I found R. P. (Dick) Jacoby’s “My 15,000 Rattlesnakes” in the January issue very interesting. When Jacoby and Ben East were teasing the rattler with a toy balloon and it wouldn’t strike, instead of trying a different color they should have tried a balloon filled with hot water.
WARNING: This tabulation is compiled from official sources; but 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 fish in any state or province, get a copy of the current regulations from the proper agency.
The most practical method for reviving victims of any age who have stopped breathing is the mouth-tomouth technique, says the American Red Cross, which has recently adopted the procedure for adults. The Red Cross adopted the technique for infants and small children two years ago.
NEARLY A CENTURY AGO this .43 cal. Rolling Block rifle was made by Remington— now it makes a prized decoration for den or mantel. Gunsmith-reconditioned to look close to new. A good shooter, too. 50" long. Cleaning rod. $18.95 ppd. Potomac Arms, 329 S. Union St., Dept. OL, Alexandria, Va.
Fly Fisherman's Knife
MADE FOR FLY FISHING though it doubles as an ordinary pocket knife is this imported Fly Fisherman's Knife crafted of Solingen stainless steel. Included are 3½" blade, scissors, awl, magnetized disgorger, file. $13.95 postpaid. Sportsmen's Imports, Dept. OL, P.O. Box 8, Little Silver, N. J.
cuff links and tie bar
MORE THAN FAR OUT is where the formula on these handsome cuff links and tie bar— the minimum velocity required by an object to escape the earth's gravitational field— can take you. Silver or gold finish. Set, $2.95 ppd. Write to Davis Scientific, Dept. OL-4, 509 East 80 Street, New York 21, N. Y.
Fred Palmer's Hawk Call
BIRDS IN THE BUSH will be more likely to end up in your freezer with Fred Palmer's Hawk Call that actually "freezes" pheasants, blue quail and rabbits. For hawk and crow hunters, too. $3 ppd. 45 rpm. instruction record, $2 ppd. Truetone Game Calls, Dept. O-11, Box 3043, Bellaire 101, Tex.
jet first flight covers
NOT JUST FOR COLLECTORS of stamps but for anyone interested in the historic and potentially valuable are these covers flown in the official first flight of a new U. S. jet air mail route. Specially postmarked. 4 different jet first flight covers, $1.95. Write to K. M. Walsh, Box 3080, Tuckahoe, N. Y.
automatic fishing float
CASTS LIKE A PLUG but this automatic fishing float keeps the line below it set at any desired depth from 1 to 100 ft. No line snag or tie-up when you cast; gets your line where the fish are feeding. Full instructions provided. $2.98 ppd. Order from Innerfloat Tackle, Box 141, Dept. 14, Olathe, Kansas.
$4.95 plus 25¢
ROOM AT THE TOP of this favorite hat among trout fishermen provides space for the magnetic front band that holds the flies. Ventilating nylon mesh sides contain a builtin compass. Water-repellent cotton twill. S, M, L, XL. $4.95 plus 25¢¢ pstg. Joseph J. Blake, Dept. OL, Blake Bldg., Gilroy, Calif.
famed sports cars
EVEN THE SMALLEST DETAIL on these imported models of 2 famed sports cars, the Porsche Convertible D and Mercedes 190 SL, are accurately scaled. Only 4" long, but go 20 mph. on a straightaway. Precision steering and brake. $2.95 ea. ppd. Prince, Dept. OL-4, 60 E. 42 St., N. Y. 17, N. Y.
Cavalier sport boots
MILLIONS OF TINY PORES enable your feet to "breathe" through these soft and luxuriously comfortable 9" Cavalier sport boots. Bench-made of textured imported boarhide. Waterproof. All men's sizes, $25 & 50¢ shipping. Norm Thompson, 1806 N. W. Thurman Street, Dept. O, Portland 9, Ore.
