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.