Joseph Albanese is a contributing writer for Field & Stream. His first career was in wildlife management, a profession that took him from the shadow of the Statue of Liberty to the Alaskan Bush and back again. He is the former Gear Editor for F&S.
- Covers gear, conservation, waterfowl hunting, fishing, and DIY topics
As a wildlife professional, Albanese has worked with a variety of species of fish, birds, and mammals. Past employers include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Wildlife Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Major duties included stream sampling, marking and re-sighting birds, deer removals, rabies abatement, and protecting active runways from the threat of bird strike with the help of a 12-gauge semiauto.
Albanese graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill with a degree in Wildlife Management. While there, he was the president of the school’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society. He also managed to schedule his classes so he could catch the morning flight, or tangle with some smallmouth in the warmer months.
F&S Lightning Round
Favorite Place to Fish: New Hampshire’s White Mountains
Favorite Critter to Hunt: Black ducks in a salt marsh
Bucket List Adventure: Pursuing black brant from the Izembek Lagoon to Baja Mexico
Most Prized Piece of Gear: A rusty Benelli 12 gauge
All-Time Favorite F&S Story: The Measure of a Hunter, by Norman Strung
Fun Fact: He once went 28 days without touching dry land—and 32 without a shower