Today’s outdoor magazines all seem to look alike these days. Some of these mags I had subscribed to since the early Seventies, but have dropped in the last few years for a number of reasons. I dumped Sports Afield after they went all-in for “assault weapon” bans. I lost interest in Outdoor Life after they became Craig Boddington Takes Yet Another Expensive Guided Exotics Hunt to Advertise Guns and Gear I’m Not Interested In Buying. Add to that the fact that most of these slick, shiny rags are more advertisement than content; even the content is selling something.
But there’s one good outdoor journal for the Regular Guys among us still on the market.
I’m referring to a little magazine (available in digital format too) named Fur, Fish & Game. I can’t say much more to describe them than they do themselves:
Since 1925, FUR-FISH-GAME has been highly acclaimed as the magazine for practical outdoorsmen. We cover a wider variety of outdoor pursuits than any other magazine. And we are the only national outdoor magazine that still publishes a new issue each and every month of the year. All because we know that when you truly love the great outdoors, there is no such thing as an off-season.
Bear in mind that I’m not advertising for Fur, Fish & Game. Well, I sort of am, but I’m not receiving anything in return other than the satisfaction of spreading the word about a publication I enjoy a great deal.
A big part of what I enjoy about them is that they aren’t aiming for the high-dollar, guided hunt market. They’re providing good info on hunting, fishing and, yes, trapping for regular folks. The current (February) issue includes tips on hunting hares in rough country, trapping desert ringtails, hunting javelina in Arizona and catching big catfish at ice-out. Regular stories for regular folks, lots of good information, and what ads they do run are ads for quality outdoor clothing and equipment – no Viagra or hair-restoration ads.
If you’re an outdoor guy, check them out. They’re the only outdoor magazine worth paying for these days.