As a member of the conservation committee of the Brooklyn Bowmen, Brooklyn, N. Y., I introduced America’s Conservation Pledge to the club at its last meeting. It was received with much enthusiasm and readily adopted officially. Hunting with bow and arrow is the fastest-growing sport in this country.
It looks almost too good to be true, the fox-hunting stand shown in this month’s cover painting by Charles La Salle. But there really is such a place, as this photograph proves. It’s an old chestnut dead-fall in good fox country near the artist’s home at Sandy Hook, Conn.
COY DUCKS, individual ceramic ash trays, are shaped and painted to resemble your decoys. You can scatter them around the room, or use them at the table. Shipped in gift box, which includes card showing hunter crouched in real grass blind. The set of six different patterns, $5.00 postpaid from the Hudelson House, Pomona, Kansas.
sub-miniature Minox camera
SPLIT-SECOND PHOTOGRAPHY is possible with this new sub-miniature Minox camera. Only 3” long, it’s ready to shoot in an instant— and its two built-in filters, range of 8” to infinity, l/1000th shutter, and 100-exposure film magazine are features that make this an unusually flexible camera for sportsmen. $129.50. Kern Co., 112-50 78 Ave., Forest Hills, N. Y.
INDOORS AND OUT, this “saddle stool” is a very comfortable and very rugged piece that’ll be constantly in use. whether it’s on the porch or terrace, in front of the fire (or television). Made of heavy cowhide and wrought iron, it stands 17" high and 19” across. Comes in natural, red or black leather at $9.95 from Modern Moods, 128 W. 13th St., New York, N.Y.
YOUR CAR will start quicker on cold mornings with this carburetor pre-heater. Simple to install, it attaches to your carburetor in a jiffy, and operates from a dashboard switch. After your car is started, the pre-heater helps cut down gas consumption. Specify year, make and model of car. $5.95 from Rudson Automotive Industries, 24 East 67 St., New York.
THOROUGHBREDS adorn these glazed-ceramic mugs, which will hold 12 oz. of your favorite hot or cold beverage. The horses are in natural color, in high relief, and the handles simulate riding crops. Whether you like horses, or just beverages, these mugs are just the thing. The set of four, $4.95 postpaid from the Wonder Bar Shop, Box 425, Trenton, N. J.
BOOT DRIER will go a long way toward making a winter outing comfortable. Used over radiator, electric, gas or camp stove it circulates warm air inside rubber boots, hunting shoes, arctics, moccasins, ski boots, children’s rubbers, mittens, etc. Helps prolong the life of footwear. In heavy aluminum, $3.95 postpaid from Kinox Company, Inc. Dept. 6, Rutland, Vt.
PACK THESE dispensers in your duffle bag next time you take a trip. Your shave cream, after-shave lotion and hair dressing won’t spill out, and the plastic bottles can’t break. They hold 6 oz. each, and you can pump out whatever is desired. The set of three, $3.00, from the Verdugos, P.O. Box 301-OL, Verdugo City, California.
NAPOLEON’S SOLDIERS live again in authentic detail, posed in the base of these unusual lamps. They’re not toys, but exact reproductions, handpainted from military prints of the period, and include nine different groupings of the gallant Grenadiers, Lancers, Dragoons, etc. Including shade, $29.95 from House of Regiments, 666 Madison Ave., N. Y.
automobile vacuum cleaner
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED for cleaning up the car after a trip to the beach, or after you’ve carried dogs. This automobile vacuum cleaner attaches to the dashboard, and picks up sand, hair, crumbs, and dust. The 12 foot hose reaches into every corner, cleans floors and upholstery. $3.95 from Spencer Gifts, Dept. OL, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
versatile electric lantern
PROTECT YOURSELF on crowded highways with this versatile electric lantern. It directs a beam of light on you while you’re changing a tire or making repairs, and also flashes a brilliant red warning signal at approaching cars. Handilite, complete with battery, at $6.95 from the Edwin W. Lane Co., 32 W. Randolph Street, Chicago 1, Illinois.
SOFT SEAT for your boat, duck blind, deer stand is afforded by this new plastic inflatable cushion. Deflated, it folds into pocketsize; blow it up (no pump needed) and your fishing or bunting trip becomes a lot more comfortable. At $1.98 each, you can scatter a few around camp or boat. Lew-Art, 22 Green Street, Dept. AB, Newark, New Jersey.
PATCH IT yourself with this all-purpose repair kit. Contains adhesive materials for patching glass, wood, fabric, rubber, metal, and plastic. You can mend pipe leaks, boats, tents, convertible tops, golf bags, boots and so on. Patch-Pak, including adhesives and canvas and metal patches, $1.95 postpaid from Miles Kimball, Dept. OL, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Within gunshot of my home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., lives an attractive gal who has made a mark for herself in the world of sport. She is Mrs. John Lafore Jr., and she has won several titles in the national women's skeet-shooting contests since the end of the second World War.
