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June 08, 2010

Classic Gun Dog Covers from Field & Stream

By David DiBenedetto

I recently came across a terrific gallery of old Field & Stream covers, from 1929 to 1968, and was shocked at how many of the illustrations involved gun dogs. Of the 42 covers, roughly 75 percent of them were dog related. The cover shown here caught my eye, of course, because the dog resembles a Boykin spaniel, but best I can tell it’s a close cousin, the American Water spaniel.

Beyond that there is an image of a fall turkey hunter and his dog, lots of bird dogs, a very dramatic scene of a hound getting near-drowned by a cagey ol ‘coon, and a Lab in full leap from a duck boat.

To check out the entire gallery click here. It’s worth a look if you have a few minutes. Among the dog covers you’ll also find a few hunting scenes from Africa and the requisite missed shot on a big buck.

Enjoy them and let me know what you think of the covers and the gun dogs.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

it would be very cool if F&S would do a series of retro covers on some future issues just like they used to be! i would buy a few extras besides my subscription!

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from pinopolis wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

that's a cool trip down memory lane!

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from uplander12 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Setter, pointer, lab, setter, pointer, lab, hound, setter, pointer, lab.

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from kelmitch wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Great covers!The poor springer though.One week off then back to school in Pa.

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from coyute wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Love the Setter covers. Good stuff!

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from kelmitch wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Definetally a water spaniel.American or Irish doesnt matter its a spaniel a great dog!What drive!

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

kelmitch-- Totally agree...IWS or AWS...I can't be truly sure and the cover has no caption info. -D

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from MLH wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Many talented artists. Would love to see fresh drawn art on modern covers - perhaps Jack Unruh on the cover instead of the back page. That would give Bill Heavey something to grumble about.

Have to admit - setters make great art, but it is time to see a Boykin grace the cover. Could have a choice of birds, too. Would being a cover girl model go to Pritch's head?

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

MLH -- Ha. We jokingly call Pritch the debutante as is, something tells me a cover might be the final straw...

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from muddman wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

they are all cool to look at but I like the AWS as well.

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from muskiemaster wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

definitely agreed field and stream needs to do a retro cover again, seeing as they've been shaking it up the past year for there cover pictures why not go retro.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

DDiB...some of us collect. Some of us save darn near everything. I can't tell you how many times I look through Dad's old Outdoor Life issues. Same for F&S.

These covers prove something; that man's best friend has always been held in the highest of esteem.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

it would be very cool if F&S would do a series of retro covers on some future issues just like they used to be! i would buy a few extras besides my subscription!

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from pinopolis wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

that's a cool trip down memory lane!

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from uplander12 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Setter, pointer, lab, setter, pointer, lab, hound, setter, pointer, lab.

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from kelmitch wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Great covers!The poor springer though.One week off then back to school in Pa.

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from coyute wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Love the Setter covers. Good stuff!

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from kelmitch wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Definetally a water spaniel.American or Irish doesnt matter its a spaniel a great dog!What drive!

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

kelmitch-- Totally agree...IWS or AWS...I can't be truly sure and the cover has no caption info. -D

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from MLH wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Many talented artists. Would love to see fresh drawn art on modern covers - perhaps Jack Unruh on the cover instead of the back page. That would give Bill Heavey something to grumble about.

Have to admit - setters make great art, but it is time to see a Boykin grace the cover. Could have a choice of birds, too. Would being a cover girl model go to Pritch's head?

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

MLH -- Ha. We jokingly call Pritch the debutante as is, something tells me a cover might be the final straw...

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from muddman wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

they are all cool to look at but I like the AWS as well.

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from muskiemaster wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

definitely agreed field and stream needs to do a retro cover again, seeing as they've been shaking it up the past year for there cover pictures why not go retro.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

DDiB...some of us collect. Some of us save darn near everything. I can't tell you how many times I look through Dad's old Outdoor Life issues. Same for F&S.

These covers prove something; that man's best friend has always been held in the highest of esteem.

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