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January
Contents - Special Gundog Issue - Introduction Hunting Dog Profiles - English Setter, Pointer, German Shorthair, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Brittany Spaniel, Labrador Retriever Gundog Features - The Old Maid (One of the all-time classic quail-hunting stories), Time To Teach The Old "Gun Dog" New Tricks (After 15 years, this book's training methods are still the best), Old Tom (A moving story of one man's devotion to his dog), The Best Dog Kennel You Can Build (Planning and constructing the ideal hunting-dog kennel), The Best Hound Dog In The State Of Vermont (Is any dog worth $1000? Maybe), How To Pick The Best Puppy (A new test that is based on proven scientific methods), Coon Dog Valhalla (A unique cemetery for outstanding coon dogs), The Trouble With Training (Is it training or heredity that makes a first rate gundog), Do You Make These 10 Common Mistakes In Feeding Dogs? (Ten myths that spell disaster to your dogs health) Fishing - 50 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Bass (Little known facts about one of the most popular game fish), The Sound Approach To Game Fishing (Winter angling can be great fun - if you go about it right), How To Catch Those Midwest Steelheads (Cashing in on Michigan's winter fishing bonanza), A Love Affair With The Salmon (The man behind the first Atlantic Salmon Restoration Conference) Special Features - The Sports Afield Almanac (A monthly roundup of fun, news and how-to), Sports Afield Travel Guide (Exciting new places to visit and things to do), Tail Feathers Editor's Reports - Achieving Ultimate Accuracy, How Not To Turn A Rescue Into A Disaster, What's New For Anglers In '75, Trappings For A Tropic Trip Questions And Answers - Boating, Letters, Sportsman's Information Page, Sportsman's Quiz
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February
Contents - Special Fly-Fishing Issue - Windknots And Wet Feet (Introducing the most information packed fly-fishing issue ever); The Fly Rod And The Big Game (The basic techniques and tackle for salt water); The Long Rod And Big Bass (Fly-rodding for big bass - from bugging to worm fishing); How To Select Fly-Fishing Gear That's Right For Your Kind Of Fishing (A quick-reference chart that matches gear to species); Brook Trout And Soltitude - The Beaver Pond Way (Best methods for fishing secluded, high-country beaver ponds); Webster Classics (Fly-fishing cartoons that will never go out of date); Let Them Eat Cake - The Strawberries-And-Cream Theory Of Fly Selection (When trout get finicky, try this "different" tactic); "Wish Books" For Fly-Fishermen - Where To Get Them (Addresses of 132 companies that offer tackle catalogs); Throw A Banquet For Bluegills (Methods and tackle for taking bluegills when all else fails); Look At Dry Flies The Way Trout Do (An indepth analysis of dry-fly fishing and tying); The Dancing Fly (A classic story about fly-fishing and fly-fishermen); The Madison: Trout Fishing's Mecca (Why this river is rated as the complete trout stream) Hunting - Want An Elk? Start Planning Now - (And Carry A Rabbit's Foot) (All the information you need for a successful elk hunt); Once A Setter Man, Always A Setter Man (Why, to some, the English setter is the only gundog to own); Nothing's Easier To Build Than A Duck Bucket (This handy container for your hunting gear doubles as a seat) Special Features - The Sports Afield Almanac (A monthly roundup of fun, news and how-to); Actiongraph: Computerized Game And Fish Clock (How computers are predicting best hunting and fishing times); Sports Afield Travel Guide (Bird and big-game shooting preserves - where, when and how) Editor's Reports - A Shooter's Life - Reflections On Gun Writing; Big Boats - The Joys And Sorrows; Home-Trained Setter Wins North American Woodcock Championship; Tail Feathers Questions And Answers - Shooting; Angling; Dogs;; Letters; Sportsman's Quiz; Sportsman's Information Page
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March
Contents - Report Afield - Here Comes The Judge - And There Go Our Fish And Game (A report on what's happening to our Salmon rivers in the Pacific Northwest), Back To Paper Cases For Some Shotgunners (Are paper cases without shot sleeves more accurate?), Time To Break The Largemouth Record? (A look at southern California where the Bass keep getting bigger and bigger), Steel Shot: What's Happening Now (The latest facts in the critical lead-poisoning issue), Record Bonefish On Six-Pound Line (Where, when and how) Fishing - Testament Of A Fisherman (Robert Traver introduces the most information packed fishing issue ever) How To Start Surf Fishing For Big Blues (Basic tactics and gear for finding and catching Bluefish in the surf), A Wish And A Promise (Poetry that every angler should share with his children), The Double-Haul Is A Must For Distance (How to get the most out of this important fly-fishing cast), If The Question Is Hooks, Here's The Answer (One of the most comprehensive studies of fishhooks that has ever been compiled. All you need to know about styles, shapes, which hook for which fish and more), American Masterpiece (One of Winslow Homer's classic watercolors), The Four Most Important Fishing Knots (If you know these knots, you're set for any kind of fishing), Leaders - Long, Short Or Whatever (Lee Wulf tells how to select and use the correct leader), How To Turn Little Fish Into Big Ones In Farm Ponds And Lakes (A new feeding system that produces bigger and scrappier fish), Striper And Weakfish Secrets Of The Old-Timers (They may be old, but these methods are still the best), Confessions Of A Bass Doctor (Novelist Vance Bourjaily on the fun of starting and maintaining a productive fish pond), Jigs Are Best For Walleyes (How to use jigs for more and bigger Walleyes), Plugs Are Best For Walleyes (How to use plugs for more and bigger Walleyes), Boats That Fish Designed (A look at the most popular types of boats and how they are used in today's fishing