him?—T. D. McCabe, Minn. Answer: The twitching will disappear or subside in time, but it may be months before there is any marked improvement.
Question: I want a dog for use on both quail and ducks. What would you suggest?—Bob Drake, Okla. Answer: Any of the retrievers or spaniels will work as water retrievers and also flush and retrieve upland game. The retrievers—sturdy, heavy dogs—excel the spaniels in difficult water work, but the spaniels generally do a better job of flushing and retrieving quail or other game-birds.
Unhappy landing. Night watchman E. E. Rineheart, Winding Gulf Collieries at Riffe's Branch, W. Va., heard commotion on sheet-metal roof of machine shop one night last fall, investigated. Large flock of Canada geese seemingly had mistaken roof, shining under floodlights, for water, landed on it.
PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. When Seattle's First National Bank opened a new branch building in Yakima, Wash., instead of sending the customary flowers Harold Schultz wrote: "All work and no play will make even a banker a dull boy. Here’s a $100 check for Ducks Unlimited, so that all of you may enjoy better hunting."