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WOODLAND STOPLIGHT

Nov. 08, 1954
Nov. 08, 1954

Table of Contents
Nov. 8, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Under 21
Table of Contents
Soundtrack
Spectacle
  • Caber tosser strives for perfection in most colorful event of Braemar Games—climactic festival in series of Highland games first instituted by the ancient Celts

Berg And Wilkinson
  • One of America's greatest golfers recalls her childhood days in Minneapolis when she was quarterback of the 50th-Street Tigers and Bud Wilkinson, now the coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners, was the right tackle. Patty takes no credit for Wilkinson's success at Oklahoma, but she does feel that plays she ran over him may have contributed to his education

Health
Golf
Sporting Look
Horse Racing
Acknowledgments
Fisherman's Calendar
Nature
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

WOODLAND STOPLIGHT

The best investment that a hunter can make is a vest that costs $1.90

Of every 20,000 hunters who enter the woods this fall, five will come out on stretchers. Some will have shot themselves accidentally, but most will be the victims of rifle-happy Nimrods who for a tragic split second thought that a man was a deer. Such accidents are not confined to the deer season. Most hunting casualties in Pennsylvania, for example, occur in midsummer during the woodchuck season. The back of a man's head looks very much like a woodchuck at a distance. In the light of such facts, every hunter ought to revise his thinking about protective coloration. The old stand-by of the deer hunter, red, is not the friendly color its reputation would have it be. Red looks gray at a distance or to the side of one's line of vision. But the day-glowing, fluorescent red developed by Joe and Bob Switzer of Cleveland for the Army Signal Corps shines from a distance like nothing in nature. For the huntsman in open season it provides a stoplight for his fellows which should make accidents of mistaken identity almost impossible.

This is an article from the Nov. 8, 1954 issue Original Layout

Bird hunting clothes are often worn during deer season, especially in the South when dove and deer seasons overlap. Fluorescent red vest flashes "man," not "deer" to hunters within shooting range.

Green shirt is often worn by diehard hunters who think bright colors alarm animals. But animals see only shades of gray and it is movement which they see first. Any man who blends as well with his surroundings as Reginald Wescott does here in the woods near Freeport, Maine is courting suicide.

Red felt hat is a step in the right direction but by itself is not protection enough in grown-over country. Experienced woodsmen even carry red handkerchiefs and gloves, for white could mean "deer" to a hunter who has prepared himself psychologically to see a deer and who reacts before he thinks.

Red plaid outfit, popular with deer hunters everywhere, is actually poor protection in any but the best conditions of bright light and open cover. Fluorescent red is four times more visible than ordinary red and does not look gray at extreme distances. One man in red was shot for a fox.

Fluorescent red vest shines brightly in early morning, late evening, or during overcast—times of most accidental shootings. Vest costs $1.90. Caps are also available. Cloth is not as "silent" as that used in most hunting wear, is therefore not made into jackets. All clothes from L. L. Bean, Freeport, Me.

FIVE PHOTOSRICHARD MEEK