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As Autumn paintsfresh colors across the country, a change no less abrupt manifests itself inthe habits of an ever-growing army of sporting businessmen. Executive desks arevacated upon a sudden wire: "The ducks are down. Hurry." Often platoonsof top-management men rush by specially chartered plane for duck marsh andforest lodges.

These hunting"leaves" are now an accepted thing, reflecting a need for increasedtime away from work, and they will increase as more and more businessmendiscover that the absorption demanded by hunting permits no thoughts of theproblems back at the office.

On these pages afew of this country's top executives, men well known for their impeccablegrooming in office and board room, are shown as few ever see them—relaxed andhappy in another kind of world.

Norman Chandler,publisher of the Los Angeles Times, shown with two limits of Canada geese andsome ducks which he and a friend shot at Casgac Lake on the Tejon Ranch nearLebec, Calif. Chandler has been an enthusiastic wild-fowler for the past 25years. He manages to get away from his work for seven or eight shoots at theranch every season and also to go quail, dove and deer hunting."Afield," he says, "the only problem is whether you can hitthem."

Francis J.Fabick, secretary of the John Fabick Tractor Co. of St. Louis, a big-gamehunter for the past 18 years, shot this Dall sheep with a Model 70 Winchesterin the Endicott Mountains of Alaska. With him is Bud Branham, a camp owner.Fabick also hunts in the U.S. and in Canada, averages two major big-game tripsa year and frequently goes deep-sea fishing.

E. Herrick Lowshot these snow geese last year on a hunting trip in Manitoba. He is shown withhis Cree guide and springer spaniel, Soda. Low is first vice president of theCorn Exchange Bank Trust Co. of N. Y. and is chairman of the Ducks Unlimitedfinance committee. Wild-fowling is his favorite sport. He does most of hishunting on Long Island and Chesapeake Bay, Md.

Harold W. Storyhunts ducks nearly every weekend of the season, then shifts to pheasants(mostly on preserves) and finally shoots skeet. He is vice president andgeneral attorney of the Allis Chalmers Mfg. Co. of Milwaukee and a pioneerdirector of Ducks Unlimited. He and his son shot these ducks at Lake Winnebago,Wis.

Mahlon B. WallaceJr., president of the Wallace Corp. (woodenware) of St. Louis, killed this fineeland in Tanganyika. The Wallaces, married 30 years ago, have gone on manybig-game hunts together.

Scott Hayes wantsa try at every dangerous animal. He has hunted all over North America, went toAfrica and India and killed this elephant, among other game, on the trip. Hewent to Norway this summer for a polar bear, then again to India where he has abig-game outfitting business. Hayes is owner-manager of the Harmony Guest Ranchat Estes Park, Colorado.

Frederick C.Miller with a bag of ducks at Sports Afield Lodge, Portage La Prairie,Manitoba. He shoots a Model 12 Winchester, raises his own black Labradorretrievers, has been a duck hunter 15 years. A fisherman too, he flies his ownWidgeon on trips north from his home near Milwaukee. He is board chairman,president and treasurer of the Miller Brewing Co. (Miller's High Life Beer) atMilwaukee. Long an athlete, he played football at Notre Dame, nowadays keepsfit with handball, tennis, swimming, sailing, golf, horseback riding, skatingand iceboating.