After two unsuccessful years of bowhunting for whitetails here in Kentucky, I was about ready to call it quits until I read “Don’t Blow It” by Otto Lagelbauer in your December, 1963, issue. Lagelbauer, who bagged the biggest buck ever reported killed with a bow in New Jersey, was so emphatic about the importance of pre-hunt preparation, that I decided to follow his advice.
EVERY YEAR I try to kill a deer, an elk, and an antelope. In the processing of this big-game meat, the largest portion of it becomes ground meat. All fat and damaged meat are discarded. This close trimming of the cuts results in much better fare for the table.
THERE they are . . . they’re headed this way,” cried Milt Pearce, my friend and guide, pointing excitedly up the tropical coast. "They’re sticking close to the beach. We’ll wait here and intercept them.” Following Pearce’s finger, I scanned the shore of Andros Island, Bahamas, and spotted a long, dark patch of rippling water.
On this duck hunt, I took a limit and then some. On the way I got a buck that rated first place for 1963
EARL T. McMASTER
WHEN THE CREATOR molded the land, He blessed the Flathead Valley with aluminum ore, and with hunting and fishing supreme. I live in Columbia Falls, Montana, in the northeast corner of the valley and about 21 miles west of Glacier National Park, and I work in the refining plant of the Anaconda Aluminum Company.
A brownie takes a lot of killing, and sometimes you have to kill him twice
S. RICHARD HARRIS
IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE to stand erect, and we did not dare get down on our hands and knees. I'm sure we must have looked like creatures from another age as we hunched along, trying to peer a few yards ahead of us into the thicket. Rain pelted through the alders, adding to our misery.
Can you improve trout streams with nothing but wire-mesh baskets and a volunteer crew to fill them with rocks? Our experience shows you can
WHITES CREEK PROJECT
Steelhead Sinker Tie
A BROWN TROUT was rising to caddis in the backwater eddy behind the stonewall abutment. When Bill Walsh’s Blue Dun floated over it, the one-footer hit the fly without hesitation. Bill set the hook, and the trout flip-flopped and darted into the current rushing between the deflectors.
They told me there was no better shooting anywhere, and this Yankee believes it
I'M A YANKEE grouse hunter by avocation, and my opportunities for shooting bobwhite quail have been limited. I've hunted them just enough to love the sport, but not enough to master its intricacies. Consequently, it was with mingled emotions that I followed the Evans brothers, Kenny and Gordon, and Lurton Blassingame along the edge of a Maryland soybean field on a frosty November morning.
They’ve given me a bookful of knowledge, and many have spelt out their own end
DON M. LANCE
THE DEER SAW me first. I was walking down an open fire lane that had fairly heavy cover on both sides, headed for a clump of oak where I’d seen fresh tracks and half-eaten acorns on the ground every day for a week. It was an hour before dusk on a cloudy November day, and a gusty wind rattled the dead leaves.
We get great shooting without ever stepping into the traditional waterfowl blind. We free-lance, and so could you
ERWIN A. BAUER
WHEN WALLY MILLER and I reached the edge of the wood lot and focused binoculars on the lonely farm pond about 400 yards away, we could hardly believe what we saw. The surface of the pond was nearly black with fat mallards and graceful pintails fresh from the north.
We’d been dogged by everything from muskeg to a plane crash, but it was the finest hunt of our lives
WANNA SEE WIFE shoot sheep?” Harry Chipesia asked me. “Better hurry !” The Beaver Indian guide and I were looking for a grizzly in the Tuchodi Lakes country near the northeast corner of British Columbia, 100 miles southwest of Fort Nelson. We had climbed a knob that overlooked a rugged canyon, and, from our vantage point, we could now look all the way up the basin to the great ice fields at its head.
