THE ANNUAL convention dinner of Michigan United Conservation Clubs at Petoskey last June, attended by 650 delegates and wives, representing some 400 sportsmen’s and conservation organizations from every section of the state, saw national recognition given the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its director, Ralph A. MacMullan.
THE DUCKS got a raw deal.” In those words a waterfowl specialist in a Midwest state summed up the feelings of many state game officials about the early teal season unexpectedly authorized for this fall by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
WARNING! This tabulation is compiled from official sources, but in 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 hunt in any state or province, get a copy of current regulations from the proper agency, listed below, and then read up on bag limits, local exceptions, and other similar pertinent data.
IN HIS INTERESTING bowhunting story "The Upshot: A Record Bear" in the June issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, Mike Combs told how he committed one of bowhunting’s cardinal sins. He waited until he was hunting before he checked out his new broadheads. His experience is a useful lesson for hunting bowmen.
CALIFORNIA SAGE-GROUSE HUNTERS, after holding fire for two years because the season was closed, can take to the field during a three-day season set for August 30 through September 1 in Lassen and Modoc counties in the northeastern corner of the state.
Do game agencies tell hunters the truth? Are they influenced by ulterior motives?
About the Authors
JAMES T. SHIELDS
CAROL A. BUCKMANN
WHEN SEASON-SETTING TIME rolls around each year, conservation agencies begin announcing those anxiously awaited opening and closing dates and bag limits. The announcements may sound something like this: There are fewer ducks this year, so the season will be shorter and the bag limit reduced; both drakes and hens will be permitted.
In 25 years I’d glassed hundreds of mule-deer bucks, but what I was looking at now was almost unbelievable
Dr. ROBERT V. PARKE
CLEON ROSS IS A Ph.D. in botany at Colorado State University. He was born in Idaho, where he has hunted and fished since childhood. He's a good friend and associate of mine, and his wife Gloria is a sister of two of the top guides in northwestern Wyoming.
We find a clear-water challenge and great rewards in a wonderland of medieval cities and strong-bodied trout, grayling, and huchen
INFORMATION ON YUGOSLAVIA
I NEVER SAW SUCH rugged mountains," said Auts Foster. "Every road is a corkscrew." “It’s mountains that make the rivers and rivers that make the fishing,” I said. “It may be tough to get to, but I have a feeling there’s good fishing ahead.” It was early May, and we were in Yugoslavia.
Protected in the Southwest for 20 years, these wild pigeons of the big forests are again legal. All you have to do is hit them
BYRON W. DALRYMPLE
GET DOWN!" Rob Young called, trying to keep his voice low. He was crouched behind a huge dead pine near the edge of the spring pond. “There’s a flock flying through the saddle in the ridge. Are they pouring it on!” I’d been moving toward Rob through fall-yellowed oaks and tremendous pines in the Coconino National Forest in central Arizona.
You don’t know what fun is till you pay your $15 and get in on this bluefin pandemonium
TOM KELLEY SR
WE LAY AT ANCHOR under a thick canopy of fog on the Seventeen Fathom Bank off New Jersey. Seventeen Fathom is about an hour of partyboat sailing time off the tip of Sandy Hook and some five or six miles south of the new Ambrose light tower, which marks the entrance to the busiest harbor in the world.
Big bulls and small cost are our goals as we paddle down a wilderness river on a rip-roaring do-it-yourself hunt
WE'D BEEN WATCHING the basin for some time when I caught a movement, put my binoculars on the area, and then whispered, "There's a bull!" I don’t know why I whispered—the bull was a mile or more away—but possibly it was because this was the first moose Don and I had seen.
Is this hot way of fishing in shallow water a key to more fishing in other coho areas?
IT WAS A GOOD DAY for saltwater bucktailing. The white gulls soaring on the cool shoreward breeze stood out brightly against the sandy cliffs. The mass of standing kelp that lined the bouldered beach of Quadra Island bobbed and glistened wetly in the July sun.
If your wife says she’d like to hunt with you, nothing beats a smart bobcat ahead of hounds
JOHN R. HIGLEY
I DON'T THINK I can take another step," my wife gasped. "If we have to climb another hill, I'm going to collapse." I knew how she felt, and I was amazed that she had made it that far. Judie wasn’t accustomed to the rigors of hunting, but darned if she hadn’t shown a lot of persistence by trying to keep up.
