Here’s a picture sent to me by a friend, James Scott, of Oswego, Mont. It shows two deer with their antlers locked, one dead, the other alive. Scott and a companion found the deer and figured they’d been locked this way for about 30 days. The live buck had dragged the dead one around, clearing an area of about two acres, apparently eating snow and getting enough fodder that way to sustain life.
Smoked picnics weigh from 4 to 7 lbs. each and can be bought cooked or uncooked. The latter keep better and should be chosen for most outdoor use. To bake, lay uncooked picnic in an uncovered pan and put in a moderate 325° oven, cocking 35 minutes to the pound.
WINNING THREESOME is this trio of spinning lures which rank among the most popular of models available for the sport. Lures consist of one popper, one diver and one standard model. Come in lightweight genuine balsa wood box for easy carrying. Set of 3 postpaid are $1.50. Write to Panther Distributors, 31 Irving PI., New York 3, N. Y.
COFFEE BREAK TIME becomes banquet time when coffee is made in a new Coffeematic Spring Special. Solid copper automatic coffee maker is chrome-plated, holds 8 cups. Unique flavor selector, cold water pump, heat sentinel. At $14.95, compares with up to $25 models. Write for details. Landers, Frary & Clark, Dept. 38, New Britain, Conn.
OFF THE CUFF these boldly unique cuff links with tie bar crafted in Cairo by skilled Egyptian artisans look as good as they do on. Inch squares depict ancient Egyptian sport of lion-shooting from hunting chariots. Raised gold scenes stand out against black background. Set, $4.95 ppd. Prince Enterprises, 305-A Madison Ave., N.Y. 17.
WEATHERPROOF WINDOWS with Liquid Rubber Weatherstrip in order to keep wind and wetness outside where they belong. Only natural liquid rubber that weather-seals as it dries. Just squeeze it out, let dry into real rubber. Black, grey, pink, green, white. 2 oz., $1; 4 oz., $1.79 ppd. Meridian Products, 366 Madison Ave., N. Y. 17.
FOOLING FOXES IS FUN with this surefire Fox Calling Kit by Burnham Bros. Year-'round thrills for gun,. bow, camera fans. Sounds like rabbit in distress. Brings foxes, coyotes, wolves, hawks, other predators. Long range call, short range squeaker, calling instruction record (45 & 78). $5 ppd. Burnham Bros., P. O. Box B, Marble Falls, Texas.
FISHERMAN'S HAND-SAVER-that's another name for Detty's Fish Gripper, which makes handling fish with speed and safety a snap. Used to grip, scale, fin and clean all fish. Fits in pocket or tackle box. Rustproof. In 3-color carton, makes ideal sportsman's gift. $2.45. For details, write Detty's Fish Gripper, Dept. OL, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
CLEARING A CAMPSITE and felling trees are the kind of rugged pursuits in which this 18" blade machete really shows its mettle. Army surplus, it was made for use in South Sea Islands. Good for bushing out trails, most any cutting job. Sturdy canvas shield contains belt clip. $2.95 ppd. Arms & Weapons, 40 E. 40 St., New York 16.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
MEASURE FOR MEASURE calculations can be made instantly as well as accurately with this 10" slide rule. Features clear view slide for easy number-reading. A, B, C, D, C1 and K scales. Simplifies multiplying, dividing, proportions and root-finding. Instruction booklet included. $1 ppd. from Larch, 118 E. 28, Dept. 76-P, New York 16.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE—but not in the bottom of the boat where it doesn't belong. Vacu-Jet automatic boat bailer attaches to motor, bails out 3-5 gallons of water per minute. Works on suction principle. Fits any size motor. Easy to install. Vinyl tubing. $3.95 ppd. Scott-Mitchell House, Dept. BB-2X, 611 B'way, New York 12.
HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS
HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS and more than 50 articles by foremost fishing writers have been included in brand-new "Fishermen's Digest." Subjects cover fresh and salt water fish, "how-to" stories as on fly-tying, spinning. Complete fishing book for beginners or veterans. 260 pp. $2.95. Gun Digest Co., Dept. OL, 227 W. Washington St., Chicago.
SMALL BOAT OWNERS will find this marine radiotelephone "pre-tuned package" as economical as it is useful. Makes rapid doit-yourself radiotelephone and antenna installation practical. 16 watt, 5-channel Apelco set. Complete pkg. (AE-16), $276. Details from Applied Electronics, Dept. OL, 213 E. Grand Ave., S. San Francisco, Calif.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER—but diamond catalogs are issued periodically. Copy of latest Kaskel's catalog—free for the asking —contains information on diamond-grading along with advice on buying. Numerous photos picture various pieces of diamond jewelry priced from $25 up. Write to Kaskel's, Dept. 724-C, 41 W. 57 St., N.Y. 19
A GRACEFUL MINIATURE
A GRACEFUL MINIATURE that exactly duplicates the beauty of the original is this model of the ship considered handsomest of large American-built clippers. 21" overall, every inch suggests speed, seaworthiness. Mahogany finish base, metal name plates. With full history, $38 ppd. Catalog. Piel Craftsmen, Dept. 358, Newburyport, Mass.
