Hal Herring grew up in rural north Alabama in a family of voracious readers, fishing, hunting, digging ginseng, running trotlines. It was a life mostly spent outside, but his heroes were always writers, from Guy De Maupassant to Peter Matthiessen, Dostoyevsky to Jim Harrison. Publishing his first fiction and essays in his mid-twenties, Hal moved to nonfiction and journalism in his early thirties.
He is a contributing editor at Field and Stream magazine and writes the F&S Conservationist blog on their website. At Field and Stream he has covered everything from bear poaching gangs to caviar crime rings, wetlands destruction to energy politics. His story about an elk hunter’s terrible misadventure with a grizzly bear was a Finalist for a National Magazine Award.
For several years, Hal served as an editor at large for the online newsmagazine New West, where his first story exploring the background of a truly odd Montana criminal case, won a 2006 Online News Award for Enterprise Journalism.
Additional publications include stories in the High Country News, the Atlantic Monthly, the Economist, and more. His passion as a writer and storyteller lie where they always have—“in exploring humankind’s evolving relationship to the natural world, and all the failures, successes and deep tensions inherent in that relationship”.