"I'm 11 years old and ready for deer hunting," my son Tom said. So I just had to give him a chance to prove it
THE SHOT CAME just as I was easing into position by a dead oak snag. With head down and eyes scanning the ground on which I planned to sit, a precaution against disturbing a cottonmouth, I had trouble coursing the sound. In the open, mountainous terrain of the West, the sound a heavy-caliber rifle makes when fired is a sharp crack, but in the sound-smothering, hardwood bottomlands of the South, where I was hunting, it becomes a surging boooomm.
Don’t turn up your nose at them. They are everywhere, taste great, and will fight if you employ light tackle
GEORGE BOLTON glanced at me distastefully and said, “Anyone who’d fish for catfish would ....” “Whoops,” I grunted, interrupting him. “Got me another one.” Out in the small, man-made impoundment, a slim, fork-tailed channel cat twisted, tugged, and zigzagged....
For eight years I dreamt of a chance at a desert ram, never suspecting it could be a nightmare
MICHAUX NASH JR.
WHEN IT COMES to hunting the rare and elusive desert sheep, true indeed is the old saw that a pearl of great price is not had for the asking. For eight years—ever since I was an anxious 22-year-old—I’d been seeking a permit to hunt the prized desert ram of Mexico’s Baja California.
Firing-line elk were not for us, so we packed to the Continental Divide and hunted the top of the Montana Rockies
WILLIAM J. McRAE
I FOLLOWED THE ELK tracks toward a saddle on the ridge. I was sure the animals would be feeding on the other side, and the sound of clashing antlers and an assortment of grunts soon confirmed my hunch. Then there were long seconds of silence. My heart started to pound.
Lightly loaded with basic items, you can travel farther and get to more game
FRANKLY, I WAS in a mess—eight miles from camp, an hour of daylight left, and a big muley buck to dress out. I hadn’t planned it this way, but I was in for a night away from camp, prepared or not. I’d trailed my buck most of the day over some mighty rough country, and I wasn’t about to tackle that canyon-gashed eight miles without a flashlight.
WHEN I WAS a kid, I lived in a little town within a few miles of Phoenix on the Salt River in Arizona. This was long before what passes for progress had caught up with Arizona. Phoenix then had a population of from 10,000 to maybe 25,000. Today, Phoenix is an enormous sprawling city of well over half a million.
WHENEVER a news report is circulated about a teen-age archer bagging a big-game animal, a shudder goes through the ranks of archery leaders. It’s not that they begrudge the youngster his remarkable feat. On the contrary, they’re proud of the accomplishment.
EVERY serious fisherman should keep a notebook. In it should go your experiences : the kind of day it is when you fish, the water and the air temperature, the wind, currents or tides, and the live baits or artificial lures you use. Note why you think you caught or failed to catch fish each day.
SINCE THOSE earliest days when man first learned to anchor his crude craft with a length of twisted hide hitched to a rock, rope has been an essential piece of boating equipment. Nowadays, however, through the astounding growth of pleasure boating, the rope has taken on even greater importance.
THIS is the time of year when most of us who are interested in camping think back on places we’ve visited and start speculating on where we might go next year. That’s what the Colbys have been doing, and here I’d like to tell you about a few of our favorite campgrounds.
A QUICKIE OF A CAMPER, this easy-to-transport-and-set-up trailer goes up in about 3 minutes says maker. Sleeps 10 comfortably. Walk around space 8'x6'. Double-size slide out beds, 3" foam mattresses. Extra cost options avail. $699 FOB Cincinnati. Free brochure. Nimrod, 500 Ford Blvd., Hamilton, Ohio.
DISTINGUISHED NEW PIPE SET BY YelloBole has imported briar bowl deep-cured with special honey-caked process. Smokes instantly mild. Bench-made from custom-finished bowl to wafer-thin vulcanized rubber bit says maker. Apple and Billiard shapes. $11.95 with Presentation Gift case. Yello-Bole, N.Y.C.
electric fishing motor
FOOL THE FISH with this electric fishing motor. Two year warranty goes with this silent, smooth motor says manufacturer. Weighs only 14 lb. Free booklet, "How to Get the Most from Your Lazi-Trol Electric Fishing Motor", write Byrd Industries, 3300 Jackson Ave., Memphis, Tenn.
