Nickens writes features and departments as editor-at-large for "Field & Stream," and hosts the brand’s "Total Outdoorsman Challenge" and "Heroes of Conservation" television specials for Outdoor Channel. An independent journalist for 20 years, he has published more than 800 bylined articles in magazines that range from Smithsonian to National Geographic Adventure to Men’s Journal. He serves as a contributing editor for Audubon magazine, as well. His writing takes him across North America and the Caribbean, on adventures as diverse as remote Alaskan hunting and 1,000-mile panfish odysseys to conservation and environmental reporting from the Canadian boreal forest or jungles of Central America. A winner of more than 40 national writing awards, his 2008 Field & Stream report "Cry From the North" took top honors as the President’s Best of the Best outdoor magazine story for 2008, bestowed by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.