27 Outdoor Life Bear Covers From 1989–2014

Our favorite illustrated covers of grizzly, black, and polar bears

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.

January 1989 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1989 Outdoor Life
July 1989 Cover of Outdoor Life
July 1989 Outdoor Life
November 1989 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1989 Outdoor Life
January 1990 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1990 Outdoor Life
January 1991 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1991 Outdoor Life
March 1991 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 1991 Outdoor Life
November 1991 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1991 Outdoor Life
January 1993
January 1993 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1993 Outdoor Life
October 1993 Cover of Outdoor Life
October 1993 Outdoor Life
July 1994 Cover of Outdoor Life
July 1994 Outdoor Life
November 1994 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1994 Outdoor Life
February 1995 cover outdoor life magazine
February 1995 Outdoor Life
January 1996 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1996 Outdoor Life
July 1996 Cover of Outdoor Life
July 1996 Outdoor Life
January 1997 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1997 Outdoor Life
March 1999 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 1999 Outdoor Life
February 2000 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 2000 Outdoor Life
March 2001 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 2001 Outdoor Life
August 2003 Cover of Outdoor Life
August 2003 Outdoor Life
April 2004 Cover of Outdoor Life
April 2004 Outdoor Life
February 2005 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 2005 Outdoor Life
February 2006 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 2006 Outdoor Life
February 2008 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 2008 Outdoor Life
March 2009 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 2009 Outdoor Life
April 2011 Cover of Outdoor Life
April 2011 Outdoor Life
March 2013 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 2013 Outdoor Life
March 2014 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 2014 Outdoor Life