When Bob Beaupre, Burlington, Vermont, newspaper editor, goes ice fishing on Lake Champlain, he can’t be bothered with a shanty, because he likes to “run” the perch or pike. That means cutting a number of holes and moving from place to place.
Don’t count on getting a sailfish,” the skipper of the Florida charter boat warned me as we headed for the reefs to fish for grouper and amber-jacks. “You seldom see one in these waters in October. We’re putting out strip baits only because we might pick up a few bonito on the way to the grounds.”
This is the story of an infantry doughfoot—a landlubber, if you please—who took a fleet of twelve vessels into the desolate, fog-shrouded antarctic in a curious pursuit. I was the doughfoot, a lieutenant colonel of the U. S. Army in occupied Japan.
Our guide looked worried when Ethie, my wife, and I got off the steamer at Juneau, Alaska. “I forgot to tell you folks about hip boots,” he said. “Did you bring any?” I shook my head. “Why do we need hip boots to hunt bear?” “This time of year they feed on spawning salmon.
Fisliing Time-Table, Perlas Islands, Pacific Ocean, off Panama
Can’t you come some other time?” wrote Roy Shuey from Panama. “May’s beginning of the rainy season here, and it’s a bit early for big-game fishing, anyway. Another thing, no one has ever used fly or spinning tackle down here. That stuff is too light.
Mrs. Sportsman really has nothing against fishing. She just thinks there’s a time for it, and this time they were all dressed up to go places. But there they were driving along one of those canals that thread southern Florida. And there was that fellow doing what’s become the thing thereabouts —tangling with a baby tarpon.
I had made up my mind to go hunting caribou in early December, even if I had to go alone. That is exactly what happened, except, of course, that I had a guide. My hunting friends thought I was kidding when I sought their company for a trip to Reindeer Lake, which sprawls across the wilderness of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Never in my earliest dreams had I believed that the career I’d choose would lead to a life in the farthest and most colorful countries in the world, to acquaintance with the all-powerful Ibn Saud of Arabia, and— by invitation of his finance minister—a three-day fishing trip in the Red Sea.
Just a few years ago I became acquainted with a jumbo largemouth known as “the washtub bass.” I met it the same way I’d become acquainted with a surprising amount of “virgin” fishing water less than half an hour’s drive from my home. Summer evenings in central Ohio are sometimes hot and oppressive, so it had become a pleasant custom in our family to collect our two small sons and make straight for the county backroads—and comfort.
Far down in the southwestern corner of Colorado is a kink in the backbone of the continental divide. It looks as though Mother Nature, when unfolding the Rockies, had struck a barrier, forcing herself to sheer far to the west. Then doubling back again, she wheeled as far to the east before continuing her labors to the south.
There was still enough color in the sky to give a golden glow to the birches across Green Bass Lake when Ed Young heard someone coming down the slope through the trees. Young was playing a black bass, and he leaned back on the rod a little to keep the fish from sounding among the lily stems.
It may have been this Michigan orchard, wind-gnarled and old on its stony knoll. Or perhaps it was the young pointer weaving through high weeds, coughing the dust as he worked out the trail left by a rooster pheasant. There was something here to take me back to New England’s stone-wall country.
And,” I said, “if the country is as good as they claim it is, we should see hundreds of antelope a day. Now, when I hunted antelope between Rawlins and Casper—” “Did you say hundreds?” Doc demanded gruffly. “Hundreds,” I repeated. “Humph,” Doc grunted.
This is the true story of a small-mouth black bass that lived in one of the many picture-book streams of middle Tennessee, a section fast becoming famous for some of the best bass fishing to be found in these United States. Here in the scenic foothills of the Cumberland Mountains we find beautiful Cane Creek, flowing at the very base of the Highland Rim.
I was pussyfooting along behind Robin Reed when he peered cautiously over the headland that swooped steeply down to the surf of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Mike, Reed’s beautiful Irish setter, followed closely on his heels. Man and dog were silhouetted against a background of rolling water and hazy, distant mountains.
I had decided it might add to the fun if my wife and I went out together on fishing and hunting trips. Her presence would contribute a primordial quality to outdoor adventure: She could be the squaw and keep the wigwam warm for the meat-hunting brave.
Just what does a U. S. Forest Service ranger do? Well, what needs to be done? Perhaps that’s the best answer a ranger can give you. That’s the way Jack Deinema starts his day. He’s ranger for Loon Creek District of the sprawling Challis National Forest in central Idaho. His modern home at the ranger station is surrounded by the 3,856 square miles of wilderness that make up the national forest.
Upon launching either a new or an old all-wood boat, don’t be discouraged if leaks persist on either side of the keel even after the rest of the bottom has become tight. This often happens because the wood of the keel or the garboards (the strakes of planking on either side of the keel) is of a different kind from the planking itself.
