I’ve been deluged with letters since you published the first part of “Revolutionary New Trap” in September, and expect even more when the second part comes out (see October issue). Many are from U.S. and Canadian trappers and others asking where the new humane trap can be obtained.
A NEW MEANS of tracking fish underwater now being used by Washington laboratories of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows promise of ultimately solving the mysteries of where fish go and what they do in rivers, lakes, and oceans. One of the results should be better fishing for sportsmen.
SURPRISE the family marksman with a small game belt. Has 4 gunmetal spring steel snaps with reusable game pouches, extra grommets for carrying gear, holds 10 shot-gun shells 12-16-20. Of heavy duty 2½" olive drab web and genuine leather. Specify waist size, 30"-50". $2.95 ppd., Sutherland Co., 743 Beaubien, Detroit, Mich.
THE SILENT NIGHT is broken by strains of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" emerging from this cigarette lighter with a simple press of the trigger. Uses standard fluid and flint. Streamline design, gold plated. 2¼" deep, 1½" wide. Makes an unusual Christmas gift. $7.95 from Kaskel's, Dept. 2419, 41 W. 57 St., N.Y. 19.
Navy Intermediate Pilot Jacket
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN and this Navy Intermediate Pilot Jacket is made for sportsmen. Of goatskin, it has a mouton fur collar, rayon lining, zippered front, many pockets, wool cuffs and waistband. Brown. Specify size. 34-46, $32.50; 48-50, $35. Flying Equipment Sales Co., Dept. L, 1639 W. Wolfram, Chicago 13, III.
water-tight ammo box
HIGH AND DRY, the marksman's ammunition will stay, in this water-tight ammo box that floats even when loaded with 35 lbs. Of steel and Alcoa aluminum, painted and hinged. Cover size—14" x 10" x 10". 12 lbs. Fulfills many other purposes. $29.95 f.o.b., Railway Express, White Aircraft Corp., Dept. L-11, Palmer, Mass.
ON THE BEAM—The Magna-Beam flashlight with its magnetic back, leaves both hands free. Hinged reflector permits light to shine in many directions. Holds tight on ferrous metal surfaces. Uses 2 dry cell batteries. Handle for carrying. Made of tough polystyrene. Red and gray. $1.98, Plano Molding Co., Plano 1, III.
down-filled hand warmer
COLD HANDS, WARM HEART when fishing or hunting? The down-filled hand warmer, with outer cover of wind-proof, water-repellent nylon and pima cotton assures warm hands. It has knit wristlets and a neck cord that allow instant removal. $2.00 ppd., Ken Camp, Manufacturing Outfitter, Dept. 11, 83 Columbia St., Seattle 4, Wash.
DECK THE HALLS or den walls with this colorful map depicting sites of explored and sunken treasures of the Capt. Kidd and Blackbeard vintage. Includes legend surrounding each treasure. Covers Spanish Main, N. America, Caribbean Sea area. 22½" x 29½". $1.95 ppd., Brooks Specialties, 765-D Greenwich St., N.Y. 14.
HOW DRY YOU ARE when hunting, fishing or boating. The Trav-L-Bar features 4 2-oz. unbreakable shot glasses, mixing spoon, opener and bone handled corkscrew, 2 compartments for bottles. In leather-like Surtex with lock, key, lucite handle. In suntan or ginger. $12.75 ppd., Jayson's, Dept. OL, P.O. Box 410, Chicago 90, III.
A CLOSE SHAVE for sportsmen at home, camp, in auto, train or bus with the Over-land self-powered automatic razor with spring drive. Winds up like an alarm clock; needs no water, electricity, batteries, motor, blade, soap or brush. In zipper traveling case. $14.95, Overland Co., 5788-L Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 19, Calif.
IT'S A HIT with this "Special" slingshot of highly polished, cast aluminum alloy. Boasts a non-slip grid finish, natural gum rubber bands. Can be used equally well by rightor left-handed persons. Complete with 12 pellets—7/16" dia., $2.50, Milligan Slingshot, Inc., P.O. Box 203, Dept. 5, Lincoln Park, Mich.
