The Last Wild Road

The Last Wild Road

Adventures and Essays from a Sporting Life

T Edward Nickens
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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.
"Before you ever become the Old Outdoorsman that folks listen to, you must first have been the Young Outdoorsman who did it all. T. Edward "Smoke" Nickens doesn' t "write" about anything. He chronicles it! He lived it! He was there and practically everywhere! And he leaves it all on the table in The Last Wild Road. You' ll want this book". --Flip Pallot, archer, airboat wrangler, television host, flyfishing legend "Nickens is one of the most accomplished all-around outdoorsmen I' ve met, and is that rarest of writers who can both break your heart and make you wet yourself laughing. This book is his best stuff, which is saying a bit because everything he writes is terrific. " --David E. Petzal, field editor, Field & Stream "The annals of Field & Stream are decorated with some of the greatest outdoor writers to ever pick up a pen--Robert Ruark, Ted Trueblood, David Petzal, Gene Hill, among others. The time has come to add T. Edward Nickens to that august group. For proof, crack open this book and get reading. " --David Dibenedetto, editor-in chief, Garden & Gun "Eddie' s stories give voice to elements we don' t normally hear--a special fly pattern or a childhood memory with a recurve bow, wildlife and even history. These underscore our passions for the outdoors, and his deeply felt writing invites us to celebrate our own personal connections to wild places. " --Hilary Hutcheson, flyfishing guide, Protect Our Winters activist, writer and speaker "As a kid I consumed a steady diet of outdoor stories by Robert Ruark, Burton Spiller, Corey Ford, Gene Hill, and many others. It' s a matter of fact that these stories changed my life. Eddie Nickens' writing speaks to me with the same voice and tenor. As I read his reminiscences I feel as if I' m sitting next to the wood stove at deer-camp, listening to a good friend share a personal and insightful story. It' s wonderful to see this collection of his short stories!" --Bob White, artist, guide, and author of The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White
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.