As the accompanying report was written, last November, conservationists across the United States were elated at word from Washington that all but “essential uses” of DDT are to be phased out in this country within the next two years.
SWAPPING our fishing yarns while we waited for dinner, Pete Zarnowski and I were lounging on the deck of a cruiser at anchor in a deep channel off Andros Island, Bahamas. Although the weather was idyllic, the normally mirror-clear waters were still roiled from a storm that had just passed.
TO A COWBOY a rope is a lasso or a lariat. To a sailor a rope is a line, a sheet, or a hawser. To a camper a rope is an absolutely indispensable item of equipment that performs yeoman’s service around a campsite. A veteran camper would as soon leave his tent at home as he would his rope.
There is enough good meat on an elk, also called a wapiti, to keep a family well fed for several weeks. If you happen to have a freezer full of elk meat, here are some delicious ways to vary the menu. One of the tastiest parts of this fine game animal is the rump, and a rump roast is not difficult to prepare.
The following story, which appeared in The Citizen Register, an Ossining, N. Y., newspaper, concerns Carroll B. Colby, also known as C. B. Colby, who is OUTDOOR LIFE'S camping editor.
VIRGINIA M. GRINAGER
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, Sept. 15—A boa constrictor was found coiled around the limb of a tree late yesterday afternoon in this suburban community 30 miles from New York City at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Neitlich, 220 Long Hill Road. If readers don’t believe that, they are one with many others who drove past the gathering crowd ignoring or sneering at shouts of “There’s a boa constrictor in the tree!’’ But the jungle denizen was really there — dining on a red squirrel while the unbelievers drove calmly past the crowd of 30 or so including two policemen.
A new book by David Michael Duffey, OUTDOOR LIFE’S dog editor, has been published under the title Bird Hunting Know-How. In this, his third book, Duffey covers this sport’s many aspects from his own experience, which includes swinging his scattergun on gamebirds over much of the U.S.
Are you getting your share of ducks and geese? An expert waterfowler's 50 tips could make a big difference
About The Author
STEPHEN M. MILLER
• Ever try bathtub gunning? If ducks pass over or rest on a sandbar that's barren of vegetation, dig a hole in the bar and set a bathtub into it. Then rake the sand back until it's flush with the top of the tub. Old bathtubs are available at junk yards for little cost.
IF YOU READ OUR SOUTHEASTERN REPORT last June, you may recall the eruption caused by plans of the Soil Conservation Service to change the face of the Alcovy River watershed in mid-Georgia. This particular tempest, which originated in a teapot, now has apparently assumed national proportions.
Along this great river we find elephants galore, one with a mind bent on mayhem
AS THIS STORY STARTS my wife Eleanor; Ron Kidson, our professional hunter and part-owner of Zambia Safaris ; and I were rolling down the road in Ron’s Land Rover hunting car. It was late afternoon, and we didn’t have a care in the world. I had not popped a cap that day, but Eleanor had made a nice offhand shot at a beautiful little bushbuck.
Some of my bear encounters were funny. Most sent chills down my back
OLIVE A. FREDRICKSON
That first run-in happened while I was living alone with my three children. Olive and Vala and Louis, on our homestead on the Stuart River in central British Columbia, a few years after my husband Walter Reamer, a trapper, drowned in the wilderness of northern Alberta, leaving me to support myself and three little ones as best I could.
I was hoping for just a couple of eating-size fish. I hadn't counted on the fringe benefits
I WAS ON MY WAY HOME from a rather disappointing icefishing trip in western New York. Some of the worst February weather the Northeast had seen in 50 years and a hunger strike by the fish had combined to keep the ice chest in my trunk as empty as my gas tank was rapidly becoming.
They say there are no big bucks nowadays, but I proved that it's not true
I HAVE HUNTED most of my life, and I’ve seen hundreds of big-game animals, but an antelope I saw the afternoon of September 21, 1968 entranced me completely. My wife Leona and Jim Avakian were stunned too. We were riding in my four-wheel-drive vehicle along a dry creek bed in a long valley 50 miles southeast of Lander, Wyoming.
We scrap some theories and find a way to double our pleasure—and our pneumonia—on the not-so-dumb dove
IN PEACE and in war, on the Northern prairies, on the deserts of the Southwest, and on the California coast, doves and I have been putting up with each other for years. They waddle in my street, inhabit my eucalyptuses, push their eggshells over the sides of their nests onto my crabgrass, and commit outrages from aloft upon my children.
