America's Conservation Pledge was originated as a public service by Outdoor Life in 1946 and presented to the nation. It should be recited regularly by school children and other groups to help safeguard our natural resources. I thought you’d be interested in this picture of a rare whooping crane shown feeding in a field of stubble with a flock of sandhill cranes near Nokomis, Saskatchewan. Following reports of the sighting of the bird by a farmer, Fred Lahrman of the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History went to the area to field-check it, and he took the photograph.
The new edition of the famous Lyman reloading handbook (No. 42) is the fanciest and most complete ever offered. It abounds in two and four-color photos and is full of good dope on loading shotgun, rifle, and handgun. The shot-shell section is new and the most complete I have ever run into, with discussions of the Lyman shot-shell reloading tools, the mechanics of reloading, step-by-step instructions, discussions of various shotgun powders and their uses, the various primers, wads, and shot.
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START TO TALK TURKEY
START TO TALK TURKEY at once with this mouth-operated Turkey Call that fits in the palm of the hand. Complete range of livesounding calls. With instructions, $5. Record with live turkey sounds for practice (45 rpm.), $1. Ppd. Write for literature. Leon's Shop, R. Street, Dept. OL-12, Lexington, Va.
SOFT AND YET STRONG
SOFT AND YET STRONG are these halfslipper, half-shoe deerskin loafers. Doublethick deerskin uppers; rugged, flexible cowhide leather soles. Cushion inner soles for that "walking on air" feeling. Saddle tan, 6-12. $11.30 ppd. Deerskin Trading Post, Rt. 1 at 114, Dept. OD-12, Danvers, Mass.
ENOUGH POWER TO VIEW
ENOUGH POWER TO VIEW a field of 525 ft. at 1,000 yds. is provided by this compact wide-angle 7 power monocular. 25 mm. front lens. 3" x 21/4"; weighs 7 oz. Pigskin carrying case with straps. $19.95 plus $1 pstg. & ins. United Binocular Co., Dept. OL-120, 9043 South Western Ave., Chicago 20, III.
THE LAST DETAIL
TO THE LAST DETAIL the scale models of a Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen that can be assembled from this three-in-one kit accurately follow the originals. Precision steering, rubber tires, free-wheeling; go 15 mph. All parts and tools, $7.95 ppd. Robert Gerard, Dept. OL, 333 E. 50 St., N. Y., N. Y.
GET RIGHT ON TARGET
GET RIGHT ON TARGET in your own home with this Detroit Bullet Trap that enables serious shooting practice in basement or garage. Models for every type of shooter from $9.95 to $57.50. Write for "Home Range" brochure. Detroit Bullet Trap Co., Dept. OL11,1436 E. Davis St., Arlington Heights, III.
TRIGGER FINGERS STAY WARM
TRIGGER FINGERS STAY WARM and yet ready for instant use with these Jiffy-Shot Hunting Mittens. Genuine deerskin lined with wool. Trigger-finger flap for right or lefthanders. Choice of red or natural. Small, medium and large. $7.45 ppd. A. L. Farrell, Dept. OL, 775 Park Ave., Bloomfield, Conn.
THE MOST PRECISE METHOD
THE MOST PRECISE METHOD of keeping a tie in place is this Slide-Rule Tie Bar that actually works. Authentic miniature of a real slide rule down to the last calibration. In 24 karat gold plate, $1.65 ppd. In sterling silver, $4.40 ppd. Sunset House, 265 Sunset Building, Beverly Hills, Calif.
FROM LONDON TO TOKYO
FROM LONDON TO TOKYO the time may differ—but this remarkable Global Wristwatch will tell what it is instantly. Movable outside ring lists 24 famous cities. Jeweled anti-magnetic Swiss movement, sweep hand, leather strap. $12.95 ppd. Park Galleries, Dept. OL-12, 103 Park Ave., N. Y., N. Y.
RECORDS FROMTHE PAST
RECORDS FROMTHE PAST provide the original family coat of arms for more than 100,000 British and European surnames that can be emblazoned on these oak wall shields. Full co lor re lie f; 12 "x 14 ".Custom-made.$25 ppd. (returned if name not traceable) York Insignia, Ltd., Albany Hall, York, England.
NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW
NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW nor other finish-destroying elements can affect your car with this heavy gauge vinyl plastic "portable garage". Elasticized bottom to hold securely. State make and model. $9.50 ppd. Extra heavy, $11.50. Cryder Sales, Dept. G-70, Box 79, Whitestone 57, N. Y.
