Cheers & Jeers

Letters to Field & Stream from our readers with comments from our editors.

Field & Stream Online Editors

The Kids Are All Right
I've become an outdoorsman and a good citizen by living according to rules and ethics taught to me by other hunters and fishermen," wrote Harrison Tome for the Young Writers Contest (February). By God, it's true! Harrison has given us the solution for the maintenance of our hunting and fishing heritage and more. Let's understand that we are teachers. Let's teach the values we know and cherish and make this country a better place.
Jim Wallace
Jackson, Wyo.

Cheers for your Young Writers Contest and more cheers to the youth of America. The future of hunting certainly seems headed for good hands and minds if we can get it there. Your layout of the results is wonderful. After we take a moment to appreciate the parents and mentors of these young people, let us also pause to thank America's hunter-education coordinators, instructors, and the International Hunter Education Association. Just as hunter educators made our sport one of the safest, they are now helping to make it one of the most meaningful.
Jim Posewitz
Helena, Mont.

  • Jim Posewitz is the founder of Orion-the Hunter's Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting ethical hunting.-The Editors

I am 17 years old, and your contest made me realize that there are many kids in this great nation who enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. I especially liked Alyssa Franklin's essay. To see a girl my age in waders was awesome. Alyssa, you look beautiful with a fly rod and waders on.
Matt Jones
Saginaw, Mich.

I have just finished "Men Call It Hunting" by Barbara Haupt in the December 2001 issue. I am 17 years old and the only hunter in my family. I wish my friends and family could know how much being in the outdoors means to me, and articles like this say it exactly.
Ray Davidson
via Internet

En Garde
Your response to Cory Nason's letter in the January issue (re the Angola Prison fish murder) was incredibly clever, if not quite politically correct. However, one wonders if it's a good policy to antagonize people like the warden of Angola. I mean, my God, just look at his picture! I hope that if you guys murder someone, it's not in his jurisdiction.

Also, I find it extremely disappointing that I don't seem to be able to get a letter published in your magazine, yet you will print a letter from thundering illiterates like "Mark and the Idaho Five" in the same issue.
Anthony Grayotter LoGrande
via Internet

I was very disturbed by your response to Cory Nason's letter. Although I completely disagree with his gar-hugging sentiments and wonder why he's even reading this type of publication, I find your misguided attempt at sarcastic humor tasteless and juvenile. As the readers' last line of defense from senseless drivel, I hope you will do a better job of policing yourselves.
Chris Estes
Farmerville, La.

It's in the Cards
I have read Field & Stream for a few years now and have never once noticed the way the cards are put in backward or how the cover won't stay shut, as Randall Covington suggests in February's Cheers & Jeers. Those of us who really love Field & Stream probably don't notice flaws in your magazine because of the awesome articles.
Byron Burchell
West Monroe, La.

Randall Covington has got to cool out a bit. I got all the cards out on the first try without destroying the magazine. Tip: Don't use a chain saw, and don't sniff the glue before you start. Good luck.
Steve Hubertus
via Internet

Cheers & Jeers for Churchill
OH MY GOSH! I can't believe my eyes. The work by Winston Gordon Churchill ("A Kind of Immortality," January) is beyond believable. I thought it was a mock-up photo on the cover until I saw the Holland & Holland double rifle. I only wish that I could see his work in person.
A.S. Donchak
Catawissa, Pa.

A chunk of artfully scratched metal may be impressive, but it is not immortality. David E. Petzal showed some examples of what Churchill did but gave no clues about how to learn how to do it. A better way to pursue immortality is to pass knowledge and values to the next generation. If he is cultivating an apprentice or two, we do not learn it from Petzal. In a Sports Afield article, we learn that Italy has gun-engraving schools. That is a better way toward immortality.
Joseph G. Dimmick
via Internet

  • _ David E. Petzal replies: In Europe, there is a very strong apprenticeship system for gunsmiths and engravers that goes back to the Middle Ages, and though we have gunsmithing schools in the United States, it is nothing like the European system. According to Winston Churchill, no one can really teach you to engrave. _

** Raves for Reiger**
Re "The Myth of Wildlife Management" by George Reiger (January), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is plundering hunters on a scale that makes us look like the bimbos in certain proverbial jokes. However, all it takes with an administration that wants to cut spending is a letter to your congressman that says, "Save tax dollars; cut the entire budget for the USFWS." Congressmen read letters, and count them with a multiple factor.
Walter J. Smith
Ben Lomond, Ca.

George Reiger did a great job in his recent article, pointing out the waste of money and talent in the USFWS. Over the last decade, the quality of its staff has plummeted, and morale is at an all-time low. Gone are the dedicated staff members, replaced by those whose only goal is to retire with a federal pension.
Chuck Roma
via Internet

What a pleasure to find that other concerned sportsmen have found extreme fault with the USFWS. Here in Wisconsin I have encountered the same bureaucratic stonewalling as the people Mr. Reiger mentioned did. However, as long as the average sportsman supports the "sit on your duff" approach to resource management, we will continue to see a downward spiral of many heretofore-thriving species.
William B. Stark
West Allis, Wis.