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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 Sporting Life

While they may not get the attention of the storied waters out West, two East Tennessee rivers—the South Holston and the Watauga—hold the kind of brown and rainbow trout that usually only swim through anglers’ dreams. Welcome to the Tennessee Tailwaters

Sporting

Each spring, Birmingham chef Chris Hastings invites a handful of friends and their children to his camp in Alabama for a week of hunting, camaraderie, good food… and a few life lessons

Sporting

A trove of classic doubles brings America’s golden age of shotguns to life

Best of the Sporting South

From his home base in the North Carolina mountains, Ryan Kirby is bringing an unbridled passion for the outdoors to the canvas—and giving the sporting art world a jolt of youthful energy

Land & Conservation

Long a duck-hunting mecca, North Carolina’s Pine Island stands as one of the few remnants of the untamed Outer Banks. Today, thanks to the National Audubon Society, it’s also a living laboratory for how to protect the coastal South’s uncertain future

Made in the South Awards: Outdoors

Runners-Up: a fire pit from Deus Modern, landing nets by HeartWood Trade, and axes from Richardson Axeworks

Hurricane Michael

After slamming into the Gulf Coast, Michael set its sights on some of the South’s most cherished pine forests

Conservation

Meet Captains for Clean Water, the non-profit that’s charting a new course for South Florida’s ecosystem—and the fisheries it supports

Land & Conservation

Crops of the North Carolina farmer profiled in Garden & Gun are leveled by storm’s wind and rain

Sporting

Scott Miller’s suggestions for getting the best out of your hunting companion

Sporting

With an uncanny knack for working with bird dogs, Scott Miller became a legend on the field trial circuit. These days, he leads a quieter life in the Lowcountry, but he’s still training dogs, and, just as important, their owners

Travel

Spend your next vacation exploring one of these refreshing watering holes

Travel

Cool Blue Ridge waters feed this secluded lake—and the soul

Gardens

One North Carolina farmer has made it his mission to bring back the wild grasses and flowers that once carpeted the Southern landscape—one seed at a time

Sporting

Competitors captain skiffs on a grueling circuit around Florida to benefit coastal conservation

The Sporting South

For a son of the Chesapeake, crafting duck decoys carries on a connection to a golden age of waterfowling—and a sacred family tradition

Sporting

A new shotgun series inspired by the Southern quail woods

Made in the South Awards 2017

Outdoors runner-up Tom Beckbe’s waxed canvas hunting vest has a liner dyed from the clay found along Alabama’s Tombigbee River

Made in the South Awards 2017

Outdoors runner-up Colter Atelier’s cornhole boards are a lasting and beautiful version of the popular game

Made in the South Awards 2017

Outdoors runner-up Ian Balding’s Paddle Bateau is a cross between a stand-up paddleboard and a creek pirogue