scene), Know Your Fish (Easy reference on how to identify the various species of freshwater fish), The Hot Ticket Is Trout: 45 Minutes From Broadway (Where-to-go for wilderness-like Trout fishing that's less than an hour from New York City), A First Rate Casting Rig That's Easy And Economical (Try spin-casting for instant fishing fun), The Return Of The Weakfish (A report on the current status of this saltwater fighter), Sharpen Your Hooks Like This, And Keep Them Sharp (A honing method that is one of the best), The Five Most Important Bass Fishing Tips (Follow these tips and increase your catch), Cold Storing And Freezing Fish (The best methods of preparing your fish for refrigerator or freezing), The Bluefish Boom Keeps Boomin' Along (The good old days of Bluefishing are here and now), The World's Best Rig For Shallow-Water Bass (How to rig a plastic worm that Bass can't resist), How To Build A Farm Pond (The basic information you need to know if you're constructing a pond), Building Your Own Saltwater Library (How to start a collection of books you can be proud of), How Downriggers Do The Impossible (For deep fishing, you can't beat this unique device), How To Put Power Behind Your Plugging (A new bait-casting method that adds distance and accuracy), Floats For Fishing (Selecting the right bobber can mean lots of fish or none at all. Here's how), Sensational Steelhead Bait And Rig (Tying and using this effective combination for river Steelhead), The Cast That Catches Most Fish (The roll cast explained), The Lines That Get You Down To Where Fish Are (A look at the new sinking fly lines), How To Fish Where Fish Live (Learning to read structure and land features will mean more fish), The Fish-Finder Tested By Time-Trolling (For locating fish without instrument, this method is best), How To Replace A Worn Rod Guide (An easy-to-follow procedure that all anglers should know), Pork Rind: Still One Of The All-Time Greats (How to buy and use the best pork-rind baits), A Safe, Painless Way To Get The Hook Out (N new method that's quick, easy and almost error free), Freshwater Baits (The best natural baits and how to use them), Famous U.S. Fishing Centers (Ten of the most productive areas - how to get there, where to stay and how to get the most fishing enjoyment), Readers' Recipes For Trout (Four of the best recipes we've received for cooking Trout) Hunting - Are There More Midwest Whitetails That Weigh 400 Pounds? (A state-by-state guide to the Midwest's most productive trophy deer areas), The Need For A Special Woodcock License (The plight of the Woodcock and how sportsmen can help), How Science Can Help You Get Your Gobbler (An in-depth interview with a turkey expert that reveals new facts that every turkey hunter will be able to benefit from), Where To Write For Hunting Information (Addresses of state agencies that have up-to-minute hunting dates and regulations), Antihunting Fanatics Held Off In New Jersey. But The Fight's Not Over! (The battle has reached the courts, and the threat to hunting is nation wide) Outdoor-Living Information - Tackle Craft - How To Make Your Own Fishing Plugs (Step-by-step instructions for creating homemade wooden fishing lures), Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen), Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge), Great Land In Agony (A report on Alaska and what's happening to our wilderness lands), Gold In The Ground - How To Make A Fortune Raising Worms (All you need to know about this booming business) Editor's Reports - Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (discusses the importance of choosing the right time for the species of fish you're after), Boats Editor Zack Taylor (tells you how to select, use and enjoy today's canoes), Angling Editor Homer Circle (on why the wading angler has more fun and usually catches more fish), Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (describes how to build and use a call-back Quail pen), Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (on how to tell if your car has what it takes for trailer towing), Camping Editor John Jobson (tells how to select the tent that's right for you), Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (on why confidence is the most important aspect in shooting), Ask The Editors (All of your outdoor questions answered by our experts in the field)
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April
Bass Specials - To A Bassin' Man (An invitation to all anglers to learn from and to enjoy the most fact-filled issue on bass fishing we've ever had), What Underwater Cameras Taught Us About The Secret World Of The Wild Bass (This new underwater study reveals facts about Bass that most anglers would never learn in a lifetime of fishing), The Big, Smart Smallmouths Sleep All Day And Stay Awake All Night (So do the smart smallmouth fishermen. An expert angler's tactics for taking big strings of smallmouths at night), Can Bass Boats Get Any Better? Well, Maybe (How to select, buy and outfit a bass boat for peak performance, safety and fish-catching capabilities), Bass Boats And Options: Things To Know To Make Every Dollar Count (The importance, disadvantages and cost of various bass boat options in handy chart form), How Good Are The New High-Performance Hulls? (A no-nonsense look at how these bass-boat hulls affect a boat's response and handling), The Best Ways To Mount A Transducer (Methods of mounting a depth-finder on your boat for greatest accuracy and convenience), Do The Experts Ever Agree? Not This Week, Anyway (A look at the varying techniques employed by the winner and two top contenders in this year's BASS Master Classic), Electric Motor Power: How To Use 12-Volt Or 24-Volt Systems (Battery-rigging methods that are almost foolproof), How To Read Bass Water You've Never Fished (A "pro's" methods of finding proper oxygen and temperature zones, whether to use plastic worms or crank baits and the best retrieves), Top Lures And Baits For Early-Season Bass (A handy, quick-reference chart for selecting