What's On Your Mind

Letters written by our readers.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Drift Boat Supplies
For the Maxi-Mac drift-boat project (Do-It-Yourself, February/March), here are two good sources for the necessary epoxy and hardwood ply Epoxy: West System, Gougeon Bros. Inc. (100 Patterson Ave, P.O Box 908, Bay Cty, MI 48706; 989-684-6881). Hardwood Ply: Edensaw Woods (211 Seton Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368; 800-745-336).

Paul Butler

Anti-Hypocrisy
I am sick and tired of hearing all the animal activists rant and rave about killing Bambi. Last Christmas I saw dozens of cars pass my house every day with Christmas trees tied to their roofs.

It takes a minimum of 10 years to grow a Christmas tree and yet people cut them down by the millions every year. They're only too happy to kill a tree to decorate their houses for a few weeks before kicking the tree to the curb for pickup. They protest against hunters. Why not look in their own living rooms?

Bob Palazzo
Rochester, NY

Leatherneck Loves OL
I am currently deployed overseas with the United States Marine Corps. Even though I missed hunting season this year, every time I picked up OUTDOOR LIFE while in the U.S. embassy in Kabul or at the air field in Kandahar or back aboard ship, I could almost smell the woods when I read the articles. Thanks for this little piece of home.

Robert Schmidt
GYSGT, USMC

True Grit
Regarding "Terror in the Wild" (February/March), I am surprised that Sterling Holbrook, the archer, didn't know some of the basics of hog hunting-particularly since he had researched his hobby enough to make his own arrows.

Everyone in Arkansas (and almost everyone I know in Texas) knows the two most important rules when dealing with hogs: 1) When you're close enough to hold a hog by his ears, go ahead and kiss him on the snout! The kiss will confuse him and give you enough time to escape; and 2) Carry enough iron on your hip to make one-shot kills. Perhaps the caliber should be equal to your age or more. Just make sure the entrance wound looks like a highway tunnel entrance.

All kidding aside, great story. Sterling is very lucky to have a good shot like Krista with him. She has the grit but needs to work on her quiver (and maybe should carry a revolver and a bowie knife).

Bob Samples
Houston, TX

Thumbs Up on Small Game
Thanks to Jim Zumbo for his article titled "The Big Thrill" (Hunting, February/March). Mr. Zumbo is absolutely right about small-game hunting and its possible contributions to the future of hunting. Here in Wisconsin, where I now live, we have one hunter education instructor who has gone out in his community and obtained the names of landowners that would be willing to allow his graduates to ask for permission to hunt small game.

Getting permision to hunt deer in many states is becoming difficult. By creating a list of landowners who would at least let the hunter education graduates ask for permission, youngsters are more apt to participate. It also gives them something to do (hunt) before the gun deer season opens. With this list we at least know there's a possibility the landowner will say yes. Kudos to Mr. Zumbo!

Tim Lawhern
Hunter Education
Administrator, Wisconsin

Alaskan Hot Spots
Jerry Gibbs's article "Cheap Thrills" (February/March) brought back some awesome fishing memories. I was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base (located in Anchorage) for three years and fished every spot he named.

One hot spot he drove right over (literally) was Goose Creek- no guides, no hassles and hardly another soul. It crosses the Talkeetna highway farther north of Willow and Montana creeks. Imagine Jim Beam-colored water only three to five feet deep with 50-pound king salmon stacked shoulder to shoulder like cordwood.

Another truly beautiful spot is Resurrrection Creek in Hope, Alaska. The Hope cutoff is located about 30 miles after you pass the Portage Glacier road and travel beyond Turnagain arm. Resurrection Creek is crystal clear and the pink salmon run is phenomenal. Mixed with several chum salmon and the occasional silver, it is truly an all-day, never-dull, mixed bag of fun.

Troy B. Bryan
Warner Robins, GA

Stinky Solutions
Mr. Feler provides a very good recipe (1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon liquid soap) for eliminating skunk odor from your pet should the worst happend and your favorite pointer get sprayed (What's On Your Mind, February/March).

As a veterinarian, I have recommended this many times with good success. However, dog owners should be advised that this recipe, when mixed, gives off a gas that will build up pressure in a closed container and could explode. Mix it up fresh, use it and discard any unused portion.

David L. Cardwell, DVM
Kerrville, TX