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    David E. Petzal....

    OK, so's I haven't really perused the glossy mags since't I was a kid. Mainly I guess because as I've gotten older my wants have changed and as I've spent money learning things I've drifted further and further from the mainstream. AND, because NOTHING will ever live up to those days on my belly in the dusty attic poring over over stories of derring-do with my tatty fishing buddy, the hard-earned cash spent on those ads in the back.... the Jivaro blowguns, "Wolf's-Head" knife of "best quality Sheffield steel" and of fishing lures (Vibra-Bat? had it.... Hofschneider Redeye? of course.....Wonder Lures?...Water Walkers? Ohh Yeahhh.) that ruled the lakes in my mind. Those misty moments spent curled up in Dad's or Uncle's or neighbor Bob's armchair reaching down to grab up a handful of dreams from the basket while the stories murmured and churned over my head like flashlights in a fog......

    Last mags I subscribed to were, in order, Gun Games, VHA and of course PS.

    And they were great, many of the authors used to post here...... heck, Jim Carmichel used to post here......some still do.

    Magazine rack specimens, not so much. Oh, I might grab one at the airport, or to take to camp, but meh.....

    But This PETZAL guy.......

    Let's just say he's growing on me.

    While I don't subscribe to any, I have access to boxes and bundles of fairly current mags and find myself grabbing up a handful and looking for his articles.

    BTDT stuff, Rock ON Petzal!!

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    I don't subscribe to his magazine, but I've read a few Dave Petzal articles over the years and generally like his work. Seems Petzal has always had more than his share of detractors for some reason, but he writes good stuff.

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    Good Stuff of Which You Write

    Quote Originally Posted by alinwa View Post
    OK, so's I haven't really perused the glossy mags since't I was a kid. Mainly I guess because as I've gotten older my wants have changed and as I've spent money learning things I've drifted further and further from the mainstream. AND, because NOTHING will ever live up to those days on my belly in the dusty attic poring over over stories of derring-do with my tatty fishing buddy, the hard-earned cash spent on those ads in the back.... the Jivaro blowguns, "Wolf's-Head" knife of "best quality Sheffield steel" and of fishing lures (Vibra-Bat? had it.... Hofschneider Redeye? of course.....Wonder Lures?...Water Walkers? Ohh Yeahhh.) that ruled the lakes in my mind. Those misty moments spent curled up in Dad's or Uncle's or neighbor Bob's armchair reaching down to grab up a handful of dreams from the basket while the stories murmured and churned over my head like flashlights in a fog......

    Last mags I subscribed to were, in order, Gun Games, VHA and of course PS.

    And they were great, many of the authors used to post here...... heck, Jim Carmichel used to post here......some still do.

    Magazine rack specimens, not so much. Oh, I might grab one at the airport, or to take to camp, but meh.....

    But This PETZAL guy.......

    Let's just say he's growing on me.

    While I don't subscribe to any, I have access to boxes and bundles of fairly current mags and find myself grabbing up a handful and looking for his articles.

    BTDT stuff, Rock ON Petzal!!
    Al,
    Your first paragraph reads like a lead in to a Stephen King novel, "Stand by Me" comes to mind. It brought back many old memories.... good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alinwa View Post
    OK, so's I haven't really perused the glossy mags since't I was a kid. Mainly I guess because as I've gotten older my wants have changed and as I've spent money learning things I've drifted further and further from the mainstream. AND, because NOTHING will ever live up to those days on my belly in the dusty attic poring over over stories of derring-do with my tatty fishing buddy, the hard-earned cash spent on those ads in the back.... the Jivaro blowguns, "Wolf's-Head" knife of "best quality Sheffield steel" and of fishing lures (Vibra-Bat? had it.... Hofschneider Redeye? of course.....Wonder Lures?...Water Walkers? Ohh Yeahhh.) that ruled the lakes in my mind. Those misty moments spent curled up in Dad's or Uncle's or neighbor Bob's armchair reaching down to grab up a handful of dreams from the basket while the stories murmured and churned over my head like flashlights in a fog......

    Last mags I subscribed to were, in order, Gun Games, VHA and of course PS.