the best lures, baits and flies), Do Electronic Gadgets Spook Bass? (Studying Bass underwater shows how they really react when you approach them using electronics), Problem-Solving Tactics For Bass In Early-Season Streams (Characteristics of the best streams, how to read them, how to find hot bass holes, tips on wading), Call Him "Mister" (A beautiful smallmouth painting and tribute to the vitality and fight of this battler), Problem-Solving Tactics For Bass In Early-Season Lakes (Choosing the most promising lakes, how to map underwater structure, what signs to look for and more) Fishing - Release Your Catch Alive (The best procedures for playing, unhooking and handling fish so they'll survive when released), Tackle Craft - How To Care For Your Reels (Expert advice on cleaning, disassembling and preserving this important piece of gear), How To Catch Mullet (New light-tackle techniques that are deadly on this hard-fighting fish that most people never knew how to catch), Dracula Of The Great Lakes (A report on the sea lamprey: what it's done to Great Lakes fishing and what is being done about it), How To Look At A Lake To Find Fish (Determining factors for locating concentrations of Trout), The World's Greatest Fisherman (A look at the Pelican and his unique fish-catching abilities), Readers' Recipes For Bass (Four ways of preparing Bass for the table that are sure to tingle everyone's palate), What Happens When I Want A Bass For Supper? (Techniques, from the catching to the cooking, that ensure good-tasting Bass) Report Afield - Antihunters' Income Tops $14 Million (Hunters - promote your sport and oppose these groups), Revealing Coast Guard Survey Released (Finally, an actual count of the number of boats in the U.S.), New Game-Fish Species Added To IGFA Records (The six new species that have been added for 1975), Fewer 1000-Pounders Caught At Cairns (The declining number of big Marlin in Australia), Replacement Parts For Old Champions (Where to get parts for Champion outboards), .303 British Ammo Subject To Recall (Why these cartridges could cause serious personal injury), Elk's Age Told By Reading Teeth (How unusual growth rings give an accurate gauge of age), No Camp Reservations At National Parks (It's back to first-come, first-served at National Parks), California Limits The Size Of Shot (Using smaller shot to reuce crippling losses), Boat Racks For New Gutterless Cars (Two new racks that solve the new-car cartopping problem), Old Charter Sponsers Big-Bass Hunt (A 60-day tournament to see who can catch the biggest largemouth), New England Moves To Bring Back Salmon (The results of the New England Atlantic Salmon Restoration Conference), Add Another R To The Three Rs (A new RV education course that should help all outdoorsmen) Travel Afield - Camping Where The Bass Are (Exploring six areas of the U.S. that are among the best for both camping and bass fishing) Camping - The Ultimate Hunting And Fishing Camp Is On Wheels (Why a self-contained motorhome is the answer to any outdoorsman's camping needs), Sportsmen's Guide For Choosing The Right RV (At-a-glance presentation of key points to consider before you buy: livability, mobility, adapability, maintenance and cost), What's Really New For '75 In RVs (A look at the most up-to-date RV equipment and where to get it), Portable Campfire (How to choose and use backpacking stoves), 700 Campsites And First-Rate Hunting And Fishing (Camp where the action is in Kentucky's Land Between The Lakes) Outdoor-Living Information - Hunting The Best Sporting Graffiti (The best array of "unsigned literature" we have found in the out-of-doors), Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen), The Charm Of Chowder (Mouth-watering recipes for this hearty, all-in-one meal), Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge), How To Smoke Your Own Fish And Game (Tested tips on using modern game smokers that preserve and flavor all meat and fish), Fold-A-Map (A method of folding and backing maps that preserves them and makes them easier to use), Collecting Old Sporting Books For Fun And Profit! (How to get started in this growing hobby), Newest National Seashore (A look at Cape Lookout, a wild, beautiful new fishing hot spot), How To Field Dress Your Trophy Birds And Fish (Sound advice on how to ensure a good-looking mount of your prized game bird or fish) Hunting - A Day To Remember (Why shooting preserves are the best place to train a young hunter in the basics), Hunting Practice Is Different From Just Practice (Tips for bowhunters that are sure to make them better shots), Shirttail (A classic Havilah Babcock story about a woman in a deer-hunting camp) Editors' Reports - Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (offers a check list of things to ask and look for before chartering a boat), Angling Editor Homer Circle (tells how you can "doctor" sick lures to turn them into top performers), Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (on the basics of safe, error-free trailer towing), Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (describes an easy, one-man method of teaching a dog to back point), Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (discusses the importance of aim error when shotgunning), Boats Editor Zack Taylor (gives plans for an inexpensive bass boat you can build yourself), Ask The Editors (all of you outdoor questions answered by our experts in the field) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill ("Someone said that the only place you can bury a dog is in your heart. That way you can call the dog in for a little chat now and then - teasing it about being a clumsy puppy and looking down at your old hunting boots, remembering who it was that put the teeth marks in them"
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May
