Here's a picture which shows that even professional butchers benefited from the article "How to Butcher Your Deer" in your October issue. John Henry Bradshaw and Billy Jean Arnold of the Canton, Mo., locker plant are scanning your series of pictures for helpful hints before cutting up deer brought to them after deer-season opening day.
Sportsmen from the other 49 states who hunt walrus, polar, brown, or grizzly bears, sheep, or goats in Alaska next fall will be required to hire a licensed guide, as in the old days before the guide system was done away with. The new Alaska game code that went into effect January 1 provided for a licensed guide system but did not give the details.
The time-tried .30/06 is still the champion and the favorite of those who buy left or right-handed versions of the good Savage Model 110 bolt-action. In the left-handed Model 110-ML, 43 percent of the orders are for the .30/06, 13 percent for the .270, 24 percent for the suprisingly popular .243, and 22 percent for the .308.
THE FISH our party of four wanted for dinner had struck my trolled Japanese feather. It was a nice king mackerel of about 20 pounds and had made that one dazzling leap into the air which his kind often do after feeling the hook. He was a stirring sight as his silvery sides flashed under a bright tropical sun at a height of nearly 15 ft. above the crests of gentle waves off Nassau in the Bahamas.
THE SALE of Pennsylvania fishing licenses from 1954 through 1956 averaged more than 700,000 a year. In 1956 it reached an all-time high of 701,389. Since then the trend has been steadily downward. License sales dropped to 669,000 in 1957, nose-dived to 621,000 in 1958, and while last year's returns aren't complete, the sale of 541,000 licenses to August 1 isn't encouraging.
IS PHEASANT hunting headed for the skids again? Does the unexpected slump in ringneck population over much of the Midwest last fall foretell a countrywide crash, perhaps as severe as the one that carried the birds to their all-time low back in the mid-'40's?
NOT TOO MANY decades ago a fellow could strike out from home in almost any direction and start hunting. But the picture has drastically changed on private lands. While game continues to be recognized as public property, its harvest (within state and federal regulations) is conceded to be controlled entirely by the man who owns the land.
THIS MONTH hunters in the Southwest are looking forward to duck and goose shooting in Mexico, javelina hunts in Arizona, and of course, varminting. As usual, there are lots of ducks and geese in such northern Mexico hotspots as the Yaqui River valley and near Ciudad Obregón, and also on the Hardy River in the vicinity of El Mayor in Baja California.
AS WE TRUDGED out on the ice of Wisconsin's Prairie Lake that morning the temperature was 2 above. Our boots crunching in the snow, we made our way to a huddled group of fishermen standing with their backs to a wind that held the hint of more snow to come.
FOR DRIVING IN STYLE this custom-made "Snooty Car Plaque" bears the official-looking engraved inscription, "This car made especially for (any name you want)." Adheres to dashboard by itself; easy to remove. 3" × 1". Specify name desired. $1.49 ppd. Sunset House, 255 Sunset Bldg., Beverly Hills, Calif.
LOADED WITH MORE POWER than other models of its type is this exceptionally accurate air rifle that fires .177 pellets and darts. Hand-rubbed Caucasian wood stock, rifled barrel. For target practice, small game. $10.98 ppd. 1,000 pellets, $4.98. Thoresen, Inc., Dept. 01-940, 585 Water St., N. Y. 2, N. Y.
TRAP OR HUNTING LOADS may easily be handled with this Lee Loader for shotgun shells that reloads high or low brass shells. Accurately machined steel & aluminum tools. Specify 12, 16 or 20 gauge. Complete set, $9.95. Lee Custom Engineering, 6026 N. Apple Blossom Lane, Dept. 3, Milwaukee, Wis.
GUIDE FOR BARGAIN HUNTERS who want to bid and buy from the U. S. gov't. at fantastic savings is the 1960 edition of "How & Where To Buy Gov't. Surplus." Tells kinds of surplus available, how to get on bidders' lists, addresses of 600 depots. $1 ppd. Aviation Surplus Center, Box 789, York, Pa.
Aluma-Tan protective screen
SHELTER FROM THE WIND to add to the comfort of ice fishermen is provided by this portable Aluma-Tan protective screen that also reflects the sun's rays to provide warmth. Sturdy steel, wood and aluminum foil construction. Easy to carry, setup. $5.95. Aluma-Tan, Box 476, Minneapolis 40, Minn.
AS WILD A COLLECTION of foreign postage stamps as can be found anywhere are contained in this exciting "Stamp-ede" assortment of weird and ferocious animals from the far corners of the world. With bonus collection (119 stamps in all), 10¢. H. E. Harris & Co., Dept. L-22, Boston 17, Mass.
