Here’s an old photograph (see below) of myself at age 9 with my first chinook salmon on the South Fork of the Salmon River. I only recently found the picture while visiting my folks, or I would have sent it along earlier for use with the three-part series “River on Its Deathbed,” which I co-authored with Norm Nelson Jr. and which you featured in your April, May, and June issues.
THE AVERAGE ARCHER knows as much about what goes into producing a fine bow as the average citizen knows about building a lunar capsule. There’s nothing wrong with that, because in both cases, it’s the results that count. An archer couldn’t care less about whether the glass in his bow is the result of a 26-percent impregnation and if the taper in his bow’s core is at the rate of three-thousandths per inch.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN thinking of a camping trip to Florida and wonder whether the state contains anything wilder than Walt Disney World or resort hotels or orange groves, I have news for you. How about camping where alligators dine every day on marshmallows, or where wildcats have been feasting on campground peacocks for the past three years, or perhaps where you can dive for mastodon teeth within a few feet of your tent or trailer?
The catfish is one of the commonest of all fish, existing in more than 30 varieties. Catfish are easily identified by the long whiskerlike barbels around the mouth. They generally prefer warm and often muddy water and are sometimes found where no other gamefish swim.
SERIOUS FISHING REQUIRES a boat that is maneuverable under a variety of water conditions. Small craft are no exception, for the handling and performance of even a skiff or canoe can influence the angler’s success. Maneuverability is largely a matter of boat design and powering, and the ability of the man at the helm.
THE WEATHER was beautiful on North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks in November last year—beautiful for shell collectors or birdwatchers. But those blue skies and balmy breezes were no blessing for surfmen eager to tangle with the giant channel bass (red drum) that normally move into the surfside sloughs in the fall.
BACK WHEN I lived in the hills of East Tennessee one of my favorite hangouts was a colorful billiard emporium in a nearby township. This pool hall was the area’s major conversation center for political, sporting, cultural, and sociological topics.
FISHING DEEP FOR BASS isn’t for me, but it’s a technique frequently required to catch the big ones during Maryland’s hot midsummer days. Many anglers abandon nontidal-water fishing and head for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to fish for rock-fish (striped bass), bluefish, sea trout, Norfolk spot, white perch, and cobia during this time of year, when most ponds and smaller rivers are clogged with dense growths of aquatic vegetation.
AFTER THREE SNORTS from her horn, the 112-foot partyboat Victory eased stern-first out of her slip at Lake Montauk near the tip of New York’s Long Island. A veteran captain, Fred Abrams, was at the wheel. She continued backing slowly until she had ample room to turn.
What steps must hunters take to keep the fabricators and the misinformed from destroying hunting in this country?
The 1970's will go down as the decade when people who despise hunting moved beyond the stage of name-calling (although there is still plenty of that) and writing indignant letters to editors. Parts 1 and 2 of this series described the fraudulent TV shows that are being used to build antihunting sentiment, and told of direct attacks on hunting mounted in courts, legislatures, and congress.
Picture a place where trout hit hungrily, game is everywhere, tourists are rare. We found it here
ERWIN A. BAUER
MY YOUNG FRIEND Jon Parsons isn't likely to forget his first cast into Lake Abundance. After scrambling down the steep face of a glacial moraine to reach the water’s edge, Jon tossed a small spinner toward open water, allowing the lure to sink while he unraveled several loops of loose monofilament from his reel spool.
A sudden twist of nature kills my partner and pits me in a struggle to survive against terrible odds
DON M. CAMPBELL
DARKNESS HAD FALLEN on the rugged Missinaibi Lake area of northern Ontario by the time we had unloaded the van and set up camp at the lake’s edge. The day was Thursday, September 30,1971. My companion, Gerald L. Julius of Massillon, Ohio, and I were vacationing from our jobs at the Ashland Oil & Refinery Co. of Canton, Ohio.
Sheep are for young men, I once wrote, so naturally I had to go hunting for a ram at 69
BACK IN THE 1930’S before I had wormed my way onto the OUTDOOR LIFE payroll, I used to ease the cruel pinch of want by doing pieces for general magazines. I wrote on subjects that ran all the way from tales of young love to travel pieces on the joys of warming one’s ancient and arthritic bones in southern Arizona’s salubrious winter sun.