Contents - Shark! - White Sharks: The Perfect Eating Machines (Diving with sharks to see how they really react when feeding and swimming); "That Animal Was Trying To Eat Us" (The renowned author of the best-seller Jaws describes his face-to-face encounter with a great white shark); Famous Stories About Sharks: Sacrifice, Myths And Murder (Legends and true tales that have evolved from mazn's contact with sharks); Is The 65-Foot Grandaddy Of The Great White Shark Still Out There Somewhere? Maybe Not! (These monsters were big enough to "swallow an ox whole." Their extinction is still not proven); Great White Shark (One look at this shark's massive mouth and rows of razor-sharp teeth and you know why they call him "man-eater"); Blue Shark (When these sharks go into a feeding frenzy nothing is on their minds but eating); Thresher Shark (Just what this shark's unique tail is used for is not clear. But it does have on other offensive weapon - it's mouth); Tigewr Shark (Tigers will eat anything that swims in the sea - and that includes unwary swimmers); Hammerhead Shark (This creature's grotesque head is one of the true mysteries of nature); Record-Book Sharks (Up-to-date IGFA record weight is for various species of sharks); Take A Shark Home To Dinner (Sharks are actually very good eating. Here's how you can enjoy them to the fullest); The Sporty Art Of Serious Shark Fishing (Best baits, places to fish and precautions to observe when taking sharks on a rod and reel); Mako: The Shark That Flies (Dangerous, true, but highly by anglers as a sport fish) Report Afield - Depth Recorders Are Challenged In MInnesota (Do electronic fish locaters and other sophisticated devices give anglers an unfair advantage and take the "sport" out of fishing?) Fishing - A Lighter Drag For Bigger Fish (Drag-setting techniques for spinning reels, and why your finger makes the best drag of all); Call It: Heads, Tails Or Scales (A quiz to test your knowledge in identifying popular game fish); Here's The Best Dry-Fly Stream In The West (A look at the Henrys Fork of the Snake River and techniques that take its wild, wary trout); Bass Tactics For Bass-Size Crappies (Methods for springtime crappies that will net you the biggest fish of your angling career); The Minnow Rig Catches More Fish Than All Others (How to tie and use this effective fish getter); Baits Best For Bluegills (How to catch more and bigger bluegills using natural baits); Flies Are Best For Bluegills (How to catch more and bigger bluegills using artificial flies); Chart Recorders Can Be Made Profitable (A new recording depth-recorder that's inexpensive and will go anywhere you do) Hunting - Pronghorn - The Mysterious Method Of Flagging (This tactic really attracts antelope. Here's tested advice to make it work for you); The Truth About Grouse (A Robert Abbott painting and words that show the grouse's true character); Old Paintings That Touch The Heart (Early 20th-century advertising art that captures the true feelings of gunners towards their sport); How Much Do You Know About Moose Hunting (A true and false quiz that will test even the most ardent moose hunter); How A Tap On The Muzzle Might Solve Those Mysterious Misses (Correcting a gun's accuracy if the muzzle is damaged); New Low-Speed Bullets Get My Vote For Varmits And Small Game (Pete Brown tells how to get minimal meat-and-hide damage to small game you bag) Outdoor-Living Information - 1975 All-American Skeet Team (The 40th annual selection of America's best skeet shots); Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge); Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen); Refined Receptacles For Sportsmen (How to choose the best carrying cases for your hunting gear); Readers' Recipes For Crappie (He's not much of a fighter, but he makes up for in in the pan); Tackle Craft - Finish Your Fly Rod Like An Expert (How to use a rotisserie motor to apply varnish to rod blanks and windings for professional-looking results) Camping - 15 RV Driving Tips To Avoid Getting Stuck, Stranded Or Worse (Expert advice for RV owners to keep them out of trouble); A New Ford Line Of Club Wagons And Vans Loaded With "Better Ideas" For The Sportsman (RV's that are smaller, less expensive and have everything a camper needs); 4 x 4 Options - What You Need And What You Don't (Why buy more equipment than is necessary? Here's expert advice to guide you); Which 4 x 4 For You - Pickup Or Compact? (Weighing the advantages and disadvantages of these two popular types of campers) Editors' Reports - Angling Editor Homer Circle (reveals which fish he feels is the greatest surface striker); Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (on how to get the best deal when buying a used shotgun or rifle); Boats Editor Zack Taylor (tells how to pick the best used outboard); Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (on whether you should inoculate a dog against diseases yourself); Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (test drives and rates the new Travco motorhome - the complete camping machine); Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (tells how to choose the right sinker for your fishing needs); Camping Editor John Jobson (offers sound advice to those planning a first camping trip) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money. Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (A long list of things you probably don't need, but will buy anyway just because they don't cost much. And a list, just as long, of perfectly splendid (to us) reasons for having to have them) Travel Afield - The Texas Gulf Coast (A guide to the excellent fresh- and saltwater fishing, best camping spots, family attractions and travel information that will make your trip a success)
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June
