“The American hunter and fisherman through his deep personal interest in our wildlife resources has paved the way for the growth of modern wildlife-management programs. His purchase of licenses and permits, his payment of excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, and his voluntary contributions to a great variety of conservation projects are multimillion-dollar examples of his concern for wildlife populations and habitat preservation.
HOW MANY TIMES have you found, while setting up camp, that you forgot to bring along some really important item of equipment? Or how often, after some slight emergency has arisen during a stay in camp, have you said, “If only I’d brought...” ?
Among the seven species of quail in the U.S., the bobwhite is undoubtedly the bestknown and the most sought-after. It’s also the source of some great eating. Here are some ways to make the most of its meat. It’s best to dry-pick a quail rather than to remove the feathers by singeing or scalding.
IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE a lousy fisherman, you could be wasting your money by buying an electronic fishfinder. But if you’re the hard-working, observant type and have learned a few things about fishing without a fishfinder, then one of the devices can add some zest to your sport.
I AM ONE OF THE MANY bowhunters who sometimes smile at stories about riflemen shooting woodchucks from hundreds of yards away. We’re not making fun of the powder-burners, by any means—their eyes, rifles, scopes, and loads must all be perfectly attuned to make such remarkable shots, and we respect the gunners for their feats.
LARRY MCKOSKY’S seven-foot jigging rod went into a tortured bend as he fought a strong fish he’d hooked on the bottom of Maine’s Penobscot Bay. “Weren’t you the guy who told me that snook are strictly Southern fish?” he asked. “Yes,” I replied, puzzled.
THIS IS MY last appearance as shooting editor of OUTDOOR LIFE. I was 70 years old last January, and I am about five years overdue for the pasture. I have lived out my Biblical three score and ten, and my remaining years on this earth are gravy. I would like to be less beset by deadlines, and I’d also like to have fewer letters to answer and more time to hunt quail.
MORE AND MORE ANGLERS are discovering a treasury of fish in the mighty Hudson River. The river, which courses more than 300 miles from the Adirondacks in upper New York State to New York Harbor, teems with striped bass, white perch, shad, tomcod, smelt, bullheads, black bass, and many other species including sturgeon.
AMONG THE NUMEROUS conservation and environmental issues being fought over bitterly in the Northeast is one proposing the creation of a 37-mile-long lake in a suggested 46,600-acre national recreational area behind a projected 160-foot high dam at Tocks Island on the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
NOT MANY EXPERIENCED saltwater anglers will deny that the number of summer flounder (fluke) caught in Connecticut-Rhode Island waters during the past few years has been considerably lower than it was 15 or 20 years ago. Some authorities claim that the most important reason for the decline has been continuous pressure from commercial draggers along the edge of the Continental Shelf every winter.
Ever wonder what to do with dogfish (sand sharks) that sometimes seem to pave the bottoms of sounds and oceans? Well, just make strips of their belly skin and sweeten the hooks of white-bucktail jigs with them. It’s a trick I learned when fishing in Virginia’s Chincoteague Inlet.
WHEN YOU DRIVE INTO Washington County, Maine’s easternmost area, a sign proclaims that here is to be found the best fishing and hunting in the U.S.A. In diversification of species, there well may be as many opportunities for catching saltwater and freshwater gamefish during July in the stretch between Cherryfield and Calais as anywhere else, at least in New England.
Stocked brown trout have established good fisheries in impoundments and in several ponds and lakes in Vermont. Somerset and Harriman reservoirs now grow trout in pound sizes. Brown trout of up to five pounds have recently been hooked in Gale Meadows Pond at Bondville, though few of them have been landed, because of snag conditions in that impoundment.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF electric motors to propel fishing boats could well prove to be one of the most signifcant trends in angling since Izaak Walton. At least, it seems to be working out that way in Pennsylvania, where electrics are becoming increasingly popular.
WHEN THE WARM DAYS of July arrive, New Hampshire fishermen can have some difficult decisions to make about where they are going to fish and for what. At this time of year, the trout and salmon in the lakes and streams of the White Mountains and northern Coos County are an irresistible attraction to anglers from all over New England.
IT MAY HAVE BEEN chamber-of-commerce-inspired, that story about the Cape Cod striper fisherman who caught an 18-inch rainbow trout on his backcast, but if ever such a fishing phenomenon could happen, it surely would take place on Cape Cod.
