Sporting Classics is celebrating three and a half decades in publication this year. The new July/August issue falls on the exact 35-year mark, and in honor of this momentous occasion, the magazine is pulling out all the stops with a special format and special content.

Featured in the new issue are vintage hunting and fishing cartoons, a fishing story from Stephen King, a photo essay of monster white-tailed deer taken in the early 20th century, and so much more. Special columns have been pulled from past issues, penned by such famous names as Peter Hathaway Capstick and Michael McIntosh. Combined with the likes of Jim Carmichel and Lynn Bogue Hunt, as well as stories about a world-record grizzly and a monstrous great white shark, this issue brings together a rich variety of content unlike anything we — or anyone else — has ever produced.

There’s no excuse for missing this milestone issue. The magazine is currently being shipped to subscribers and should be in hand soon, and newsstand copies will be displayed beginning July 5. There’s still plenty of time to subscribe to the magazine for one year at $24.95, or for the special 35th anniversary rate — two years for only $35!

Want the new issue ASAP? Subscribe digitally for only $9.95 and get one year—including the new issue—NOW!

Subscribe today and join in the 35th anniversary celebration, then sit back and enjoy the next great 35 years!


Included in this massive 240-page issue:


The Man in the Black Suit

A fisherboy finds himself in a hellish situation.

Fiction by Stephen King


The Choicest Gamebird

The lovely woodcock continues to be a source of surprise to the bird hunter.

By Lynn Bogue Hunt


Hunting the Wild Tusker in the Ardennes

To slay a boar with a spear requires great nerve and skill.

By Zu Befehl


When a Lion Comes to Kill You

“Although the lion meant to kill me, I had not come to kill the lion.”

By Jim Carmichel


The Magician of Painting

The sporting art of Jean-Baptiste Oudry.

By Tom Davis


Where the Tracks Lead

An exciting hunt for a record grizzly.

By Larry Fitzgerald & Justin Powell, as told to Rick Leonardi


Paradise Lost … and Found

Hemingway’s treasured island may once again be open to sportsmen.

By Peter Lewis Horn II


The Deer Hunters

A photographic album of hunting white-tailed deer in North America.

By Duncan Dobie


Wings Without End

High luxury and high-volume shooting in the heart of Argentina’s dove country.

By Doug Painter


Home for the Hunt

The author returns to his favorite pheasant hunting lodge on the Dakota prairie.

By Chuck Wechsler


Bluegrass Grand Slam

Grab onto your hat. Quail, chukars, pheasants, and Huns with a no-limit bag.

By Mike Gaddis


A Wyoming Rattle Trap

Rattling has become a tried-and-true technique for big bucks.

By Chris Dorsey


Quality Without Reserve

Firearm auctions have come into the 21st century full force, with new trends in buying and new technology for selling.

By Taylor J. Pardue



Throwback columns from some of our past contributors will be included in this issue as well, such as pieces by Peter Hathaway Capstick, Michael McIntosh, and Gordon Baxter. Also appearing are columns by Jameson Parker, Mike Gaddis, Ron Schara, John Seerey-Lester, Ron Spomer, Dwight Van Brunt, Roger Pinckney, Todd Wilkinson, Tom Keer, Larry Chesney, Michael Altizer, Tom Davis, Chris Dorsey, and Jim Casada.