Outdoor Life Winter 2020

Our readers' hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine's comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories. Whether shopping for a new rifle, searching for the hottest fishing holes this weekend or thirsting for exciting adventure tales, Outdoor Life is the ultimate resource.

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ivittuut, greenland / 2:32 p.m.

letters@outdoorlife.com The nearest settlement is 25 miles from where Luke Renard snapped this photo, almost within sight of the aptly named Cape Desolation. Ivittuut is an abandoned Norse village and more recently an abandoned mining camp, and it lies deep in an unnamed glacial valley on Greenland’s southwest coast. As I walked up to dress my caribou (story on p. 38), I stepped on a musk ox skull. The two had died within spitting distance of each other, and I strapped them together on my pack. I’d guess the musk ox, a young cow from the look of its horns, died during a severe winter. Neither polar bears nor wolves, Greenland’s wild predators, range this far south, and human hunters typically take the entire carcass.…

for the love of wild lands

Last fall, I found myself stalking through the old-growth timber of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, and then, just two weeks later, paddling across a choppy, wind-blown lake in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Both places are dealing with their own environmental threats: potential logging and road building in the Tongass (p. 90), and a proposed mine in the BWCA watershed. And in both places, I found sportsmen and -women fighting to keep the places they love protected. Their reasons were deep and diverse: The wilderness was how they made their living; it’s where they hunted; it’s where they found respite from the stresses of modern life. Besides, if they didn’t fight for these places, who would? This column is not a preservationist’s plea. We must grow food, extract gas and minerals,…


REALITY CHECK, FALL 2019 We got real about high-fence photos, outdoor television, deer management, and more. The response (especially from our Instagram followers) was overwhelming. I want to congratulate you on your Fall 2019 issue. As a person who reads six to eight outdoor and shooting magazines a month, I feel qualified to judge this Outdoor Life as the single best magazine issue I have ever read. Keep it up! Mike Hambuchen, Conway, AR I think you’ll see an increase in subscriptions. Kudos for publishing something transparent and valuable. As a wildlife photographer, I constantly see images in publications that I know weren’t captured in wild settings. I just can’t compete if those publications allow high-fence portraits. @whistlewing I love this, and it’s about time! So much B.S. out there on trophy hunting, and yet the…


CARRYING My old EDC needed to be retired: The handle dug into my leg, it was heavy, and it was a bit boring. Gerber’s Kettlebell is compact, making it all but disappear in my pocket. It locks into place with a solid click, the dual finger choil fits perfectly in hand, and the bellied blade slices easily through EDC tasks. This affordable knife ($31) has plenty of work to do. —Ben Duchesney, SEO editor WATCHING I just saw They Shall Not Grow Old, a WWI documentary from 2018, and I wish I’d seen it in a theater. It must have been incredible on the big screen. Director Peter Jackson and his team slowed original footage to a more lifelike pace and painstakingly colorized it. The result is a relatable portrait of doomed young…

degrees of suffering

hunting@outdoorlife.com Hunting whitetails in extreme cold is a little like parenthood. Rewards might await, but you’ve got to expect plenty of discomfort along the way. Maybe it’s not that bad (whether I’m talking about brutal cold or parenting, I’ll leave to your imagination), but hunting in arctic weather can certainly be an exercise in perseverance. It’s also a wealth of burgeoning opportunity. In recent years, as wildlife managers try to find more ways to control deer populations, particularly in areas where chronic wasting disease outbreak-response plans call for substantial population reductions, extended late-season opportunities have become more abundant. During these bitter-end hunts, the conditions that cause whitetails to move along consistent travel routes with predictable frequency are the same ones that make waiting on them so difficult: extreme cold. We’re not talking about your…

super-cool deer gear

SITKA FANATIC BIB Bibs are a must for extreme conditions, and Sitka’s Fanatic bib is my go-to. It has exactly the features needed to combat cold: a windproof layer and high-loft insulation. This revamped iteration of the Fanatic bib has smooth fabric on the bottom of the legs and inner thighs, to minimize the collection of burrs. ($439; sitkagear.com) HEATER BODY SUIT If you absolutely must sit in a treestand during a polar vortex, this is one piece of gear you’ll want to pack in. Functionally a sleeping bag for hunters, the Heater Body Suit wraps you in a windproof, insulated cocoon. A suspender system and interior zippers allow you to unzip the bag, free your arms, and operate a gun or bow. It’s definitely warm, and its popularity among Canadian hunters is…