In the land of Vikings, our No. 1 Space expert adds an unusual experience to his long store of outdoor memories
WERNHER VON BRAUN
THE WIND HAS COME down from the Arctic, carrying the ghosts of great storms across the vanishing summer on this high Norwegian plateau. Earlier there was rain, and then sleet. Now there is snow, thick and bitter flurries to haunt this land.
Imagine taking three crimson-bellied five-pound brook trout on as many casts. It happens here
JOMA SICK!” Solomon Suganaqueb spat out those words in mock disgust as he jerked his thumb at the big freighter canoe across the Winisk River rapids and slightly upstream from our canoe. “Joma,” meaning old man in Ojibway Indian lingo, referred to Adam Suganaqueb, Solomon’s 66-year-old father.
These deer were made to miss, so you must do things right if you hope to get a chance at a hit
ERWIN A. BAUER
LAST FALL Lew Baker blew his finest opportunity in 40 years of big-game hunting. Lew is a bachelor and retired farmer who has done more than his share of seeking trophies around the world. With all that experience behind him, he doesn’t make too many mistakes in the field.
An expert guide shows me an exciting way to take mammoth Everglades largemouths
I DID A DOUBLE TAKE when I saw the boat that guide Joe Piontek was trailering. Across the boat’s stern were three motors, each a different size. “If one quits,” I said, “you have two more to go. You really believe in a back-up, don’t you?” “It’s not that,” Joe said.
Deceit, emotion, ignorance fuel the antihunting flames, which are now reaching even the courts
SPORTSMEN-hunters are being singled out for condemnation as ruthless killers by an increasingly vociferous antihunting clan. These arch protectionists, in their ignorance of nature’s laws, seek to destroy the fish and wildlife that sportsmen have worked for years to conserve, enhance, and perpetuate.
backpack trip and hit a mother lode of golden trout
JOHN R. HIGLEY
THE SNOW-CHILLED WIND that whipped the surface of Alsace Lake was like a slap in the face. In self-defense I zipped up my down-filled jacket and buttoned the collar around my neck. But I wasn’t about to retreat. A few minutes earlier I’d waded across the lake’s shallow inlet to a group of exposed boulders.
I was a boy raised on the river, and that homemade johnboat was my friend. I’ll never forget it
OLD PAINT has been put out to pasture. The aging johnboat lies beneath a sycamore tree on Missouri’s Big Piney River at the mouth of Hog Creek. The boat, a relic of my boyhood, is now a decaying playground for young mink and a resting place for a kingfisher that adds noise and color to the eddy beneath the big white bluff.
A father-son team teaches me the tricks experts use to catch the Susquehanna’s tailrace forktails
I REELED THE STRIP BAIT back to the Conowingo Dam catwalk where I stood. The raging tailrace water below me had rumpled my bait until it looked like a soggy bedroll. The Susquehanna River, swollen by a late-October rain, isn’t patient with careless strip-bait riggers, but my problem was that my meager supply of live chubs and small sunfish had been exhausted by a dozen pot-bellied channel catfish.
You nail chucks at 200 or better? Try your Superwhatsis Magnum on crows and we’ll see if you’re a real rifleman
DAN L. FLORES
NICKEL SAYS you can’t,” Kenneth Burks said with a grin as we glassed the lone crow feeding unconcernedly in the short grass of the grazed-over pasture. “Don’t take him up on that,” Ben Cash warned. “He probably hasn’t got a nickel.” I carefully eased a round into the chamber of the .22/250.
We’re more like friends than family when my boys and I hike after trout
ALSTON S. CHASE
MY THREE BOYS and I worked our way down the steep, forested wall on what seemed like the thousandth set of switchbacks we’d trudged that day in late July, 1970. My packstraps pulled into my collarbones, and my knees buckled as I tried to break my downhill momentum.
A DAY AFTER WE ARRIVED at the cabin, I drove my six-dog team 12 miles up into the mountains. We needed fresh meat, and I was sure I knew where to get it. Two years before, when I was building the cabin and prospecting for gold, I’d discovered salty clay licks on the west side of a mountain ahead of me.
THE CHAIN PICKEREL’S fighting ability on light tackle is well known, but most pickerel fishermen will tell you that its flesh is full of small, flexible bones. These photographs show a technique I’ve used for years to transform the bony pickerel into a treat on the table.
Try this method for storing your fishing rods between trips. Pull apart some old flat curtain rods and nail three or four sections to your garage or basement wall with the short bent part sticking out. They make an inexpensive and space-saving storage rack.