    And they were great, many of the authors used to post here...... heck, Jim Carmichel used to post here......some still do.

    Magazine rack specimens, not so much. Oh, I might grab one at the airport, or to take to camp, but meh.....

    But This PETZAL guy.......

    Let's just say he's growing on me.

    While I don't subscribe to any, I have access to boxes and bundles of fairly current mags and find myself grabbing up a handful and looking for his articles.

    BTDT stuff, Rock ON Petzal!!
    He is a lefty so he's got that going for him which is one the that endeared me to his writings years ago. Have not kept up lately.

    I recall one gun writer mentioning another gun writer imbibing a tad too much alcohol and discharging a .338 Win Mag through the ceiling. Anyone know who that was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricco1949 View Post
    Al,
    Your first paragraph reads like a lead in to a Stephen King novel, "Stand by Me" comes to mind. It brought back many old memories.... good stuff. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you....

    "Stephen King"

    Heady stuff

    I'm honored

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    Here's one you might like Al....

    https://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs...k-kills-people


    He lives up this way...not sure if ME or NH? I too like his writings. I've just subscribed to Field and Stream where he is the rifles editor. As a matter of fact, after years of not taking any gun mags, I've subscribed to several....good 'ol Shooting Times, Rifles, Handloader and G&A. Makes for good reading...I just can't get with reading a magazine on a computer screen...just can't.

    I just read this one. My guess is he's a Maineiac...

    https://www.fieldandstream.com/were-...er-than-we-are

    And the best damned one I've found to date....
    https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/...taking-choice/

    No, no, these are the best one....

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/...n_2839200.html

    https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...ies-explained/
    Last edited by glp; 04-23-2018 at 12:49 PM.

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    T.V. shows

    I can remember when TNN was one of the few stations that showed hunting shows most was fishing. Jackie bushman and Bill Jordan come to mind for hunting the rest was fishing almost no shooting. Now I get 2 -24 hour channels on hunting and shooting. When I was a kid we only got Harold Ensley and Virgil Ward on Saturday. Times have changed. Doug

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    My first recollection of a hunting show...

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Casner View Post
    I can remember when TNN was one of the few stations that showed hunting shows most was fishing. Jackie bushman and Bill Jordan come to mind for hunting the rest was fishing almost no shooting. Now I get 2 -24 hour channels on hunting and shooting. When I was a kid we only got Harold Ensley and Virgil Ward on Saturday. Times have changed. Doug
    was AMERICAN SPORTSMAN with Curt Gowdy, on NBC television no less. A snowballs chance in hell of that happening on network TV today, which is why I watch NO conventional NW TV. Yes times have changed!!
    Last edited by glp; 04-23-2018 at 03:40 PM.

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    american sportsman

    I remember the American Sportsman. One show had Fess Parker shooting a bear. I was a kid and thought well, Daniel Boone killed another bear. Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by glp View Post
    was AMERICAN SPORTSMAN with Curt Gowdy, on NBC television no less. A snowballs chance in hell of that happening on network TV today, which is why I watch NO conventional NW TV. Yes times have changed!!
    The show was on ABC television.

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    True enough

    Quote Originally Posted by antelopedundee View Post
    The show was on ABC television.
    I stand corrected. Was a great show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glp View Post
    I stand corrected. Was a great show.
    I thought it was, but had to look it up myself just to be sure.

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    I must of been mistaking Fess parker for somebody else on the bear hunt. I looked on youtube and google and it aint to be found. All that came up was Fred Bear shooting bears with a bow. He shot polar bears and grizzlies with a bow. Probably had a guide standing behind him with a .375 H and H. but its still a hell of a feat. Doug

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    Oh

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Casner View Post
    I must of been mistaking Fess parker for somebody else on the bear hunt. I looked on youtube and google and it aint to be found. All that came up was Fred Bear shooting bears with a bow. He shot polar bears and grizzlies with a bow. Probably had a guide standing behind him with a .375 H and H. but its still a hell of a feat. Doug
    I'm sure he did. I would have felt better if the guide had a .416 Rigby!
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