Contents - Vincent Marinaro - In The Ring Of The Rise (Expert trout fisherman Vince Marinaro, by means of words and pictures, delves into the mysterious and fascinating world of the trout. With graphic photographs Mr. Marinaro shows us the basic rise forms - the simple, compound and the complex - and then goes on to tell how and why trout react the way they do. Answered are such questions as how a trout really takes a fly, why all rises look alike to the angler, the effect of drag on a fly and how to eliminate it, new casting techniques - and much, much more. In 13 colorful and informative pages the world of the trout is opened to anglers who want to know more about their sport - and about trout) Fishing - A New Super-Rig For Summer Bluegills (Extra-sensitive mini-rods and diminutive flies are deadly medicine for big bream); Understanding Northern Pike (How to find their hideouts, plus tried-and-true tackle, lures and methods); Understanding Chain Pickerel (Surefire techniques for north and south - in lakes, ponds and streams); Understanding Muskellunge (Pay-off tactics, hot lures and top spots for muskie action); The Big Three Of The Far North (How and where to find the best angling for lake trout, Artic char and Artic grayling in Canada's north country); The 60-Second Popper (An easy, streamside method of converting streamer flies to popper bugs); Boat Fishing-Tool Holder (A handy, easy-to-make carrier that keeps tools in place in your boat); The Uni-Knot: One Tie That Does It All (A new system of knot-tying that makes the Bimini Twist, the Duncan Loop, the Nail Knot and other old-time ties obsolete. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to tie and use this versatile discovery); New Twist For An Old Trick (How to attach a sliding cork to your line for easier casting) Report Afield - Salmon And Steelhead Fishing Closed On Columbia And Snake (Spring runs are decreasing due to dams and over-fishing and extinction looms unless something is done); New Information For Eastern Anglers (U.S. Government offers guides for saltwater fishermen); Missouri-Iowa Swap Birds (Trading of pheasant and turkeys will benefit both states' hunting); First Pollution Control Loans OK'd In Maryland (Small business loans available to install required water-pollution-control systems); Giant Tarpon Taken In Pacific (A 128-pound tarpon, usually considered an Atlantic-only species, was caught off the coast of Panama); Endangered Species Lists Restudied (Designating local areas, rather than the whole habitat, where game is considered endangered); Bass Tourneys Don't Hurt The Fishing, Experts Report (Surveys show national tournaments don't do as much damage as some think); Illegal Killing Of Deer, Elk And Fish Threatens Wildlife (Poachers are making big money slaughtering then selling fish and game, and concerned sportsmen are riled); ATA Home Grounds To Remain At Vandalia (The Amateur Trapshooting Association, sponsor of the Grand American, will stay in Ohio, with many new shooting facilities) Hunting - Aiming Precision (Pete Brown on aiming factors that will improve your shooting accuracy); How To Make A Quail Feeder (Plans for a versatile, easily constructed feeder for game birds); 1975 Sports Afield Deer Survey And Hunt Planning Guide (For the first time all in one package everything you need to plan a fall hunt - 8 information-packed pages of costs, best areas to hunt, season dates and more, all in handy chart form); The Poacher (The story of the continuing conflict between a game warden and a ruthless poacher); Daisy Sponsors B.B. Gun Championship (Young shooters compete to determine the best B.B. gun shots in the world) Outdoor-Living Information - Outdoor School Teaches Backcountry Skills (A series of weeklong adventure vacations for persons who want to learn more about wilderness and about using backcountry areas); Tackle Craft - Make Your Own Spinners (Easy-to-follow steps for creating spinning lures that outperform the store-bought ones); Sportsman's Qyuz (A test of your outdoor knowledge); Readers' Recipes (Four ways of preparing fish that are different and easy to make); Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen); 1975 All-American Trap Team (Sports Afield's annual selection of the best trap shots in the country) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (An intriguing story about a man's search to find out about himself. Chances are you'll see something about yourself in this as well. Step into this fishing camp and listen to the talk) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money) Editor's Reports - Angling Editor Homer Circle (takes a look at grub-jigs - hot new lures that outfish even plastic worms); Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (tells how to ready your RV for the summer season); Boats Editor Zack Taylor (tells where to write for an abundance of inexpensive boating literature); Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (discusses the best live baits for saltwater species and how to use them); Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (explores why many gunners are again using paper shotshells, softer shot and other old-time shotshell ideas); Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (on the importance of summertime conditioning of your hunting dog) Travel Afield - Five Favorite Fishing Vacations (Travel Editor Robert O'Byrne examines salmon fishing in Scotland, wilderness camping and fishing in Maine, trout fishing in Colorado, plus horseback and canoe adventure trips that the whole family will enjoy)
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July
