“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.