Tom Davis

Contributing Writer

Tom Davis is a contributing writer for Field & Stream. He submitted a story about his Irish setter, Sheila, to Field & Stream when he was 13 years old. It was gently rejected, but about 15 years later, in the mid-1980s, he managed to break through with the magazine. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with his wife and their English cocker spaniel.


  • Covers upland bird hunting, gun dogs, and fly fishing, and outdoor art
  • Author of many books on sporting dogs, canine behavior, and wildlife art and artists


Since selling his first article to a local newspaper in 1982 (for which he received the princely sum of $25), Davis has written for dozens of regional and national publications. He has also written for the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and has served as a juror for the Woodson’s flagship exhibition, Birds in Art. His work appears in several anthologies of outdoor writing, and his story collection, The Tattered Autumn Sky, is among the 100 titles highlighted in Stephen J. Bodio’s A Sportsman’s Library. In addition to his writing about dogs, art, and the outdoors, he occasionally writes about music, food, drink, and whatever else happens to pique his interest.


Davis took a double major in Classics and Philosophy at Williams College. Later, he earned a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

F&S Lightning Round

Favorite Outdoor Story: “The Phantom Setter,” by Robert Murphy
Most Frustrating Quarry: Ruffed grouse
Most Prized Piece of Gear: A.H. Fox CE Grade 16-gauge shotgun made in 1913
Bucket List Adventure: Fly fishing for brook trout on the Gods River in Manitoba
Place He’d Like His Ashes Scattered: Ft. Pierre National Grasslands in South Dakota

Notable Work