"Knot Tier's Friend"
LIKE AN EXTRA HAND when you want to tie any type of knot or snell hooks properly is this "Knot Tier's Friend". Enables you to tie any size leader to any size hook. Complete instructions enclosed. $1 ppd. Free pamphlet on request. Rudy Masson Products, Dept. A, 4015 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, Calif
2-man portable boat
EASY TO TAKE ALONG and just as easy to inflate is this 2-man portable boat that is ideal for shallow draft rivers, inlets and weed-choked bays. Heavy rubberized canvas. 8' long. Complete with pump & aluminum oars. $39.99 & exp. chges. Klein's. Dept. O, 227 W. Washington, Chicago 6, III.
END LOST KEY WORRIES by attaching this magnetic "Hide-A-Key" that holds keys and coins behind grill guard, fender or hood, or in any secret place in car (or home). Exceptionally powerful magnet adheres to any metal surface. $1 ppd. Catalog. Bill's Military Stores, Dept. KK, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
float fishing outfit
MOVE ACROSS THE WATER as easily as you walk across land with this float fishing outfit that enables anglers to cover an entire stream or lake. Custom float (fits over inner tube), $18.95 paddle pushers, $8.95. Details free. Fishmaster Mfg. Co., Dept. OL, 1215 N. Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Okla.
FOR THE LONGEST WEAR there are few seat covers as rugged as these washable denim "Car Jeans". Easy to attach with tacks supplied. $2.98 for front or rear cover; $5.96 for both. Add 25¢ postage. Specify split or solid front seat. Cryder Sales, Box 79, Dept. D-100, Whitestone 57, N. Y.
HUNTING AND FISHING VEST
HUNTING AND FISHING VEST fits snugly under your coat in cold weather or replaces a jacket on coatless days. Pockets on front keep equipment handy; large rubberized game bag snaps on and off back. Waterrepellent. S, M, L. $4.95 ppd. Empire, Dept. OL, 140 Marbledale Rd., Tuckahoe, N. Y.
A DREAM COME TRUE for fly-casters is this "W-80" Super fly line actually guaranteed to float forever. Casts accurately in any kind of water. HEH, HDH, HCH, GBG, HDF, HCF, GBF or GAF tapers: $12.50 ea. ppd. F, E, D, C or B levels: $3.50 ppd. The Fly Shop, Dept. OL, Box 6, San Marino 20, Calif.
SPIN-FISHING FILM—There’s no doubt among those who know that the success—or failure—of spin fishing depends on the strength of the knot you make in the monofilament line as well as the strength of the line itself. For that reason, Du Pont has put together a 15-minute color movie, “Hook, Line and What Knot?”, that explains how to tie 3 different monofilament knots that retain up to 100% of line strength. Copies of the film are available for loan to rod and gun clubs from the Du Pont Co., Motion Picture Distribution, Dept. A, Wilmington 98, Dela.
Du Pont Co.
ENGINE-STARTING FLUID—Better than an insurance policy against trouble in starting—either your car, outboard motor or even power mower—is a new additive called Pyroil Push Button Starting Fluid. The additive provides instant starting of all gasoline or diesel engines in cold weather (down to 65 below zero!) and wet or humid conditions—if there is as much as a grunt left in the battery. Developed by the Pyroil Co., Inc., La Crosse, Wis., a pressurized can is priced at $1.75.
Du Pont Co.
CUSHION-SOLED BOOTS—The closest you can get to walking on air is the way it feels to walk on the new 7-inch size Red Wing “Irish Setter” sport boots. Their full wedge cushion-crepe outer soles combine with “sweat-proof” leather insoles and soft, mellow glove leather uppers to make for the most in comfort. Part of the complete line of sporting boots and shoes of the Red Wing Shoe Co., 120 Main St., Red Wing, Minn., they retail for $18.95.
Du Pont Co.