Lost hunters, game-law violators, even armed robbers—all turned up when Reo went to work
DON D. ELLIS
JIM BURMAN started out by himself from his home in Kamloops, where I was stationed then as a British Columbia game warden, on the morning of September 19, 1943. He intended to hunt in rough country above Savona, at the west end of Kamloops Lake.
We roll on to Montana for duck hunting, trout, and more big-game ‘shooting’
ERWIN A. BAUER
ENNIS IS a tiny, tidy cowtown at the junction of routes 287 and 287A in southwestern Montana. A large sign as you enter town states: "Welcome to Ennis, population 400 people and 4,000,000 trout.” It makes a stranger wonder. Nevertheless, Ennis is a great place for any sportsman to be when autumn rolls around. The magnificent Madison River, miles from Yellowstone Park, practically flows through town. So does Odell Creek. You simply drive out a short piece and go fishing.
We fish five diverse areas in this hot new lake that has all the makings for a new state-record bigmouth
SOMETHING," SAID CHARLIE RAY, "is moving around under that brushtop. I just saw a couple of minnows skip away from it on the surface." “Don’t disappoint whatever’s there,” I replied. “Toss it a morsel to chew on.” “Gladly,” he said, “but let’s double-barrel the critter.
This new federal law is complicated, confusing, almost unenforceable—yet it is only the beginning. What next?
Golden Eagle Passport Dead?
THE GUN CONTROL ACT of 1968 has now been the law of the land since the middle of December. Understanding of it has not come like a blinding flash of light. Now that a new hunting season is at hand, it seems appropriate to review the law in the light of the interpretations put upon it by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division of the Internal Revenue Service, whose job it is to enforce it.
Jim McMurtrey couldn’t stand winter any longer. It was March 23, 1969, when he decided to buck the cold weather and snow and fish Palisades Reservoir. Jim, who lives in Ririe, Idaho, didn’t expect to catch much. When he reached an area of open water above Palisades Dam, Jim cast his rock minnow bait.
A new Browning item is a cute little lever-action .22 called the BL-22. It is made with the classic lines of the famous Winchester lever-action rifles designed by John Browning—the Models 86, 92, and 94—so long associated with the West. The BL-22 has a 20-in. barrel like the famous Winchester Model 94 carbine, weighs 5 lb., and is 36¾ in. long.
MANY A camping trip has bogged down, literally, when the driver of a vacation vehicle decided to get away from the main highways and venture onto woods roads in search of solitude. Most likely to get into backroad trouble are those drivers who have never before ventured beyond the blacktop.
BOAT can dollar a fellow to death, upsetting the family budget so badly that eventually he becomes soured on boating. But a boat also can be a remarkably inexpensive piece of outdoor equipment to own. Boating is one sport in which each participant still has almost complete control over the cost.
ONE OCTOBER DAY I was surfcasting from a Cape Cod beach for migrating striped bass. There were plenty of fish in the surf, but they wouldn’t hit plugs, spoons, or metal squids. The fish followed the lures and swirled tauntingly, but they moved off just when they seemed about to strike.
YOU'RE SITTING PRETTY as a sports enthusiast when you have along the BATES CHUMMY STADIUM ROBE which opens up to a comforting 54" x 72" area. Made of 100% polyester and self-fringed, this handy robe comes in Hunter Green, Fire Red and Blue plaid. The robe comes in a zippered, simulated leather case which, when opened, serves as a foam-lined seat for two. Whether spectator or participant in sports, you'll rest assuredly on this product manufactured by Lebanon Mills for Bates Fabrics. For information, write Bates Fabrics, Dept. O.L., 1431 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10018.
AT LAST A TRAILER FOR YOUR TRAILBIKE . . . Now you can take the TULE MULE with you most any place in the great outdoors. This "add-on" trailer has quick attachment and disconnection features designed to fit on all popular trail bikes and motorcycles. Specifications on Model II (shown): Length, 48"; width, 18"; height, 37"; weight, 40 lbs; capacity 200 lbs. For information, write to Tule Mule Manufacturing Co., P.O. Box 757, Dept. O.L., Tulare, Cal. 93274.
A NEW SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOTORISTS is the PERFECT IMAGE Night Rear View Mirror. Here is eye-easing relief which reduces night driving fatigue by eliminating headlight glare, eye strain and distortion, while reflecting all colors accurately. This clip-on device goes over any conventional rear view mirror, foreign or domestic. It is produced by JDM Products, Dept. M-O.L., 5453 Third Street, Rocklin, Cal. 95677.
