One Helluva Mousetrap

Mice advice, conspiracy theory, and a locked-up lure.

Field & Stream Online Editors

I just read "Truly, a Better Mousetrap" in the March Sportsman's Notebook, and I want to assure you that it works so well you'll never need anything else. I've been using it for 20 years and have captured up to 20 mice a day.
Tom Warner
Castleton, N.Y.

The Adirondack mousetrap bears a striking resemblance to the Magalloway mousetrap, used at Camp Magalloway in New Hampshire. I fashioned the trap 10 years ago, and it has probably been responsible for more "game" in those years than all the guns in camp over the last 35!
Jim Black
Northport, Ala.

I have to dispute the name "Adirondack." I believe this mousetrap originates from Finnish immigrants who came to the Upper Peninsula during the copper mining boom. Camps here have the tradition that the first person to arrive empties the "Finnish mousetrap," which, in my mind, is a great reason to bring up the rear.
Debbie Pindral
Painesdale, Mich.

ACT REACTION

In "Freedom to Overfish," George Reiger asserts that conservation-minded saltwater anglers and groups like the Recreational Fishing Alliance are aiding overfishing and habitat destruction, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Freedom to Fish Act is being promoted to protect recreational fishermen from unwarranted and scientifically unjustified "no-take reserves." Mr. Reiger claims that the legislation will weaken federal regulations and allow increased commercial overfishing. But Freedom to Fish does not limit management options or make it "impossible" to establish marine protected areas. The RFA has great respect for Reiger as a writer and conservationist. But the groups working to pass Freedom to Fish have been recognized for their work in fighting for better management of marine resources. They deserve support, not a rebuke.
Jim Donofrio, Executive Director
Recreational Fishing Alliance

George Reiger replies: A phrase like freedom to fish sounds good, but the devil's in the details. As presently written, the federal Freedom to Fish Act contains wording that would further hobble already politically pressured managers from sustaining optimum levels of marine fishes. These flawed details should be addressed before they're written into law. Once a bill is cast in congressional concrete, amendments are more easily talked about than passed.

THE JIG IS UP
I was surprised by your Big Bass Contest, in which you offered a prize package worth $50,000 to the angler who catches the next world-record largemouth. First, I suspect that you must have compelling reasons to offer this prize now. Second, I dislike your attempt to rob a skilled angler of $1,000,000-plus of endorsements. You want to pay the winner 50 grand for a fish worth millions. A person might be better served by simply catching the world record and charging you $100,000 for an interview. They could then take $50,000 and hire an attorney, and still have the original $50,000 prize. If the next world record is caught this year, hopefully it will be by someone who wasn't duped by what was once a reputable magazine.
Rev. Frank Zenobia III
Kewaskum, Wis.

_The reverend is correct; we're offering the prize now because we wanted to hoodwink the lucky angler out of his/her endorsement money. However, we would never pay $100,000 for an interview. Our cap is $39.99 plus a package of beef jerky. -The Editors

_ WHERE LOCALS FEAR TO TREAD
I live three hours from the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon ("Vertical Trout" by Bob Butz) and have often looked with hunger at the river and what it holds. But I haven't the guts to go down or, worse yet, climb back up. Kudos to Bob Butz for doing it. A helluva story!
Earle Wilson
Wellington, Colo.

FOR LOVE OF THE LURE
It's bad enough to read about overpriced gear, but that $101,2000 collectible fishing lure ("Q&A; Tracey Shirey," Field Notes) took the cake! Think of the good that could have been done with that money: resource education, habitat restoration. If this lure is so important, why doesn't Mr. Shirey put it in a museum? Instead, he hoards it away in a safe deposit box. I can't imagine such a "big part of our history" instilling any passions for the outdoors in there.
Eric Alder
Westland, Mich.

If Shirey wanted the lure badly enough to spend that much on it, he can do whatever he pleases with the thing. If we had anything worth a hundred grand, we'd lock it up too.-The Editors