Contents - The Summer Troublemakers - Quicksand: Nature's Deadly Mantrap (A look at how quicksand works and what you should do if you ever get caught in it); Today's Snakebite First Aid - Cutting Is Out (After treating 118 cases, Texas doctor says old-fashioned first aid an be worse than the bite. Here are the best methods); The Stinging Insects That Can Be More Deadly Than Snakes (Bees, hornets and wasps can kill you. Here's how to identify them and what you should do if you're stung); Insect Repellents: Which Ones Work And Why (An indepth discussion of modern insect repellents, with charts indicating the best available); The Vitamin That Keeps Bugs Away (Can common Vitamin B-1 repel insects? You'll believe it when you discover the facts); The Real Facts About Lightning (What you don't know about lightning can kill you. This advice should be read by all outdoorsmen); All Those Pretty Green Plants That Give You Fits (The most effective modern treatments to combat the intense misery caused by poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac); The Wrong Sunglasses Can Be More Than A Headache (How to pick the best pair of sunglasses and what the various types are used for); How To Cope With Sunburn, Sunstroke And Other Miseries (Don't take the sun lightly - it can burn and even kill you. This expert advice will save you from a lot of unnecessary pain and agony); Medical Summary (Concise information on what to do for powerful sun-related ailments) Fishing - The Man Who Invented Structure Bass Fishing (A profile of Sam Welch and his deepwater fishing methods); The Wild Trout Kingdom That Belongs To Canoeists (Exploring British Columbia's Bowron Lakes Park by canoe for a vivid look at Nature's best); Can You Look Like A Fish? (A quiz that checks your knowledge of how and why a fish behaves as they do); White Bass Magic (Try these unusual tactics and tackle for heavy stringers of whites and white bass hybrids anywhere the year around); Smallmouths, More Summer Bounce To The Ounce (Why you should try fly-rodding for bass when rivers warm up in the summertime); Anytime Is The Best Time For White River Rainbows (Float fishing Arkansas's White River where the trout hit all year around); Texas Is Stocking Exotic Fish - And Thinking Big (Species imported from other states and countries, and fish moved from salt to fresh water, will bolster the state's already outstanding sportfishing) Hunting - Guns On Planes: Important New Rules (Amendments to the Federal Aviation Regulations governing carrying arms on airplanes); Deer Hunting Today With Yesterday's "Hawken" (Try black-powder shooting for a taste of hunting as it was to the pioneers); Don't Let Them Poison The Sport (Expert bowhunter Keith Schuyler twlls why arrows with poison pods should not be used in the taking of big game); Autumn Acrobat (A study of woodcocks tells you where and when to find them. Plus fine paintings by Ripley and Goodwin); Guns Or Crime: There Is A Vast Difference (Are antigun laws aimed at the wrong people? Maybe so) Outdoor-Living Information - Wordsmith Puzzle On Deer Hunting (Test your knowledge of hunting vernacular with this puzzle); The Most Beautiful Campsites In The Eastern U.S. (Island camping and great fishing in Lake George); Greatest Travel Bargain In The World (Puerto Rico's Boqueron Vacation Village - a fishing paradise that everyone can afford); Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge); One Man Cartop Boat Loading (Easy methods of loading and tying a light boat on top of your car); Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen); Build Your Own Dog Ramp (An easy-to-build ramp for getting gundogs back into a duckboat after a retrieve); It Cost A Canoe To Meet The Peshtigo (This river can seem friendly enough, but it can turn on you at any time) Travel Afield - Travel Notes (Travel Editor Robert O'Byrne tells where to get handy travel literature; exlores freshwater fishing in Florida; remote,fly-in fishing in Canada, and offers advice all travelers will benefit from) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (looks at one of the mysteries of shotgunning - the eternal problem of why we never have exactly the right size shot. And, further, is there really a possibility that the day will come when the right gun, with the right choke and the perfect shell all happen at the same time?) Report Afield - Police "Can't Protect You," Citizens Need Guns - Davis (Los Angeles police chief says private citizens have to own guns to protect themselves); Miami Bluefish Are Biting People - Again (Big blues attack swimmers off of Miami Beach); My Wife And I Died Of Thirst, But We Had A Good Time (A new game that is based on outdoor survival) Editor's Reports - Boats Editor Zack Taylor (offers suggestions on how to avoid the problems of rocks when boating); Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (discusses safe ways to mount gear on the outside of your motorhome or camper); Angling Editor Homer Circle (tells why it takes more than a jerk to set the hook in fish); Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (gives an update on steel shot and lead poisoning to waterfowl); Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (looks at the different types of gaffs and tells how to use them); Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (on the importance of training a dog to be staunch and steady to wing and shot) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself ourdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money)
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August
Contents - Special Feature - Troubled Land, Deadly Skies (A special eight-page section on the controversy over hunting wolves from airplanes. Are wolf populations in danger? Is it inhumane? What effect do wolves have on moose populations? These questions and many more are answered in this revealing, to-the-point study) Fishing - Tackle Call - Molding Soft Plastic Lures (Worms, grubs and other plastic baits are easy to make when you follow these simple steps); "Big Fish, Big Nymphs": Putting The Theory To Test (This angler found that even in Eastern streams where delicate flies are the rule, bigger offerings will take most big trout); Summer Steelhead: Tackle, Tactics, Time And Places (Summer runs are crowding West Coast rivers. This expert advice will get you in on the fast fishing action); How To Dunk A Lure From A Do-Nut (Try fishing from an inflatable tube for more angling thrills than you've ever had before); How To Really Hide The Hook In A Worm (A new method of rigging plastic worms that is easier hooking and more weedless than others); Are Colored Lines The Answer Or The Problem? Or Maybe Part Of Both? (This study of monofilament fishing lines answers questions that anglers have been asking themselves for generations); Aquascan: Underwater Eye For Fishermen (A look at the