SMOOTH ACCELERATION AND PRECISE boat control are provided with the new ELECTRA-NETIC, infinitely variable electric fishing motor. Normally bow mounted, this motor can be operated from the stern with a remote control foot pedal which stops and starts the motor, gives the boater 360° directional control. An 8-tilt bracket permits adjustment of the motor to the pitch of any bow, side or boat transom. This fishing motor is manufactured by the Electra Pal Division, Osborn Engineering Corporation, Dept. O.L., Lafayette Street, Bloomington, III. 61701.
SUPER KEEN CUTTING STEEL is what provides the PUMA SKINNER Kine with the finest cutting edge you've ever seen. This new sports knife is carefully forged of special, slowly hardened alloys that are hand ground and honed for great strength as well as sharpness. Having a full 5" blade with long, rounded cutting edge and grooved thumb rest, has bolsters at both ends of handle made of solid nickel silver. A rich looking leather sheath comes with this knife which is available through Gutmann Cutlery Company, Inc., Dept. O.L., 3956 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10032.
THE REVERSIBLE BLAZE ORANGE HUNTING CAP permits you to wear your own safety into the hunting field. It's an insulated baseball style that converts into Blaze Orange Color. Just peel the back half forward to expose a neon inner flash, a color that shouts its presence in either field or brush. Treated for water repellency, this cap comes in regular head sizes, 6¾ to 7¾. This hunter's cap is available through Bob Allen's Gun Club Sportswear, Box 477, Dept. O.L., Des Moines, Iowa 50302.
BUY BELOW WHOLESALE . . . British Jeep $346.00 . . . Calendar Watch $2.44 . . . Power Movie Camera $5.60. Hundreds of fantastic bargains! Men—Women start your own big profit Home Import Business. Experience, investment unnecessary. Free book, “How to Import and Export.” Write: The Mellinger Co., Dept. C1159F, Los Angeles, Calif. 90025.
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FREE MUSCLE COURSE by Joe Weider, the trainer of “Mr. Universe,” “Mr. America” and “Mr. Europe.” Learn how to slap on 4 inches of muscles to your chest, 3 inches to each arm, trim waist, get “lifeguard” shoulders and speedy, athletic legs. Send 25¢ to cover postage. Joe Weider, Dept. 54-99X, 531-32 St., Union City, N.J. 07087.
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NEW FRENCH SUNGLASSES with optically ground real glass are shatter-proofed by polarizing laminate. Lightweight, comfortable & afford the clearest, sharpest vision. Also available with gray lenses for true color or tan lenses for providing sharp contrasts valued by fishermen to see beneath the surface of water. $21.95. Orvis, Dept. OL, Manchester, Vt.
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“MINNESOTA TODAY” book covers six tourist areas, sports & recreation, industry, “Minnesota Wildlife” paintings by world famous artist Roger Preuss, & 150 photos in natural color. Ideal Gift! Hard cover $3.50. Soft bound $1.50. 25¢ post. ea. Free brochure on Preuss Collector Prints. Wildlife of America, Dept. OL, Box 556-B, Minneapolis, Minn. 55440.
GENTLEMAN’S “ENVOY” HAT . . . more & more these comfortable hats are replacing the traditional felt hats for winter. They’re tops for cold weather. Suede shell with alpaca brimband, quilted satin lining, & turn-down ear flaps. Color: Antelope, Loden Green or Black. Send head size. $7.95 ppd. Deerskin Trading Post, Dept. OL, Rt. 1 at 114, Danvers, Mass. 01923.
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FIRST—LAST And Only J.F.K. Silver set, 1964. Makes a cherished addition for any collector . . . and has already shown increased investment every year. Choose Philadelphia or Denver Mint Mark set, each in clear plastic holder only $3.49. Both sets $6.69. Illustrated catalog free. No COD’s. Matt Numiss, Dept. OL-9, 2928-41st Ave., New York 11101.
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BE A GOVT
BE A GOVT. Hunter, Game Warden, Forester. 3 free guides reveal plan to prepare men ages 17 up for vacation career in Wildlife-Forestry Conservation. Adventure, thrills, public service, good pay, low living cost, security. North American Conservation, Dept. OLP-9, University Plaza, Campus Drive, Newport, Calif. 92660.
