“Bringing new people into the fold is important to secure hunters’ roles as wildlife managers. It’s important to fund critical conservation work. But most of all, these pursuits are special, and introducing someone to this way of life is not only important, it’s fun.” —Anthony Licata, Editorial Director

 

ROOKIE SEASON

If you read this magazine regularly, you know about the decline in hunter numbers and how critical it is to recruit the next generation. What you probably don’t know is how exciting, challenging, and rewarding it can be to help new outdoorsmen find their sea legs. Outdoor Life’s editors have committed to introducing people to the sports we love, and in this special section you’ll hear firsthand accounts of what it takes to bring a new hunter or angler into the fold. Sometimes just trying to get them into a hunter-education course is enough to make everyone want to forget it. Sometimes it takes is a small miracle on day three of a public-lands hunt to get them hooked. Hear four stories that highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly about mentoring. PLUS: 21 fun and easy ways to mentor new hunters and anglers.

 

10,000 STRIPS 

For every muskie fly-dabbler looking for their first catch, there are those singularly focused on this challenge every time they’re out on the water. Fishing editor Joe Cermele tracked down four of these laser-focused fishermen to understand their unique perspectives on critical parts of muskie fly success.

 

BOND OF BROTHERS

“We’re quiet, still, and hyper-vigilant of our surroundings—we’re searching hard for any movement in the woods before us. And for the first time, deer hunting strikes me as a proxy for military guard duty,” says writer Chuck Thompson. Founded by an Iraq War veteran, New England Adventures sponsors year-round hunting and fishing expeditions for veterans and their families. Many military veterans are still fighting old injuries, PTSD, and the drudgery of civilian life—all in the shadow of an opioid crisis. But in the deer woods of New England, some are finding a new way forward.

 

THE HUNT FOR RUSSIAN RAINBOWS

One of the world’s greatest unspoiled trout fisheries is guarded by brown bears, harsh terrain, and seas on three sides. Getting there is half the adventure, but if you can reach Kamchatka unscathed, you’ll be rewarded with a bite beyond your wildest dreams. Join Outdoor Life on this epic fishing trip through some of the most remote and uninhabited scenery on Earth.

 

PLUS: No Excuses: Gobbler Edition; the Tackle Test; Hunting Stags from Horseback; Eyes on Bears; and More!