Oh, I see clearly now. Fishermen and hunters need to support trappers, and catch-and-release is perverting fishing (“Hanging Together” by George Reiger, September). One winter I worked for a fur buyer, and I quickly learned the difference between a trapper and a hunter. Trappers are not sportsmen. Their business is killing animals, and their means are gruesome. Any positive effect they have on conservation is an unintentional by-product of their business.
Other than their political contributions, trappers are politically useless to the conservation cause. Let them hang separately.
A Reiger Rave
If John Nowman (Cheers & Jeers, September) thinks that George Reiger has a socialist agenda, he must not have read Michael Frome, who held the Conservation editor’s position back in the 1960s and early 1970s. As a liberal wildlife management student back then, I was devastated when Frome left Field & Stream and Reiger replaced him.
Now, almost 30 years later, more conservative in my political views and a career professional in a state land-management agency, I’ve grown to appreciate Reiger’s biological knowledge, his keen insights into the workings of both governmental agencies and national wildlife conservation organizations, and his perspectives on what is best for wildlife and wildlife habitat.
No other conservation writer today tells it the way George Reiger does. I hope Field & Stream provides this important forum for him for many years to come.
Stephen M. Williams
I truly enjoyed Anthony Licata’s “Into Thin Air” (August). His descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of Idaho’s Bitterroot Range elk hunting made me feel as if I were along for the hunt. I would like to see more articles from this talented writer who not only provides a descriptive story but also knows how not to take himself too seriously.
All Sorts of Unclassifiable, but Nonetheless Heartfelt, Opinions
Re the Martin Birk letter (Cheers & Jeers, September): Kudos to the staff of Field & Stream for their superlative vocabulary. Precious few writers these days are able to transcend the barely coherent babbling of the primordial brutes sharing the world with us. The writers of F&S; possess an alchemy of outdoor know-how and writing skill that is truly unequivocal.
Just wanted to write and say what a great magazine you have produced over the years. I am a currently deployed soldier, and yours is the only magazine I have sent to me by my wife. Keep bringing hunting and fishing to those of us who can do neither.
Staff Sgt. Terry Dreiling
Dave Petzal must be one sexy guy. To win my love takes a lot of appeal. He knows lots and has one damned good sense of humor. Remember, when you make my “best” list, you have been selected by one helluva cynical old fart!
The Air Force is not a military organization in the strict sense of the word” (Rifles, September): Sorry, but I am an Air Force veteran (1962Â¿Â¿Â¿1966) and have a different opinion. How did this idiotic opinion get past even the dullest proofreader at your magazine? Petzal could not find his ass with a hand in each back pocket. It is sad to see the musings of such an idiot in the pages of Field & Stream.
- David E. Petzal replies: When I was in the Army (1963¿¿¿1969), interservice slander was a staple of military life. Didn’t you ever call a Marine a jarhead? Didn’t you ever refer to a sailor as a squid or a deck ape? Didn’t you ever hear that nothing falls out of the sky but bird poop and paratroopers? What a drab andd joyless tour of duty you must have had.
I was amazed at the photo in “Four Ways to Respect Moose” (August) showing a hunter carrying moose antlers on a pack with no distinctive color to make him stand out. I feel sorry for the poor soul who makes this mistake. Let’s keep this Field & Stream, not Field & Stupidity.
- The photo in question was taken in Alaska, where you either pack out your animal as shown or don’t get it out at all, in which case the Fish and Game people will put you in jail. Hunting conditions vary greatly, and what might be suicidal in Ohio is perfectly safe in Alaska.
Hard Words (Mostly) for Hardbark
I want to thank Field & Stream for helping me to solve a time-management issue. Thanks to Hardbark, I now have one page fewer per month to read. The Solunar Tables are funnier. As for the rest of the magazine, keep up the good work.
In September’s Last Round, Hardbark provided a forum for the important issue of insect rights. In addition to his uncommon-sense suggestions, I propose “headlights off after dark” legislation to keep from drawing insects into the path of vehicles. With Lyme disease and the West Nile virus so much in the news, insects everywhere are getting a bad rap.
Founder, Keep Insects Living Longer (KILL)
Calm down Cheers & Jeers and remove the Hardbark debacle at the end and Field & Stream will be that much better.
I’m not saying that Hardbark is a bad writer or anything, but please bring back the FinallyÂ¿Â¿Â¿ page.
Hudson Falls, N.Y.