Steve Hickoff was born and raised in north-central Pennsylvania’s upper Appalachia region. It’s there he first hunted at the legal age of 12, pursuing everything from woodcock to wild turkeys. Before that, he plinked tin cans with his cherished BB gun and fished for native brook trout. He’s cooked wild game and fish ever since he was old enough to find his way around the kitchen.
His byline has appeared in most major sporting print and online publications over the past 20 years, including Outdoor Life, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Turkey & Turkey Hunting, Turkey Call and Turkey Country, among others.
He’s also held the varied editorial titles of Sunday newspaper outdoor columnist, book author and contributor, copy editor, news release hack, catalog product-description producer, magazine editor, web content creator and promoter, TV screenwriter, photographer, videographer, social media strategist and probably a few he’s forgotten.
Hickoff holds several college writing degrees from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (B.S.; no joke), and the University of New Hampshire (M.A.). Using those hard-earned degrees to add cash to the monthly profit, he’s even taught writing seminars on the university and college level, proving even educated hillbillies (who also love to hunt wild turkeys) can contribute to higher education.
These days Hickoff makes his home in Maine where he lives in a log cabin with his wife, daughter and English setters. When not writing and editing posts for Realtree.com and other outdoor publications, he chases spring gobblers and fall turkey flocks around the country.