Will Ryan is a contributing writer for Field & Stream. His outdoor career began at age 7, when, in return for room and board, he was assigned assistant trainer duties for his father’s Brittany spaniels. He read his first Field & Stream article around the same time and after a quarter century of cleaning kennels and careful contemplation, wrote his first F&S article in 1983. Since then, he has published somewhere north of 1,200 columns, articles, and stories for various outdoor magazines, with particular attention to waterfowl, fly fishing, and history of the outdoors. He has written three books, and contributed chapters to a number of others. He lives with his wife in Northampton, Massachusetts.