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  1. Mr. Tettnanger

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    I’ve all but given up on this rag. It’s like repeat city on most articles. Seems like all they do is rehash the same survival kit, old knife, and shack articles.

    I sat down tonight after dinner to enjoy the view from the deck and read the latest edition. And what do I see——-2 articles on hats! Two! What the heck!

    Give me a break!

    I’m upset that I renewed for 3 years. I sorta want my money back! Lol!
     
  2. manitoulinbound

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    You dont want to read another article on the Woodsmans Pal?
     
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    Maybe I could build a shed out of old pallets that I break down using my Woodsmen’s Pal!
     
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    And then read 4 articles published in 1 year about how to stack firewood in your pallet shed.
     
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    It's a bit expensive for what it is. 10 years ago it was a little better but I agree 100 percent on what has been said
     
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    I like Backwoodsman as many do,,,,,have had subscriptions on and off over the years........I'm leaning towards off once my current subscription expires.......and I'd consider myself a person that does read print material.....
     
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    So, pick an interesting topic, write an article and submit it. There is a member of BCUSA, @k12cop, who lives near me hat has done just this on a couple of occasions. Perhaps you'll you'll stimulate others to follow.
     
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    I agree @Sandcut . Every issue there's a list of topics that folks would like to see addressed. Be the change you want to see. Further, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is and do so myself.
     
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    Hows that different then the internet. The internets pretty much the same thing over and over?Maybe someone could start a thread on bear guns that would be different not
     
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    I noticed the same thing but considering Richie lost everything in the hurricane awhile back, I'd think I would just have to give him time to get back up to speed.
     
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    I've thought about that too. I think thats about the only hope the magazine has at this point. I've considered submitting articles a couple of times but never got around to it. I have to admit that the Looking Through A Time Portal article (Jul/Aug '19) about did it for me.

    The only magazine I have faith in anymore is Muzzleloader. It only seems to get better over the years.
     
  12. Mr. Tettnanger

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    I've thought about it. In fact, I have several ideas for articles.

    But, I've written for several magazines. I don't enjoy the process and I am always too critical of the end result.
     
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    That and also his wife is having some health problems
     
  14. Outdoor Dauber

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    If articles start showing up written by BCUSA members, I might subscribe again.
     
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    there's been a few articles written by BCUSA members, Logan Boone for sure, can't remember the others. I don't subscribe either, seems like I haven't got around to it but I pick up every issue. Sure did enjoy Red Meineke's articles but surplus arms have dried up.
     
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    I thought Charlie Richie died a few year back??

    I used to be a subscriber. Had some money woes so I let it laspe til I was on my feet. Kinda forgot about it.
     
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    I enjoy the magazine, especially some of the history articles. I just read an interesting one on Dirty Dave Rutabaugh.
     
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    I believe it was Richie Sr. Junior runs it now.
     
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    FFG has been the only magazine I've subscribed to for the last several years. I enjoy the common man articles in it.
     
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    I still like it and find something interesting in each issue. Been a subscriber for 8+ years.
     
  21. pab1

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    I was a FFG fan since around 1981. They began to change for the worse over the years , especially from around 2000 on. Two things which are related ended it for me with them. They began printing biased "articles" which were really nothing but promotions for advertisers products.

    The June '07 issue was the last straw for me with articles of that nature. It was really nothing but a three page ad for Knight muzzleloaders. It shed a negative light on traditional muzzleloaders. Anyone just starting out wouldn't consider a traditional gun after reading that article.

    I remember the exact issue because they printed a letter I wrote expressing my disappointment in their August '07 issue (its set aside along with a copy of Eastmans Hunting Journal I appeared in). I do give them credit for allowing readers voices to be heard.

    The other thing, which like I said is related to the first, was honest product reviews going away. Reviews became nothing but ads for products. It was similar to what you would see in mags like Outdoor Life and Field and Stream prior to that.

    Honestly the majority of FFGs content was still pretty good. I think I just saw it going the way of other outdoor mags at the time so I threw in the towel.
     
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    I don't subscribe, but I buy it on the newsstand every now and then. I could do without all the Bigfoot stuff, but overall I enjoy reading it.
     
  23. highlander

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    Jr. is running the show, but they still print Senior’s articles from time to time.
    I’ve wanted to write articles, but I’m super critical of my work, and the format seems kinda complicated.
    I know they’ve completely went off the “Modern backwoods/mountain man” theme and drifted into the prepper, self reliance, treasure seeker, Bigfoot hunter magazine now.
     
  24. Muskeg_Stomper

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    I write the occasional article for Backwoodsman. If they publish your article you get a free one year subscription. I hope more of the folks on BCUSA start submitting articles too. Seems to me that bigfoot articles would take a back burner as filler material when more informative articles are available.
     
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    Yet the cover art still often features a painting of mountain men from the fur trade era. It works on me every time. I grab a copy off the shelf based on the cover alone only to feel a little let down when I get home and examine the contents. You'd think I'd learn not to "judge a book by its cover" but in two months I'll probably find myself doing it again.
     
