Field & Stream (F&S for short) is a magazine featuring fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities in the United States. Together with Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, it is considered one of the Big Three of American outdoor publishing.
History and profile
Founded in 1895 by John P. Burkhard and Henry Wellington Wack, Field & Stream has more than 1 million print subscribers, with a significant following online as well. Depending on the season and the availability of information, the magazine may offer advice on bass, birds, deer, trout, rifles, and shotguns.The magazine also offers tricks, survival tips, miscellaneous facts, and wild-game recipes. In addition to those departments, each issue contains a 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. Henry Holt and Company purchased the magazine in 1951. 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 and Stream was one of 18 magazines sold to Bonnier Group in February 2007. That year, after a five-year tenure that saw an editorial revival of the publication, Evans left to helm Garden & Gun magazine, in Charleston, S.C., 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.
The magazine's current contributors include C. J. Chivers, Jonathan Miles, Bill Heavey, T. Edward Nickens, Phil Bourjaily, Rick Bass, 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 late 2016.
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 Field and Stream retail stores.