I have to say that when I read the Editor’s Journal, I was skeptical. The news that I would not be receiving OL as frequently was disappointing, as I am always pleased when I open my mailbox to find the latest copy. I must say, however, that I don’t remember an issue I enjoyed more or read faster. I’m more of an armchair adventurer than anything else, and the number and variety of lengthier stories in the Spring issue made it most enjoyable for me. If you guys keep putting out magazines like that last one, I think I can learn to live with four a year! Nathaniel Proto Wallingford, CT
I’ve been a subscriber for decades, and recently it seems I’ve seen the same stories and articles over and over, but this issue is a step apart and most interesting. From the unusual cover stock to the very meaty editorial goods, the Spring issue was different and much better. You had articles on recurve bows, king salmon troubles, pythons, spring fishing, and many other pertinent and fresh subjects.
I especially liked the stories on the Fox double and the Model 70—I am tired of reading about the AK-47 category of rifles. Classic firearms are so much more beautiful than those nastylooking long guns. I’m a longtime
NRA member and will remain so, but American Rifleman is just full of stuff I don’t want to read and dope on “modern” guns that hold no appeal to me.
I’m 82 now, and I believe there are a lot of folks who still adore the walnut and steel and grace of the Model 21s, Savage 99s, Winchester 70s, Model 12s, and so on.
That was a very good issue. I read it all, and I’m looking forward to the next. Bob Luetje
The revelation that Outdoor Life has changed to a quarterly grabbed my gut. The last time I felt like that was when I found a “Leased” sign on my favorite hunting spot. The message was clear in both situations: There is to be less of the outdoor life in my future. Fewer memories to be made, and fewer to be relived with a trip to the mailbox. Print media is struggling. Watching an old friend transformed by the struggle leaves me with a profound sense of loss. Larry Novak Augusta, KS
Depression has already sunk in like a stick in the eye on a grouse hunt. Only
four editions a year? You’ve got to be kidding!
And as opposed to the promise, I found the magazine light. I’m old enough to remember (and still own) the yesteryear monthly editions that were far thicker and contained feature articles that defied mere skimming. So here I am, a reader of six decades’ worth of your enjoyable stories, shaking my head like I just shot an arrow over a huge buck at 10 yards.
William Gerberick Ashland, OH
Is this the beginning of the end for printed Outdoor Life, or just a new beginning? I may be a millennial
(by birthdate only, mind you), but I still get excited to see a new issue in my mailbox. I hope that you don’t abandon print completely in this increasingly digital world. Keep up the excellent work in both realms. Steven Ready
Le Mars, IA
Give Me Trad or…
As a 100 percent traditional bowhunter, I say thank you for an article about real bowhunting (“Go Old School,” Hunting, Spring 2018). I get so tired of articles about bows with fancy gimmicks, gizmos, bells, whistles, and huge let-offs, all of which detract from real archery.
I am also tired of seeing “crossguns” championed as archery when they have absolutely nothing to do with it or with bowhunting. They are built on rifle stocks, are shot as rifles, have scopes, and can be carried fully cocked. It was great to see someone emphasize that it is not what animal you get when you hunt, but what you get it with.
Kerry White York, PA
I enjoyed John B. Snow’s article on refinishing a gunstock (“Do It Yourself,” Spring 2018). I’m 83 and have been doing this myself for years with old and new rifles.
I have always liked the simple, clean design of old wood-stocked rifles but have always wished for better carving, checkering, and finish on some. This led me to redoing several of my own, and I hope to do more.
I’m a professional nautical artist and love to work with wood. Usually I work with hand woodcarving tools and a dremel tool to reshape a stock. After that comes a lot of hand-sanding. I use Casey’s Tru-oil for the finish—usually nine to 10 coats—and then sand between coats with a fine-grit sandpaper. I apply the last two or three coats with light applications from their spray can.
I prefer a mirrorlike finish, which may not be practical, but I’m not too practical anyway. After all this has dried for about a week, I then checker the stock with Gunline checkering tools. The only addition I would have made to the article is providing sources for these tools and finishes.
Robert B. Dance Kinston, NC