Covey Rise Contributors


has spent more than 30 years capturing lifestyle, architectural and food images. He grew up in Georgia, where he developed an appreciation for the Southern sporting life. He shot album covers and publicity photos for rock bands such as REM and the B-52s before turning his camera toward his favorite pastime: fine guns. In 2007, he did the photography for a book on the American gunmaker L.C. Smith and recently work on one for the British maker Westley Richards. He, his wife and his two children live in Athens, Ga., along with his turntable and Beatles collection.


is passionate about wingshooting and bird dogs, which drive her work as an outdoor writer and photographer. She is the creative entity behind the Ugly Dog Hunting Company, a field photographer for the Ruffed Grouse Society, and a member of the Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Board of Directors. Nancy and her husband, Terry Wilson, live in Hinesburg, Vermont, where their lives are carefully managed by her two German shorthaired pointers and his three German wire-haired pointers.


is a graduate of Baylor University and the Medical College of the University of Alabama. He practiced medical oncology and internal medicine in his hometown of Alexander City, Ala., for more than 35 years. He and his wife, Ruth, live on their farm, The Settlement, along with their three setters and Char Baby, their lab and Blythe’s constant companion. They have five children and nine grandchildren. An avid conservationist, Blythe works the land to increase its natural productivity and to enhance wildlife habitat.


is a son of the Carolina soil who describes himself as a “recovering professor.” After teaching history at Winthrop University for a quarter of a century he took early retirement to devote himself to full-time freelance writing. He has written or edited more than 50 books and is a regular contributor to regional and national magazines on upland game and wild turkey hunting, fly fishing, sporting history, and game and fish cookery. Casada’s work has won upwards of 100 excellence in craft awards. To learn more about him or to sign up to receive his free monthly e-newsletter, visit


is an entrepreneur, outdoors writer and dedicated wingshooter. He grew up hunting partridge and pheasants on his family estate in rural Suffolk, England. He holds degrees in conservation biology and marketing from the University of Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Roger lives in Gainesville, Fla., with his wife, Michelle, and an English cocker spaniel, Austin. He runs Sporting Odyssey, the hunting and fishing review website ( and returns to England frequently to manage his country estate and partridge shoot


is from Alexander City, Alabama, and often teams up on assigmments with his brother, Jim. Together, the brothers focus their talents on outdoor subjects, including gamebirds. Their jointly produced illustrations for “Wingshooting the Quail of North America” earned this magazine a recent Ozzie Award. The Denneys have dominated the annual Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest with each of them winning the prestigious award back to back. Both have also won awards in other wildlife art shows including Best of Show at the Alabama Wildlife Federation: Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival. John is particularly known for his photography skills. Go to


is a writer, upland hunter, and double-barrel shotgun fanatic. He lives with his wife and bird dogs in the greater Boston area and hunts woodcock, grouse, and pheasants throughout the country. To read more about fine shotguns from around the world, check out his blog


is an award-winning photographer and writer who grew up in Southwest Georgia, where his forester dad took him quail and dove hunting. His shooting skills with a camera have since taken him around the world, including to Caribbean islands, the Western U.S., European countries, and on safaris in a half-dozen African nations and in India. He’s hung out of helicopters over Jamaica, been chased by a black rhino in Kenya, and fought a losing battle with mosquitos as he documented the beauty of the Okefenokee Swamp on a self-assignment along the Georgia-Florida border. He’s passed on his outdoor spirit to his oldest son Caleb, who is now a mule-deer hunting and fly-fishing guide in Montana. View Kevin’s work at


(“One Cigar At a Time”) grew up on the island of Aruba and in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from the USAF Academy he spent 30 years in the Air Force piloting B-52 and C-12 aircraft, in addition to flying a desk in staff assignments around the globe. Along the way he acquired a taste for expensive tequila, dark ales, and premium cigars. Now happily retired, Chuck enjoys home brewing, reading history, and shooting sporting clays with Roxanne, his wife of 22 years. He also finds time for playing dominos, visiting friends, and relaxing with a delicious smoke at his Montgomery, Alabama, cigar store, Havana Dreamin’. Check it out at


cannot recall a time in his life when he was not focused on the outdoors. At a young age, he could be found wading through tall grass prairieland or belly-down in Minnesotan marshes scouting upland birds and waterfowl—he was enraptured by their innate sense to migrate, their plumage, and their vitality. By age 10, he was hunting them with his father, with a 20-gauge and camera; his passion for photography began on hunting trips. Lee runs Kjos Outdoors—his commercial photography, design, and illustration company—from a farm in Webster, MN, that he shares with his wife, three children, four dogs, four quarter horses, and flocks of waterfowl.


with Days Afield Photography is a sporting lifestyle photographer specializing in upland and waterfowl hunting, sporting dogs and fly-fishing. He and his wife, Kelly, live in the mountains of North Carolina with a lab and a springer spaniel. You usually can find him tangled up in thicket chasing pointers; watching a retriever crawl through flooded timber to bring back a mallard; or up to his chest in a river shooting a back cast.


is an award-winning author, TV host, speaker and photographer from Central Oregon. He has hunted and fished in seven countries on two continents and in the islands of the South Pacific. He is a past president of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and a recipient of NOWA’s Enos Bradner Award. Lewis is host of Gary Lewis’ Adventure Journal, a TV show with an audience drawn from 4 million households in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. He is the author of 13 books, including Hunting Oregon, John Nosler Going Ballistic, Black Bear Hunting, Complete Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing Oregon & Washington and other titles. For more information, visit

Chad Love

is a full-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of publications. He writes for, where he pens the site’s gundogs and general news blogs, and he blogs for Love is a lifelong Oklahoman who grew up kicking birds out of the fencerows around Norman. He now lives in Woodward, in the heart of Oklahoma quail country, with his wife, two sons, two English setters and a Chesapeake Bay retriever. While he enjoys hunting anything with wings, the bobwhite quail remains his favorite bird.

Fred Minnick

is based in Louisville, Ky., and writes for Caviar Affair, Saveur, Tasting Panel, Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. In 2012, his Tasting Panel “American Whiskey” column earned the APEX Award for Editorial Excellence. His Iraq War memoir, Camera Boy: An Army Journalist’s War in Iraq, was a Wall Street Journal best-seller. His latest book, Whiskey Women: How Women Distilled, Marketed and Booglegged Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, hits bookstores later this year. View his work at

Ben O. Williams

is a noted outdoor writer, author, photographer, bird hunter and dog breeder. He has been involved with upland hunting for more than 65 years. His photography and writing have appeared in many prominent sporting magazines including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Retriever Journal, Pointing Dog Journal and Shooting Sportsman. Ben has also produced a bird hunting DVD and has been a guest numerous times on the Sportsmen and the Outdoor TV channels. He lives along the Yellowstone River outside of Livingston, Montana, with his wife Bobbie, six Brittanys and four pointers.

Tyler Sharp

Tyler Sharp is a photographer, writer, and film-maker based out of Dallas, Texas. Specializing in travel, western, and adventure documentaries, he has sojourned extensively on assignment in nearly 25 countries, and documented countless hunts. Apart from storytelling, Sharp also enjoys old books, calligraphy, bourbon, and Wing Chun Kung Fu.