I practice these fine points of nymphing to take big trout from hard-to-fish water
DAVID W. WHITLOCK
PAST NIGHTMARES suddenly were changing into a beautiful dream for me as the long shadow moved toward my leader tip. The blur of olive and pink marked the fish as a rainbow. Not more than a second could have passed as the shadowy trout turned in a slow curve and I glimpsed the white flash of its opening jaws.
When you call a bear or a cougar in close to your stand, be ready for a trip-hammer heart and rubbery knees
I WAS HUNCHED DOWN in a clump of brush that overlooked a small clearing directly in front of me. Almost half an hour had passed since I’d sounded my first distressed-rabbit call from that stand. That’s usually long enough to get a response. I was ready to give up and move, but I decided to try just once more.
Iowa’s Cornell puts tradition aside and gives its freshmen an outdoor introduction to the academic life
AN OUTDOOR do-it-yourself orientation program replaces the traditional cut-and-dried meetings and assemblies for new students at Cornell, a 120-yearold coeducational liberal-arts college in east-central Iowa with an enrollment of about 1,000 students. The day after registration, groups of 10 and 11 freshmen are bused to remote areas and left to practically shift for themselves on an overnight campout.
When heat waves dance in early season, we get prime venison with these tricks
I CLIMBED OUT to a rocky point overlooking the mouth of a deep canyon that was blanketed by headhigh chamise brush so thick that a hunter would have to crawl to get through some of it. Minor canyons and draws cut into the walls of the main canyon.
Largemouths of 11 pounds seem to like me just fine, but can I solve the riddle of the 15-pounder?
LEON (BUDDY) KELLY
THE OUTBOARD MOTOR stopped, and our boat glided silently to a halt in the velvet-black shadows. The glass-smooth lake smelled like most central-Florida lakes at night—pungent with the odors of fish and decaying vegetation. The air vibrated with the bellowing and chirping of frogs.
We sail 50 miles in my homemade boat, then camp to bag moose and wildfowl
The author came to Canaria from England in 1923 as a 23-year-old greenhorn. During the next five years he traveled widely in the wilds of Canada and Alaska and discovered gold near Frances Lake in the remote southeastern Yukon. In the June OUTDOOR LIFE Money told about a 650-mile dogsled trip back to his cabin at Frances Lake in 1928 with his bride and infant son. Last month he described their first spring and summer at the cabin. Here he tells how they harvested the game and fish they would need for the long winter ahead.
Curses often fly when dolphin hit, but we cheer. In fact, we passed up a huge blue marlin to fish for dolphin instead
CAPTAIN EMORY DILLON wasn't very happy when he replaced the microphone in the bracket on his marine radio, and I couldn’t really blame him. Moments before, a huge blue marlin had leaped nearby, showering frantic baitfish in all directions. “Put that freshwater gear away.
You can scale them if you like, and maybe your knuckles too. But here is an easy way to avoid that trouble
Some men scale their small panfish, and often when they do they scale their knuckles as well. Alden Vige, of Opelousas, Louisiana, doesn’t have that trouble because he peels his panfish, removing in the process the head, a couple of fins, some bones, the scales, and the skin.
THE POOL WAS 140 feet long and 60 feet wide, and in the middle the water seemed not to move at all. At its head a trickle dropped down a stony waterway from the pool above, and at the lower end a current swirled past a couple of up-jutting rocks. “It’s going to be tough,” John Sautelle whispered.
Clayton Nelson, one of this country’s most skilled custom stockmakers, is now back in business for himself. His address is 1725 W. Thompson, Enid, Oklahoma 73701. Nelson has been doing the excellent stock work on the Champlin custom rifles and shotguns.
If you have trouble taking apart your fishing rod with cold, wet, and slippery fingers after a day’s fishing, here’s a simple solution. Two pieces of synthetic sponge, about 6 x 4 x ½-in. each, will help you get a good grip on those rod-sections so you can pull them straight out without jiggling.
A book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zane Grey has been published under the title “Zane Grey: Outdoorsman.” It includes stories of hunting, fishing, and camping adventures by Grey selected and edited by George Reiger, Washington editor of National Wildlife and International Wildlife magazines.
THE NEW MAKO 23' I.O. comes in open or cuddy cabin. Twin or single engine. For brochure, prices and dealer list write: Mako Marine Inc., Dept. OL, 4355 North West 128 St., Miami, Fla. 33054.
Mako Marine Inc.
