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.

The Wild South

Gifts for Every Outdoors-Loving Dad

Hot new gear and smart accessories for the boat, beach, and woods

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Catching Up with Tom Kelly, the Poet Laureate of the Turkey Woods

The now ninety-five-year-old author reflects on the seminal Tenth Legion, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year

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A Game-Cooking Bonanza—and the Ultimate Panfish Recipe

At the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers wild game cookoff, Team Oklahoma goes next level with buttery panfish on the half shell and crispy fried panfish tails

Sporting Scene

Going Native for Deer

Why old-field management makes more sense than a common food plot

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Keeping Bugs at Bay in the Turkey Woods

For turkey hunters or anyone else tromping through the wilds, three effective ways to defend against spring’s insect hordes

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Conundrum: What Rhymes with Crappie?

Whether you pronounce it like “happy” or “poppy,” these feisty fish are as tasty as they come, and now’s the time to catch them. Just watch your mouth in certain quarters

Due South

Exploring the Hidden Florida Keys

A lollygagging road trip off the main drag of Florida’s overseas highway

Land & Conservation

Conservation’s New Frontier in South Texas

The East Foundation is on the cutting edge of studying how working landscapes can work for people, cattle, quail, and wildlife of all stripes

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Five Can’t-Miss Stops at SEWE

With the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition set to kick off this month, our Wild South columnist (and SEWE regular) breaks down what’s at the top of his itinerary at the outdoors blowout

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In Praise of the Spoonie

Why the humble northern shoveler doesn’t deserve its bad rap

Sporting Scene

The English Cocker Renaissance

Why this little breed is joining the bird-dog regulars in the field


Dazzling Duck Calls

Josh Raggio brings his talent and vision to Main Street in Raymond, Mississippi


Bring On the Venison Soup

A family favorite around the holidays—or anytime you need a bowl of comfort

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Sporting Gifts to Give and Covet

Classics, upgrades, and some new winners for the outdoors-lovers in your life


Duck Soup

A beloved, warming recipe passed down through three generations of family


A Crowd-Pleasing Rum-Seared Duck Appetizer

Sweet mango chutney and duck come together over crispy bread for a bite-size snack

Food & Drink

Duck Camp Tacos

An approachable appetizer from Arkansas’s Strait Lake Lodge, plus a chef’s tip for prepping wild game meat


Duck Patty Melt

Cook up a juicy duck and brisket burger that holds up to all your favorite toppings


Roasted Coffee-Rubbed Duck

Louisiana’s Grosse Savanne Lodge dresses up duck with tangy pomegranate sauce and a Cajun flair

Food & Drink

Eye-Opening Duck Recipes from Five Top Hunting Lodges

Whether a rubbed-and-roasted centerpiece, a rum-infused appetizer, or real-deal duck soup, these five recipes—from five of the South’s top hunting lodges—showcase wild waterfowl in all its flavorful beauty