Gene Hill


Gene A. Hill (1928-1997) was considered by many to be one of the best outdoor writers of his time. Hill grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Harvard, and worked as an advertising copywriter for several agencies.

Hill always had an interest in the outdoors, and began an outdoor writing career by moonlighting as an outdoors columnist for several magazines, including Guns & Ammo and Sports Afield.

Eventually, Hill took the plunge and became a full time columnist and associate editor of Field & Stream magazine. He also served as executive editor of Sports Afield magazine for years.

Gene Hill is known for two very popular outdoor columns: “Tail Feathers”, written in Sports Afield, and “Hill Country”, written in Field & Stream. Gene’s writing was unique. His pieces were typically short and to the point. He was humorous without trying too hard to be so. Hill always disliked the title “outdoor writer”. For all his notoriety, the man was very humble. He had a unique ability to understand and describe the relationship between a man and his hunting dog. He also had a weakness for the finer things in life, including fine shotguns, beautiful scenery, and a glass of good bourbon. By all accounts, Hill was remembered as a great writer, and his books are among the most popular in outdoor sporting literature today.

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Gene Hill — 4 Comments

  1. Where might I find printable versions of Gene’s stories that I might use with my at risk students. I love his stuff!

    • Hi Darren,
      Glad you enjoy Gene’s work. Due to copyright laws, I don’t think you’ll be able to reprint his stories without permission from the publisher. Fortunately most of his books are available at a reasonable price. You could also borrow books from your local library. If they don’t have any of his books on the shelves, you can request them through interlibrary loan.
      Take Care,

  2. A fine tribute for a fine man.

    I have vivid memories of sitting in the dim basement of American River Junior College, reading “Hill Country” and “Tail Feathers.” That basement and those columns were a kind of portal to an outdoor world I yearned and pined for. And now that I am older, I return there often. I know you’ve gone to a better place, but thank you Gene Hill. I look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand, when the dogs are put up for the last time and this hunt is over.

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