A HONEY FOR THE MONEY is this genuine 6 shot double-action "Puppy"—one of the lowest price 22 cal. revolvers available. Small, compact and lightweight. Can be slipped into pocket or car, or used for hunting or trapping. 6 in. long, steel barrel. Just pull trigger to shoot. $15.98. Godfrey Import Corp., 261 B'way, New York 7, N. Y.
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FISH PREDICTOR—Want to know when they’re biting? Cortland Lines' pocket-size 1958 Fishing Forecaster tells the best days to fish throughout the year. It’s a great help in planning fishing trips months in advance. Besides predictions, the fishing guide contains charts and other valuable data.
ALMOST EVERY game official, technician, and sportsman familiar with wild turkeys has his own definite opinion on whether spring hunting for gobblers will hurt the turkey population in a given area. Until a few years ago, I was stubborn in my belief that since buck turkeys were easier to take in mating season, too many would be killed for the good of the flocks.
STORM SIGNALS are flying on the Alaska polar-bear front. Up to a few years ago most sportsmen in this country thought that for them a polar bear was about as unattainable as an elephant, or more so. Only those with time and money to go on long summer voyages into arctic ice could hope to take the lustrous white pelt that many hunters regard as the most beautiful of all North American trophies.
JACK H. BERRYMAN, wildlife management biologist for the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, says out loud something that many Eastern sportsmen and, I strongly suspect, some state game officials, have been thinking for a long time: "If public hunting on privately owned land, especially farmland, is to continue, it's essential that game be considered as a crop and that the landowner receive a fair return for the production of that crop and for allowing sportsmen to harvest it.
SPORTSMEN and fishery management leaders in Washington state have been soundly whipped year after year in their fight to regulate excessive netting by Indians of steelheads and salmon in coastal streams. Recently, however, hopes for some improvement in the situation were aroused when the Indians who net the Puyallup River near Tacoma made what some sportsmen thought was an attempt to work out a compromise with sportsmen and the state game department.
ONE SIZZLING-HOT August afternoon I was walking toward a Cape Cod surf to fish while wetwading, when a man's voice called out, "Hey, Mac, know anybody I can hire to lug this fish ?" To my surprise, the fellow was carrying a 50-lb. striped bass, the largest I’d seen in a long time.
JAMMED TIGHTLY into the back of our ski-equipped Cessna 180, Bob Krear. the photographer of our expedition, and I peered down as Keith Harrington, our bush pilot, gained altitude over Fort Yukon and headed northward. Bob and I had arrived the previous day by air from Fairbanks with 1,200 pounds of equipment.
I WATCHED MY nylon line tighten from the pull of a receding wave. New breakers slackened and tightened it again. Then the line jerked, and the tip of my glass rod raked downward at a sharp angle. I raised the tip, feeling the surge of a good fish.
MY HUSBAND Bill Morden and I were on a short-term safari to photograph African game. We'd left the open plains where herds of zebras raced away through clouds of dust as we passed. Our sturdy car pushed on through dense grass higher than the windshield.
On an Ontario lake I proved my point—in spring, big lake trout can be taken on the surface, on light tackle, like oversize brookies
BYRON W. DALRYMPLE
OUR BOAT BOBBED on the rough surface, drifting. The water slapping the hull was icy blue, deep, glass-clear, and cold. The fish I was fast to made a wild run, and I hung on helplessly and tried to estimate yards of line unraveling to the thin, metallic protest of the drag.
NOT TOO MANY years ago, a hunting trip to Africa was the privilege of the rich and leisured. The few Americans who went on safari generally spent the better part of a year to get to Africa, do their hunting, and return home. The cost was staggering.
Like the men in any other profession, the outfitters and white hunters who do the best work get the widest reputations and are most in demand. That's why you ought to start at least a year in advance of your hunt to line up your African accommodations.
LAST FALL I brought a bull elk into our local cold-storage plant, and the busy manager said something which pleased me. "What a relief to see some clean meat," he sighed. "Some of the stuff hunters bring in here looks like it had been run over with a truck, then dragged through a barnyard."
VINCE MARINARO knelt at the edge of the river. "Watch," he said, brushing his hand against the grass that overhung the water. At first I didn’t see a thing. Then I spotted several tiny green-and-black insects, barely an eighth of an inch long, skipping across the surface and drifting with the current.
I HAD MY first attack of woodchuck fever 60 years ago—right after I shot my first chuck with an old Merwin & Hulbert .22 rifle I bought from another boy for 25¢. Range on that shot was about 25 feet. My chuck-hunting fever has subsided from time to time since then, but for the past 12 years it has been most virulent, my only relief from it being to get out at every opportunity to match wits with certain educated chucks that elude me year after year.
