WESTERN SPORTSMAN. The Western Sportsman magazine was initially founded in 1937 in Denver by Charles Waterman and dealt with hunting and fishing activities in western states. Publication was suspended during World War II, and Joe Austell Small, of Austin, Texas, bought the magazine at that time, assuming the role of editor and publisher. The magazine was revived as a bimonthly in 1947 and was published by Small's firm, Sportsman Publishing Company. Copies sold for fifteen cents and had a two-color cover with black-and-white text pages. Photos were usually supplied by contributors, and, besides subscription and newsstand sales, the publication was supported by classified advertising and by run-of-book display ads. Contributors included J. Frank Dobie, Frederick B. Gipson, Burl Tuttle, and S. Omar Barker; illustrations were provided by George Phippen. Western Sportsman was considered to be the first regional outdoor publication to become a financial success. Small sold it in 1957; however, publication was thereafter suspended, and the magazine's ownership reverted to Small. Small's publishing firm became Western Publications, Incorporated, and produced several magazines dealing with various aspects of the American West, but he never revived Western Sportsman. Western Publications was sold in 1979, but that firm never revived the magazine. A Western Sportsman is currently published by a Canadian publisher.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, W. W. Bennett, "Western Sportsman," accessed February 27, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/edw02.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.