What's on Your Mind

Letters from our readers.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Ol Goes to War
I am currently in Afghanistan fighting the war on terrorism. Though I don't subscribe to outdoor life, a good friend sends me your magazine regularly. I may not be able to enjoy the hunting season this year, but I can enjoy a good magazine like yours.

Sgt. Matt Robinson, USMC

Like Your New Look
I have been a subscriber to outdoor life for many years, but when I read the Editor's Journal column about your redesign in the February/March issue, my first reaction was, "Oh my, what have they done?" After reading the entire issue, however, I believe you've greatly improved its content and format. In retrospect, it was time to bring in new departments and authors. I'm looking forward to the next issue.

B.W. Schneckenburger Via E-mail

Cool Web Site
Thanks for the heads up on hunterspicturepost.com [BRACKET "Snap Shots, February/March"]. These people are doing a terrific service to help promote our sport. What a great site-great photos, great lines and now I'm famous, too.

Fred Scott Belvedere, NJ

**Long-Range Hunting **
It seems that the trend is to use bigger calibers to shoot farther. I was talking to the game warden this past elk season; there was a spike bull in the back of his pickup. He told me it was the fourth spike the game department in our area had picked up so far this year.

The warden said a hunter with a cow tag had spotted some elk on a distant hill. He then used his range finder and zeroed in the scope on his ultra-magnum rifle to the correct yardage and made a great long-distance shot. But when he got to his "cow," it was a spike bull. To the man's credit, he reported what happened.

Perhaps along with talking about the range and killing power of these types of rifles/calibers we should spend a little time on target identification.

Pat Rice Via E-mail

The Doggonedest Dog
Your recent article on picking hunting dog puppies [ BRACKET "Hunting Dogs, February/March"] was very good, but Larry Mueller forgot one important breed (at least as far as we're concerned). What about the Louisiana Catahoula?

This breed is recognized by the National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas (NALC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). Catahoulas are used for hunting wild hogs, coons, mountain lions and bears.

These dogs are silent on the track and very trainable. They don't rely on ground scent but use the wind currents instead. Louisiana Catahoulas are very loyal and extremely courageous without being stupid. If you would like more information on the Louisiana Catahoula we'd be glad to help.

_ Troy Wooten www.squealhill.com_

**Larry Mueller responds: **
Catahoulas are mainly livestock dogs, although some have been used to hunt. More important to remember is that we ran a very short list of the most popular hunting dogs.

There are many more pointing and retrieving breeds, and we mentioned no spaniels or coursing hounds on our list. Even leopard curs are in greater use among hunters than Catahoulas, and probably fewer people have heard of them. Catahoulas, in my estimation, would rank in use and hunting ability with the American farm shepherd.