NEW BASIC DOWN RIGGER TROLLING GEAR
NEW BASIC DOWN RIGGER TROLLING GEAR, a complete system for boats of any size, carries conventional pole lines down to accurate pre-defermined trolling depths. Also available in deluxe, electric and side rigger plus accessories. For free catalog write: Big Jon, Inc., Dept. OL, Traverse City, Mich. 49684.
Mako Marine Inc.
RAICHLE SWISS ARMY BOOT
THE RAICHLE SWISS ARMY BOOT, designed for vigorous Alpine maneuvers or casual hiking, is constructed of jet-black (flesh out) cowhide, double welted with genuine Vibram sole. Features: scree guard, fully leather lined, padded for comfort. Available at sporting goods specialty stores. Or write: Horton, Church & Goff, Inc., Dept. OL, 800 Turks Head Bldg., Providence, R.l. 02903.
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"MT. CRAIG" SLEEPING BAG
"MT. CRAIG" SLEEPING BAG. Duck down insulation, with Mt. Blue water-repellent 100% nylon cover and lining; weighs 2 lbs; tapered bag, drawstring hood. Half zipper with insulated weatherstrip. Ties attached at foot; stuff sack, offset I-Beam tube construction. Sold at dealers or write; Comfy Seattle Quilt, Div. of Olin, Dept. OL, 310 First Ave. So., Seattle, Wash. 98104.
Mako Marine Inc.
CHAPARRAL BULLET ST80 MINICYCLE
THE CHAPARRAL BULLET ST80 MINICYCLE is lightweight (125 lbs.), safe, easy and tough. Front hydraulic suspension with rear coil springs smooths rough terrain. Standard: lights, horn and speedometer. 80 cc two stroke engine, 4 forward gears, 7.5 hp @6800 rpm. Sold at dealers. Or write: Chaparral Inds., Inc., Dept. OL, 5995 N. Washington St., Denver, Colo. 80216.
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"WHERE TO FIND THE BIG ONES!"
"WHERE TO FIND THE BIG ONES!", a fishing Atlas, tells all about the greatest fishing areas in 13 states and Ontario, Canada. 20 pages of detailed maps, what lures to use, types of fish you can expect to catch; launch facilities, specific areas to fish; highway regulations information, alcoholic beverage laws, fishing and hunting regulations. Free at any Chrysler Marine dealer from coast to coast. 8½" by 11".
Mako Marine Inc.
FREE BOOKLET: "ALL ABOUT LURES." Tells about all the various lures available from Garcia. Send a post card to: The Garcia Corp., Dept. OL, 110 Charlotte Place, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632.
KODAK'S TIMELY OFFER. Get a "Voter's Choice" calendar watch depicting the Democratic Donkey, Republican Elephant or Uncle Sam. Watches are American made with gold color metal top, stainless steel back, metal dial, second hand & a red, white & blue nylon strap. (1-yr. mfr's guarantee.) Mail Both End Panels from 3 rolls of any Kodak Color Film + $4.95 to Kodak Timely Offer, OL-8, Box 9941, St. Paul, Mn. 55199. Offer ends Dec. 31, 1972.
WOOD DUCK DECOYS
ANCIENT WOOD DUCK DECOYS made entirely from white cedar wood. Life size. hand painted decoys add decorative beauty to home or office. Ideal gift for Father's Day. Geese & Swan decoys also available. Prices range from $5.87 to $9.47 F.O.B. Waseca. Write for FREE information. Herter's, Inc., Dept. OL, Waseca, Minn. 56093.
REMOVE PAINT. Wallpaper Easily with heavy-duty professional-type Electric Paint Remover. Takes off up to 12 layers of old paint right down to the bare wool grain, and does it fast. Completely safe. Eliminates fire hazard of using blowtorch. Can be used indoors or out on flat, curved or irregular surfaces. Fully guaranteed. $13.98 ± $1 pstg. Larch, Dept. OL.8, Box 770, Times Sq. Sta., New York, N.Y. 10036.
HANDGUN DIGEST covers
HANDGUN DIGEST covers every facet of law enforcement weapons & will inform both the seasoned "pro" & novice alike. Features chapters on handgun selection, mechanisms, maintenance, rifles & shotguns, ammunition, holsters, grips, special modifications, training courses & much more. A complete "bible" for law officers & handgun enthusiasts. Only $5.95 + 5O¢ pp. J. W. Holst, Dept. LO.8, 1005 E. Bay St., East Tawas, Mi. 48730.