GUN-SAVING BLEND—Just a few sprays from an aerosol can is all it takes to keep your firearms in the peak of condition with a new all-in-one gun care product called G-66 Brand Gun Treatment. A unique blend of solvents, lubricants and protective substances, the spray reaches hard-to-get-to places with ease and leaves a magnetic coating that prevents rust. Made by the Jet-Aer Corp., Paterson, N. J., a 5-oz. can is priced at $1.39.
Du Pont Co.
CANINE-TRAVEL GUIDE—One of the biggest problems on a sporting trip can be what to do about Fido when you’re looking for accommodations. To solve that dilemma, a new and revised version of the booklet, “Touring With Towser,” has just been prepared by the Gaines Dog Research Center, Dept. OL, 250 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. In addition to helpful hints on traveling with a dog, the guide lists more than 5,200 hostels that will be anything but hostile to the idea of providing room for your pet as well as your person. To get a copy, send 25¢ to cover mailing.
Du Pont Co.
DOUBLE-ACTING LURE—Offering twice the action of the average lure because it features a rolling and wiggling motion at each of its ends rather than at just one of them, a new gemeyed lure nicknamed “Diamond Jim" has been developed by the Fastex Division of the Illinois Tool Works, Des Plaines, Ill. Aimed at larger-size fresh and salt water game fish, the lively lure is distributed by C. F. Orvis Co., Dept. OL, Manchester, Vt. It sells for $1.35 and $1.50, depending on size.
Du Pont Co.
DRAG-PROOF BUCKET—Most recent arrival among minnow buckets is a new one of polyethylene uniquely designed and weighted to float horizontally, so as not to become a "drag" on a boat in the process of trolling. Introduced by Cosom Industries, Inc., 6030 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis 16, Minn., the Flow-Troll bucket rights itself automatically when tossed into the water, thanks to its tapered, almost saucer-like shape. Fine for keeping frogs, grasshoppers and shrimps as well as minnows, it’s priced at $4.95.
Du Pont Co.
AUTO-REPAIR AID—Many of the most common repair jobs on cars or trailers can become literally child’s play with a new substance that’s as easy to use as modeling clay and yet as sturdy, when hardened, as steel. Introduced by the Devcon Corp., Danvers, Mass., “Plastic Steel” remedies such sore spots as torn fenders, rusted panels, leaking radiators and even cracked engine blocks. The versatile material comes in an auto repair kit that retails for about $1.25.
Du Pont Co.
COOKING-OUT BOOKLET—As every sportsman knows, there’s something in the air—that makes food cooked outdoors taste better than that cooked just about anywhere else. However, it can taste even better than usual if you keep in mind the hints in the newly-enlarged Nestlé booklet, “The Easy Way to Outdoor Cooking.” Tips range from how to make a tin-can stove to the ways metal foil can save flavor as well as pan-washing. For a free copy, write to the sportsman-author, Joe Bates, Jr., at P. O. Box 414, White Plains, New York.—Ben Smith.
SCRAPPY winter flounder were biting ravenously that sunny, early April day in Niantic Bay, a fishrich body of tidal water in eastern Connecticut. So eagerly were they striking that the hooks baited with sea worms that Jimmy Roberts and I dropped from our anchored rowboat were picked up almost as soon as they reached bottom.
IF YOU’RE making a fishing trip to Canada this summer and plan to come home by way of Minnesota, take warning. That state enforces (some sportsmen think far too strictly) a law that forbids transportation through it of fish taken illegally in Canada, or of fish in excess of limits permitted under the regulations of the province where they were caught.
JUST A YEAR ago I reported a difference of opinion between the Department of the Interior and several state game commissions over a new method of splitting up Pittman-Robertson funds among the states. At that time the debate was verging on tartness.
EACH YEAR the spring turkey season in the Southern states attracts more disciples. From all indications, a record crop of hunters will turn out this April. We waited until the last minute to get reports from the game commissions which set up regulations for wild turkey hunting in their states.
ON THE WEST COAST, clamming during April is more than a stop-gap between winter steelhead and trout fishing. Unusually low tides make it perhaps the best clamming time of the year, for instance, on California’s Pismo Beach. Like ardent spring surf fishermen, April clammers are rugged individualists who look on summer diggers as tourists.