pros and cons surrounding the use of this revolutionary fish-finding device); Roland Martin Takes No Chances (A look at the amazing tackle inventory of a pro bass fisherman) Hunting - How Many Nonresident Hunters Go Wrong? (Relations between out-of-state gunners and "locals" are becoming strained. These tips will help to improve the situation); Gunning The Classic Woodcock Covers - By Canoe (An old-fashioned way to escape the pressures of today's drive-in crowd and one that pays off in fine gunning); Better Patterns Or More Penetration? (An in-depth review of which serves the shotgunner better - and why it's hard to get both); Deer Hunting Beyond The Crowds (Hiking into the backcountry for deer is more than a hunt. It's an experience of sights, sounds and feelings that not many outdoorsmen experience); Bowhunting For Deer: How To Get Started (Expert advice on how anyone can become proficient using a bow for hunting game); Cram Course On Chukars (Tactics for one of bird hunting's toughest and most challenging targets); Simplified Tactics For Today's Ducks (Three fact-filled articles in one. How to call ducks, the truth about decoys and an instant blind that will work anywhere) Outdoor-Living Information - Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen); Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge); The Greatest Threat To Wildlife (Preservation of mature forest habitat, especially aspen forests, is a must for forest life to survive) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (A look back at childhood chores, like tending stoves and kindling chopping and how such small skills have had and still keep their special rewards and pleasures) Editor's Reports - Boats Editor Zack Taylor (takes a look at foul-weather gear and offers advice on how to pick the type best suited for your needs); Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (tells how to decide which surf rod is the right one for you); Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (picks the best all-around dove gun and answers questions on proper shot, choke, gun weight and more); Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (discusses simple methods of preventing gun-shyness in dogs) Travel Afield - Travel Notes (How to reserve a campsite, vacation/camping/fishing guides to West Virginia, Misssouri, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Alaska and Kentucky and billfishing in the Gulf Of Mexico) Report Afield - Don't Shoot That Daisy (Flowers and butterflies are now being added to endangered species lists); In Days Of Yore Drunk Fishermen Got A Break (Why turn of the century anglers in Florida got lower fines when arrested as public drunks); Hikers' Permits A Must In 34 National Park Locations (A list of parks requiring backcountry users to obtain a permit before hiking into wilderness areas); World's Largest Outboards Introduced (Giant 200-hp outboards added to Johnson and Evinrude lines); Typical Sucker Loses To Trout (New York State Assembly picks official state fish); The Laws That Provide Fish And Wildlife Funds (Little-known laws that help finance wildlife projects) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money
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September
Contents - Shotgunning - Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (takes a look at the new offerings in variable chokes for shotgunners); Tips On How To Find And Bag Grouse (Tested methods that will help all gunners in their quest of this elusive, hard-to-hit game bird); Buddy-System Dove Hunting (You don't need a crowd to successfully gun for doves. Try these tactics for simplified two-man hunting); Jimmy Robinson's 1975 Waterfowl Forecast (The best news in years. Most duck species are up, thanks to timely rains, and the goose hunters should shout hooray); A Quiz For Ringneck Hunters (If you think the ringneck is a big, slow, easy upland bird, you've forgotten your last three misses - it's time to test your knowledge on the pheasants); The Myth Of The Magnum (Here's the most scientific and common-sense look at long-range shotgunning problems you've ever seen. It ought to raise a few eyebrows and change a few minds); Can We Have Millions Of Wild Turkeys That Are Really Wild? (What will hunting be like in the year 2000? Six noted wildlife biologists and hunters gave their views on this subject, and their answers are thought-provoking to say the least); Who Is Hunting The Hunter - And Why? (A look at the type of people and their reasons for antihunting attitude, and what we can do to save their attitudes and sport) Western Deer Hunting Today - What's Happening To: Western States Deer Hunting (A special nine-page section which unravels many of the claims, rumors and confusions concerning one of America's best deer-hunting areas) Elk Hunting Today - Where To Hunt Elk This Year (Complete information for finding elk in 1975. Best states, license costs, where to write for information, herd surveys and much more) Report Afield - Big New Mercury (Mercury Marine enters the outboard horsepower race with its new 175-hp V-6); Get On The Water Wagon (A traveling water quality workshop to help clean up the nation's streams); Mississippians Support Use Of Drug-Tipped Arrow (Poison arrows are more humane and prevent losses, say 85 percent of bowhunters); Prehistoric Hunters Blamed For Ancient Giant Mammal Wipe Out (Extinction of North American animals 11,000 years ago blamed on 100 caveman hunters); Free Catalog For Jeep And Scout Parts (A new Sears book of replacement parts and accessories); Missouri Develops Bobwhite Soybean After 20-Year Search (New food crop competes with weeds, seeds heavily and will reseed itself for up to three years. And quail love it); Louisiana Zoned For Duck Hunting (A four-year test experiment to change Louisiana from the Mississippi to the Central Flyway); Wild Animal Pets Violate State Laws And Can Kill You (Authorities warn that wildlife is unpredictable and illegal to keep as pets); Rare Fish Specimen Captured In California