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Maybe Turkey Country Magazine is on to Something BIG

At first, I have to admit, I thought twice about the National Wild Turkey Federation’s move to close its specialty publications and roll them all under one cover titled Turkey Country magazine. I always suspected that publications for women, the disabled and children had to be “loss leaders” for their organizations, because the numbers just aren’t there to support the paper and ink.

But, the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. And, having flipped through the pages of the electronic version of the new Turkey Country magazine, I have to say kudos to the publications staff, but even more so, kudos to the powers-that-be at the NWTF that saw fit to do this task.

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Jason Baird photo

Last year when I worked as editor for the Women’s Outdoor Wire (and kudos to Tammy Sapp’s leadership of that publication now), I told my partners that I did not want to coddle women or have an online publication that singled out women as being special because they like to be outdoors. To paraphrase what I recall saying, “I want women to be able to pick up gear that they can handle and fish or shoot or hunt alongside any guy and not have it be a big deal.” That’s what I want.

Why I Like the Idea of Turkey Country Magazine

The NWTF has taken a big step in this direction. I’m starting to see it more and more, like in a recent Ring Zone ad and a subhead in American Hunter magazine about deer hunting that read, “Boys and Girls Needed.”

It’s a fact. Men and women need to work together to conserve and to protect our traditions of fishing, hunting and shooting. In the meantime, we need to be exploring the outdoors on foot, hiking on water in a kayak, riding bicycles on trails or sitting on the back of a mule.

Go ahead, figure out something new to try outdoors and push a little more. Oh, and don’t forget to take a kid with you.

~Barbara Baird


  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com.


The Conversation

  • Women's Outdoor News says: August 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks, Prois. I know you understand the importance of having gear that fits a woman’s body. Also, this doesn’t mean that women’s magazines don’t serve a purpose. I would hate to see Ladies Home Journal leave and get combined with some guy’s magazine. I think the premise, though, for the NWTF to include most of its members into one magazine is good. It gives exposure both ways: to guys who wouldn’t touch a WITO magazine and vice versa.

  • Brent Lawrence says: August 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Thanks Barb. We’re glad you like it. Our editor Karen Lee and the rest of the staff have done a bang-up job on the new magazine.
    Brent Lawrence, NWTF PR Director

  • Brenda Valentine says: August 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Barb, I’m glad you also see the magazine consolidation as one more acceptance barrier torn down. The leaders and decision makers at the NWTF recognize and embrace the fact that there is room in the outdoors for everyone. And, in today’s world everyone is needed to join in the mission of conserving wildlife and protecting our hunting traditions.