This picture (see below) should be a shocker to your readers. Cheyenne Game Warden Francis Gradert, left, and Office Deputy Dave Thompson look over seven pronghorn antelope that were shot and left to rot within three miles of the city limits of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
THE CAMPING SEASON starts in earnest this month, and so does a brand-new decade of getting back to nature. There is a wide range of new gear for the new year. Some of it I inspected during a week spent at the National Sporting Goods Association trade show in Chicago.
■ May is a magic month for trout fishermen from coast to coast. So it seems appropriate for me to pass along some tasty ways for a trout angler to extend his pleasure from the stream to the table. If you like the flavor of sesame seeds, I’m sure you will enjoy Sesame Trout.
A UNIQUE ''CLAM-SHELL'' LID is featured on Covey's new 12-drink cooler. The lid can't blow away or get lost because it's attached to the hard-shell, insulated body. The SWINGER keeps a dozen cans or bottles ice cold through a whole day of fun. The cooler is lightweight and easy to carry. A special locking device in the handle seals the lid tightly shut. See your dealer or contact Dept. O.L., Covey Corp. 8101 Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75247.
YOU'LL BE SITTING PRETTY on the MK-10 CHAMPION boat seat. Manufactured by Frabill, the one-piece, contour molded polypropylene seat is mounted on a full 360 degree heavy duty swivel base. The screwtype, wide base non-slip clamps fit any boat. Frabill Manufacturing Co., Dept. O.L., 2018 S. First, Mil., Wisconsin 53207.
ATTENTION ARCHERS! Wing Archery Company has introduced a handsome new black leather side quiver. Designed to professional specifications, the side quiver has two belt clips, a score card pocket, a large zippered pocket for accessories and a divider strap. It is available in right and left-hand models. Contact: Sales Manager, Dept. O.L., Wing Archery Co., Route 1, Jacksonville, Texas 75766.
SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES? Here's your chance. Kodak Movie FunSet contains everything you need to get started in movies. The five-piece outfit includes a Kodak Instamatic M22 Movie Camera, two batteries, a special book of movie-making tips, a Kodachrome Movie film cartridge and a smart zippered carrying case. Eastman Kodak Company, Dept. O.L., 343 State Street, Rochester, New York 14650, can give you further information on this new item.
SOMETHING NEW AND SOMETHING OLD! The 100 year old Gypsy Fish-Bait Oil formula has been improved by adding an effective new substance called ANNOL. Another new addition is the aerosol can that makes it so easy to use. Just spray your bait or lure, and in seconds the vapor-like mist goes to work. The ingredients are non-toxic and will not pollute waters. It's guaranteed to catch fish or your money back! From Walling Keith Chemicals, Inc., Dept. 31-C, O.L., Box 2112, Birmingham, Ala. 35201.
AN ALL NEW RUNABOUT SLED is now available from Crosby Aeromarine Co. This functional 16 footer has the steering well up front to save deck space. It includes a builtin splashwell, gas tank and ice box, mechanical steering, running lights, teak fiberglas sides, and an exclusive foam-filled bottom which makes the boat veritably unsinkable! There are a variety of optional accessories available. Additional information is available from Crosby Aeromarine Co., 5303 West Highway 98, Panama City, Fla. 32401.
WITH THE WIDE range of fishing boats in use today, the idea of the ideal all-round fishing motor no longer means much. A good fishing motor is one that gets you to your fishing grounds quickly and safely and then operates efficiently in fishing usage once you are there.
BASS MIGRATION ROUTES YIELD FISHING BONANZA WITH LO-K-TOR’S HELP
More bass-especially wallboard size lunkers — have been caught in the past decade than since the fish hook was invented. One thing is largely responsible for this bonanza. Bass fishermen have learned to fish the contour of the bottom where fish congregate.
THE HOTTEST TROUT PRODUCER in Northern California when the season opens on May 2 is most likely to be Lake Davis in the Plumas National Forest near Portola. The lake, which covers 4,000 acres, was completed in 1966. Last year it was fished by an estimated 90,000 anglers whose catch averaged 2.9 fish weighing about three-quarters of a pound apiece.
Alaska’s newfound oil means dollars for our 49th state, but the oil rush raises serious doubts about the future of fish and game
IT IS LITERALLY now or never.” The man who said that, last January 1, was President Richard M. Nixon, and he was talking about the urgent and alarming need to halt pollution of the air and water of this country. “The 1970’s,” the President continued, “absolutely must be the years when America pays its debt to the past by reclaiming the purity of its air, its waters, and our living environment.”
