T. Edward Nickens

A freelance journalist for nearly thirty years, T. Edward Nickens is a judge for Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Awards and a frequent contributor to the magazine, an editor at large for Field & Stream, and a contributing editor for Audubon. He splits time between Raleigh and Morehead City, North Carolina, with one wife, two dogs, a part-time cat, eleven fly rods, three canoes, two powerboats, and an indeterminate number of duck and goose decoys.

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Southern Conundrum: Is It Okay to Hunt Singles After You Flush a Covey of Quail?

A few thoughts on tradition versus science versus ethics in the quail woods


The Ducks of Home

A few classic Southern haunts—and their challenges—call one lifelong waterfowl hunter back season after season

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What Southern Hunters Need to Know about Chronic Wasting Disease

North Carolina is the latest state to implement new protocols to help control the disease’s spread


Seeking Specklebellies

Arkansas waterfowl hunters take aim at a new arrival

Southern Style

Gearing Up for the Blind

Duck-hunting gear that will stand up to the elements—and that muck-covered retriever who enjoys a good shake


Fishing Guides on the Front Lines of Rescue

Benny Blanco and a network of Florida guides are using their skills to help those hardest hit by Ian

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Duck Season Preview

Breaking down what the latest survey numbers reveal for Southern waterfowl hunters

Champions of Conservation

The Marine Detective

Researcher Jennifer Schopf Rehage investigates the health of Florida’s recreational fish and fisheries—with shocking findings

Champions of Conservation

Guiding Presence

No matter the personal cost, fishing captain Benny Blanco shows up for the Everglades


Puppy Prescription: Introducing a Bird Dog to Noises and Water

Baby steps and keeping it fun are keys to trainer Stephen Faust’s approach


Retriever Training at the Clays Course

Trainer Jeremy Criscoe’s regimen for tuning up a retriever’s self-control


The Importance of “Whoa” for Bird Dogs

Why nailing this command is critical for a pointer


A Trainer’s Tips for a Young Dog’s First Dove Hunt

Patience and a little change in mindset can make all the difference for a pup learning its way around a dove field

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The Holy Grails of Southern Shells

Scouring a beach for seashells? Keep an eye out for these three prized—and gorgeous—finds

Sporting Scene

A Master Engraver Brings His Own Style to the Craft

Whether embellishing a pocketknife or a shotgun, Tim George shows his unique flair for the art of engraving

Arts & Culture

A Legendary Bladesmith and the Story Behind His Knives

Jerry Fisk has made just about every type of knife imaginable. Now, along with passing down the skills that have made him a living legend, he’s determined to uncover the true story behind the South’s most famous blade


A Side-By-Side Revival

A new generation of classic shotguns roars back

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Fried Fish on the Go

For pondside bream and more, pack up a no-fuss portable fish fry kit

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Sporting Gifts for Dad

A gleaming grill for the boat, the ultimate camp coffee maker, standout waders, and more ideas for dads who love the outdoors

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A Bird’s-Eye Look at an Avian Oasis

A stunning new IMAX film highlights one of the most important regions on the continent for ducks, cranes, and many more winged visitors to the South