ATTENTION PRECISION HANDGUNNERS
ATTENTION PRECISION HANDGUNNERS! Favorite of European free match competition, Schultz & Larsen Model 51 pistol now available to U.S. sportsmen. For accuracy, an 11" barrel. 15" length, 2¾ lb. wt. make this weapon ideal for precision marksmanship, claims Norma-Precision. Adjustable hair trigger, firing pin travel of ⅝", European walnut stock. About $255 in sporting goods stores. Norma-Precision, South Lansing, New York.
LIGHT FOR THE NIGHT FISHERMAN, a new tackle box lights up automatically when lid is opened. Sheds light on lures and gear. Old pal "Electric” tackle box has 4 bulbs in middle and lower trays, uses 2 D-cell flashlight batteries. Light shines thru Lucite trays. Can be switched off for daytime fishing. $24.95. Animal Trap Co., Lititz, Pa.
Animal Trap Co.
RATTLE IKE IS SONIC LURE with 20-grain lead shot in cavity that game fish hear and find irresistible, says maker. Live minnow action. Extra weight takes it down to where big ones are. Variety of colors. 2½ to 3 in. and 1/3 oz. $1.50 retail. Lazy Ike, Ft. Dodge, lowa.
Animal Trap Co.
walnut stocked Winslow
THE BEAUTY OF PRECISION—this walnut stocked Winslow rifle is Bushmaster 458 Magnum. Features hand carved stock with ivory and ebony inlays. Barrel is Douglas Premium grade, action F.N. Supreme 400. Manufacturer guarantees a minute of angle accuracy at 100 yards. Retail price: $965. Winslow Arms, Venice, Fla.
Animal Trap Co.
RELOAD BOX OF RIFLE CARTRIDGES in 15 minutes and save 50 to 75%, manufacturer says, with complete, compact kit. Includes sizing die, deprimer, primer, bullet seater, powder measure, charge table and complete instructions. Load any place, nothing to bolt down. Guaranteed forever, states Lee Custom Engineering, Hartford, Wis.
Animal Trap Co.
CALLING ALL DOVES
CALLING ALL DOVES. That’s what the new DV-35 Dove call does. True-tons, easy to use call has been extensively and successfully tested, says famous manufacturer of calls. Brings naturally gregarious birds in close for easier shooting. $2.50, in sporting goods and department stores. P.S. Olt Co., Pekin, III.
Animal Trap Co.
WARM THE ICE FISHERMAN! Sterno Porta-Heat comes to the rescue with a small portable heater that the Colgate Palmolive Co. claims gives up to an hour and a half of safe heat. Lightweight and compact 15" x 5" x 4y2", stove uses 7 oz. can of Sterno. Stove about $5.95, Sterno about 39tf.
Animal Trap Co.
BOW HUNTERS! Try the “Golden Knight ”, a new bow conceived by and for bow hunters for heavy brush country, hunting from trees, or rough terrain. Designed and tillered to accept a 30" draw, 5' length, maroon Gordon glass on back and front, rosewood handle with thumb rest. $52.50. Golden Sovereign Div., Ben Pearson Inc., Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Animal Trap Co.
Kaywoodie’s butane pocket lighter
LIGHT UP YOUR PIPE! It's easy with Kaywoodie’s butane pocket lighter. Upright position gives normal flame for cigarettes, cigars. Tilt and it throws a large soft flame. Nothing to adjust, no wheels to turn. Manufacturer guarantees for life. In bright silvertone finish. $9.95. Kaywoodie Pipes, Inc., New York City.
Animal Trap Co.
“Spittin’ Image” BB gun
GIFT YOUR SON, DAD. Daisey’s new “Spittin’ Image” BB gun, is screw-for-screw replica of pump action .22 rifles. Great training gun, says Daisey, full sized, twoway lever cocking, 45-shot capacity, hammer safety, buckhorn sight, slim line barrel, heavy-gauge blue-black steel. Daisey Mfg., Rogers, Arkansas.