Ted Blackburn, 474 E. McKinley, Sunnyvale, California, is turning out an exceedingly handsome trigger-guardfloorplate—magazine-box assembly for the new Model 70’s. The steel floorplate is hinged, and the release button is in the foward part of the trigger guard as it was in the finest Mauser Werke sporters.
KWIK-SPIN LURE, a cleverly designed reverse curve blade creates sonic turbulence. Attached directly to shaft without a clevis, it spins easily and instantly at the first movement through water. Blade rides at precisely determined angle so it's always balanced and spins easily even on upstream casts. For fresh and salt water. Sold at retail outlets or write: Al's Goldfish Lure Co., Dept OL, Indian Orchard, Mass. 01051.
Al's Goldfish Lure Co.
THE 16'7" BASS BOAT BOSTON WHALER
THE 16'7" BASS BOAT BOSTON WHALER provides fishing convenience, large expanse, storage and comfort. Some standard features: 2 swivel seats on low deck area, cushioned storage box for pilot seat, mechanical steering either center-wheel or forward stick, navigation lights, single lever engine control. Access from cockpit area or hatches. Adaptable to electric trolling motors, rod racks and wiring systems. Unsinkable. Can bail self out. Write Boston Whaler Inc., Dept. OL, 1149 Hingham St., Rockland, Mass. 02370.
Al's Goldfish Lure Co.
PATENTED NEW SLATE TURKEY CALL
PATENTED NEW SLATE TURKEY CALL. Measures 2½" x 21/16"; made of mahogany wood; contains adjustable, replaceable tuning peg. Vibrating peg is whirled on slate top producing wild turkey sounds. Sold at sporting goods stores or write: E. L. Wisor Products, Dept. OL, RD # 1, Clarendon, Pa. 16313.
Al's Goldfish Lure Co.
MANITOBA FISHING, a booklet all about this popular Canadian province, is available to readers upon request. Also included: Sport Fishing Guide, detailing angling regulations. For your copy, write: Manitoba Tourist Branch, Dept, of Tourism & Recreation, Dept. OL, 408 Norquay Bldg., Winnipeg 1, Manitoba, Canada.
Al's Goldfish Lure Co.
EASY GALLEY MEALS
"EASY GALLEY MEALS" BOOKLET & CAN CODE SHEET, available upon request. Booklet is full of easy-to-fix seafaring recipes, tips on galley equipment and meal planning, a shopping checklist, safety hints; plus laminated Sheet for galley wall telling you how to identify products stamped on can lid when labels are soaked off. Write to: Campbell Soup Co., Home Economics, Dept. OL, Box 391, Campbell Place, Camden, N.J. 08101.
Al's Goldfish Lure Co.
NEW OIL DRAIN PUMP KIT
NEW OIL DRAIN PUMP KIT permits quick, easy changing of oil in OMC Stern Drives. Simple installation: attach to withdrawal fitting. Includes small pump that can be attached to an electric drill, hose and fittings. Sold at boat dealers or write: OMC Parts & Accessories, Dept. OL, Galesburg, III. 61401.
Cost of the migratory-bird-hunting stamp (duck stamp) for the 19721973 waterfowl-hunting season will be $5, an increase of $2. Substantially higher prices for wetlands and refuges bought for use of migratory birds from proceeds of stamp sales was cited by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathanial P. Reed as the chief reason for the increase.
The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded the coverage of its requirements for the carrying of life-saving equipment aboard boats used for recreational purposes to include rowboats, canoes, sailboats, and towed boats. Previously the requirements applied only to motorboats.
Flyfishermen should check out Maine’s “salmon road,” otherwise known as U.S. 1, as it winds through Washington County in eastern Maine. Route 1 crosses five rivers well-known to downeasters as prolific Atlantic-salmon waters. Starting at Ellsworth, Maine, it’s a 30-mile drive to the town of Cherryfield and the Narraguagus, the first salmon river on the route.
UNDERWATER WEED CUTTER for use on any type boat; features rigid, all metal construction. Portable model with 4 hp air-cooled engine cuts 7' swath and depth to 4' below surface. Hockney Co., Dept. OL-7A, Silver Lake, Wisc. 53170.
BLOOD PRESSURE & STETHOSCOPE
BLOOD PRESSURE & STETHOSCOPE. Check blood pressure with an Aneroid-type unit with Velcro® sleeve & accurate gauge. Compact zippeted case. Unconditional 1-yr. warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. $16.95 + 75¢ pstg. Stethoscope $4.95 + 25¢ pstg. Money-back guarantee if returned postpaid within 30 days. Kinlen Co., Dept. OL-72BU, 809 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. 64105.
