Cheers & Jeers

Letters from our readers.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Reiger Roils Feline Furor

Cheers for a no-b.s. article by George Reiger ("Killer Kitties," May). I used to have excellent quail hunting where I live, but in the last two years there have been no quail at all due to house cats running wild. I challenge every person who has a cat: Please get it fixed so it can't have kittens, and keep the damn thing in your yard.
Doug Bilby
via Internet

As an outdoorsman, I'd have to say that "Killer Kitties" was a pathetic excuse to fill a few pages with the useless thoughts of a cat hater.
Justin Burge
West Monroe, La.

Doesn't Mr. Reiger realize that local governments cannot afford punitive action against stray cats? Confinement of the violators would require municipalities to construct feline prisons called "cat houses."
Joe Gorman
Blacksburg, Va.

I cannot believe that such a respectable magazine would publish such a trashy article as "Killer Kitties." Cats are hunters, Mr. Reiger. They are doing what nature intended them to do. How can you call yourself a sportsman? You, sir, are a disgrace to advocate shooting house cats (not to mention that your writing has many logical errors, showing your lack of a good, sound education).
Neil Fowkes
via Internet

I couldn't agree more with George Reiger. My house and yard have fallen victim to house cats for years. I used to have houses up for birds, a pond, and beautiful flower beds. Now what I have are dead birds and fish and flower beds that smell like a litter box.
K. Hartt
Port Lavaca, Texas

So after Mr. Reiger shoots everyone's pet house cat all will be saved. I have nothing against hunting, but people like this do nothing to elevate its image.
M. Ward
Nova Scotia, Canada

Amen to George Reiger's article. Out here in farm country loose dogs get more attention, but even a pack of dogs can't hold a candle to a cat when it comes to destroying living creatures. A cat's idea of a good time is to kill something.
Jim Ritchie
via Internet

George Reiger's article is a sad example of ignorance and viciousness. Maybe the last cat he shot was some child's beloved pet. Mr. Reiger, you are a very sick man.
Nancy Dupuis
via Internet

George Reiger is one of your best writers; he has no fear of telling the truth. You should have more like him.
Bob Sorrell
Doylestown, Ohio

It is too bad George Reiger has ruined what is otherwise a good publication.
James R. Alhand
Indianapolis, Ind.

It's ironic that many environmentalist, animal-rights vegetarians own cats-carnivorous, torturing, ecosystem-ruining pets neutered against their will.
Chuck Roche
Tolland, Conn.

Doing the Write Thing?

Bravo on your new look, and a big double cheer for going back to your literary roots by including lengthier hunting and fishing stories. Looking at the newest gadgets is fun, as are your fine instructional articles, but many of us longtime readers look forward to the armchair trips you send us on each month, to realms forever rustic and wild. It's these heartfelt stories that have set Field & Stream apart from its competition over the years.
Paul Morgan
Fremont, Calif.

You have got to get your heads out of your rear ends and start writing about equipment regular people can actually afford; $600 fly rods and $1,100 guns are not things an average guy with four kids and a mortgage wants to see. I'm sure the bulk of your subscribers would like to see more equipment that they could actually hold in their hands and use, rather than just dream about.
Vic Seger
Patterson, N.Y.

Just wanted to tell you that I enjoy your magazine very much, and so do the guys at the firehouse. Some of my fellow firefighters even ask mee to bring in my past issues. This never happens with Playboy. Keep up the good work.
Joe Sardo
Ladder 175, FDNY
via Internet

As a writer, I felt honored to contribute to Finally¿¿¿, Field & Stream's now defunct back page. Finally¿¿¿ never disappointed me. For years I enjoyed the nuggets of outdoor philosophy, wry humor, and personal experience that graced that page. In my opinion, it was one of the classiest features in any of the hook-and-bullet magazines. And while I certainly have nothing against a monthly humor column by Hardbark McLoughlin, I'm sorry it came at such a price.
Frederick Benton
Mount Shasta, Calif.

I could read by the time I was 5, which meant that by 1953 I was reading Ed Zern, Corey Ford, and Robert Ruark. In July 1969, I heard on the radio that Corey Ford had died. I walked outside in the dark and wept. For a fairly tough kid this was out of character, but it was a measure of how much it hurt to lose a man that I had not even met. I am not being critical, but I question the term "corny" as applied to Corey Ford. Why not try running some of his old Lower Forty columns? You might well find that some of your readership is nowhere as cynical as you think, or as I sometimes pretend to be.
Steven Proshwitz
Dowagiac, Mich.

David E. Petzal's columns keep me on the brink of canceling my subscription. He is a good writer, but he has made it clear that because I'm a Democrat he classifies me as an idiot, and in the May issue, I learn that because I try lawsuits for a living, I'm a buzzard. In your next issue I'll probably read that Mr. Petzal had an unsuccessful hunting trip and blames the absence of game on the liberals, the trial lawyers, and the people he views as wimpier than he is.

Most of us learn by our third or fourth decade of life that simply because some people disagree with us, that doesn't make them idiots or demons. We also learn to speak respectfully about, and maintain civility toward, people with whom we disagree. Most of your talented cadre of writers seems to have learned that lesson. They should offer some tutoring to Mr. Petzal.
Don Peters
Phoenix, Ariz.

  • David E. Petzal replies:
    I have nothing against Democrats. I can even think of two or three who should not be hanged on general principles. I don't blame liability lawyers for my unsuccessful hunting trips, just for my high insurance rates. Some of my best friends are wimps, and for two years Dave Hurteau gave me lessons in being nice, but they didn't take.