This picture (see below) has an unusual connection with the cover painting on your July issue. It shows a dilemma almost the same as the one portrayed on your cover. Mike Butler of Jamestown, New York, has his hands full of 44 in. of Chautauqua Lake muskellunge, while Flash Olson, also from Lakewood, chases him around the boat with the net.
TODAY’S BOOM in backpacking is causing many folks to start out with packs on their backs and smiles on their faces in the expectation of experiencing some of the fun and adventure of meeting the outdoors on its own terms. Many of those folks come back with a far greater admiration for the pioneers who walked out and settled the West.
STEPPING GINGERLY through the bone-dry oak leaves, the bowman slips behind a large tree. For the last half-hour he’s been stalking into the wind, trying to get within bow range of a trio of spooky animals. Twenty minutes ago he was about to take a shot.
BANDTAILED PIGEONS WILL OFFER a double challenge to California shotgunners when the late season opens December 11 in the lower half of the state. The birds are plentiful but hard to find, and once you find them they can be tough to bring down.
Resident hunters should pay more for licenses, experts conclude in recommending new approach
NUMBER OF HUNTERS, 1970
HUNTING LICENSE AND FEES, 1970
LICENSE INCOME FROM HUNTING, 1970
I LIVE IN Idaho. My Idaho resident hunting license costs me $3. If I want to fish as well as hunt, the combination license costs me $6. My $3 resident hunting license entitles me to upland gamebirds and varmints such as rockchucks and jackrabbits.
Many hunters expect to see deer, the whole deer, and nothing but the deer. That’s a big mistake
BYRON W. DALRYMPLE
DON’T MOVE A MUSCLE—I saw an antler point!” I whispered. Terry, my younger son, was hunkered down behind a tree trunk. He had his rifle slung over his shoulder and a pair of rattling antlers in his hands. I was almost completely hidden by another tree a few feet behind him.
If posted land and exclusive clubs are freezing you out on waterfowl, here are some good ways to freelance
ERWIN A. BAUER
ON MANY MORNINGS during the waterfowl season, a ritual takes place before dawn on the shore of Ohio’s Sandusky Bay. Jim Frankowski, Bob Lesniewicz, and Dick Lewandowski launch their outboard runabout on the cold black water and then lash two very small craft across the cockpit.
News for tip-up toters: trout aplenty in lakes near the big city
TUCKED AWAY in small print in New York State’s fishing-and-hunting-laws pamphlet is a new regulation that has opened a bonanza for southern-New York and metropolitan-area ice fishermen. Under the section titled “Special Regulations in Certain Waters” is the following paragraph :
We pass up pen-raised birds on a fine shooting preserve to go for the tricky wild coveys around its fringes
I MOVED SLOWLY—not more than two or three steps each time—then paused to study the woods ahead. Before moving on I would examine green honeysuckle clumps for signs of browsing, scan the bases of nearby saplings for evidence of horn rubbing, and inspect the ground for tracks, pawing, and pellets.
My bowhunt for three kinds of big game was going badly. Then I suddenly got a chance at a world-record trophy
LOWELL L. EDDY
THE BULL MOOSE upset our plans. Our goals for the day had been to get bow shots at caribou or goats. It was early morning, but the four of us had already climbed to a 6,000-foot elevation on a mountain in northwestern British Columbia. We were glassing surrounding slopes when I spotted the moose feeding slowly through an opening in timber 2,000 feet below us.
My heart pounds and my camera clicks as I watch never-hunted wild life — some chilling, some obliging, all exciting
ERWIN A. BAUER
FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS I sat uncertainly on the edge of the cot, neither fully awake nor aware of what had awakened me. I wondered where in the world I was. The first glow of a scarlet sunrise was visible through a paneless screenless window, but that wasn’t clue enough.
After eight years of near misses, I catch a trout that earns me a special niche
FRED G. SNOOK
IT WAS MID-OCTOBER and I was standing hip-deep in the swirling blue-black water of the Yellowstone River. Clouds scudded by on a stiff northwest breeze that whipped at the surface of the boulderstrewn river and made casting, even with my torpedotaper line, somewhat difficult.
