Sunday, January 12, 2014


        In this world of ever-developing hunting and fishing know-how and strategy, I find reading historic articles from sporting magazines to be incredibly refreshing.  Now, Virginia sportsmen can find the same satisfaction in Virginia Wildlife Magazine.  Through a partnership with the Library of Virginia Online, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has digitally archived back issues of their monthly publication, dating back to 1950.

        This online portal to the history of our state's outdoor heritage reminds us of the state of hunting and fishing before high-tech bass boats, compound bows, and trail cameras.  An article in the October 1956 edition by the Roanoke Times' Bill Cochran entitled "The Modern Bowhunter" discusses "The accurate, hard-hitting, modern bows of fiberglass, metal, or split bamboo!"
        Apart from nostalgia, this online archive offers access to  recently-published issues as well, for those not currently subscribed.

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