I'M LUCKY enough to have a bass pond all of my own. Its two acres have given me more bass than all the TVA lakes for which my region is famous. My pond doesn't even have a name, and it isn't really mine. Yet I usually have it all to myself. Chances are that you can have a pond like it, for free.
IT WAS A hard road from our camp 10 miles north of Patten, Maine, to the black-bear country—a one-car, steep-graded road with unexpected turns, washouts, and rockfalls. Harold Hill's old green car bounced along, a six-cylinder replacement for the packtrain, loaded with everything from boots to bandages.
Midwest cashes in on its first new fishing wrinkle in years. Here it is
I've taken a total of 17 different kinds of fish on bucktails, and I haven't even tried any of the trout family
THE LONE fisherman eyed us indifferently as Rod Bell dropped anchor above the sandbar, and our boat swung to meet the warm wind that blew up Lake St. Croix from the south. It was early morning and to the west, past the channel buoys, was the stillsleeping town of Afton.
THE HUGE BUCK moved leisurely along the ridge, hesitating every few yards to nibble the sweet grass at his feet. It was early morning, but already, the slanting rays of the sun shone warmly on the birch and spruce clinging to Ossipee Mountain.
I WAS fishing a strange stream, the most promising trout water I have ever seen. Selecting two lively night crawlers from my bait can, I threaded them on a No. 4 hook and dropped the worms into a deep and enticing pool. I knew for sure that I was going to connect with a big trout.
Question: I may have an opportunity to go to Maine to fish for landlocked salmon right after the ice goes out. Since I’ve never done this, I’d appreciate a few suggestions on lures and methods.—Fred J. Lapointe, N. H. Answer: Usually streamer flies are best for landlocked salmon.
A few years ago my son, Ron, and I went on a two-week fishing trip to the mountain lakes of central Oregon. We brought back our limits of large, meaty trout—all caught in those remote mountain lakes without a boat. "How did you do it?" my fishing friends inquired.
The Savage Arms people up at Chicopee Falls, Mass., must have kept their designers under lock and key somehow, because they've managed to design, tool up for, and bring out a brand-new, bolt-action, big-game rifle without a single rumor having got out.
Ashot shell that’s picking up in popularity and attracting a good deal of attention is the 20 gauge in the 3-in. Magnum. Over the past half dozen years Winchester has chambered many Model 21 doubles for the long shell, and Winchester officials have found guns and loads excellent for duck hunting.
Question: I have a .270 Winchester Model 70 with 4X scope. A pal says that using a 160-gr. Barnes bullet, I’m well fixed for a moose, grizzly, or brown bear. I say no. In a pinch, maybe. But I intend to get a .300 H. & H. Magnum for those big babies. What's your opinion of the .35 Whelen?—George A.
There's more to pick from and quality is better. So is the service you get
E. L. CALDWELL & SONS
Cruisers, Inc., 1958
J. A. EMMETT
THE 1958 boat trailers shown on these pages reflect once again the amazing progress in this field. It wasn't long ago that boat trailers were clumsy, unwieldy contraptions that towed poorly and were nuisances to use. Now, as this representative sample shows, all that has changed.
NOT ALL campsites are booby-trapped, and certainly no campsite in the world would have all the pitfalls I'm going to write about. Matter of fact, camping is one of the safest recreational activities, but it can be doubly safe if you're careful about selecting and using a campsite.
THE FOXHOUND is a type rather than a specific breed of dog, and one that varies considerably over the country. But whatever the type, it is a hound that will bring pleasure to the sportsman, both while training and while working him on the game trail.
Question: My dog frequently gets convulsions. What could be causing them, and what can I do about it?—Mrs. J. Kubovy, Mich. Answer: The convulsions could be resulting from various causes, or they may trace back to some previous illness. Don’t exercise the dog too much, and if he’s inclined to be constipated give him 1 tbsp.
Question: How do you rate the basset hound as a trailer? Why isn’t the breed more popular?—Harry C. Tirrell, Mass. Answer: The basset is unquestionably one of the best of our trail hounds, but has failed to attract public attention because of his lack of speed.
This very little black bear wandered away from its ma and got caught in a wolf trap in the woods west of Three Lakes, Wis. Rescued by a trapper, it was bought for $45 by Carl O. Marty Jr., who operates the Northernaire, a resort hotel near Three Lakes.
Believe in signs? Main route to California—U.S. 60-70—crosses bonedry Hassayampa River on bridge in Wickenburg, Ariz. Sign there says, "No Fishing from the Bridge." . . Pied Piper wanted. Klamath waterfowl management area, Oregon, plagued by hordes of field mice that have cleaned out waterfowl food.
MUM'S THE WORD. New York's most unfortunate fishermen Of the year caught a 61½-lb. striped bass at Montauk, for which he can’t claim credit. He was playing hookey from his job the day he caught it.—Ed Moore, N.Y. Journal American. PAID IN FULL.