This is print journalism at its very best.
While the print media industry continues to scratch and claw for ways to coexist with the Internet, "Modern Huntsman" has endowed outdoorsmen and women with something beautiful.
Every hunter out there can relate to the angst that comes with hearing an uninformed anti-hunter bash our favorite pastime. We've all had that "You have no idea what you're talking about" thought cross our minds. We've all had to bite our tongues when we've heard our community regarded as murderers.
However, the frustration that lies within the disconnect between hunters and non-hunters doesn't really come from a difference in opinion. The two schools of thought generally stem from a difference in experience, or lack thereof.
It isn't hard to understand why most non-hunters are against it. How could someone have an appreciation for hunting without actually trying it? And, while some mediums inaccurately depict something so natural and primal as an act of cruelty and heartlessness, it's easy for our inexperienced peers to get the wrong idea.
I believe most hunters wish they could share the experience of hunting with non-hunters. And, so does Modern Huntsman Editor-in-Chief Tyler Sharp:
"The reputation of hunting has been tarnished in the public's eye, and no matter the combination of events, misunderstandings, or skewed news stories that might've caused it, our plan is to amend that narrative, and start to improve the perception of hunting traditions that so many of us know and love."
This book isn't a bunch of people writing their opinions like its scripture, though; it's quite the opposite. Modern Huntsman managed to strip political clout from a controversial topic and create the kind of true journalism people long for. It's nothing more than a collection of incredible stories that speak for themselves.
The photography is breathtaking. As a hunter, each turned page raises a few more arm hairs. I can't speak on behalf of a non-hunter, but I can't imagine anyone would find this read boring or distasteful.
I've subscribed to a number of outdoor magazines over the years, and frankly, nothing compares. Whether you want some great reading, chilling photography to look at or just something to leave on your coffee table, it's absolutely worth the subscription.
This is the first issue ever, and they'll print two per year, so Volume Two will come out later this summer. By subscribing, you'll have a recurring payment of $35 every six months.
I'd love to fill you in some of the great stuff I read in here, but just like a great hunt, it's something you have to experience for yourself.