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GUNS ILLUSTRATED 1970-Deluxe 2nd Annual Edition by the Editors of Gun Digest. Complete guide to current model handguns, scopes, sights . . . many other items, illustrations, prices & specifications on all items. $2.95 at your book store or ppd from Gun Digest Co., 4540 W. Madison St., Dept. OL, Chicago 60624.
THE LONG & SHORT of it for sportsmen who want the best in outdoor shorts & pants. Made to give extra hard wear. 6 large pockets. Corduroy shorts in loden green & tough sourdough dacron-cotton blend shorts in cactus green, ea. $7.95. Corduroy pants in bronze-tan $9.95. Men’s sizes 28-42. Outdoor World, Dept. OL-9E, Estes Park, Colo. 80517.
BURIED TREASURE Fever! This metal detector signals “a find” with a loud “beep” from a powerful internal speaker. Locates lost coins, jewelry, silver etc. The Mkll features design advances previously found only in the most expensive instruments. Complete with 9V battery. Guaranteed for 60 days. $22.95 ppd. Treasure House, Dept. Oil, Box 3, Tennent, N.J. 07763.
NEW DESIGN —New concept in Mini-Bikes! Custom made chrome spokes & chrome gas tanks. Full contoured foam filled shroud & saddle. Contour chromed fenders. 4 horsepower strong with new 2-speed automatic transmissions. Many other exciting features! Competitively priced. Write: Fox Corporation, Box 797N, Dept. OL, Janesville, Wis. 53545.
BIG SAVINGS On accordions and amplifiers! Save ½ or more on famous makes. Over 40 standard & electronic models. 5-Day home trial. Small down payment, easy terms. Trade-in allowance. Money-back guar. Write for catalogs & price list. Accordion Corp. of America, Dept. OL-99F, 5535 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, III. 60641.
KANGAROO Top sports boot with cleated Vibram sole is one of the most handsome, rugged 8" boots you can own. Completely comfortable. Top is waterproof—bottom is tough, water repellent, oil tanned steerhide. Plump garment leather lining. Sizes 7-12. $28 + $1 hdlg. & shipping. Hamley’s, Dept. OL, P. 0. Box 1009, Pendleton, Ore. 97801.
NIGHT CAMP RAIDERS
NIGHT CAMP RAIDERS are harmlessly trapped with this collapsible live trap. When folded it takes an inch of space in your camp pack. Send for illustrated price list to Greg Smith’s Tomahawk Live Trap Co., P. O. Box 323, Dept. OL, Tomahawk, Wisconsin 54487.
FAMOUS McKINLEY Sleeping Bag filled with 3 lbs. of Dacron polyester fiber. 2-layer construction with no sewn-through seams for added warmth. Green rip-stop nylon cover & lining. Extra long bag contains added ½ lb. Dacron. Regular bag weighs 4¾ lbs. $29.95. Free catalog. Recreational Equipment, Inc., Dept. OL, 1525 11th Ave., Seattle, Wash. 98122.
FREE SHOPPING Guide for King-Size Men. 120 pages of McGregor Jackets, Arrow & Manhattan Shirts; Permanent Press NoIron Slacks in hard to find sizes. Plus 200 shoe styles. Specially designed for Tall & Big Men. Write for free catalog. The KingSize Co., Dept. OL, 3849 King-Size Bldg., Brockton, Mass. 02402.
THIS 26-page field guide by Denver Jonas Brothers is the most complete, informative ever published. Guide shows how to skin game heads, field dress big & small game, care for hides, care of finished trophies & materials, plus other valuable tips. Illustrations. 500. Jonas Brothers, Dept. 4, 1035 Broadway, Denver, Colo. 80203.
PRECISION WORK and prompt response to a handler's command are the specialties of a field-trial retriever. It has been said that the drilling and discipline necessary for a dog to achieve such a high degree of responsiveness take some of the “hunt” out of a retriever.
Prime hunting areas are becoming more scarce every year, but Midwest gunners can still find plenty of elbowroom and game in Wisconsin’s Meadow Valley. Located just off Interstate Route 90-94 in west-central Wisconsin, Meadow Valley is a vast spread of pine and scrub oak and wetlands that encompasses federal, state, and even county lands, most of which are open to public hunting.
Bedridden. Old—but probably true— is the story of the veteran duck hunter who took along a greenhorn to his camp and on opening-day morning whispered in his sleeping friend’s ear, “It’s four-thirty." “Four-thirty!” gasped the novice. “Man, you better get to bed.