My husband, the boys, and I backpacked 68 miles for a go at wilderness trout. The fishing was out of this smoggy world, and getting there was more than half the fun.
ROBERTA J. WHITCOMB
MY we FEET were WERE all getting AFIRE hungry from when 10 miles we stopped of walking for and the day at the spot where we would begin fishing the White River in Western Montana. We chose a campsite on a sandbar in a small bend in the river. At that point, the river was so narrow it was really only a creek.
After 30 years of wanting a bear, here I was looking straight at a big one but with my rifle standing just beyond reach
THIS HUNT BEGAN in a restaurant in the city of Quebec, Canada, on one of the coldest nights of the winter. I was with Bruce Bailey, a friend who works for the Quebec Department of Tourism, Fish and Game. The snow was packed deep on the streets outside, and the temperature had dropped to 20° below zero.
After years of missing the peak fishing time for these New England bass, I learn from a master that...
JEROME B. ROBINSON
IT IS A TYPICAL early morning in June in New Hampshire. White mist hangs over the flat surface of a mountain lake, and big browndrake mayflies pop up on top, leaving little circles where they break through the surface film. They float there, some of them 1½ inches long, looking like miniature sailing ships becalmed on a windless sea.
Frustrating encounters with ant-taking trout lead me to design a dry fly that’s effective from May through fall
MICHAEL W. FONG
Tying the Ant, left to right from top: tie black deer hair along shank of 3X-long fine-wire No. 12 hook; dub on black fur and shape abdomen; wind brown hackle around hook a bit forward of center; pull hair over top of hook and tie down in front of both dubbing and hackle; trim off excess hair; wing Ant with a pair of blue-dun hackle points; shape head with tying thread FOUR ing experiences YEARS AGO any flyfisherman I had one of would the most care disappointto remember.
We travel halfway around the world for high adventure with heavy-horned game
ERWIN A. BAUER
IT WAS SHORTLY after daybreak when game guide Shoja Hamidi spotted sheep on the far side of a lonely valley. But he saw them only briefly during a break in low cloud cover that made the landscape seem dark and unreal. "I think some rams,” Hamidi whispered.
When fishing’s bad, an enjoyable detour may be the shortest road to improvement
THE as a MORNING new dime. SPARKLED The river was as clear bright and and purling shiny along, its voices blended with the gentle stirring of tree leaves and the song of a cardinal up on the hillside. The day could not have been better, except for one thing: the trout had showed not even a casual interest in our offerings.
When dog meets porcupine far from the nearest vet, it’s best to know what to do
OUR Adirondack hunting camp had been empty since the previous fall. It was covered with a thick mantle of snow when we arrived on that balmy spring day. Two-foot drifts still lingered under the eaves of the cabin, and Pete, my German shepherd, raced through them ecstatically.
These deer follow their own rules to outwit hunters who think they know the score
ERWIN A. BAUER
FOR THE LAST quarter of a century I have spent many days each fall hunting, filming, and just watching whitetail deer. During that period I’ve learned some of the games whitetails play. Many of those games were played on me, but last fall I had a ringside seat for a game played on somebody else.
We go after giant redfish far from the sea and find that an odd method scores big
IT WAS DIFFICULT to realize that we were close to jumbo channel bass. Joel Arrington was steering the bouncing carryall along curvy secondary roads in Pamlico County, where the Neuse and Pamlico rivers join Pamlico Sound in northeastern North Carolina.
For 60 years I’ve put fresh game meat in the family pot, and it seldom came easy
I SUFFERED my first and last attack of buck fever when I was 12, although I suppose it would be more accurate to call it crane fever. It was 1913, and we were living on the Saskatchewan prairie, 90 miles north of Regina and not far from the Quill lakes.
East or West, bass follow a behavior pattern that anglers can cash in on
THIS," said “Lucky Lloyd" TRY Eiserman, handing me a red-andgreen popper with a recessed face. “I made it. It’s surefire on Clear Lake.” Lucky was a building engineer in Missouri before he had to retire because of an injury. He has lived and fished at Clear Lake in California since 1943.
EAGER FOR some early-season striped bass, I left my warm bed before daybreak to try my luck with plugs and tinclads on a stretch of beach near the mouth of a Connecticut tidal river. The striper fishing is usually good in May, but the bass hadn’t yet arrived or they were feeding elsewhere.