KIDDIE AUTO HARNESS for children. Strong nylon webbing permits sitting, standing, sleeping. Install easily with no special tools. Solid seats use Model A, no holes to drill, no bolts. Model B (split seat cars) 1 floor bolt. Money back guarantee. Model A $6.95 ppd., model B $7.95, Munro Mfg., Dept OL, PU Box 5295, Pasadena, Cal.
twin snake ring
PERFECT FOR GIVING or wearing as this twin snake ring of solid sterling silver, genuine turquoise eyes. Attractively boxed. Enclose finger size; if not available, request free ring size chart. Only $695 incl. tax & postage; no COD's. Money back guarantee. Style-Rite, Dept. B, Box 515, Garden City, N.Y.
BLINDS FOR HUNTERS
"BLINDS FOR HUNTERS" is title of photo instruction booklet on deer hunting by Pete Rickard, originator of buck lure and dog training musks. Tells how to choose blind site and how to prepare it. Generously illustrated. Valuable information for hunters both gun and bow. $1.25 Pete Rickard, Dept. OL, Cobleskill, N.Y. 12043
A FAMILY GIFT—medical diary for those on the move. Provides complete, continuous record of vital information. Excellent for recording childhood and chronic illnesses, immunizations, allergies. Handy ring binders, beautiful leatherette binding, gold stamped, gift boxed. $2.98. Joylyn's, Dept. OL, Box 323, Libertyville, lll.
Johnson goose decoys
FOOL THOSE GEESE! Johnson goose decoys are lifelike with natural size and color. Fold flat for ease in carrying. Sturdy, water-proof, withstand rough handling. In "Canada" or "Snow" species. Each $2.35 ppd, dozen $26.95 ppd. William R. Johnson Co., Dept. OL, 3131 Western, Seattle 1, Wash.
THE KIDS WILL LOVE "Chappie" the Wonder Dog. He walks when you call, responding to the human voice or whistle. Operates on transistors, no wires, no gimmicks. Sound waves converted into electrical impulses. High pile plush coat, soft & cuddly. Money back guarantee. $12.95 ppd. Standard-American, Dept. 11-OL, 1 Park Ave., N.Y. 10016.
HOW DEEP IS THE WATER, how much line is out? Line and depth meter tells you in a jiffy. Clips instantly to rod or boat. Great for trolling or putting bait at correct fish taking depth. Serves as sounding device. Diam. 1¾", wt. 2¼ oz. $4.95 ppd. Guaranteed. Norkin Laboratories, Dept. OL114L, 811 Wyandotte, Kansas City 5, Mo.
Card Case & Photo Wallet
GENUINE PIGSKIN Credit Card Case & Photo Wallet. Clear, durable, transparent pockets hold 24 cards, license, photos, etc. Pigskin pocket holds money, oversize cards, etc. Won't bulge pocket. Personalized with 3 initials, if desired. 4"x5¼" closed. $2.50 ($2.95 with initials). Scott-Mitchell, Dept. OL-11, 415 S. Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y.
SHOES FOR MEN
WIDE WIDTH SHOES FOR MEN! Black calfskin, fully leather lined, dress Chukker Boot with leather soles and rubber heels is offered in EE, EEE, EEEE and 5/E widths, sizes 5-12, 13 at $19.95 plus postage. Also wide widths in casual dress, work shoes. Money back guarantee. For free catalog: Hitchcock Shoes, Dept. OL, Hingham E-9, Mass.
golfer's score caddy
PERFECT GOLFER'S GIFT is this golfer's score caddy. Keeps score for you, gives total for each hole, total for game. Polished gold plated case on pigskin strap. Ideal for lady duffers, too. No COD'S please. $2.95 ppd. Calif. residents add 4% state tax. Lloyd Enterprises, Dept 101-OL, Lockbox 621, Novato, Cal.