BUCK FOLDING KNIFE
BUCK FOLDING KNIFE, American made. Replaces any full size hunting knife. Has 4" super keen blade that locks in 'open' position. Golden grain handle of macassar ebony, brass bolsters & one piece liner. Slices through bone & gristle easily. Guaranteed for life. Only $19.95 + 650 pstg. FREE sheath & knife catalog with order. Bill's Military, Dept. OL, 432 W. Adams, Jacksonville, Fla. 32202.
LIGHT WEIGHT Compact Boat . . . Big, 12½ ft. long, 23 lbs. Inflates & deflaies 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.
Arco cutters & electric drill
FINISH CORNERS. cut mouldings & trim with Arco cutters & electric drill. Use on wood, plastics & soft metals. Dual Guides assure accurate 3/16" contour cuts. Can be used with electric routers & drill-presses. No. 6K Set has Fancy Cove-Cutter, Roman Ogee Cutter & Rabbet-Cutter. $4.35 ppd. Arco Tools, Inc., Dept. OL-8P, 421 W. 203 St., New York, N.Y. 10034.
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-8, 191 Main St., Westport, Conn. 06881.
WEED CONTROL TABLETS
WEED CONTROL TABLETS. These tablets provide a safe & effective means to control rooted, broad leaf plants around your dock, boat slip or lake shore. Harmless to animal or fish life. Easy to apply. Ten pound package sufficient for 4,000 square feet. Just $16.75. MacDonald Laboratories, Inc., Dept. OL.8. Box 5843, White Bear Lake, Minn. 55110.
LEISURE CAMPING is possible in self contained school bus conversion. Features include flush toilet, water supply, gas furnace, cooking & lights, sleeping & eating accommodations for 8-10 people. Book on how to do & where to buy the bus, furniture, etc., $3.95 ppd. Camping Enterprises, 923 Dodd Rd., Dept. OL-8, West St. Paul, Minn. 55118.
CATCH MORE FISH in salt or fresh water. A few drops on live, artificial or preserved bait attract big fish. At a depth of 6 feet, Ketchem's scent spreads to a radius of 60 feet. Natural ingredients are actually beneficial. Approved by State Conservation Departments. Satisfaction guaranteed. 1 bottie $2; 3 bottles $5. Ketchem Unlimited, P. O. Box 6603-4, Columbus, Ohio 43209. Dealer inquiries invited.
SHOULDER BAG designed to carry extra plunder when traveling, fishing, hunting or students' school books. Made from special 3-ply cotton twill outside, bonded to middle layer of rubber. Scotchgarded. Two inside pockets & adjustable shoulder strap. Size 10x14x3½". $6.50 ppd. Gokey Co., Dept. OL, 21 W. Fifth Street, St. Paul, Minn. 55102.
Special Guitarists Book
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 + 25¢ pstg. & hdlg. Money back guarantee. Ed Sale, Studio 0L8, Avon by the Sea, New Jersey 07717.
PICK THE KIND OF BODY YOU WANT. Broad chest/Shoulders. Powerful arms. Powerful legs. Slimmer Waist/Hips. More weight. More energy. Send for your free copy of famous 32-page book showing how Dynamic-Tension can make you a new man. Charles Atlas, Dept. 1366, 115 E. 23rd St.. New York, N.Y. 10010.
EVERY NOW AND THEN a retriever or spaniel-his owner hoping he will turn into a waterfowl fetcher supreme —refuses to retrieve from water. It is a credit, really, to the instincts bred into our gun dogs that so few of them fail. Many fine dogs, simply following their instincts, enter water and fetch the first duck they see knocked down, and continue to do so for the rest of their lives even though their owners have made no conscious effort to train them in this phase of hunting.
One of the finest duck and snipe hotspots on the Atlantic Flyway is Ile aux Grues—Crane Island—in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, about 40 miles east of Quebec City. The birds are plentiful, offering a real bonanza. The ducks are mainly blacks and bluewing teal, but greenwings and mallards are also taken.
Double Inflation. The high cost of meat has contributed to an increase in illegal deer hunting in southeastern Ohio, in the opinion of Dale Roach, Ohio Wildlife Division lawman. He says several culprits admitted they went after deer because they couldn't afford to buy beef.