Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Vulcan, Michigan
I can only speak for the current crop of outdoor and gun magazines, but both are a mere shadow of what they once were. Obviously the internet is a huge influence for print's decrease in popularity, but in some ways the print magazines I mentioned are killing themselves.
The outdoor magazines used to have some really great hunting stories by superb writers, now they fill most of the pages up with tests of optics, guns, cartridges, fishing rods/reels and the like, and have very few really good hunting stories. Not much there for the everyday sportsman - I don't really care about $2000 crossbows, $2000 riflescopes, or $500 fishing rods.
Likewise with the gun magazines. I'd say it's impossible to pick up a gun magazine without at least one feature story on a high priced 1911 or AR15, both all tricked out with gadgets and priced way out of reach of a lot of potential readership. And their gun tests are worthless. They never get a bad one, and even if they have to send the first sample back because it didn't work they still rave about how good the replacement was!
Now I stick to The Backwoodsman, a couple regional hunting/fishing publications, and an occasional Fur, Fish, and Game.
One reason the major magazines used to thrive is because it's all there was - either buy them or remain ignorant of what was going on. Now all the pertinent information can be found online, but unfortunately without many of the great stories that used to be in print.