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Field & Stream
Field & Stream, July 1939
Editor-in-ChiefColin Kearns
General ManagerAdam Morath
FrequencyFully digital
Total circulation
(December 2012)
1,254,889 (2012)[1]
Founded1895; 129 years ago (1895)
Final issue2015
CompanyRecurrent Ventures
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York, U.S.

Field & Stream (F&S for short) is an American magazine focusing on sport hunting, recreational fishing and other outdoor activities. It was a print publication between 1895 and 2015, and became an online-only publication in 2020. After the magazine's purchase in 2024 by country musicians Morgan Wallen and Eric Church, it was announced that the magazine will return to printed form.[2]

History and profile[edit]

Founded in 1895[3] by John P. Burkhard and Henry Wellington Wack, Field & Stream at one time had more than one million print subscribers, with a significant online following as well. Depending on the season and the availability of information, the magazine may offer advices on catching bass, trout, birds, deer and hunting equipments such as rifles and shotguns. The magazine also offers tricks, survival tips, random facts and wild game recipes. In addition to those departments, each issue contains longform featured articles, for which it is renowned.

Warren H. Miller was its managing editor from 1910 to 1918. The magazine absorbed its chief competitor, Forest and Stream, in 1930.[4] Henry Holt and Company purchased the magazine in 1951. The company published the magazine on a monthly basis in New York City.[5] Holt eventually ended up being owned by CBS, which sold their magazines in a leveraged buyout, led by division head Peter Diamandis, to the Times-Mirror Company, which in turn sold their magazines to Time Inc. in 2001. Sid Evans was brought in to replace Slaton White, who remained on staff, as editor.

Field & Stream was one of 18 magazines sold to Bonnier Group in February 2007. That year, after a five-year tenure that had an editorial revival of the publication, Evans left to helm Garden & Gun magazine, in Charleston, South Carolina, along with then editor of Saltwater Sportsman and former F&S features editor David DiBenedetto.

Anthony Licata was then appointed editor, and under Licata, the magazine won two coveted National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, in 2009 and 2014.[6]

The magazine's current contributors include C. J. Chivers, Jonathan Miles, Bill Heavey, T. Edward Nickens, Phil Bourjaily, Rick Bass, J.R. Sullivan, Keith McCafferty, and David E. Petzal. Notable past contributors include Robert Ruark, Ted Trueblood, Ed Zern, Nick Lyons, Tom Kelly, Thomas McGuane, Gene Hill, and Jim Harrison.

The magazine is currently edited by Colin Kearns, who was promoted from senior deputy editor in the end of 2016.

In January 2017, owing to financial difficulties at Bonnier Corporation, the magazine's publishing frequency was scaled back from nine issues a year to six, and several longtime members of the editorial staff were let go, in a "blood bath" of cuts, according to the New York Post. In October 2021, Bonnier Corp. sold Field & Stream, along with its sister title, Outdoor Life, to North Equity, a venture equity firm that alleges to scale "transformative digital media brands". The magazine's commemorative 125th-anniversary issue was its last print edition until 2024.

In January 2024, it was announced that country musicians Eric Church and Morgan Wallen purchased Field & Stream and will relaunch the print magazine with an apparel line and live music festival.[7]


While Field & Stream magazine now belongs to Bonnier, the right to use the Field & Stream name on goods and services belongs to a private investment group unrelated to Bonnier or the magazine, while Dick's Sporting Goods owns the rights to the name for the retail stores Field & Stream.[8]

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  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Kearns, Colin (January 25, 2024). "Editor's Journal: Welcome to the New Field & Stream!". Field & Stream. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  3. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Press: Forest, Field & Stream". Time. June 16, 1930. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Lucile Perryman (1972). "Guide to Children's Magazines, Newspapers, Reference Books" (PDF). Washington DC: Association for Childhood Education International. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Field & Stream Lands National Magazine Award for General Excellence | Bonnier Corporation". Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Hudak, Joseph (January 25, 2024). "Eric Church and Morgan Wallen's New Job: 'Field & Stream' Magazine Owners". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  8. ^ "Field & Stream Reaches Agreement To Sell Certain Trademarks To Dick's Sporting Goods". PR Newswire. Cision. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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