Outdoor Life Spring 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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Camden Media Inc.
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buras, louisiana / 10:07 a.m.

letters@outdoorlife.com “I guess it might be a bit of excessive force,” says nutria guide Walter Heathcock as we launch the boat. “But it pays to be ready for whatever the marsh might have in store.” We had brought a variety of guns on our hunt for these semi-aquatic rodents (story on p. 72). There were simple rifles like the Remington 552.22 LR for close shots. Then we had rigs like the Ruger American in.17 HMR, complete with a Pulsar Trail XP thermal-imaging optic. We threw in a.308 Ruger for pigs for good measure, and just a few others. “Wait, where’s the shotgun?” I ask. “Damn,” Heathcock says. “I knew we were missing something.”…

in deep

The only thing protecting my secret turkey-hunting spot is a few hundred yards of marsh and one ferocious little creek. On one side of the creek is a parking area and the edge of a subdivision—I’ve learned to keep my headlamp off for the first 200 yards so the dog at the corner house doesn’t start barking. On the other side of the creek sits a horde of eager toms, waiting for daybreak to gobble their heads off and run amok along a wide oak ridge. On the first day of the season, the marsh will still be half-frozen. Sometimes there are even a few inches of crusty snow on the ground. But the spring runoff makes the creek rise too high to cross, even in waders. The only way to…


WEARING I’ve been packing an EverTherm jacket from Eddie Bauer because it’s perfect for late-winter and early-spring days, when temps could fall into the low 30s or jump to the 60s. The jacket compresses to the size of a softball, and the down inside is bonded together instead of sewn into baffles to cut bulk. When it’s warm, I hardly notice it’s in my pack, but if the temp drops, I’m happy it’s there. —Matthew Every, associate online editor USING Some say the latest innovations in fishing electronics are too good. Not me. I fish a wide, slow-moving river near home, and those fish could be anywhere. I want to see the structure on the banks and in the river channel. The Ray marine Element 7HV (from $550) lets me cycle through display…


WILD PRAISE I am an old man, and I’ve been reading Outdoor Life for 60 years. There have been many good issues, which, of course, I have forgotten. The Wilderness Issue [Winter 2020], however, is the best one I can remember reading. I read it cover to cover and enjoyed the style and depth. Please keep it up. W. Jeff Gerberick, via email I’ve been a subscriber for 30-odd years and wanted to tell you this was by far the best issue yet. I read every article and enjoyed each one. Kudos to the editor for picking the subjects and authors he did. Alan Jones, via email A MUSK-READ I really enjoyed “The First Frontier” feature about musk ox and caribou hunting in Greenland. The wording of the piece made me feel as if I was…

hidden gems

fishing@outdoorlife.com It had a lot to do with the water being milky. I was certain of that. I wouldn’t have called it dirty, but I’m also certain there was just enough stain from recent rains to make this fish feel comfortable in the open instead of being tucked in some impenetrable root snarl or the deep recesses of an undercut bank. In two years of fishing this small, overlooked stream in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the biggest perk was not seeing another angler. The trout were just plentiful enough to keep it interesting, but a 12-incher was an extreme score. Imagine, then, the surprise of 19-year-old me when I scooped a 21-inch brown with my Hare’s Ear neatly in the corner of its jaw out of that murky pool. As…

oar power to you

EVERY YEAR, IT seems like some company introduces a new oar-powered boat or raft. And these days, vessels capable of carrying two or more people down a river come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, many of which are affordable, giving lifelong wading anglers who could never buy a drift boat or large raft the opportunity to cover more water. The thing is, rowing in moving water safely—and in a way that maximizes your fishing success—isn’t instinctual to most new boat owners. There’s a learning curve you must get through in order for the mechanics to become second-nature. The only way to really become an expert on the sticks is with lots of practice. But if you’re a rookie on the oars, these are four critical tips to know before…