Here’s a sure-fire way to take your limit of catfish. To the terminal end of your fishing line attach a lead sinker large enough to hold your bait on bottom. Above this sinker attach leader and hook so that the hook will fall within 2 or 3 in. of the sinker.
These are the tricks of the 10 percent of fishermen who catch about 90 percent of the trout each year
IN EVERY region where trout are caught there will be a few fishermen who are known for the “luck” that allows them to make a good catch on days when other anglers get skunked. I had the good fortune years ago to fish for the Lake Superior brook trout known as coasters with one of these “lucky” anglers.
Two Navy chiefs hunting on their own bring in the brown bear of the year
A. L. HOOKER
IF HE LOOKED big at 400 yards, he now loomed gigantic in my scope at 125. He was wet and appeared coal black as he climbed out of the ravine. As cold as it was, I could feel the sweat trickling down my back. I let the great Alaska brown bear take two steps upward, placed the crosshairs between his shoulder blades, and squeezed the trigger.
A friend of mine claims a God's River trout ate his whole hat. I'm sure he's exaggerating a little, but not too much
I FELT like a sardine in a can. My knees were drawn up almost to my chin, and I was hunched forward awkwardly. I’d been that way for hours. Frank Gilbert, beside me, was equally uncomfortable. We were cramped atop the luggage behind the front seats in the de Havilland Beaver.
Thriving in desolation, this swift, keen, and unique animal presents the only chance for plains hunting in North America
OF ALL THE ODD and eccentric beasts that walk the face of this earth, the North American pronghorn antelope is one of the oddest. He has characteristics of many animals but is closely related to none, a creature unique in the animal kingdom. His horns are branched like the antlers of the deer, and also like the deer he sheds them annually.
Now it's the slip-on coach. There's a boom in these unique rolling camps for sportsmen
Now It's On—Now It's Off
BYRON W. DALRYMPLE
THE SPEEDOMETER in my streamlined 1960 pickup read an even 60. Ahead of me stretched four-lane pavement. In the distance I caught an exciting shimmer of blue water, the big Western impoundment I was headed for. I slowed her down and reached to the dash for the microphone hanging there.
Would the stream—heavily fished in the daytime—pay off with big browns in the solitude of darkness? We were astonished
DUSK was closing in as I waded gingerly into the Hemlock Pool and began to cast. Upstream, I saw Dick Fowler’s flashlight wink on and off as he clambered around a ledge of the run above me. I had on a big White Wulff and I could just make out its faint outline as it floated on the still current.
Fly fishermen take 100 fish a day during the spring runs of shad up West Coast rivers
JAMES W. FREEMAN
IWADED out of the Feather River in northern California and grinned down at Warren Downey, who was sprawled on the bank with his big straw hat tipped over his eyes. I nudged him with the toe of my wader and said, “I thought you never saw the day when there were too many fish for you.”
I wanted a turkey, and my shotgun was not the weapon for what came trotting toward me
Corn for Breakfast
T. J. (SHORTY) LYON
THE BIG LION was going up the steep hillside in long, easy leaps. The hill was much too steep for my saddle mule to make any time, and the big cat was already out of range of the shotgun I was carrying. I was at a loss as to what I should do for a moment, and then I thought of my newly purchased varmint call.
We found this TVA lake, overlooked for years, to be a bass-fisherman’s secluded paradise
DAVID DALE DICKEY
MY TOP-WATER LURE smacked into the mud just an inch above the shoreline. “Dick Eye, what are you doing, hunting muskrats?” asked Charley Kuhn, who was paddling. He was rubbing it in, for this was the last evening of our trip and he’d caught six times as many bass as I had.