A headless ghost, they say, guards pirate treasure on this wild coastal island where we find a king's ransom of bowhunting action
Safe DDT Disposal
I COULD HAVE KICKED MYSELF for leaving my insulated jacket back in camp. With a tornado alert and small-craft warnings having been posted that morning, I should have known better than to be lulled into a feeling of security by the warm noon sun.
Crows in unbelievable numbers teach us plenty on an unforgettable winter hunt
Major U.S. Crow Roosts
BYRON W. DALRYMPLE
DO YOU RECALL Alfred Hitchcock’s terror movie ‘The Birds’?” I asked John Casey. ‘‘This is it.” Casey and I, hunkered in a ditch, were staring in disbelief at the fantastic sight—set to eerie, raucous sound—that dawn was revealing. A chill mist, partly snow, was sweeping over us.
We learn why the Tongariro River is considered one of the greatest rainbow-trout streams in the world
Information on North Island
In April 1969 Joe Brooks and his wife Mary flew from New York to New Zealand to sample that picturesque country's famous trout fishing. Last month in OUTDOOR LIFE Brooks described the fishing in some of the great rivers of South Island, where brown trout predominate.
After 12 years of hunting together, Mike and I find no gap between us. I think I know why
DAVID MICHAEL DUFFEY
The "dad" in this story is David Michael Duffey. OUTDOOR LIFE’S Dogs Editor. Duffey, author of three books on dogs, is also manager of a 1,700-acre game farm near Shiocton. Wisconsin, where he operates a training and boarding kennel. Mike is Duffey’s son.
Licked for sure after six frustrating days, we're waiting for the plane. Then, incredibly, there they are: moose!
OUR TENTS WERE DOWN, our gear was packed, and our cased guns lay on top of the closed duffelbags. Melvin Hjerlied and I were puttering around a dying campfire on the shore of Graveyard Lake, waiting for one of George Theriault’s bush planes to pick us up, and we were a pretty disconsolate pair of moose hunters.
After a 57-year ban, ice fishing becomes legal in the Golden State, and it's a fine new winter sport
I GOT ONE!” With that modest exclamation, my wife Helen, better known as Tiger, pulled a bass through the ice of a pine-ringed lake high in the snow-mantled Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. In so doing, she may have made angling history.
The 1970 shows may be the best ever because manufacturers have an eye on fishermen and boat campers
Boats That Please Sportsmen
1970 Motor Facts and Figures
About The New Motors
The Latest in Trailers
Accessories and Advice
J. A. Emmett
IT’S BOAT-SHOW TIME again. In fact, the season’s round of shows has already started with the recent trade expositions in Chicago. New Orleans, and Jacksonville at which the 1970 boats, motors, trailers, and accessories were introduced to dealers.
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics for 1968, hunters and fishermen accounted for over 10 percent of the boating accidents in the nation and for over 35 percent of the deaths. These figures are so high that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a special boating course for sportsmen.
AN INCREASING number of hunters going on safari in Africa are taking only one rifle with them. This is not a bad idea. It saves both money and headaches—particularly headaches. Anyone who is traveling straight through by plane to Nairobi, Entebbe, Lusaka, or some other jumping-off place and waits only for a connecting flight in Rome or London can simply check his rifle as baggage straight through in one of the new hardplastic cases lined with plastic foam.
On a recent safari in Zambia I thought it might be interesting to measure some African animals from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the brisket, not over the curve, but in a straight line in order to compare them with American game. As I have mentioned before in these columns a big mature Western buck mule deer that will field dress 185 to 200 lb.
ARECURRING DREAM among people seeking an easy way to make money involves converting a pastime or hobby into a convenient, fun-filled, even glamorous occupation. Dogs— their breeding, raising, training, and care—are often the basis of such dreams.
THE BEGINNING of the new year can be the time to make resolutions so that you can break them as soon as possible. That approach may be a lot of fun. but it should have no place in archery. This is a good time for a serious bowman to take stock of past mistakes so that he can correct them in 1970.
When heavy rains of January and February “mud out” Northern California’s coastal winter steelhead and trout streams, anglers in the know head for the American River below Nimbus Dam. The dam and a large federal fish hatchery are 16 miles west of Sacramento on Highway 50.
Drag Hunt. Ray McClure of El Cajon shot a 150-lb., foui-point buck on opening day of the season, hut he'll tell you that most of the day was a real drag-a 6 1/2 -hour drag, to be exact. It began at 3 p.m. with the downed deer . . . and lasted until long past dark on a tortuous trip through unusually thick brush caused by heavy summer rains.—Horlon Bartlett San Diego (Calif.) Eveninig Tribune.