HOW TIME FLIES—but you'll easily keep track of it with a perpetual calendar. By simply adjusting the knob monthly, the days will fall in proper sequence. Perfect for Christmas giving. Of steel with brass finish. 4" long, 3” high. $1 ppd., Barclay Distributors, Dept. 112, 86-24 Parsons Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y.
LIKE WALKING ON AIR—with these cushioned-gripper soles on your shoes. Both long lasting and waterproof, they save new shoes and give longer life to old ones. Keep feet cool, comfortable, dry. Easily attached at home. When ordering, send accurate pencil outline of shoe. $2.00, Shaw Service Products, 49 E. 19 St., N.Y.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE, calculations are made instantly and accurately with this 10" slide rule you can slip into many a Christmas stocking. Clear view slide. A, B, C, D, C1 and K scales. Makes multiplying, dividing, proportions and roots easy. Instruction booklet included. $1 ppd., Larch, 118 E. 28, Dept. 76-A, N.Y. 16.
Coffee Quickie motoring kit
SOMETHING'S COOKING for Christmas The Coffee Quickie motoring kit operates on 12V (auto) and 115V (home) current. Has 2 cup percolator, 2 unbreakable cups, 2 spoons, 2 plastic covered boxes, coffee measure, coffee bag, car dash bracket, 2 cord sets, zippered case. $15.95 ppd., Clarion Products, Dept. OL, Highland Park, III.
7 circular sawblades
'ROUND AND 'ROUND SHE GOES. 7 circular sawblades quickly cut 1"-2½" holes and discs in wood, wallboard, metal, plastic. The Arco Hole-Saw fits any electric drill, lathe, drill press or motor. A slug ejector pops out discs immediately. $7.95 ppd., Arrow Metal Products Co., Dept. L, 421 W. 203 St., N.Y. 34.
handcrafted sterling silver set
GIVE MY FAIR LADY this handcrafted sterling silver set of sculptured roses for Christmas and she'll be pleased as punch. Necklace (adjustable 14" to 17"), $13.20; drop pierced, screwback or clip earrings, $5.50; bracelet (specify 7¼" or 8"), $9.35; set, $26 ppd., Alpine Imports, Dept. L-1, 505 Fifth Ave., N.Y. 17, N.Y.
Egyptian camel saddles
A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST in Christmas, 1957. 3000 years ago tribesmen made these Egyptian camel saddles in the same fashion as nowadays. Has hand tooled brass pommel caps, camel bell, soft sheepskin seat, hand rubbed frame. Unique gift for den or living room relaxing. $34.95 ppd., Madison House, 305-F Madison Ave., N.Y. 17.
Plainsman automatic BB pistol
PISTOL PACKIN'—with the Plainsman automatic BB pistol. Has 3-position power control, magazine capacity of about 100 .175 BB's, uses standard CO2 cartridge. Permits rapid firing. Good for small game, target practice, and protection. $13.95, Blue Star Supply, Dept. L10, 2061 Mt. Diablo St., Concord, Calif.
Automatic Chord Selector
PLAY A SIMPLE MELODY and be the life of the Christmas parties. With the Automatic Chord Selector you strike simple bass chords instantly with the left hand while the Note Selector guides the right to melody notes. Sample lesson, chord selector, note selector, 5 songs, 10¢, Dean Ross, 45 W. 45, Dept. OL-11, N.Y. 36.
SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN as well as Yankees will really appreciate an authentic relic, a Confederate bayonet. In fine condition (some still in original grease), bayonets are triangular and measure 21". A sure fire item to add to your Christmas list. $3.95 ppd., Lincoln Products, F-411, Lincoln Bldg., N.Y. 17.
... in retail store products and ideas for sportsmen
RUSTOPPER—is the name of a miracle vapor that stops rust and corrosion in stored guns and boat motors. Formerly available only to industry and the armed forces—Rustopper comes in two types of plastic tubes. One that sells for $1 is designed for guns, typewriters, fishing tackle, fine tools etc.; large sizes for boat motors cost $1.50.
