This fall, Outdoor Life ran its first illustrated deer cover in nearly two decades. Wildlife artist Ryan Kirby spent 65 hours of studio time transforming a blank canvas into a work of art that resonates with hunters everywhere. And while the October 2014 issue evokes the classic covers of previous generations, the appeal of encountering a giant buck is the timeless and universal promise of opening day.

Enter OL’s cover contest here and you could win a signed print of Kirby’s painting. To view ever cover of Outdoor Life from the past 116 years, check out our Digital Archives here.