Field & Stream magazine carried a program for about 40
years of providing
pins and badges to fishermen that caught and registered their fish with the magazine.
The fish had to meet a minimum weight requirement. In the
1910's, Field & Stream awarded bronze trophy cups to the fishing contest winners.
From 1937 to 1977, Field and Stream
would send you a badge if you met their minimum size requirements and documented it on
their application form. The program started out with 28 different fish categories for
prizes. In 1962, this was expanded
to 74 fish species. The earliest badges have no markings other
than "Field & Stream". The weight of the fish was not on the back of the
badge either. Later, applicants that met the minimum requirements would get a badge
marked "Honor Badge" and the winner for the year in each category would
receive an "Award" badge. The
weight of the fish was also stamped on the back of the badge.
The older badges are found in bronze and sterling silver. Later badges were awarded in
gold, silver and bronze. The largemouth bass badges below show some of the
markings and metal. The stylized bass is the earliest one and the realistic
one came later. Field & Stream expanded their program in the 1960's to
also include animals and birds. If you have a
Field & Stream pin, please contact me.
Field & Stream Pin Collection
Large Mouth Bass Pin Variations
Offshore Game Fish Pin Variations
Intercostal and Bay Fish Pin Variations
Northern Stream and Lake Fish Pin Variations
October 1912 Field & Stream Picture of Award Cups
January 1938 Field & Stream Contest Ad
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