Continuing its 35th anniversary celebration, Sporting Classics has transformed its annual May/June issue into a gundog tribute. Inside you’ll find photo and written essays about the sportsman’s best friend, along with the hunting and fishing pieces readers have come to expect from the world’s leader in classic content.

The new issue is also special for its cover art. The painting of a springer and pheasant is by famed artist Lynn Bogue Hunt, a western artist and conservationist. Hunt will be the subject of a new Sporting Classics book later this year. The cover image will accompany more than 150 other Hunt paintings in a beautiful tribute to the sporting artist.

The gundog issue is mailing to subscribers now and will be available on newsstands April 27. Subscribe to Sporting Classics to get eight great issues like this delivered directly to your door!


Included in the new gundog issue are:

Weep No More, My Lady

A most unlikely bird dog lifts a boy to the cusp of manhood.

By James Street


The Quick Brown Fox

A brown trout has no soul. Souls are reserved for the fisherman and his kind, along with the accountability that most assuredly accompanies a soul.

By Michael Altizer


The Gundog

Portraits of our favorite bird dog breeds.


The Greatest Game Animal in the World

From the fine, sharp smell when you wind one unseen in close cover, to that splendid, unforgiving stare, to the gut-grabbing violence of a charge, there is something supremely immediate and unequivocal about a Cape buffalo bull.

By Robert Parvin Williams


The Other Grand Canyon

From elk to birds to trout, Kessler Canyon’s hunting and fishing opportunities are almost indescribable. “Grand” comes pretty close, though.

By Robert Matthews


River Bears & Old Men

Shouldn’t one black bear be enough? Then I remember I’m in Alaska for the second and probably last time, given I am 68 years old. Heck yes, I want to kill another bear.

By Rick Leonardi


To Catch A Century-Old Fish

Their goal on this vast inland sea was to land a 50-pound lake trout—a fish born more than 100 years ago.

By Dave Vedder


Tink’s Tale

A Texas quail hunter keeps the faith — and wins the “setter lottery.”

By Tom Davis


All this along with columns by Mike Gaddis, Tom Davis, Robert Matthews, Ron Spomer, Tom Keer, Todd Wilkinson, Russ Lumpkin, Roger Pinckney, Larry Chesney, Michael Altizer, John Ross, and Jim Casada.