CARRY DEER MORE EASILY
CARRY DEER MORE EASILY by using this new back-saving and carcass-saving Deer Towboggan. Keeps animal in the same clean, whole and tidy condition it was when shot. Folds into its own compact container weighing less than 2’/2 lbs. $4.95 ppd. Booklet. Deer Tow, College Hwy., Southwick, Mass.
FAMOUS DATES IN HISTORY
FAMOUS DATES IN HISTORY fill one of the 2 columns provided in this 1861-1961 Civil War Centennial Calendar. Separate blank column is for your own daily use in 1961. Also contains statistics, battle maps, quotations. $2 ppd.; 5 for $8.95. Civil War Press, Dept. OL, 380 Lexington Ave., N. Y., N. Y.
KEEP OUT THE COLD
KEEP OUT THE COLD with this thermal-insulated Alaskan wolf fur hooded parka. Double-ply nylon shell with warm-as-toast "Dacron" fiberfill quilted insulation. Tan, red, yellow or navy blue. All sizes for men or women. $15.99 ppd. Klein's Sporting Goods, Dept. O, 227 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
LISTEN TO THE SOUND
LISTEN TO THE SOUND of the alarm on this radium dial Vest Pocket Alarm Watch and you will be surprised at the powerful tone. Back of case opens for standing upright. Made in Switzerland. Handy on sporting trips. $9.95 ppd. Seaport Traders, Dept. 5, 1221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 15, Calif.
STAMPS OF THE STATES
STAMPS OF THE STATES admitted to the union at the time of their achieving statehood make up this collection of 32 scarce large-size anniversary commemoratives. Includes the new Alaska and Hawaii airmails. A collection-building group. 25í ppd. Garcelon Stamp Co., Dept. COL, Calais, Maine.
GOOD TIMES ON ICE
GOOD TIMES ON ICE for youngsters from 4 to 8 years old can be provided by these Hans Brinker ice skates imported from Holland. Strap on securely over boots or shoes. Swedish steel blade, beechwood skate deck. Specify shoe size. $2.50 pr. ppd. The Windmill, Dept. L, P. O. Box 107, Darien, Conn.
FOR ALL CLOSE WORK
FOR ALL CLOSE WORK this self-illuminating magnifier enlarges objects 5 times their actual size. Especially handy in fly-tying, stamp & coin collecting and outdoor study. Powerful imported ground lens. Operates on standard batteries. $2.95 ppd. Lee Products, Dept. OL-1 2, 103 Park Ave., N. Y., N. Y.
SAFETY ON THE ROAD
SAFETY ON THE ROAD begins with this new Tire-Aid automatic tire inflator and fire extinguisher. Special chemical in refillable container inflates flat tires in seconds without tools. Also dries wet ignition parts instantly. $5.95 ppd. Tire-Aid Sales, Dept. OL, 833 Gunnison Rd., York, Pennsylvania.
TOUGH COATING OF VINYL
TOUGH COATING OF VINYL adds a rugged temperature and terrain-proof surface to these twill-backed hunting pants. Reinforced front, cuffs and pockets; double seat. Full cut with high rise. Send waist size, inseam length. $14.95 ppd. Outdoor Outfitters Co., Dept. OL, P. O. Box 214, New Hartford, N. Y.
FAR FROM THE USUAL
FAR FROM THE USUAL type of vehicle is this Weasel "Sportsman" that goes through mud, swamps, water, small trees and hills others would find impossible. Makes off-the-road traveling easy. $2,571.75 F.O.B. Dela. Other models available. Write for brochure. Consolidated Industries, Dept. OL, Dover, Dela.
NO WIRES ARE NEEDED
NO WIRES ARE NEEDED to get a clean and comfortable shave anywhere with this cordless electric razor. Self-sharpening rotary blades. Works on standard 1 1/2 volt batteries. With carrying case, cleaning brush and batteries, $10.95 ppd. J & J Specialty Sales, 4119 Cynthia St., Wichita Falls, Tex.
JUST A SMALL AMOUNT
JUST A SMALL AMOUNT of this gasoline stabilizer called "Sta-Bil" can keep the fuel in your lawn mower or outboard motor from causing trouble. Prevents "gumming up" to insure instant starting. Permits storage of motor without draining. $1.98 ppd. Bulin Co., Dept. L, 912 Ernst Ct., Chicago 11, III.
