Edward Nickens has written a very popular column for Field & Stream magazinecalled “Total Outdoorsman” for six years. It’s a first-person essay that explores the modern expression of hunting and fishing in America. Along with the editors at Field & Stream, he has chosen the best of these articles and collected them in a book for the first time. Nickens is best known to readers of Field & Stream and Garden & Gun, for essay-driven articles, and that’s what this collection reflects.
Eddie Nickens has written a regular column for Field & Stream magazine for nearly six years, called “Total Outdoorsman.” It’s a first-person essay that explores the modern expression of hunting and fishing in America. It’s not a how-to, but the dedicated space in the magazine for narrative-driven, creative renderings of why we love the outdoors so passionately. It’s a favorite of readers and the F&S editors.
Nickens has been a full-time freelance journalist for 30+ years, published in magazines from Smithsonian to National Geographic Adventure to Men’s Journal. He’s been editor-at-large for Field & Stream, a contributing editor for Garden & Gun, and a contributing editor to Audubon magazine for many years. He’s had tons of awards and ASME Ellie nominations—one win—and his work has been collected in other anthologies including Men’s Journal’s The Great Life, Guys Read: True Stories, Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing and Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover’s Soul. His work has also been published in three Garden & Gun books.
He lives in Raleigh, NC.