Apart from whitetail deer, bears have appeared more frequently on the covers of Outdoor Life than any other big game animal. This gallery is the third of four galleries featuring our collection of bear covers. You can find the 1900-1939 covers here, and the 1943-1970 covers here (we didn't publish any bear covers from 1940 to 1942).

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.

June 1972 Cover of Outdoor Life
June 1972Outdoor Life
February 1973 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 1973Outdoor Life
August 1973 Cover of Outdoor Life
August 1973Outdoor Life
February 1974 Cover of Outdoor Life
February 1974Outdoor Life
January 1975 Cover of Outdoor Life
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January 1976 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1976Outdoor Life
August 1976 Cover of Outdoor Life
August 1976Outdoor Life
January 1978 Cover of Outdoor Life
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November 1978 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1978Outdoor Life
January 1980 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1980Outdoor Life
January 1981 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1981Outdoor Life
May 1981 Cover of Outdoor Life
May 1981Outdoor Life
November 1981 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1981Outdoor Life
January 1982 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1982Outdoor Life
November 1982 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1982Outdoor Life
January 1983 Cover of Outdoor Life
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May 1983 Cover of Outdoor Life
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November 1983 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1983Outdoor Life
January 1985 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1985Outdoor Life
November 1985 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1985Outdoor Life
January 1986 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1986Outdoor Life
November 1986 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1986Outdoor Life
December 1986 Cover of Outdoor Life
December 1986Outdoor Life
January 1987 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1987Outdoor Life
November 1987 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1987Outdoor Life
January 1988 Cover of Outdoor Life
January 1988Outdoor Life
March 1988 Cover of Outdoor Life
March 1988Outdoor Life
November 1988 Cover of Outdoor Life
November 1988Outdoor Life