THERE ARE two principal approaches to hitting moving objects with a charge of shot from a gun. One can be called the “instinctive” approach. Those who use this method say the mind has little to do with it— that the best shooting is done when the eyes and muscles take over.
Three new reticles are now available in Bausch & Lomb scopes. The "Dualine" has coarse crosshairs toward the outside of the field, fine in the center. Similar reticles are furnished by Leupold, Weaver, and Redfield. “Dualine” is available in the Balfor B, 4X; and Balvar 8B, 2.5X to 8X. The "Taper-Dot" reticle combines the tapered crosshairs and a floating dot. Designed for fast sighting, the tapered crosshairs draw the eye quickly to the dot in the center of the field of view. “Taper-Dot” is available in the Balfor B and Balvar 8B models. The Rangefinder reticle is available only in Balvar 8B zoom models. It has two horizontal reference lines in the upper half of the field of view. The shooter selects the magnification that places an 18-in. high area (approximate shoulder-to-brisket span of a large whitetail buck) of the target between the reference lines. Target distance can then be calculated by multiplying the power selected by 100 and the result is the number of yards to the target—2.5 power X 100 = 250 yd.; 3 power X 100 = 300 yd., and so on. Aim is taken at point of intersection of tapered crosshairs.
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Weatherby, Inc., the South Gate, Calif., rifle manufacturer and importer, has been merged with Nasco, a firm that provides educational aids, instructional material, and equipment in agricultural science, biology, home economics, vocational agriculture, science and mathematics, arts and crafts. The firm is located at Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. The two firms merged will be called Weatherby-Nasco, but each will operate separately. Roy Weatherby, president and founder of Weatherby, Inc., will continue to head the Weatherby branch. Lew Roethe is president of Nasco. An announcement says that Weatherby had sales of more than $3-million last year and Nasco in excess of $6-million. Weatherby has greatly influenced design of rifle cartridges and sportingrifle stocks in the past 20 years.
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CCI Plastic Box
A plastic box holding 100 .22 rimfire cartridges is now in production at Omark-CCI, Inc., of Lewiston, Idaho, maker of rifle, pistol, and shotshell primers and .22 rimfire ammunition. The cartridges are suspended from a transparent-plastic grid at the top of the box in 20 rows of five each. The transparent-plastic lid of the box slides in grooves. The lid can be moved out to expose one row of cartridges at a time. The .22-user can open the lid, invert the box, and drop out 5, 10, or 15 cartridges as he wishes.
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Winchester-Western is offering subsmall gauge skeet shooters a new Double A .410 bore shotshell in compression-formed plastic in 1970. Previously this type of shell has been available in 20 and 12 gauge. Compression-forming enables production of a shotshell that eliminates the conventional base wad as a separate component and makes it an integral part of the shell. The durability of the compression-formed plastic hull gives it a high degree of reloadability, with up to 300 percent more reloads than paper.
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$1.20 to $2.20
Savage Arms will market five different types of British Eley match ammunition, the most famous of which is Tenex. In the 1968 Olympics, 84 percent of all smallbore-rifle shooters used Eley Tenex; they accounted for the gold medal and the next 11 places. About 70 percent of the shooters used Anschutz rifles, also imported by Savage. Eley, including the famous Tenex, is made by Imperial Metals Industries, Birmingham, England. The five types to be marketed by Savage are: Tenex Eley Match, Eley Pistol Match (all in .22 Long Rifle), and Eley Short Pistol Match (.22 short), and .22 Long Rifle Pistol. Prices range from $1.20 to $2.20.
ANY SHOOTER likes to see his missile make a good hit. There’s a lot of satisfaction in watching your arrow slap into the center of the bull’s-eye, and you get a tremendous thrill when your broadhead pierces the chest of a big-game animal that you’ve hunted for hours, perhaps days.
JUNIOR CAMPER Sleeping Bag insulated with 100% quality goose down. Designed for comfort in temperatures from 25° to 65° above. Built-in hood for shoulder & head protection. 36" zipper provides easy entrance. Fabric is tough & long-wearing. Crater Lake Blue outside & Silver Sand color inside. 55" long. $29.95 ppd. Eddie Bauer, Dept. OL-5, Seattle, Wa. 98134.
Laramie Brushed Boulder leather
EASY ON, Easy Off innovation of famous Oneida moccasin. Laramie Brushed Boulder leather, smooth side in gives inside a glove lined smoothness. Matching hand molded & trimmed Maple Pac soles. All widths. 6-13 Men; 4-9 Women. $19 ppd. W. C. Russell Moccasin Co., Dept. OL-5, Franklin St., Berlin, Wi. 54923.
