Meet Upland Almanac Contributors
Bryan Bilinski, Contributor
Bryan Bilinski owns Fieldsport, purveyors of fine guns and renowned wing shooting instruction, based in Traverse City, Michigan. One of the country’s leading shotgun fitters and shooting instructors, Bryan is credited with introducing sporting clays to the United States.
Glen Blackwood, Contributor
Glen Blackwood, owner of the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, lives Rockford, Michigan, with his family and a trio of English springer spaniels. For the past 25 years, Glen has surrounded himself with sporting books, rods, artwork, and guns. When not at the store, Glen can be found wandering with rod and gun close at hand.
Dr. Walt Cottrell, DVM, Contributor
Walt Cottrell practices veterinary medicine at State College, Pa., and is a certified wildlife biologist. He hunts upland birds whenever he can with his two English Setters.
Ernie Foster, Contributor
In addition to being a double gun enthusiast, Ernie has fished and hunted birds and big game across North America and different parts of the world. Ernie’s upland bird hunting is done behind four fine Brittanys.
Gordon Hamersley, Contributor
Gordon Hamersley is a New England based chef, cookbook author and culinary educator. He serves as an advisor to Future Chefs, a non-profit that prepares Boston teens for jobs in the culinary field.
Tom Keer, Contributor
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who regularly contributes to more than a dozen magazines and blogs. He and his family bird hunt over their three English setters for grouse, woodcock and quail along the Eastern Seaboard. Visit his websites at www.thekeergroup.com or at www.tomkeer.com.
Alan Liere, Contributor
A life-long resident of eastern Washington, Alan Liere is an award-winning humor columnist for several publications. He has published thousands of articles in dozens of regional and national hunting magazines. He is a member of Northwest Outdoor Writers’ Association, Outdoor Writers’ Association of America, Safari Club, Duck’s Unlimited, and the NRA.
Jessie Richards, Contributor
Alec Sparks, Contributor
Alec Sparks has been training dogs professionally for over 22 years. He can be reached at www.snowboundkennels.com