25 Vintage Outdoor Life Bear Covers From 1900 to 1939

The best grizzly and black bear covers from the magazine's earliest issues

Apart from whitetail deer, bears have appeared more frequently on the covers of Outdoor Life than any other big game animal. The illustrations range in subject from running black bears with hounds to freak grizzly attacks, and even includes the odd polar bear here and there. We couldn’t fit all the covers into one post, however, so this gallery contains nearly every OL bear cover ever published from 1900 to 1939. Stay tuned for the next installments.

27 Vintage Outdoor Life Bear Covers from 1943-1970

A handful of bear covers are probably missing from this round up due to spotty records where we scanned issues with torn covers, and the fact that it’s easy to overlook a single cover among a thousand. So if I’ve forgotten any that you remember, or your own personal favorite, be sure to let me know. And if you want to read through the issues these covers belong to, consider a subscription to our digital archives.

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Cover of the 1900 issue of Outdoor Life
Every issue from 1900 sported this same cover. Outdoor Life
Cover of the March 1903 issue of Outdoor Life
March 1903 Outdoor Life
Cover of the October 1905 issue of Outdoor Life
October 1905 Outdoor Life
Cover of the April 1906 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1906 Outdoor Life
Cover of the April 1907 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1907 Outdoor Life
Cover of the April 1908 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1908 Outdoor Life

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Cover of the April 1909 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1909 Outdoor Life
Cover of the August 1909 issue of Outdoor Life
August 1909 Outdoor Life
Cover of the April 1910 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1910 Outdoor Life
Cover of the April 1911 issue of Outdoor Life
April 1911 Outdoor Life
Cover of the November 1911 issue of Outdoor Life
November 1911 Outdoor Life
Cover of the October 1915 issue of Outdoor Life
October 1915 Outdoor Life
Cover of the August 1916 issue of Outdoor Life
August 1916 Outdoor Life
Cover of the January 1917 issue of Outdoor Life
January 1917 Outdoor Life
Cover of the June 1919 issue of Outdoor Life
June 1919 Outdoor Life
Cover of the September 1919 issue of Outdoor Life
September 1919 Outdoor Life
Cover of the May 1921 issue of Outdoor Life
May 1921 Outdoor Life
Cover of the May 1922 issue of Outdoor Life
May 1922 Outdoor Life
Cover of the June 1924 issue of Outdoor Life
June 1924 Outdoor Life
Cover of the May 1925 issue of Outdoor Life
May 1925 Outdoor Life
Cover of the October 1925 issue of Outdoor Life
October 1925 Outdoor Life
Cover of the May 1927 issue of Outdoor Life
May 1927 Outdoor Life
Cover of the October 1928 issue of Outdoor Life
October 1928 Outdoor Life
Cover of the February 1931 issue of Outdoor Life
February 1931 Outdoor Life
Cover of the November 1939 issue of Outdoor Life
November 1939 Outdoor Life