ARCO CONTOUR GAGE
ARCO CONTOUR GAGE. Press the gage against contour to be copied, remove with a perfect pattern for cutting. Saves time, material & money when fitting linoleum, floor tiles & carpets around moulding, pipes & door casing. Indispensable for checking dimensions, duplicating patterns, etc. Model # 525, $2.95 ppd. Arco Tools, Inc., Dept. OL-7P, 421 W. 203 St., New York, N.Y. 10034.
COLLAPSIBLE DOG CRATES
COLLAPSIBLE DOG CRATES are now available in 14 sizes for wagons, shipping, shows, cars, kennels & homes. Strong, light weight, inexpensive & safe for your dog. Folds into a compact 3" package. Made of high strength electro plated steel. Write for free catalog of styles & prices. Kennel-Aire Mfg. Co., Dept. OL, 725 North Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Mn. 55104.
MOUNT KATAHDIN BOOT
MOUNT KATAHDIN BOOT. Sturdy, Goodyear welt construction. Patented Kush N Kollar & cushioned back. Smooth finished uppers of full grain, oil tanned cowhide. Glove leather lined with foam padded heels & ankles. Arch-supporting steel shanks. Vibram® lug soles & heels. Color: Brown with black trim. Sizes: 7-13, full & ½ sizes (no 12½)• Widths: D&E. $31 ppd. L. L. Bean Dept. OL, Freeport, Me. 04032.
LIGHT WEIGHT Compact Boat . . . Big, 12½ ft. long, 23 lbs. Inflates & deflates in minutes. Unsinkable, rugged & impossible to capsize. Constructed of fabirie laminated rubber. Use with outboard motor, sail or paddle. Includes pump & 2 sets of cushions. $169.50 complete. Amerimex Corp., 122 W. 30th St., Dept. OL, New York, N.Y. 10001.
SPLIT IMAGE TRANSIT
SPLIT IMAGE TRANSIT. This precision instrument indicates level and measure incline to the minutest fraction of an inch. Ideal for contour plowing, carpentry, brick laying, surveying, etc. This new level and incline measure makes other methods obsolete. Transit-$10.95 + $1.25 pp., Leatherette Case $3.95. J. W. Holst, Inc., Dept. OLE 7, 1005 E. Bay St., East Tawas, Mich. 48730.
HEEL SAVERS. Save on shoe repair costs. Make new heels and shoes last longer. Leaves no scuff marks, will not skid. Made of DuPont Surlyn. Applies in seconds. Guaranteed to give satisfactory wear for one year. Three pair for $1 + 25¢ pstg & hdlg. Specify men’s, women’s or children's shoes. Satisfy Co., Dept. 59, 160 Amherst St., East Orange, N.J. 07019.
UGLY BLACKHEADS out in seconds! Vacutex helps adult as well as adolescent complexion problems vanish. Designed to remove the most persistent blackheads quickly, easily, painlessly. Made in U.S.A. Beware of imitations. Only $1.50 + 35¢ pstg. & hdlg. Order Vacutex today direct from Ballco Products Co., Dept. OL-7, 191 Main St., Westport, Conn. 06881.
IT USED TO BE that the vast majority of hunters trained their own dogs. Probably most hunters still do. But there has been a definite increase in the number of sportsmen who have found it necessary to turn their gun-dog prospects over to a professional trainer in order to enjoy hunting to the fullest.
Here are two recipes : Add 4 tsp. of gelatin to one cup of either chicken or beef blood. Let the mixture solidify until suitable for cutting and use as bait. Another method is to saturate a mass of bird feathers in blood. Let the mixture coagulate until solid enough to cut into desired bait sizes.
Aset of color reproductions of oil paintings by Bob Hines of 10 sportfish in their natural habitat is being offered by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service. The prints, suitable for framing, measure 17 x 14 inches.
Cover a smoked haddock with water. Let it come to the boiling point, then simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the fish. Place it on a hot platter and dot it with small pieces of butter or margarine, then return it to the oven to heat. Just before serving, add half a cup of heated cream or whole milk.
Into a skillet, preferably iron, put 1½ pounds smoked haddock cut into strips. Cover the haddock strips with cold water, place over low heat, and bring gradually to the boiling point. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly.
With the 90,000 signatures needed to get it on the November ballot already on record, Missouri voters will soon have a chance to approve a one-centa-bottle sales tax on soda pop. The estimated $20-million-a-year revenue is to go to the Missouri Conservation Department for an expanded conservation program.