Surf By Jogger (Uncommon, 133-pound louvar "caught" as it wallowed in the surf); 50th State To Recognize Freshwater Fish Records (Hawaii organizes official board to note record catches and make official awards); How To Unstick A Desert Bighorn Sheep (After almost a year, a ram is rescued from his penthouse ledge) Fishing - Fall Muskie Secrets (Fall is undoubtedly the best time for trophy muskies. These top tactics will help you score); Fishing The Golden Circle (A 15-mile backpack fishing expedition through California's High Sierra in the John Muir Wilderness); The River Of The Girdlebugs (Don't laugh at girdlebugs. They're the hottest new lure on Montana's famed Beaverhead River); Fine Bass, Easy Living (There's something special about a day spent bass fishing on the Alligator River in North Carolina); Make Your Own Tube Lures (As fish-getters, these lures are hard to beat. Best of all, they're easy to make) Outdoor-Living Information - "Wilderness Is More In The Man Than In The Land" (The wit and wisdom of "Nessmuk," the father of modern camping); Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsmen); Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge) Editors' Reports - Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (reveals a new hot spot for catching big snook from the surf); Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (reports on the new Itasca motorhome by Winnebago and tells how diesel-powered cars save their owners money); Angling Editor Homer Circle (tells where the next world-record largemouth bass is likely to come from); Gundogs Editor Jerome B. Robinson (tells how tattooing can help prevent dog theft) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (Why do we save the little things we do - for luck or out of legend - or just because they bring back a moment that's too precious to be lost) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money
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November
Special Feature - The Deer Hunter's Master Field Guide (A powerful special section that includes 20 of the best tips and illustrations ever published. The major hunting problems are discussed and sure-fire solutions are offered on how to choose a stand, how to stalk, how to trail a wounded buck, and how to field dress and drag out your trophy) Hunting - The Song Of The Patch Beagles (Hearing hounds hot on a rabbit trail is beautiful, but to these Adirondack mountain men, it's much, much more); The Authentic Life-Style Of The Upland King (A look at the present and future of our bobwhite quail in terms of management which explodes some of the popular beliefs about our favorite bird that just aren't true); How To Cut The Odds In Goose And Duck Hunting (A primer for waterfowlers with information that is sure to improve your gunning success); Stalks Of The Alaska Ranges (There's high adventure when hunting the DAli sheep of Alaska's backcountry - and plenty of surprises too!); How To Get Started In Shotshell Reloading For $125 Or Less (An in-depth report on what's available in a good reloading machine and how to get started saving money making your own high-quality shotshells); How To Hunt In A Crowd (Hunting in remote areas is comparatively easy. However, with the increasing number of nimrods afield today, many hunting areas are ridiculously overcrowded. To score, different techniques are required. By being aware of these, you can use other hunters to your advantage and literally take game from under their noses) Bowhunting - Bowhunting's 1976 Look: Compounds And Camouflage (An exciting, all-in-one article that takes an in-depth look at the new lineup of compound bows, camouflaged bowhunting clothing and accessories, plus sound hunting tips for beginners as well as old pros) Editors' Reports - Recreational Vehicles Editor Jack Seville (Tells how to ready your RV for winter use or storage); Shooting Editor Grits Gresham (Explains the metric system method of designating rifle calibers) Outdoor-Living Information - Sportsman's Quiz (A test of your outdoor knowledge); Sportsman's Information Page (Where to get items of interest to all outdoorsman) Report Afield - Safety On A Grand Scale (After 76 years, only two minor firearms mishaps reported at Grand American trapshoot); Kaibab Squirrel Hunt? (Grand Canyon bushytails transplanted, may offer future hunt possibilities); Freshwater Flounders (Texas stocks saltwater fish in freshwater lake, and they are prospering); 95,000 Striped Bass (Utah attempting to establish a striped bass fishery in sprawling Lake Powell); Shark Fever (Although chances are remote, there's still fear of shark attack in the East and West); Montana Gas Threat (Industry to tap natural gas, could do irreparable damage to wildlife, terrain); Smaller In 1976 (International Harvester to market two smaller models of their Scout series); Trout Gold (California angler discovers a gold flake in the stomach of a brown trout, but...); Mandatory Gun School (New Mexico requires firearms safety course for all hunters under 18); Kevlar: Super Rope (Extra-strong, no-stretch rope now available to the public); Minnesota Depth Probe (Bill to ban graph-type depth-sounders tabled until 1976 session of Legislature) Fishing - Angling Editor Homer Circle (Discusses the best ways to fish the hot new curlytail lures); Saltwater Editor Tom Paugh (Talks to Stu Apte about how to land big fish quickly on light tackle) Travel Afield - Travel Notes (A visit to Pinehurst, North Carolina, a resort that has it all for the sportsman; how to get the most out of a trip to Finland; where to get booklets on Virginia's saltwater fishing; and how to find the best fishing that is available in Wisconsin) Almanac - Tips, skills, wildlife facts, curiosities, recipes, do-it-yourself outdoor ideas that are informative, fun and will save you money) Tail Feathers - Gene Hill (Especially written for the ladies, this discusses, very tongue-in-cheek, the subject of gift giving to husbands)
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