WELL KNOWN FOR ACTION
WELL KNOWN FOR ACTION are these precise scale models of 2 classic American cannons, the Revolutionary War field howitzer and Civil War naval cannon. Solid iron-cast carriages, heavy brass barrels complete to touchholes. 5" long. $4.95 ea.; $7.95 pr. ppd. Park Products, Dept. OL, 509 E. 80th St., N. Y.
MANY AND VARIED USES
MANY AND VARIED USES can be found for this 38" wide water-repellent camouflage netting. Useful for making duck blinds, hunting cloths, boat coverings, mosquito protection. 10 yds. (minimum order), 39ç yd.; 100 or more yds., 35tf yd. Add 50 hdlg. Ajo Trading Corp., 83 Chambers St., N. Y. 7.
TO GET HEAT INSTANTLY
TO GET HEAT INSTANTLY in* cabin or duck blind this steel-with-aluminum "Heat Pal" serves as combination heater and stove. Volume of glowing heat provided can be adjusted. Smoke-proof and odorless. 11" high, weighs 5 lbs. $19.95. Empire, Dept. OL, 140 Marbledale Rd., Tuckahoe, N. Y.
FIND OUT THE DISTANCE
FIND OUT THE DISTANCE you have walked by taking this Marathon Pedometer along with you in your pocket. Measures up to 25 miles automatically. Slight pressure on crown returns indicator to zero. Needs no attachments, winding or extra gadgets. $8.95 ppd. Godfrey Corp., 261 Broadway, N. Y., N. Y.
MILD AND MELLOW BLENDS
MILD AND MELLOW BLENDS of tobacco go into the 4 separate packs of full-size cigars that make up this 20-cigar sampler. All 4 packs, including Havana blends, $1 ppd. Free catalog lists your favorite nationally advertised brands. Silver Rod Sales, Dept. 312, 14 Journal Square, Jersey City 6, N. J.
QUITE A WIDE RANGE
QUITE A WIDE RANGE of light intensity is offered by this 6-cell "Variable Beam" flashlight that can be regulated from dim to superbright. Curved 41/2" reflector produces light beam with concentrated spot. Heavy chrome finish. 171/2" long. $8.30 ppd. Bill Boatman & Co., Dept. OL-120, Bainbridge, Ohio.
GUARD AGAINST GUN MISHAPS
GUARD AGAINST GUN MISHAPS by keeping your trigger under the lock and key of this M. B. Trigger Guard. Completely covers trigger; interferes with most loading mechanisms. Finest grade leather adjusts to fit gun (state if lever action). $4.50 ppd. Dale Enterprises, Dept. OL, Box 42, Durham, N. C.
BEST FACE-SAVING IDEA
BEST FACE-SAVING IDEA to come along in many a cold season is this softest suede doeskin "Protect-O-Mask". Gives protection from wind, rain, sleet and hail. Covers entire face; keeps ears snug and warm. Lined with light chamois. $1.49 ppd. The Surplus Store, Dept. L, 1200 1 9th St., Granite City, III.
ONE QUARTER PER DAY
ONE QUARTER PER DAY keeps this selfstarting Perpetual Calendar Bank up to date and well on its way towards a substantial sum of ready cash. Date changes only when coin is deposited to insure saving. $2.25 ea.; 3 for $6.50. Ppd. Leecraft, Dept. OLE, 300 Albany Ave., Brooklyn 13, N. Y.
HUNDREDS OF NEW ITEMS
HUNDREDS OF NEW ITEMS have been added to the 1961 edition of the 576-page "Shooter's Bible". A comprehensive reference book on every phase of firearms. Includes latest prices, models and improvements in shooting products from all over. $2.50 ppd. Stoeger Arms, Dept. OL, 45-18 Court Sq., L.I.C., N. Y.
NEAT AS BOUND VOLUMES
NEAT AS BOUND VOLUMES are the dozen issues of OUTDOOR LIFE that can be stored in these specially designed and engraved slip cover cases. Protects magazines from dust, folded corners and loss. Sturdy and durable leatherette. $4 ea. ppd. The Binder Mart, P. O. Box 7413, Ludlum Branch, Miami 55, Fla.
THIS SAW FOLDS DOWN
THIS SAW FOLDS DOWN into its own hardwood handle after being used to dress a deer, build a duck blind or cut just about anything. Useful at home for meat, frozen foods, pruning. Carbon steel blade; 18" overall. Imported. $2.95 ppd. Fold-A-Saw, Dept. OL-12, Box 1945, Myrtle Beach, S. C.
