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THE TRUE SPORTSMAN ~17/ ..I, THE TRUE SPORTSMAN National Youth Administration ..Project Blake Posey ......................... Supervisor Reported, hand-set and printed by the National Youth Administrdtion. Sponsored By The Green Bay Board of Vocational Education. H. 0. Eiken ................. Director STAFF U. Lefebvre ................ Business Manager Don. Martin ....................... Editor Robt. J. Stickler ................. Ass't Editor John Swetters ...... C s Gaylord Lince . Compositors Wilbur Le Page ...... Gordon Duquaine .................... Engraver Subscription The True Sportsman will be sent free of charge to anyone who mails a card to: True Sportsman, N. Y. A. office, Voca- tional School, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Submarine Ducks Workers of the Bureau of Bio- logical Survey are not roving na- turalists free to follow their own inclinations. Instead they are as- signed to specific tasks of re- search and 'administration. But many of the staff; being keen na- ture students, report several new and interesting facts- only inci- dentally connected with the tasks now in hand. For example, Dr. Clarence Cottom, specialist on the preservation and improve- ment of feeding areas for wild fowl, tells of the peculiar behavior of ruddy ducks. Instead of trying to escape by flight when Dr. Cottam approach- ed in a boat, these ducks submerg- ed. They did not dive, as many ducks do, but seemed rather to sink themselves by deflating- going down with scarcely a ripple to mark their disappearance then emerging some distance away. Because the ruddy duck is a little slow and heavy in rising from the water, Dr. Cottam be- lieves it employs the submarine maneuver rather than flying as protection against natural ene- mies. The pied-billed grebe has a similar habit from whiah it gets the name of "Sinking Peter." A True Forester The man who has a piece of woodland where during the winter months he cuts his fire wood and fencing and a few logs for the re- pair of buildings and implements; and during certain years when prices are high, cuts some logs for the neighboring sawmill, but at the same time looks after this piece of woods, clears it of dead timber and other rubbish, thus keeping out fire and insects, and otherwise makes an effort to keep the land covered with forest- such a man practices forestry. His forest may be small or large, his ways of doing may be simple and imperfect, the trees may not be the best kind for the particular locality and soil, they may not be as thrifty as they should and could be; but never- theless here is a man who does not merely destroy the woods nor content himself with cutting down whatever he can use and sell, but one who cares for the woods as well as uses them, one who sows as well as harvests. He is a "true forester." Man vs. Bear According to the United News, when an indignant bear knocked his deer rifle from his hands, a hunter of Quebec went into ac- tion with both fists. With quick footwork and a rapid right and left to the jaw, he floored Mr. Bear for a one-round knock-out. Before bruin got over the shock, the hunter picked up his gun and the battle was his. Mule Crowing Two bird hunters started out their bird hunting astride mules. Seeing some crows, one ot them fired one barrel of his shot-gun. He missed. Immediately after the shot, the mule bucked - - sending the hunter into the air. The other barrel of the gun accidentally went off; and-to the astonishment of the hunters, a crow fell. But modem methods uncover It before it does harm OYALfM iM&A #-vf&t. Vildlife Specialist Clocks Speed of Fox How fast can a fox run? On a South Carolina road last winter, a gray fox answered the question with a burst of speed at the rate of 26 miles an hour for about 100 yards, gradually slow- ing to a speed of about 21 miles an hour at the end of a half mile. Clarence Cottam, of the Bureau of Biological Survey, was inspect- ing wildlife areas in the South- east, when the fox jumped ahead of his car. Cottam, interested in all phases of wildlife, tooted the horn to encourage the fox to extend himself, and, watching the speedometer, followed close. He found he h d to throttle down as the fox lost speed after the first spurt. How does the speed of this fox compare with the best efforts by men? Sprinting at 26 miles an hour the fox went the first 100 yards in a shade less than 8 sec- onds. The world record for the 100 yard dash is 9.4 seconds. At 21 miles an hour the fox would go half a mile in a little less than 1 minute and 26 seconds. The fastest half-mile by a man is just under 1 minute and 50 seconds. The State Conservation Dept. is furnishing the N. Y. A. of La- Crosse with 5000 seedling pine trees to be planted near LaCrosse this spring.