This page from the August, 1890, Issue of Sports Afield gives a good idea of how important the magazines were in shaping how our natural resources would be used. The days of the buffalo slaughter were over and other resources were free for the taking. Young, bustling cities were eager consumers of all the fresh meat that was sent to their markets and where it came from was not a high concern. Magazines raised our collective national concerns on many significant levels leading to basic laws and policies to protect natural resources such as the important Lacey Act of 1899.
Here are a few ads from that issue.
Outdoor History Matters! – - Bob@ClassicOutdoorMagazines.com