SHOT Daily 1 2014

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Thomas McIntyre Named Zeiss 2013 Outdoor Writer of the Year


arl Zeiss Sports Optics has named Thomas McIntyre, a contributing editor to Field & Stream and a field editor with Sports Afield, as its 2013 Carl Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year. The award was presented last night at the company’s annual writers’ event. In honor of his contributions to outdoor writing and to the hunting and outdoor sports, McIntyre received a customized crystal accolade and a premium Zeiss product of his choice. McIntyre was not able to attend the event as he is currently on safari in Africa. But he told SHOT Daily, “It is a distinct honor to be selected by Zeiss. As much as I wish I could have been there to receive the award in person, I do prefer being where I am, field-testing their products in Africa.” Established in 2003, the Carl Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year award marks its 10th anniversary. Each year, the award recognizes an outstanding outdoor writer who has achieved excellence in outdoor communications, has made significant contributions to the hunting and outdoor industry, and is an active supporter of wildlife conservation. McIntyre joins a Who’s Who list of outdoor writers who have positively shaped and informed the public about hunting and outdoor sports experiences and issues. Previous Carl Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year award winners have included Wayne van Zwoll,

Wyoming resident Thomas McIntyre has distinguished himself in several areas of outdoor writing, most notably in magazines and books.

David Fortier, David E. Petzal, Ron Spomer, John Barsness, Terry Wieland, Craig Boddington, John Zent, Andrew McKean, and Mike Schoby. Carl Zeiss Sports Optics also has honored two outdoor writers with Lifetime Achievement awards: Bill McRae and Jim Carmichel. “Tom is an extremely talented writer, author, and champion of the outdoors,” said Michael A. Jensen, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “He masterfully communicates the experience of the hunt with colorful insight along with accurate and in-depth technical information that increases the knowledge and understanding of his many,

many fans. His passion and appreciation for the outdoors, combined with 37 years of seeking writing excellence, make Tom the perfect choice for this year’s Outdoor Writer of the Year award.” Since 1976, McIntyre, a resident of Sheridan, Wyoming, has distinguished himself in several areas of the outdoor writing industry. As a magazine and newspaper writer, McIntyre has had hundreds of articles published by Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Petersen’s Hunting, American Hunter, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Life, Bugle, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Wyoming Wildlife, Texas Sporting Journal, The Hunting Report, Garden & Gun, and The Field in England. He has been the co-winner of Best Magazine Story for Best Sports Stories, awarded by The Sporting News. McIntyre also writes a column about hunting for The Sheridan Press. As a book author, McIntyre has penned several critically acclaimed books, novels, and anthologies, including Days Afield, Dreaming the Lion, Seasons & Days, Shooter’s Bible: Guide to Optics (2012), and The Snow Leopard’s Tale. “You need only to read one line of a McIntyre story to know instantly who wrote it,” said Anthony Licata, editorial director for Field & Stream. “Tom’s prose is an astounding blend of comprehensive technical knowledge, keen intelligence, biting wit, and deep pathos. He offers one of the most interesting and original voices in the sporting press.”