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    I have had two articles purchased and 1 printed so far. The magazine was created and sustained by those of like mind for 40 years.
    However, I have to agree with Mr. T. that the quality has slipped as of late. I am especially miffed by how much the "experts" get on the page.
    This magazine was not meant to be filled by experts, but people willing to share knowledge and experience. I plead with those of you who want to see this publication regain its futher further glory, write something, send pictures, the guidelines are simple.
    If BCUSA will make a showing for this mag, I have no doubt the quality will improve.
    Have courage and vanquish the mightiest foe some will ever face.... the blank page.
     
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    My mom used to purchase me subscription to it. Some of the content was really great but some doesn't interest me at all.

    One of the things that turned me off was when they got kinda deep into the hobo culture and articles around it. I had a bad hobo encounter when I was young and I'm not fond of the culture of romanticize it.
     
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    everything has been done to death and lots of free sources of information out there

    I have thought about submitting them some articles lots of times over the years but Im not much of a writer

    I bet if they offered more than a subscription for payment they could get better content , you know " you get what you pay for "
     
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    This thread made me laugh out loud! I used to subscribe. It’s really expensive to get it sent over to the UK.
    I rapidly came to the same conclusion about the content! Nothing really new.
    Loved the comment on two...two articles about hats!
     
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    :(. I'm sorry. Really I am.

    I had alot of hobo/homeless friends growing up, late 80s early 90s. The folks I knew were good people and would warn me of those that weren't.

    Looking back, I amazed I did what I did and never got hurt.
     
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    ^^^this and how many times has the recipe for pickled hot sausage appeared?
     
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    Bushcraft usa has replaced my store bought magazines. Still subscribe to field and stream for their hunting articles. But their new gear reviews are usually items, I could never afford. Every day, I learn things from you guys and gals, and at tlmes even contribute here. Thank you all. And yes, i agree how the cover picture on back woods man magazine could cause an impulse buy.
     
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    Well here i go against the grain again. I love BWM. It and Fur Fish and Game are the only ones that i read anymore. i will never go no African safari, fly in drop off hunt in Alaska, or wilderness fly fishing expedition so Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, etal don't sirt my soul. Having been a subscriber since the 80s i can say that its not as well rounded as in the past. All the big foot stories of late leave me cold, but i cant remember the last time they did a woodman pal or pallet gig. then my memory aint the best.
     
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    Well, I am seeing a pent up demand for an article on how a Bigfoot builds a pallet shack and goes into business making fur hats, file knives, leather moccasins in his spare time while living only on spicy sausage and pickled eggs. And maybe a few short articles on home cures for heartburn, flatulence, and diarrhea. Gotta go get busy.
     
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    Not enough, because you still haven't made them yet!
     
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    Lets all see if we can pen up some material between now and winter and submit our entries and see what gets published!
     
  37. R Stowe

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    As someone that works for a magazine in a similar but different field, I'd say you are absolutely correct. When we recruit writers we pay from day 1 and offer a free subscription. It's not full-time work pay, but the incentive inspires better work and continued contribution. If we can manage that I'm sure BW can. They're distribution is pretty impressive and I'm guessing they're printing cost is pretty low compared to others.

    My wife bought the collected editions of the Best of Backwoodsman for me a few years ago and they're great. They have just about everything the current issues have from what I've picked up on from glancing through the newest issues at the grocery store. They have a couple of volumes in stock at the moment.

    https://backwoodsmercantile.com/Shop_Backwoods/Backwoodsman_Best_Of_Series/index.html
     
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    I wish they would print a larger anthology series with every article minus reprints from the beginning to fairly recently. Their older stuff is much much better than the new rag. My collection goes only back to about 2001-2002 era and you can certainly tell the quality has slipped recently.
     
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    Same here!:dblthumb:
     
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    I've got a great idea for an article on how to make a multi-purpose hat rack from pallet wood... or not.

    Steve
     
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    :dblthumb:

    The cover art is ready to go! Somehow I forgot about this show until now.

    [​IMG]

     
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    Old mag version was interesting. Current one, not so much. Better reading here.
     
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    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I have swallowed the hook that way several times since I quit subscribing in the last year or so.
     
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    I have every issue starting with number one and volume one. I even have a few Buckskin Reports with a column called Trappers Corner, written by Charlie. I also have FFG, HTT,and American Rifleman, going back to the 1920s. Don't recall but I think a subscription to Charlie's magazine is around 25 to 30 dollars a year, that's really not a hardship for me. Many of the old writers are gone but I will still hang in there in hopes they come back around. Wilderness way is gone and there is nothing close to Backwoodsman that I know of. If I leave them hang now over a few bucks they may not survive.
     
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    The cover artwork may pull me closer but I’ll flip to the content page to see if there’s anything new and of interest. Most often I’ll recall the articles from previous editions, or at least something similar and may or may not purchase it.
    It would really be annoying if I was a subscriber and was paying for redundancy.
     
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    Herself buys that magazine fairly often, she has all but given up trying to get me to read it,,, or even pick it up, but I already have a pretty good idea on how to build a camera equipped solar powered drone of wood pallets for searching out Bigfoot in remote areas, so I’m good...
     
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    Yeah. I've been mulling this over since my last post and @crawford1775 's post with the guidelines gave me a push and I started thinking. I now have about a dozen topics that would be an appropriate length article. I'd just have to find the time to write them up.
     
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    Charlie Sr. is still around, it was Charlie Fox that died, and Red Meineke too I believe. I liked both of them, but then again I like the Bigfoot articles too.
     

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