In 1958 the Jicarilla Apaches decided that the deer on their reservation in northern New Mexico exceeded tribal needs and they cautiously offered 300 permits, at $20 each, to outside hunters. This worked out so well that, since then, hunters have been invited back each year, with as many as 1,500 permits offered in some years. Hunters found ample targets and took some of the biggest mule deer trophies in the record book. Among the top 48 trophies of this species in the current Boone and Crockett record book, six were taken on Jicarilla land within the past few years, and 16 other Jicarilla mule deer are listed as records, too.
But last January a newly elected council decided to cancel the paleface permits. The herds should be conserved, the council said. During the summer, however, the tribal leaders restudied the situation and changed their minds. They made 600 permits available for what promises to be another trophy season (Oct. 30 to Nov. 14).
The ability to take a position and then reverse it when new facts are learned is not always found in public officials. Geronimo lacked the knack, but the new generation is sharper.
RECORD IN REVERSE
The world's longest javelin throw is 300 feet 11 inches, and it was made in Oslo last year by Terje Pedersen. Last month in Karlsruhe, during the West Germany- Great Britain meet, John Fitzsimons made what was perhaps the world's shortest javelin throw: 9 feet 10 inches, or about a foot longer than the javelin itself. And Fitzsimons was throwing in dead earnest.
Fitzsimons had fouled on his first attempt, and on his subsequent throws his javelin kept landing flat; to count, the javelin has to stick in the ground, or at least make a distinct mark. Faced on his final attempt with the gloomy prospect of being disqualified and thereby losing even the single point for finishing in fourth and last place, the indomitable Fitzsimons hurled the javelin into the ground at his feet, precisely 9 feet 10 inches distant.
Alas, his last-minute unheroics were in vain. Britain lost by 30 points.
WEDGE IN THE CURTAIN
The only golf team from a Communist country entered in the Canada Cup competition in Madrid was that of Czechoslovakia, a country that discouraged golf when the Communists took over after World War II.
Golf survived nevertheless. There are two 18-hole golf courses in Czechoslovakia, one in Marienbad, the other in Karlsbad. In addition, there are a six-holer and a nine-holer, one of them maintained by the players, who manicure the greens and trim the fairways themselves. Some 700 or 800 golfers play the game. And the Czechoslovak Golf Association plans to apply for membership in the European Golf Association and the World Amateur Golf Council.