Sometimes you look back and marvel that a certain shot connected—like this one at the big Stone ram
KNICK was making his stalk below us, and it looked as if he’d get a goat. I grabbed my camera gear and told my Indian guide, Charles Quock, to stay here on top of the mountain with the horses. Then I hurriedly started picking my way toward the action. When I reached the spot I was aiming for, I couldn’t see Knick, but the goats were in plain sight. The two of them were bedded in a draw far down the steep mountainside, and one appeared to be an excellent trophy.
When you hear that yell, get set to tangle with a rocket loaded with dynamite
Reinforce Minnow Net
EVEN IF I BECAME a second Methuselah, I’d recall in my 900th year my first bout with the wahoo—that missile-shaped, oceanic gamefish with a tail full of jets and a mouthful of daggers. Every angler I know who has fought this most magnificent of all the mackerels with tackle that’s light enough to flatter the fight of a sailfish, has been impressed by him as much as I have.
All you need to bamboozle wily black bandits is a blind that blends with terrain, a few decoys, and a call to chow
JOHN O. CARTIER
SOME HUNTS are so good they stand out in memory. This crow shoot began on one of those rare days in April when the weather turns up like May. The snow was gone except for scattered pockets in the thicker swales. A mist-covered sun hung in the east, promising forgotten warmth for this Michigan farm country, and here and there fresh greens were breaking through winter-dulled ground cover.
YOU HAVE LOTS of company if you’re looking for an all-round fly line, one that will handle wet flies, streamers, nymphs, and live bait during March and April when the streams are high, enable you to reach way out yonder with a small dry fly in May and June, and flip out ponderous bass bugs in July.
WHAT KIND of angling doesn’t involve bait, lures, or rods and offers the skilled hunter a better chance for action than an expert fisherman often gets? The answer is bowfishing—shooting fish with a bow and arrow. Suckers, eels, carp, sharks, rays, gar, bullfrogs, and snapping turtles are part of the variety of swimming targets for bowfishermen.
IT IS A convention of long standing that the metal parts of a firearm be blued. In most cases the blue is more black than blue, and in some cases more brown than blue. But blue it is called anyway. In the past quarter of a century it has become a fashion to leave the bolt on a high-class, boltaction rifle bright, and even to have a pattern on it.
It’s getting so a man can’t believe his eyes anymore. Winchester’s new Model 59 semi-automatic looks like a conventional shotgun with a blue-steel barrel and receiver, but it isn’t. The receiver is aluminum with a blue-black finish, and the barrel is glass—or at least most of it is.
Only about 100 Winchester Model 21 shotguns in all grades will be made annually, a recent Winchester announcement says. The fine double will be available only on special order and the cheapest, the Custom grade, will sell for one grand—$1,000.
NO OTHER TYPES of craft have ever aroused so much interest and controversy in boating circles in so short a time as have the modern versions of the catamaran, or “cats” as they’re commonly called. The cats have their critics as well as their boosters, but a good boat of this type has at least two generally acknowledged advantages over conventional outboards: 1. Greater stability. 2. Better behavior in rough water.
BUYING A TENT IS a little like buying a house. In both cases it pays to do some thinking and investigating before you buy. Such careful selection practically assures you of getting a tent that will give long and satisfactory service for the type of camping you plan, the number of persons in your party, and the way you’ll travel.
SPRING may be characterized by April showers and May flowers, but puppies are almost as integral a part of the season. The months between January and June are puppy-producing months. In thousands of homes across the U. S. people are getting acquainted with a new pup or perhaps are trying their hand at raising a litter.
Weird “shotgun” saves starving men. Three men, marooned for 14 days by heavy snow last winter in cabin on Black Rock Lake, Wash., cut off from supplies, out of food, contrived firearm effective on ducks which saved them from starvation. They found some shells in cabin, made gun to fit them. Took 2-ft. pipe for barrel, held it in stock with twisted wire.
PHEW! Game Protector Norm Erickson knew something was wrong even before the hunter opened the trunk of his car which contained the body of a deer he’d been carrying around for four days waiting for the season to open.— Eldy Johnston, McKeesport (Pa.) Daily News.