This fall there are as many as 1,750,000 deer in the dozen Eastern states. Given decent hunting weather, close to 250,000 Eastern hunters will convert a buck or doe into venison in the coming six weeks. Headline kills will be in New York and Pennsylvania.
Game departments of the Southern states forecast that deer hunting will continue good in those areas which have been top venison and trophy producers for several years. Most state officials rate their managed lands, with controlled hunting, at the head of the list.
Deer hunters in these 13 Midwest states have 2,000,000 whitetails and muleys to pick from this fall, and can look for a better season than last year, when they racked up a kill of around 250,000. Last fall’s tally: South Dakota, 88 out of 100 shooters scored; Nebraska, 80 out of 100; North Dakota 76; Iowa 50; Minnesota 36; Michigan 16; Missouri 16; Wisconsin 13; Kentucky 11; Ohio 9, and Indiana 5.
November waterfowl forecasts by key men in the West range from a cautious “about the same as last year” to an ecstatic “best in 25 years.” Most of them hedge with a “weather permitting” clause but there’s a general expectation of larger flights of ducks, better water and food conditions, and better shooting than in last year’s above-average season.
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 current regulations from the proper agency and then read up on bag limits, local exceptions, and other similar pertinent data.
ANDY HEWITT and I had pulled out of Brownsville at the southern tip of Texas in a classy aluminum skiff to wet our lines in Gulf waters. Chilly weather had set in, and to me, a New Englander, the autumn crispness seemed normal, but to Andy, a native Southwesterner, it was most unwelcome.
No white man in recent times had shot a walrus. I had first chance
ON MAY 15 of this year, something new was offered to American trophy hunters. The first walrus season under modern conditions opened in Alaskan waters, and this posed some interesting questions. How does the walrus measure up for sport? Does the adventure of hunting him justify a trip to the arctic?
Marksmanship is important, but you have no use for it until you locate your quarry. Do you know where and how to look?
TED STARTED to mutter. Maybe he felt like cussing me, but he toned it down a little. "Can't you see its eye shine?” he asked. Once I saw the glint of its eye, the whole shape of the deer flashed into focus. That buck was right there where Ted had insisted it was all the time—below the rim we were on, and under an outcropping of rocks.
We took 20 and 30-pounders regularly, and on the final day I tied into one Atlantic salmon that went to 50
THE FIRST THING we noticed as we walked in was a cut-out of a tremendous fish hanging on the wall above the table where Count Etienne de Ganay and his nephew, Andre, had just finished supper. It was a painted cardboard replica of a 68½-pound Atlantic salmon.
The taste varies wildly too, depending on such vague things as northern lights and horse bells
BEST MEAL I ever ate? I remember it so vividly my mouth waters at the recollection, and it wasn’t served in any of the classy restaurants that friends have steered me to. An Indian guide named Field Johnson was leading me through Yukon sheep range.
This master fox hunter never uses a dog, and that's the foxes' tough luck
ERWIN A. BAUER
THE HEADLIGHTS of my car sliced through the softly falling snow as I drove along the narrow farm road. It was still an hour till daybreak. Beside me sat Frank Schoby, peering out the open window and flashing a spotlight along the white, undisturbed surface.
A lot of Western irrigation waters that look like plenty of nothing are teeming with heavy, hungry largemouth bass
I LOOKED at the irrigation ditch. The water gently swirling along its muddy banks resembled melted chocolate bars. The average width of the ditch couldn’t have been more than three feet, and I doubt if it was that deep anywhere. It wasn’t much of a place to be looking for black bass.
. . . and Alaska had 'em. But who'd ever have thought a couple of average guys from Coshocton, Ohio, could get so much else besides?
WE WERE TWO hours from camp and halfway across a wide, flat valley when the cow moose and her calf walked out of a thicket of frost-yellowed willows 300 yards ahead and stopped on a little rise to look around. It was the first morning of our hunt, and these were the first moose, Alaskan or any other kind, I’d ever laid eyes on.
Our guide told us the solemn rule of this ritual: "No catchee, no eatee”
FRED BYRD looked from Jimmy to me and back to Jimmy again, as if wondering how hungry he would get before the day was done. "Maybe you aren't acquainted with how serious this is,” he said. Jimmy glanced up from where he was stringing line through his guides.
