For a two weeks' trip in Alberta, British Columbia or
Yukon in early fall, take along two suits of Allen-A Dittos, cotton underwear
with air pockets. They don't scratch, are light and easy on you when you're
climbing. Wash them out by hand. Don't take any more bulk than you really need.
It's that much harder to pack on horses. The top of a Skagway down suit of
underwear makes a warm, lightweight underjacket. Bottoms are too bulky for
climbing. I pile on the socks—lightweight wool and then a pair of sweat socks,
topped by a pair of heavy Indian socks knit of natural wool (still containing
oil). Three pair will do it. Two lightweight khaki cotton shirts, two tan wool
shirts, two pair of Levi's, one pair of heavy wool trousers, one tan hat, one
wool stocking cap and one lightweight wool jacket are enough. Make sure that
the finish of the jacket is rough wool so that it won't scratch noisily against
brush while you're stalking. I take three pair of shoes. One pair of Red Wing
leather bird shooters, 8-inch height with cushion crepe soles, price $21.95.
These are augmented with a pair of 10-inch rubber boots and a pair of tennis
shoes, kept in my saddlebag for rock climbing. Bird shooters suit me fine for
most climbing and riding.
Rain gear—cap, jacket, pants—is best made of
lightweight oiled silk. Avoid plastic—rips too easily. Add a pair of chaps for
riding in buck brush—they'll save legs from scratches. Two pair of wool gloves,
one pair of leather gloves are necessary.
A light down sleeping bag with waterproof cover is
best, as it is both warm and compact. Take American cigarets and a couple dozen
Hershey bars for quick energy.
All this gear I pack in two war surplus parachute bags
which work out well on pack horses. Thus I carry only three articles: rifle,
two parachute bags. The rifle is in a scabbard with quick-operating snap cover.
Without it, twigs, leaves, bark and rain would get on rifle and scope.
FIELD CARE OF TROPHIES
For temporary preservation of cape and head, no
special tools are necessary. Any good hunting and skinning knife—even a pocket
knife—will do. To remove trophy head, divide skin in a circle around the neck,
well back, including part of shoulder and breast point with plenty of brisket.
Cut along the top of the neck, making a V cut to each horn. Begin skinning,
taking care to remove all fat, avoiding skin punctures. Cut ears close to skull
and remove all meat. Leave eyelids and lips. Salt must be applied to all parts
to prevent decay. After salting, roll up skin for a few hours, then resalt,
stretch and dry. Only the top of the skull is needed as base for horns. Take
care that no wrinkles form in the skin, as decay will start in folds. Blood
stains must be washed out of the hair of white sheep with soap and water as
quickly as possible, as blood left to dry will stain permanently.
The head should be mounted as quickly as possible.
Your outfitter will ship it air express, packed in gunny sack, labeled, at