Field and Stream - - CHEERS & JEERS -

“The Bear at Last Light” was a heck of an ad­ven­ture (Sept. 2017). The sheer power of bears in­cites so much won­der in me. tmike51, via fiel­dand­stream.com


I found “Go Pub­lic,” about the value of hunt­ing on pub­lic lands, re­ally ap­pli­ca­ble in light of re­cent ef­forts to trans­fer fed­eral lands to states. All hun­ters and fish­er­men, as well as hik­ers, campers, bird­watch­ers, and sight­seers, will lose out if those lands are sold off and no longer ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­one. Bruce Jensen, Salt Lake City, Utah “Go Pub­lic” was a fan­tas­tic piece of out­door jour­nal­ism and one of those rare sto­ries that in­spires both laugh­ter and note-tak­ing. Not only that, it was a needed re­minder of the best as­pect of our sport—that it’s open for all. Josh Chad­wick, Po­tomac, Md.


“The Lo­cals,” about hunt­ing res­i­dent Canada geese, was great and showed what true ded­i­ca­tion is all about. Ev­ery sin­gle photo had mean­ing and fit the story per­fectly. I’m glad there are still close friends out there who make time to hunt to­gether, no mat­ter how busy life gets. ThatGuy, via fiel­dand­stream.com


Thank you, Will Brant­ley, for “No Re­grets” (Hunt­ing). It’s so re­fresh­ing to hear an ex­pert con­firm that long shots are at best sketchy and at worst un­eth­i­cal. I’ve passed on op­por­tu­ni­ties that some long-range guys would con­sider cheap shots, just be­cause I didn’t feel right about them. Sure, I was dis­ap­pointed that I didn’t tag out, but I felt bet­ter about my­self walk­ing out of the woods. Thanks for af­firm­ing that I made the right choice. Matthew DiBi­ase, Pitts­ford, N.Y. “No Re­grets” hit the nail on the head. I to­tally agree that long shots can turn into fi­as­coes, es­pe­cially with archery gear. There aren’t many of us who prac­tice 80yard cross­bow shots or 600-yard ri­fle shots, so it’s ir­re­spon­si­ble to at­tempt them in the field. I’m sure some hun­ters out West would dis­agree, but I’ve seen too many end­less blood trails to rec­om­mend tak­ing shots at such dis­tances. Rich Cole, Wind­ham Cen­ter, Pa.

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