Apart from whitetail deer, bears have appeared more frequently on the covers of Outdoor Life than any other big game animal. This gallery contains nearly every OL bear cover ever published from 1989 to 2014. Our older bear covers are contained in three other galleries: you can find the 1900-1939 covers here, the 1943-1970 covers here, and the 1972 to 1988 covers here (we didn’t publish any bear covers from 1940 to 1942 or in 1971).
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.