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Spring Slam

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

Novi, MI

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

Check Your­self

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

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