In With The New

Looking forward to a great year at Western Sportsman magazine.

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. But I am big on trying new things. And if these “new things” just happen to coincide with the New Year — well, I’ll call it a coincidence.

It’s funny how quickly new things become old. My very first editorial for Western Sportsman magazine, Jan/Feb 2005, documented my newfound pursuit of fly fishing. Today, fly fishing is my number-one preferred style of freshwater angling. In 2008, I pontificated about bow hunting, after acquiring my first compound bow the year previous. Today, it’s recurves that turn me on. I don’t even own a compound anymore.

Although not every new pursuit turns into a lifelong love affair. Last year, for example, I tried to really get into stillwater fly fishing — but realized walk-and-wade river/stream fishing is more my pleasure. I haven’t been duck hunting in a couple of seasons either. You just can’t do it all…

As far as my personal outdoor life goes, in 2012, I don’t have any hard-and-fast goals. As long as I get out-of-doors as much as I can, I’m happy. But I do have some new goals for this magazine.

Number-one, you, the reader, are going to see a lot of new contributor names in the pages of Sportsman. I’ve contracted a number of Western Canadian writers and photographers that have never before been in our pages. New voices, new perspectives, new ideas — these are my goals for 2012.

I’m also going to delve into new territory with our website,, too. Look for free HD hunting and fishing videos to be posted online very soon. (Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop on this development.)

New gear — we’ve got it. As you read this, Sportsman staff are in Las Vegas, Nevada, scouring the aisles of the famous SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade), finding all the best gear for the Western Canadian outdoorsman. Keep posted for future issues to read tests and reviews of the best hunting and fishing products on the market. Plus, we’ve expanded our popular gun reviews — so look for more in-depth evaluations of the latest firearms available to Canadians.

New ways of interacting with our readers — you already fill my inbox with letters, Guns & Ammo questions and Reader Submitted Photos (keep it up!), but with our expanded social media presence, I’m looking forward to interacting with readers in real-time. If you have something to say — don’t wait, post it to the wall of our Facebook page or “tweet” us @westernsportsmn. Keep those letters coming, of course, but quick questions, queries, updates and images work well within social media.

I’m looking forward to a successful outdoor life in 2012. And thanks to your letters, photos, Facebook posts and Tweets, I can look forward to sharing in your successes too.


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