SOLES THAT TAKE HOLD
SOLES THAT TAKE HOLD of any surface to end slipping and sliding make these leather-lined boots ideal for all outdoor purposes. Insulated for sub-zero weather; water-resistant. Hand-made in Italy. Sizes 6-12, $25.95. Free brochure. Fabiano Shoe Co., Dept. OL, South Sta., Boston 10, Mass.
GAME DEPARTMENTS of several Eastern states have reported that early last spring deer killing by free-running dogs reached a tragic, all-time high. This growing menace to our whitetail herds peaked in March, when heavy snows in most of the northern two thirds of the East were followed by thaws and freezea that formed crusts on which packs of dogs could run, but through which deer broke to flounder helplessly in belly-deep, soft snow.
SHOTGUNNERS in this area can look forward to better duck hunting this year than last south of the freeze-up zone. There are sound reasons for optimism despite official forecasts of a moderate decrease in waterfowl coming south on the Pacific Flyway and ban on shooting redheads and canvasbacks.
MOST OF THE Southern states which went big for coturnix quail a few years back are giving up the small Asiatic gamebird as a bad deal. Many thousands of them, imported originally by Carl Lowrance for the Missouri game commission, were released in favorable locations throughout the South with the anticipation they would improve the wing-shooting.
LICENSE sales are showing a marked decline around the Midwest and in many other sections of the country. Why? Fishery officials in some states are convinced that speedboating and water skiingwhile they should not be made the scapegoat—have a lot to do with the slump.
IF YOU EVER meet a bowhunter who says he’s never missed a shot at a deer, you can count on one of two things: he hasn’t done much hunting in good deer country, or he’s lying. All hunting archers miss shots—often easy ones—and generally the best marksmen are the very ones who are the least reticent about telling how they goofed.
The words of Frank Antilly, a retired rancher from Abilene, Texas, often flash into my mind whenever the smashing strike of a tarpon loosens my arm sockets. “Sinking a hook into the mouth of a tarpon,” Frank drawled, “is much like putting a bit in the mouth of an unbroken mustang.
Millions are wasted in bounties that don't increase game or curb predators. Only fraud flourishes
Do Predators Hurt Hunting?
If bounties are paid, sportsmen loseHow does your state rate?
LARGE SHARE of the money hunters and fishermen pay for licenses is being poured down the drain in many states. This money could be used to improve hunting and fishing, but is spent instead on a costly failure—the bounty system. Perhaps this sounds like too harsh an indictment, but examine the evidence.
Quandary: how to dodge hungry lions protected by law long
enough to shoot a legal leopard
Try Jerky This Way
THE LITTLE four-place plane shook itself free from the runway in Nairobi and we were airborne. My third safari in Africa for OUTDOOR LIFE was underway. As we gained altitude we could see the sprawling city of Nairobi, the metropolis of East Africa —wide streets, tall new buildings, country homes, native huts.
A booming badger population in Western states creates a new sport for riflemen
For Camp Laundry
ROBERT S. MIKKELSEN
WE WERE at the edge of a stubble field in northeastern Utah, getting ready to hunt a virtually unknown varmint that ranges through the back yards of sportsmen in at least 24 states. The luminous dial on my watch showed 6:15 a.m. In half an hour it would be light enough to shoot.
WAS A HARD man to convince. The rod bowed, the tip vibrated like a tuning fork, and the tight line sliced the water. But I was still skeptical. “If you don’t think that’s a fish,” Dick said, “what do you think it is, a mermaid ?” I figured the chance of catching a mermaid in that water was just as good as catching what I was told I’d get—a northern pike.
Our 60-odd bowmen made this an unusual cat hunt to begin with, but it turned into bedlam when the dogs found a bear
DON ROGERS and Neil Freel found the track right after daylight. had fallen during the night, stopping sometime between midnight and morning, but these round pad prints were clean and fresh. That meant the bobcat had crossed the road and headed into Long Swamp after the snow stopped —probably not more than three or four hours earlier.
That's what Paul said about chukars. I doubted it—and put myself on the spot
The November air bit with frost. The crusted snow, mounding the lava piles on the high spine of ridge in the broken foothills 20 miles east of Wyoming’s Thermopolis, crunched audibly beneath our pacs. Below me, on the slope of sage and snow, Paul McNeel moseyed along, alert.
What was smashing everybody's tackle on The Hump? No one knew, but we aimed to find out
AS THE GUNNER II nosed into the 31/2-knot current of the Gulf Stream, the double line on the Fathometer ran straight across the chart, telling us that, 800 feet below, the bottom was smooth. “The top line is mud,” Capt. Jack Carpenter explained.