WIRED TO BRING SOUND from an auto or home radio, records, TV or tapes to any indoor or outdoor spot is this compact, full fidelity 5" speaker. 25' extension cord with 2 clips for instant connection; finest tone. $7.98 ppd. Sporting Items Co., Box 3048, Grand Central Sta., N. Y. 17, N. Y.
cotton bunting flag
OLD GLORY'S NEW LOOK gives it 9 staggered lines of 6 and 5 stars each for a total of 50. Standard size (3' × 5') cotton bunting flag has sewed stripes, printed stars. Brass grommets on canvas siding. $4.95 ppd. Free flag folder. House of Flags, 1308 Lincoln Bldg., Dept. OL-2, N. Y. 17, N. Y.
MANY ARE THE USES of this all-in-one combination vacuum brush, fan and flashlight. Can be used to clean clothing or upholstery and as an individual fan. Flashlight has strong magnifying lens. $2.98 ppd. Batteries, 2 for 30¢. Scientific Instrument Co., Dept. L, Box 126, Bethpage, L. I., N. Y.
MORE THAN 2,000 PAGES as well as 3,000 color illustrations are included in this Complete Outdoor Reference Library. Volumes on Mammals, Trees, Birds, Fish, Weather, Stars, Rocks, etc. All 12, $39.95 ppd. Any 5, $19.95 ppd. Home Study Educators, Dept. OL-2, 1036 South LaBrea, Los Angeles, Calif.
INITIALS WITH A MEANING close to the hearts of many people make this handsome set of cuff links and tie bar stand out. Letters "TGIF" represent "Thank God it's Friday!" Silver or gold finish, gift-packed in satin-lined case. $2.98 ppd. Park Galleries, 103 Park Ave., Dept. OL-2, N. Y. 17, N. Y.
windproof Alaska Bush Pilot jacket
DESIGNED FOR ACTIVE MEN this sturdy windproof Alaska Bush Pilot jacket provides complete freedom of movement. Water repellent nylon-lined cotton shell; 100% prime Northern goose down quilted insulation. 3850, $34.95 & 75¢f pstg. Alaska Sleeping Bag Co., 723 NW 18th Ave., Dept. L, Portland, Ore.
STOP THAT SLIPPING AROUND on rainy days with a pair of these squeegee-soled rubbers with non-skid suction cups. Made to outwear several pairs of ordinary rubbers. Featherweight (9 oz.). State shoe size. $3.98 ppd. Stadri Products Company, 147-47 Sixth Ave., Dept. ODL, Whitestone 57, N. Y.
Tens-O-Matic Replacement Retriever
FISH CAN'T GET AWAY when the reel sports a Tens-O-Matic Replacement Retriever Control to provide just the right tension and clutching action. Precision-made of Du Pont's "Zytel" nylon to resist wear. Specify reel make & model. $3 ppd. Jauco Industries, 34 N. Brentwood Blvd., Dept. OL, Clayton 5, Mo.
FIRST PRINTED IN 1875 and just reproduced from that original edition is this spectacular pictorial history of the Civil War in one giant (14" × 10") volume. Over 1,000 battle scenes and photos in 544 pages. Pre-publication price, $9.95 ppd. Angus Books, 305 Madison Ave., Dept. OL-2, N. Y. 17, N. Y.
I jumped at the chance to become the first American to shoot on a U.S.S.R. preserve. Little did I know how rugged the mountains would be, or how fleet those Crimean deer
W ITH AN INHUMAN scream and then a deep-throated roar, the Russian jet plane took off. We swung gently up from the Brussels airport and over the peaceful Belgian countryside with its red-roofed villages, patches of dark-green woods, and innumerable, neat little farms surrounded by pale-green fields.
Frost warnings herald hot time for Florida sea trout
IT WAS a tough job, persuading the old pro Hank Barthelman of Eustis, Florida, to take another crack at Homosassa's winter fishing for sea trout. Finally insistence and promises paid off. We made plans to leave for Homosassa early next morning—if it was cold enough.
Your rifle is important, but no more than the man behind it
THE GRIZZLY BEAR, in my opinion, is one of the smartest and most interesting animals the sportsman can hunt. He has a keen nose, an ear that can pick up the slightest noise at several hundred yards, and at times good eyesight— particularly in the fall when he's looking for marmots.
OUR FLAT-BOTTOMED BOAT bounced through a riffle and slid into a long, flat pool. Old logs and rocks gave the pool a fishy look. Working from the bow, I began casting a tiny spinner with an ultralight spinning outfit using half-pound-test line.