Symptoms: jangled nerves and more fuss than feathers. The treatment: play it cool
THE TROUBLE with me,” moaned Mike Jacobs, “is that I shoot where they ain’t. I zig when they zag.” Mike had uncorked just about a whole box of shells and had less than a half-dozen doves in his game satchel. The barrel of his 12 gauge pump gun was almost too hot to handle.
First we surprised the raging bull moose—then he surprised us with a fright I’ll never forget
WILLIAM N. ROACH
WE CACHED OUR CANOE in a weathered pile of brush and logs left from earlier lumbering operations. The birchbark canoe was only 12 feet long. It had been built by Edouard, my Indian guide, and it was light and quiet, a joy for hunting. But it was fragile.
My cross-country move pays off when I draw a once-in-a-lifetime permit to hunt the rare desert bighorn
O.L. Story Acclaimed
LEVI A. KEIM
AT THE LAST LIGHT of day I watched the ram and the ewe drop into a gulley like two gray ghosts and vanish. In less than a minute they reappeared, but by then the visibility was so poor that I soon lost sight of them again. All I could do was hope they wouldn’t move very far in the darkness.
A bruising battle between buck deer and bull elk unfolds before my camera. I catch the excitement on film, from start to finish
HARRY C. CORLEY
LAST JANUARY, I was taking pictures at the wildlife center in Indiana’s Brown County State Park when the unexpected happened. The park, located 60 miles south of Indianapolis and about 50 miles west of my hometown of Greensburg, offers the public 15,332 acres of beautiful timbered hills and valleys, on which they may engage in outdoor activities such as camping, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming.
I SHOT MY FIRST RAM in the middle 1930’s in the Mexican state of Sonora. The ram, of course, was a desert bighorn, which today is the most sought-after trophy in North America and the most difficult to get. It was quite a good one. I had the head mounted and I still have it.
"SWEDE 45", THE IDEAL POCKET FOLDING KNIFE for campsite chores, trapline work, game and fish cleaning, boating, etc. Blade 3⅛" long, rust and corrosion resistant. Resharpens easily. Quick take-down features for cleaning. Handle 4" long, contoured, ebony color. Sold at sporting goods dealers. Include 25¢ for catalog. Free to distributors and outdoor writers. Normark Corp., Dept. OL, 1710 East 78th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55423.
THE EEZ-IN SNOWMOBILE DOLLY
THE EEZ-IN SNOWMOBILE DOLLY is new and lightweight, enabling every snowmobile owner to lift and roll his snowmobile with ease for loading or storing. It relieves all weight off bogie wheels to avoid flat spots and warping when not in use. One person can handle it easily. 2 solid rubber wheels, 6 x 2:00, with ⅝" oiless bearings, each having a load rating of 500 lbs. Made of steel tubing. Wt: 21 lbs. Write: Garelick Mfg. Co., Dept. OL, St. Paul Park, Minnesota.
AN 80 PAGE BOOK ON FLY CASTING, by Jim Green. Easy-to-read instructions take you through every phase of basic and important know-how needed to become a proficient fly caster. Price $2. Write: Jim Green Book, Fenwick/Sevenstrand Tackle Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 729, Dept B-OL, Westminster, Calif. 92683.
ONE-PIECE PROFESSIONAL SNOWMOBILE SUIT
A ONE-PIECE PROFESSIONAL SNOWMOBILE SUIT for men. Lightweight and warm; wind and water proof; stain resistant outer nylon shell; insulated with dacron and polyester fiberfill. Features: detachable pile lined hood, pile collar with adjustable closures, 1 inside chest pocket, 2 chest trouser pockets with flaps; 2-way zipper fly with snap closures. Available in all men's sizes. Write Clif-Tex Mfg. Co., Div. Walls Inds., Inc., Dept. OL, P.O. Box 98, Cleburne, Texas 76031.
ENGLISH LEATHER "TIMBERLINE" ALL WEATHER CREAM protects an outdoorsman's skin all year 'round. Specially formulated to keep skin safe from harsh winds, strong sun and chapping cold. Non-breakable tube with dispenser top is perfect for travelling. Sold at stores everywhere.
