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In 1949 Jack Sampson sold his first story to Field & Stream for $75. Four years ago, he finished his 23rd book, Fly Fishing for Permit. And in the 50-odd years in between, he accomplished about everything a hunter, fisherman, and outdoor writer could hope to, including a 13-year run as F&S; editor-in-chief. “He was an icon,” says fellow writer and friend Craig Springer in this obituary from The Santa Fe New Mexican. “Legend is often overused, but in this case it’s entirely appropriate.”

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