One of the grandest and most beautiful of the deer tribe, he has everything it takes to make any hunter's dream come true
BACK IN THE EARLY 1930'S, I camped late one September afternoon on the Mogollon Rim, that gigantic fault across half of Arizona and into New Mexico where the earth cracked and slipped a half mile or so. Romantically, I had made a dry camp out on a point overlooking the Tonto Basin at an altitude of around 8,000 feet above sea level.
The frenzied fighting begins again as the shad schools start northward
THE SECOND DAY of my old friend Bill Daley's visit was drawing to a close. It had been a long time since we'd met—over 20 years—and I knew Bill wanted to go fishing. I had a hunch nothing would please him more than taking a crack at a swordfish since, back in our more carefree days, I was with him once when he baited, hooked, and boated a 680-pounder.
We're not in good duck country, but this new kind of pond is changing that
I HUDDLED low in the blind but couldn't keep still. When it gets cold in Dixie, it's the coldest cold in the world. Four mallards had already landed in our decoys in the middle of a two-acre farm pond in South Carolina's Piedmont. Six blinds circled the pond, but no one in them had made a move.
These Michigan men start their hunts at daylight—at the time conventional coon chasers are straggling home from night runs
IT WAS anything but the right time to be starting out on a coon hunt, at 5:30 on a cloudy October morning, with the overcast sky beginning to turn light. I've come home from plenty of coon-chasing expeditions at about that hour, but this was the first time I'd ever started one just as day was breaking.
It cost us only $55 apiece for a week of the world's greatest deep-sea fishing
THE GULF of California is one of the greatest fish traps in the world. Scientists have listed over 500 species of fish in this Mexican sea, which is also known as the Sea of Cortes or the Vermilion Sea. But by whatever name, this long funnel of water, bounded on one side by the Lower California peninsula and on the other by the Mexican mainland, is a real jackpot for salt-water fishermen.
Back in the hungry '30's a British Columbia trapper had to gamble to eat regularly
O. E. FRENCH
IT WAS the last day of October, 1933, just about the middle of the great depression. That was the period during which the utility companies practically stopped buying the cedar poles that I cut and shipped from Blue River, British Columbia.
WE'VE HAD land booms, gold booms, oil booms, and various other booms. Now we have a boating boom. The growth of boating during the postwar years has been fantastic, yet new peaks are predicted for the year ahead. The latest estimate is that more than 40 million persons will take to the nation's waterways this year, and I'm told that spending in connection with boating should reach $l½ billion.
WHILE the makers of boats and motors have been preparing their finest lines yet for the 1960 season, the manufacturers of accessories and maintenance materials have also been hard at work. The result is an unprecedented selection of products to make your rig look and perform better, and to retain its like-new appearance.
EARLY spring may provide exceptionally good fishing or no fishing at all. It all depends on the weather and water conditions in the particular area you fish. The angler's early spring starts just as soon as winter releases its hold on the waters.
FOR A LONG TIME the .375 Magnum was the most powerful cartridge regularly manufactured in the United States, and until recently it was the most powerful factory cartridge ever manufactured here. Consequently, it gives most of us something of a start to read, as I did recently, that the .375 was the best small-bore rifle to take to Africa.
You're on stand in good deer country with the October wind just right and a big-racked buck browsing your way. You've devoted weeks to the selection of the right stand and spent hours building your blind. You've practiced with your hunting bow several months, and you know your tackle and marksmanship are O. K.
THOSE OF YOU who have never taken a canoe camping trip might like to begin planning one now for next summer. Such a venture can be different, inexpensive, and a lot of fun. It can be a small tour of a local lake's shoreline, a trip down a friendly and familiar river you've never actually cruised before, or an expedition into the northern wildernesses with guides, portages, wildlife, and perhaps some genuine adventure.
FIELD trials, the sport in which dogs compete against others of their kind in simulated hunting situations, are growing in popularity. And as long as men admire good working dogs, particularly in these times of heavy hunting pressure and low game populations, trials will continue to attract attention.
Farmwife battles bobcat. Mrs. Cletus McClanahan, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, recently showed that spirit of pioneer women still lives. According to Larry King, Conservation Agent, Mrs. McClanahan heard the farm dogs barking “treed” behind chicken house, found they had adult bobcat at bay.
PARLAY. Ray Williams of Woodfield ran a $2.25 hunting license into a profit of $6.75, plus meat, when a rabbit chased by three foxes ran by him as he aimed at a squirrel. He collected the squirrel and foxes with four shots and a $3 bounty on each fox.