I'm just too good a guide. Next time I hunt those New Hampshire deer, I'll choose one that's not a trophy
A SUDDEN TATTOO of hoofbeats on frozen ground materialized into a fat spikehorn buck bounding across the clearing 250 yards from where I stood, gripping my Remington .300 in numb hands. My first bullet showered dirt in his face, the second splintered a blow-down beneath his arching leap, and the third ricocheted from a boulder a foot behind him.
It's a fisherman's paradise. I made a dozen trips and caught 203 trout
O. W. LARSON
THE WEATHER wasn’t bad considering this was the coast of Labrador. There was a slight breeze off the Atlantic that July morning, and the clouds were piled high and broken when our boat pulled away from the dock. Bright shafts of sunlight swept across the waters of Sandwich Bay, highlighting the palegreen patchwork of spruce-clad islands.
Cousin of the Dall, this beautiful animal with a range of colors is the most isolated and least hunted of our sheep
I GOT MY INTRODUCTION to the Stone sheep one afternoon in late August in a deep canyon in northern British Columbia. Two and a half days before, the pack outfit had left the Alaska Highway, and we had been stumbling through forest and muskeg toward the foothills of the Rockies and the country where the mysterious Stone sheep were to be found.
We find you can't beat jigging for perch through ice. Here's the low-down on our tackle and technique
HAROLD F. BLAISDELL'
PEOPLE OFTEN SAY there’s more than one way to skin a cat. They’re right of course, but I’ve noticed there’s usually one way of doing things that’s better than all the others, whether it's skinning a cat or anything else. Take ice fishing for perch as an example.
Crows give gunners a chance to blaze away—no seasons, no limits—and each shot may save a nest of gamebirds
THINGS would be crowded with three of us in the blind, but it was worth a little inconvenience for the sake of introducing Chuck Tomhave and his son Steve to my brand of fall and winter crow shooting. Chuck is a banker at Kennebec, 10 miles from my home town of Presho, South Dakota.
AS CARTRIDGES go, the .270 is now old hat. It has been kicking around for 35 years. It has been used on everything from woodchucks to Alaska brown bears, and everywhere from tundra above the Arctic Circle to the Tanganyika bush and the snowy peaks of Hindu Kush. Over the years it has gained in popularity and has survived attacks by heavy-bullet enthusiasts, cautious loading by the cartridge companies, and competition from the newer hellbenders such as the .264, the 7 x 61, and the various wildcat and semiwildcat super Magnums.
WHAT do anglers want for Christmas ? That’s an easy question, tackle dealers tell me. Rarely does a fisherman—beginner or expert—have enough tackle to suit him. The steady best-sellers are not new gadgets, as you might suspect. Sales records show that most anglers want such routine items as reels, lines, tackle boxes.
NEARLY everybody realizes that boating has come a long way from its former status as a strictly summer sport. What’s not so well known, however, is the great variety of ways in which boating has broken with the past in this respect. It’s no surprise, for instance, that even in Northern states fishermen operate their boats much later into the fall than they used to.
Among the most rewarding types of camping is the kind in which you travel by car about the country, and camp each night wherever you happen to be. Your equipment, however, must be selected with care, and your know-how must be of a high order. The long-stay camper can use almost any sort of equipment, for he has plenty of time to pitch his camp, make it comfortable, and expand it as he likes.
First make marinade by bringing to boil in saucepan the water, vinegar, onions, carrot, garlic, thyme, parsley, peppers, and sait; simmer covered 1 hr., then cool. Cover venison leg with this cooled marinade, and refrigerate leg in the marinade 24 hr.
COON DOGS are thicker than flies in Logan and Hardin counties in the eastern part of Ohio during the Labor Day holidays. Why ? Because the world’s largest dog races are still held in that part of the country every year, namely the Kenton National, held south of Kenton in Hardin County and the World Championship, held east of Bellefontaine in Logan County. Between them, they had more than 1,500 entries, 916 at Kenton and 598 at Bellefontaine.
Rare wood bison found. Small herd of wood bison has been discovered in remote area far distant from the big herds of plains buffalo and hybrids in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Huge park contains 17,300 square miles of forest, plains, rivers, and lakes.
SHOP TALK. George Clay reports the following conversation between two fishermen at Vesuvius: “Hiyamac. Lobuddy. Binearlong? Cuplours. Ketchaneny? Goddafeu. Kindrthey ? Basanacarp. Ennysiztuem ? Cupplapounds. Hittinard ? Sordalite.