ed­i­tor’s jour­nal

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In the nearly seven years that I’ve been editorial di­rec­tor of Out­door Life, the most con­sis­tent de­mand from our large au­di­ence has been for more: more cut­ting-edge in­for­ma­tion on hunt­ing and fish­ing, more in-depth prod­uct re­views, and, most of all, more sto­ries.

The most com­mon re­quest we get from read­ers of this mag­a­zine is that you want to read long ar­ti­cles that take you into the field, bring you along on ad­ven­tures, and ex­plore all as­pects of what makes hunt­ing and fish­ing such a rich, re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

This end­less hunger for more con­tent is now be­ing fed by many dif­fer­ent types of me­dia. Like the rest of so­ci­ety, sports­men and women have a tor­rent of words, videos, and im­ages com­ing at us through print mag­a­zines, books, news apps, and web­sites, plus Face­book and In­sta­gram feeds. That is why we are evolv­ing to give you more of what you want.

We are trans­form­ing Out­door Life’s print mag­a­zine to a quar­terly pub­li­ca­tion. In­stead of more fre­quent but smaller is­sues, we will now give you four epic print edi­tions a year. As you can see from this is­sue, OL is thicker than it has been in past years, with sig­nif­i­cantly more pages, al­low­ing us to give you more great sto­ries, more stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy, and more in­for­ma­tion about hunt­ing, fish­ing, and shoot­ing. We have the space to ex­plore topics and sub­jects that, frankly, we didn’t have room for be­fore. There is noth­ing else like it on the mar­ket, and we think you’re go­ing to love it.

And, of course, we’re com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing this kind of out­door jour­nal­ism on many other plat­forms as well. From our web­site to our so­cial me­dia chan­nels, we are pub­lish­ing more sto­ries and videos than ever be­fore. You asked for more, so we’re giv­ing it to you.

Another change be­gin­ning with this is­sue is that Andrew Mck­ean (pic­tured above) is mov­ing on from the po­si­tion of ed­i­tor-inchief to that of ed­i­tor-at-large. OL read­ers know that Mck­ean is one of the best out­door jour­nal­ists and sto­ry­tellers to ever ap­pear in th­ese pages. From his home in eastern Mon­tana, Mck­ean will have more time to bring the Out­door Life au­di­ence along on ad­ven­tures in the field, de­liver un­sur­passed re­views of op­tics and other gear, and tackle im­por­tant is­sues like ac­cess to public lands and re­cruit­ing new gen­er­a­tions to our sports. There is no one bet­ter at this than Mck­ean, and I can’t wait to see what he does in his new role.

Ed­i­tor-at-large Andrew Mck­ean


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