FOR LADIES ON YOUR LIST, country coat of Egyptian cotton, nylon. Body, sleeves insulated with 100% prime northern goose down. Water repellent, windproof. Tested to 400 below zero. Beige and brown, Borg turn-up collar, sizes 10. 20, $59.95 plus 75ȼ post. Alaska Sleeping Bag Co., Dept. OL, 334 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland, Ore. 97209.
Alaska Sleeping Bag Co.
A WARM GIFT, Consul hat discovered by our diplomatic corps in Europe's colder countries, is warm and comfortable with turn down earflaps, quilted lining, sweat band. Simulated brown otter, black seal or genuine black rabbit. Sizes 6⅞-7¾. Send size and $7.95 ppd. to Deerskin Trading Post, Dept. OL, Rt. 1 at 114, Danvers, Mass.
Alaska Sleeping Bag Co.
FOR THE HANDY MAN, Shop-King Screw and Nut driver fits any electric drill. For screw, nut, bolt driving. Nonslip industrial-type clutch. Flat bit for #614 slotted screws. Includes Phillips bit, six hex socket wrenches, holder. 1-yr. guarantee $8.95 list. Special $5.88 ppd. Shop-King, Dept. OL-11P, 425 W. 203, N.Y. 34, N.Y.
IDEAL TRAVELING COMPANION deerskin travel kit for men and women. Golden tan leather bag is 10" wide, 8" deep with expandable bottom, top spring frame. Opens and closes easily. Side zipper pocket. Lined with waterproof, leather grained fabric. $8.50 ppd. tax incl. Norm Thompson, 1805 N.W. Thurman, Portland, Ore, 97209.
rear shotgun sight
REAR SIGHT for your gun without drilling or tapping with a "Quickie" rear shotgun sight. Changes gun from pointing to aiming weapon. Gives you sight for shooting rifled slugs. I mproves wing shooting. Slips in over breech of gun and clamps tight. $2.00, specify single or double barrel. Empire, Dept. OL, Marbledale Rd., Tuckahoe, N.Y.
Jet Flyte boot
FOR MEN AND BOYS on your list—a fabulous Christmas gift. Go Jet in this good looking, good fitting Jet Flyte boot. It's leather lined and has a supple, comfortable calf upper and steel shank. Made in all sizes, black or brown. Price $19.50, plus 75ȼ postage. Bill's Military Stores, Dept. OL, 21 W. Forsyth, Jacksonville, Fla.
bullhorn voice amplifier
THROW YOUR VOICE up to 200' with this bullhorn voice amplifier. Powerful transistorized megaphone used by Navy to talk from ship to ship over open water. Ideal for meetings, sports events, boats, factories, etc. Uses four standard batteries, adjustable controls. $9.95 plus 55ȼ shpg. John Surrey, Box 0-5, West Hempstead, N.Y.
TURKEY HUNTERS! New caller, record and book shows you professional way to call turkeys. Caller mouth operated, gives lifelike tones and control. Record gives personal instructions. Book explains how to apply your knowledge to successful hunting. Caller $5.00, record $1.00, book $2.50—all 3 $8.00 ppd. Leon's, Dept. OL, Lexington, Va.
LARGE HAND-CARVED HERALDIC EAGLE
LARGE HAND-CARVED HERALDIC EAGLE 26" wide, 18" high, ensigned with shield bearing any family coat of arms with family motto or title at base. A work of art of extraordinary value, priced $120, incl. packaging & freight. Full details from York Insignia, Dept. OL, York, England.
Lite-nite ambersport glasses
SPORTSMEN SEE CLEARLY even through fog and haze wearing these Lite-nite ambersport glasses. Gold-finished frame, adjustable nosepads, wide angle lenses. Choice of regular style, $2.98; clip-on, $2.25; deluxe, $5.00. C.0.D.'s accepted. Ppd, from Stuyvesant, Dept. OL-A, 130 W. 42 St. N.Y. 36, N.Y.
YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE will love this handbag perfect for home or travel. Soft leatherlite marshmallow in olive, brown or black, brass hardware, grows to meet your needs. Closed it’s 13½" wide by 10" high. Fully opened it extends to 15". Waterproof lining. $5.95 ppd. Buyways, Dept. 0L, 72 McDougal St., N.Y. 10012.
car hood or touching battery
CHARGE YOUR BATTERY without lifting car hood or touching battery! With Quickee charger, just plug one cord into standard outlet, other into car cigarette lighter. A dandy gift at $9.95 complete with handsome carrying case. Use on all cars with 12 volt battery. Dynamic Classics, Ltd., Dept OL-11. 220 E. 23 St., New York. N.Y.
WRITE AT NIGHT! This pen/pencil night writer lights where you write. Ideal Christmas gift for photographers, flyers, boat pilots, reporters, students. Satin chrome finish. Includes red and white lights, pen tips, pencil cartridge, bulbs, pen nibs, batteries. Guaranteed. Ppd. $5.95. Ship ’n Shore, Dept. OL, 224 W. Taylor Run Pkwy., Alexandria. Va.
Black and white photo
PICTURE YOURSELF on this stationery. Black and white photo of your self, family, friend, home, etc. reproduced on 50 sheets of paper + name and address or initials in gold, with 50 envelopes. Unusual Christmas gift. Ten day delivery. Send photo, name, address and $3.00 Manhattan Stationery, Dept. OL, Box 2736, New Brighton, Minn.
MAGNIFIES FISH FLIES
MAGNIFIES FISH FLIES. Even people with perfect vision need help handling small flies and light leaders.Half glasses give normal vision over top half, magnified vision thru lower half. Finest materials & workmanship. Prescription-quality ground & polished lens. With carrying case $3.98 ppd. Guaranteed.Canlen Co., Dept. XX, Wyomissing, Pa.
PRESSED AND FUSED
PRESSED AND FUSED, two beer bottles make this unusual ashtray, markings on the bottles preserved. Shaped so forgotten cigarettes slide into tray. Excellent conversation piece, at home in any room. 6½" x 6½. Set of two trays $6.50 ppd. No C.O.D.’s, Personalized 750 extra. Hilltop, Dept. 24E, Box 1137, Running Springs, Cal.
BICYCLE LICENSE PLATE for style & quick identification is sure to please your child. Bears his name or nickname (up to 8 letters). Plate is heavy steel in baked enamel colors. It can also be attached to a tricycle or wagon. $1 ppd. Best Values, Dept. OL-11, 285 Market St., Newark, New Jersey.
TRUE CHRONOGRAPH is perfect for study of time-speed-motion. 17jewel Swiss crafted. 4 dials: watch, tachometer, telemeter and pulsometer. Stainless steel case, 12 hr. and 30 min. automatic recorders. Complete instructions included. Reg. $95. Now only $49.95 plus $5 F.T. Dilo, Dept. OL, 119 E. 30th St., N.Y. 16, N.Y.
POCKET SIZE AXE
POCKET SIZE AXE fits in shirt pocket. Unfolds to 10½", weighs only 14 ozs. Useful for cutting fire wood, quartering deer, etc. Hardened, tempered steel head locks squarely, held by steel loop; stainless steel handle. Great Xmas stocking filler. $5.95 ppd. Taconic, Dept. E, East Station, Yonkers, N.Y.
WE CAMPED OUT that June night in the live oaks and mesquite outside the little Texas town of Devine, south of San Antonio, to listen to a chase set up for this visiting Yankee by the Atascosa County Wolf Hunters Association. It was an informal get-together.
One of the best places in the country for late-fall pheasant hunting is the hills and grain fields of Nebraska. All signs point to a ripsnorting pheasant season for Nebraska. The early summer population was higher than in 1963, when 153,000 hunters took 1,500,000 birds in a 93-day season.
Better Half. Juan Acevedo, of the Bronx, saw a friend's 30-lb. codfish lose the pool on the Viking Star when another angler's cod, bitten in two by a shark, still took the money with the 35-lb. half that was left.—Ed Moore, N.Y. Journal American.