Meet Joel Lucks and Baxter…
Joel Lucks is an outdoors writer/photojournalist, a media professional and lifelong conservationist. Lucks’ career as an outdoor writer and photojournalist spans 25-plus years. (Baxter is a 5-month yellow Lab.)
Lucks has traveled to Alaska to the Kenai Peninsula to fish for salmon and halibut; has traveled to Venice Louisiana since 2008 to fish for redfish, speckled trout and for offshore species, such as yellowfin and blackfin tuna; to Arkansas to fish the famous White River in the Ozark Mountains for world class brown trout and to fish Ouachita Lake for freshwater striped bass and Kentucky largemouths. He has hiked several times into the Grand Canyon; hiked to 10,000 feet into Rocky Mountain National Park and has fished and hunted throughout a good deal of New York State.
He is a former field editor for The Fisherman Magazine, arguably one of the largest specialized sports angling magazines in the northeast. He is a former Special Correspondent and photographer for OutdoorLife.com who reported on the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. He is a past contributor to ESPN Outdoors Saltwater, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Bass Pro Shops and Kayak Angler magazine.
He is a former president and current member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA); a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA); a member of Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA); a member of Tennessee Outdoor Press Association and a past member of The Explorers Club, NYC Chapter. Joel will be featured weekly in his TN. Back Roads Column. The columns will cover an entire gamut of what you’d find as you travel the back roads of TN., and will include restaurant, fishing, hunting and boating information that Lucks will uncover as he drives through the countryside on roads less traveled, but offering some of the best experiences for those who seek life off the least trodden paths in TN.