Van Gorden’s Chippewas have “Stabilizer” for extra speed
SPORTSMEN’S CHOICE SEEN BEST IN YEARS
1953 BOAT TRAILERS
1953 BOAT SUPPLIES
J. A. EMMETT
The 1953 line-up of outboard motors unquestionably is the finest the industry has ever produced. I say that without qualification, for late last fall I made a 2,000-mile trip to leading outboard manufacturing plants throughout the country and saw for myself what’s gone into this year’s offerings.
Question: What size aluminum canoe would you recommend for a two-man trip to Canada to last about two weeks?—J. Hartley Jr., lnd. Answer: One at least 18 ft. long. If you're going into really wild country and must carry all your supplies I'd recommend a 20-footer.
An inflatable rubber raft or boat must be properly cared for if you want it to remain safely usable for any length of time. With either the government-surplus type boat, or one manufactured specially for sports use, overinflation must be avoided, particularly if you are inflating the craft with a filling-station air hose.
Just as the .36/06 is a great all-round cartridge for North America —one that can be used in a pinch on woodchucks and (also in a pinch) on Alaska brown bear—the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum is the all-round world cartridge. If a rifleman had to, he could hunt successfully every one of the world’s big-game animals with it, everything from the 40-lb.
Question: I’m thinking of handloading reduced loads for my .30/06 Springfield rifle for use on squirrels. Do you think it’s a practical idea?—Paul Treap, Ohio. Answer: There’s nothing a reduced .30/06 load will do for the squirrel hunter that the .22 Long Rifle high-speed hollow point won’t do better.
Of the dozens of rifles in various calibers that have been tested for accuracy and velocity on Vernon Speer’s 100-yd. indoor range in the last few months, the most consistently accurate has been a .250/3000 based on an F. N. Mauser barreled action made in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale and imported by Firearms International, Washington, D. C. The complete barrel and action cost me $71.50.
Spinning has become a big factor in fresh-water sport fishing. Starting slowly in the U. S. a short time before the second World War, it survived the set-back of war shortages and progressed by leaps and bounds when essential materials were again available.
Gladding has done it again! Gladding’s new FIB’R-LUBED INVINCIBLE is the biggest bait-casting news in many a fisherman’s moon. Yes, new FIB’R-LUBED INVINCIBLE is the line that rates headlines in 1953. It actually makes ordinary bait casting lines seem clumsy and old-fashioned.
Some time ago I asked readers for data on catching trout in high altitudes. I got a quick response from one of the nation’s most experienced and diligent anglers, Arthur Emery Low of Santa Barbara, Calif. Just as his nonprofit Sportsmen’s Bureau is of great help to anglers and tackle makers, so is his advice valuable, and I’m passing it along.
If you break or lose a guide on your fly rod while fishing, loose line will wrap around the rod and make casting difficult. But there’s a remedy for this right in your tackle box. Take a 2X or 3X hook, clip off the barb and eye, and bend the wire with a pair of pliers as shown in the illustration. Attach the improvised snake guide to your rod with temporary windings, and you are ready to go on casting.
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.
A good way to avoid breaking through weak ice on lakes, ponds, or streams is to stay away from any that looks dubious. At least test it by cutting a hole at its edge to check for thickness. Shore ice isn’t always of the same thickness as that encountered farther out, but its condition should help you determine if a crossing will be safe.
Two tin cans, a quart fruit jar, and a bit of wire—that’s all I used to make this lantern, which can be hung up or carried around at will. For the chimney, cut the bottom from the fruit jar. Here’s an easy way to do it: Clamp the glass cutter to a block of wood and turn the jar around to score a line, then tap lightly at that level, from inside the jar.
Question: What kind of a tent would be suitable for the upper peninsula of Michigan, where a day’s snowfall can amount to 15 or 20 in.? I want a shelter that won’t collapse under such a heavy load.—D. H. Page Jr., Mich. Answer: There’s always some danger from snow pressure in every type of tent.
When a greyhound died,” wrote Herodotus in 450 B.C., "all members of the family to whom he belonged shaved their heads, and the body of the dog was buried in consecrated ground.” That typifies the high degree of devotion that man has held for the greyhound down through the centuries.
Dr. Kinney is glad to answer personally all letters from readers regarding their dogs’ health. It should he 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 he consulted at once.
Grizzly mauls hunter. Max C. Harris, St. Ignatius, Mont., hunting elk in Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, was charged by grizzly first seen at distance of only 10 ft. Had no chance to use gun. Bear knocked him 12 ft. down slope, clawed both shoulders, broke bone in hand, gave him 7½-in.
O. K., CHUM. When a few old-timers I know go fishing they fill a gunny sack with hard-shell crabs, wallop it with a sash weight until the crabs are nicely mashed, then tie the sack to the anchor and toss it overboard. This crude chum pot usually brings good catches of hardheads (croakers).