CATCH MORE Fish with fish odors that drive fish strike crazy. Saturate bait, lure or plug with a fine, penetrating fish-getting spray. Will not stay on surface. Specify flavor: catfish, trout, carp, all other fresh-water fish; salmon, all other saltwater fish. $2.98 ea. + 350 post. Norkin Labs., Dept. 50SN, 811 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.
THE ANGLER’S Log
THE ANGLER’S Log designed to make logging easy & enjoyable. Simply check boxes or circle numbers for most entries. Each sheet contains complete range of conditions for recording a day’s fishing. Enough sheets for 25 days, instructions, a calendar & comes in black looseleaf binder. $3.95. William Mills & Son, Inc., Dept. OL5, 21 Park Pl., N.Y. 10008.___
OLD RELIABLE folding knife comes with two highly polished stainless steel blades . . . will not rust. Honed to sharp edge. Black bone-style handle fits hand snug for sure grip. Almost 6" open. Use for 30 days —money back if not satisfied. Only 88¢ + 27¢ postage & handling. Grandpa’s Knife Shop, Dept. PK-1901, 9043 S. Western, Chicago, III. 60620.
MAGIC “Power-Glove” grooves your drives 50-100-150 even 200 yards farther! The secret is in the aerodynamically balanced weighting added to the inside of the back of the glove. Specify left glove for righty golfer; right glove for lefty golfer. Black only. Sizes: SMLXL. $6.95 + 50¢ post. & hdlg. Cabot Sloane, Dept. OL-5, 292841st Avenue, L.I.C., New York 11101.
WILDLIFE PRINTS by Lyndle Dunn, nationally known artist. Lovers of wildlife & western landscape will be thrilled with these beautifully lithographed prints (9x12) on hand-finished stock in full color. Prints are $3.50 ppd. or 8 for $20 ppd. For further information, write for Lyndle Dunn Brochure, Box 1901 Sunset Street, Dept. OL-5, Sturgis, S. D. 57785.
DAZZLING Titania, man-made jewel rivals the brilliance of the most expensive diamonds. Only $12 per carat. One carat in new Starlight setting of 14 kt. gold, $33. Man’s ring with one carat in 14 kt. gold, $41. Jewels may be cut to fit your own jewelry. Free ring size chart & jewelry catalog. Regent Lapidary Co., 511 East 12th Street, Dept. OLP, New York 10009.
SPORTSMAN'S MAGNET retrieves or locates steel tackle boxes, rods, reels, shotguns, dock tools, even outboard motors. Picks up spilled fish-hooks, nails, etc. Magnet measures only 4" long and is coated to prevent rust. $2.25 ppd. Gokey Company, Dept. OL-5, 21 W. Fifth Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102.
Woodsman Insect Repellent
OLE TIME Woodsman Insect Repellent. Original formula containing oil of pine tar, citronella, camphor, etc. has been strengthened by the addition of Diethyl Toluamide. Now in aerosol container. Highly effective, clean & comfortable. Apply to bandana & wear around neck. 6 oz. can + bandana, $1.35 ppd. L. L. Bean, Inc., Dept. OL-5, Freeport, Me. 04032.
ENGLISH WALKING BOOT
ENGLISH WALKING BOOT. Practical, scuffresistant, unmatched in quality. For business or casual wear. Lined with plump glove leather. Dark Brown. Sizes: 6-13 & 6 1/2 11 1/2 Narrow, medium or wide. $29.95. Alaska Sleeping Bag Co., 13150 SW Dawson Way, Dept. OL-5, Beaverton, Oregon 97005.
WITHOUT A HOUND, raccoon hunting isn’t much. As this nighttime sport continues to grow in popularity it attracts sportsmen who need help in training their hounds. Any unbiased observer of the canine spectrum must note that though many articles in the sporting press are devoted to pointing dogs, spaniels, and retrievers, not too much is written about hounds (with the possible exception of Beagles).
For trout fishing thrills and whitewater boating, it’s hard to top Wisconsin's Wolf River. Tame at its headwaters and below the dam at Shawano, the Wolf through its middle in Langlade and Menominee counties has all the natural grandeur implied in its designation as part of America’s wild-rivers system.
Punching Bag. A steelhead punchcard received by the Washington game department bore this additional female comment, “I should have one punch! The first time I went steelhead-fishing, the fish bit my hook right away. My dear husband grabbed my pole, landed my steelhead, and punched his card.