Backwoodsman magazine was started in 1980 and is published bi-monthly. We are dedicated to preserving Old Frontier style living, primitive hunting and fishing, tool and weapons lore, and wilderness survival. Each issue includes articles, information and how-to projects associated with this unique period of North American history.

  • How to build shelter, canoes, firearms and bow-and-arrows and more...
  • How to fabricate clothing, create tools and other gear necessary for life on the frontier...
  • Survival techniques, fire-building, cooking...
  • Primitive hunting and fishing...
  • Indian lore...

The Backwoodsman is published 6 times annually. Our current distribution is over 200,000 and we enjoy one of the highest renewal rates in the magazine publishing industry. Through our website, our customers have the option to order new print and/or digital subscriptions and renew existing subscriptions. Customers also have the option to call our toll-free number (1-866-820-4387) to order and renew subscriptions. In addition to magazine subscriptions, we also offer the Best of Backwoodsman, Backwoodsman Merchandise and fishing lures from Charlie's Tackle Co. for purchase through our online store, by calling our toll-free number (1-866-820-4387) or by mailing a check or money order along with our mail-in order form. Backwoodsman Magazine Back Issues can be purchased online through the Backwoods Mercantile website.


  • Editor/Publisher - Charlie Richie Sr.
  • Business Manager - Lynne Richie
  • Associate Publisher/Special Assignment Editor/Media Relations/Advertising Director/
    Review Director/Digital Editor - Charlie Richie Jr.
  • Circulation Manager - Joe Luca
  • Graphic Designer - Robin Richie Stewart
  • Web Developer/Designer - Charlene Richie Mohrle

Special Contributors

  • Dave Canterbury
  • Creek Stewart

Staff Editors

  • Winston Foster
  • Tom Rogers
  • B.K. Webb
  • Christopher Nyerges
  • A. Brent Smith
  • D.E. Powell
  • James Ballou
  • Will Aygarn
  • David Langerman
  • Stephen J. Norling
  • Rich Creason
  • Dan Shechtman
  • Frank Twist