The only way anyone can speak with authority of pen-reared quail is to work with them and experiment with them. Many of Herbert L. Stoddart's ideas have long been discarded. Game management has come a long way since 1927.
W. W. MARSHALL
Pres., Missouri Quail Hunters
...I want to particularly commend you for the article "Pen-Raised Quail" in the issue of September 6. The calling of the public's attention to the fallacy of indiscriminate stocking of game and fish is a tremendous public service, and I am glad to see you speaking out against it.
The average hunter and fisherman has not been even slightly educated concerning the most recent findings of the wildlife biologists; he is not even well informed about the information gleaned a decade ago concerning fish and game. As a result he still demands that fish and game be released in his area. The politicians heed the demands of the voters; and often the wildlife administrators find it expedient to follow along, even though they know better.
I hope your new magazine will be a great help in educating the citizens to the realization that wildlife conservation can best be carried on by improvement of the habitats. And that it also stems back to the basic fertility of the soil.
Pres. Massachusetts Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
THE RIGHT DOPE
Dr. Hollis L. Albright of Newton, Massachusetts, father of the American Figure Skating Champion, Miss Tenley Albright, believes what he reads in SI.
Dr. Albright learned from the first issue of SI's Fisherman's Calendar that waters in the north woods of Maine were holding some big trout. Dr. Albright and his son, Nile, 15, set out to prove it for themselves. Dry flies cast in the famed "Barrel Hole" Pool at Fourth Musquacook proved to the Albrights that SI's calendar had the right dope. They hooked and released more than 20 brookies weighing in excess of two pounds each.
And young Nile had an added experience, too. He shot a bear with his .22 rifle.
?Mr. Zern is sorry he hadn't predicted the bear. Excuse it, please.?ED.
I feel that I must rise in answer to the statements made in your 5th issue concerning spearfishing and spearfishermen, in the column entitled "Freedom Underseas."
1. If it is so disturbing to anglers to rise early and go to their favorite waters only to find it occupied by skin divers, think of the poor diver who finds himself hooked on a nine-barbed plug, which was cast into those chilly waters after he made his dive.