I’d shot possums and rabbits in the Tennessee hills, but now I had to face up to the deadly Cape buffalo
BEFORE GOING on safari to Africa I'd done some advance reading and had come to the conclusion that the Cape buffalo is the most dangerous of all African game. I’d learned that normally a buffalo wants no trouble and will run from human scent like a deer.
It’s the Wade in Montana, where the trout watch you from the clear water
SMOKY MIST STREAMERS climbed slowly above the lake, and on the far shore the sagebrush lay blue-green in the early light. Even for an August morning in the Montana high country, it was chilly— about 40°. We set the canoe in the water, and for the first time I noticed how clear Wade Lake was.
I never thought bargain shooting could be so good, but this Illinois trip changed my mind
GEORGE ARTHUR tipped his head back and yelped. From my position in the blind, I saw a long streamer of geese swing our way. George continued yelping, without benefit of a call, and soon geese were milling over us like flies around a honey jar. “Get ready,” said George.
Tracking the big cat got us into a bad spot, but the payoff was worth it
IN WASHINGTON'S Clallam County, at the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, where my wife and I live and rent cabins, we rarely get much snow before January. But 1949 was an exception. We went into December with snow, and after midnight on the morning of the 18th there was a new fall of some five inches. It was wet and heavy, and at daylight the branches of the evergreens hung low with it.
What are they? I'd no idea until I went to Texas and joined the Hofmann clan on its annual pilgrimage to Llano’s potholes
JESS T. REID
WE'D JUST poured another round of coffee and were washing down the last of our breakfast when we heard brakes squeal in the driveway. “Everybody ready?” a lusty voice yelled. I stepped out on the back porch and in the first light of dawn saw a pickup truck with three figures in the front seat and a bundle of cane poles tied to the cattle rack.
Ohio’s three great annual coon-dog field trials are short on pedigree, long on color and excitement
THE RINGTAIL RACCOON and the cottontail rabbit lead more sportsmen afield than any other game. Labor Day weekend belongs to the coon dog and to coon-dogging folk. Thousands of them converge on central and western Ohio, where three championship trials are run simultaneously in direct and not over-friendly competition.
SOME YEARS AGO I went on a goat hunt in British Columbia north of Vancouver. The country was high, rough, and rugged, and the only rifle I took along was a .300 Magnum on the long Magnum Mauser action. The action was heavy, the stock was heavy, and the 26-in. barrel was plenty heavy.
One thing shooters soon discover is that a rifle sighted in by one person seldom puts the bullets to exactly the same point of impact for another. I’ve seen two skilled riflemen with the same 1903 Springfield and open sights group their shots over a foot apart at 200 yd.
Some anglers consider the carp a fine fish; others despise it. One fisherman tells you carp are very difficult to catch; a second man says they’re a cinch. I think all of these people are right. The carp is all of those things, depending on what you personally think of it, and on how and where you fish.
THE FIRST TIME you take out your boat, you're going to face some mighty important decisions. Which side should you pass that approaching boat on? Can that fellow cut across your bow like that? What’s he blowing his horn for? If you know the answers, it’s easy to keep out of trouble.
THERE ARE many simple things any camper can do to make his tent more serviceable and comfortable. On these pages are some ideas for doing things that I’ve found help to make a camping trip a pleasant and rewarding experience. First, when scouting around for a tent site, pick one that’s safe as well comfortable.
Bathroom bobcat. Home of Russell Thomen on the outskirts of Santa Fe, N. Mex., was entered by bobcat which took refuge in bathroom. Discovered in middle of night, critter was thought to be outsize domestic cat, but it paid no attention to coaxing calls of “kitty, kitty.”
VOILA. The Oregon fish commission has learned that two Columbia River steelheads, tagged at Bonneville Dam, wound up at La Reine Pedauque, an exclusive Paris restaurant. A Rumanian dishwasher returned the tags in a letter expressing the curious hope that “this information helps you cure these fish of their polygamy and the cruelty of gobbling one another.”