MAUSER'S NEW 660 SHORT ACTION RIFLE
MAUSER'S NEW 660 SHORT ACTION RIFLE has interchangeable barrels within caliber groups; accuracy guaranteed. Stock made from European walnut and hand checkered; barrel, steel alloy. Length: 41". Wt.: 6 lbs 10 oz. Write: Mauser-Bauer Corp., Dept. OL, 34570 Commerce Rd., Fraser, Mich. 48026.
THE QUESTION-and-answer format has always been a good, concise way to pass along helpful information. I’ve used it before. This time, though, in culling the questions from recent letters in my files, I was particularly impressed by the wide variety of problems involved.
I sample great fishing for a variety of species in a famed pioneer state
THE BRIGHT MID-JUNE SUN had driven the temperature into the 90’s, and all day long we had not seen a fish rise. But at 7 p.m., when I stepped into the Williamson River near Chiloquin, Oregon, the water was so cold that by the time I had waded into casting position I was shaking all over, shivering and jerking so hard that I gave a new kind of action to the nymph I was using.
ACOBIA of about 50 pounds had been brought alongside the boat after a hard battle that lasted more than 20 minutes. It was the first one that the two young anglers had hooked, so they were very eager to boat it. Too eager, as it turned out. Using a long-handled gaff, one of them made several wild swipes at the cobia, which was far from played out, but he missed it or grazed it each time.
BUILD A BOOKCASE or a bungalow with Arco-Saw. Attaches to any ¼" electric drill in seconds with "slide-lock.” Rips & crosscuts up to 2" boards. Dado-Arbor swivels sawblade to cut grooves up to ½" wide x 1" deep in 1 cut. Has graduated gauges for ripping, depth & angle cuts. Model 460 is $12.88 ppd. with blade & instructions. Arco Tools, Inc., Dept. OL-12P, 421 W. 203 St., New York, N.Y. 10034.
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PLAY GUITAR IN 7 DAYS
PLAY GUITAR IN 7 DAYS. Amazing system teaches you to play a song the first day. Contains 52 photos, 87 chord & finger playing charts, 110 songs; Special Guitarists Book of Knowledge; & Tuning Device. All for $2.98 + 250 pstg. & hdlg. Money back guarantee. Ed Sale, Studio OL-12, Avon by the Sea, New Jersey 07717.
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HARDY'S BOOK OF FISHING
“HARDY'S BOOK OF FISHING” a first edition collector’s item. Over 300 pages, illustrated, stories & fishing techniques by experts. Only $16.50. Orders received before Dec. 31, 1971 will include a FREE copy of “The Hardy Book of Flies.” Harrington & Richardson, Inc., Dept. OL-12, 320 Park Ave., Worcester, Mass. 01610.
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USE INDOOR SUDBURY CHAPERONE to keep dogs and cats off furniture. Avoid soiled cushions, hairs, odors. Use Outdoor Sudbury Chaperone to prevent burned shrubs, spilled garbage cans, messy lawns. Giant size $1.89, 3 for $5. (Any combination, please specify.) Sudbury Laboratory, Inc., Dept. OL-12, Box 2878, Sudbury, Mass. 01776,
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SPANISH WINE BAG
SPANISH WINE BAG. Ideal for skiers, campers, hunters, picnics & all outdoor enthusiasts. Kidney shaped wine bag is made of genuine goatskin with stout braided cords & tight stoppers. Holds more than 1 quart of your favorite drink, juice, milk, etc. Bag is lined with heavy latex. $3.98 + 50¢ pstg. Barclay, Dept. OL-12, 170-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432.
ONCE A MAN has decided which breed of gun dog is best for him, he will form opinions about how individual dogs within that breed should perform. The more popular a breed becomes, the more such opinions vary. The Brittany Spaniel, the only spaniel that points its game, is a good example.
Duck hunting in New Jersey is at its best during the month of December, according to George N. Alpaugh, chief of the state Bureau of Wildlife Management. While deer and upland game attract most hunters in the Garden State in December, miles of coastal bays and marshes are uncrowded and usually full of waterfowl.
Image Building. Pacific Power and Light Company donned its white hat and saved 300,000 steelhead fingerlings. The Department of Fish and Game ran out of money to feed the fish until they were yearlings, so P.P.L.CO. came up with the $8,100 necessary to assure the young steelhead’s survival.