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Legend Biography

Bill Cooksey


Managing Editor of the Mid-South Hunting & Fishing News

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Bill Cooksey

From his earliest memories in the river bottoms of West Tennessee, Bill’s life revolved around hunting and fishing. By his teens, he’d hunted ducks in all four flyways and fished from East Tennessee to the Pacific. As an adult, he’s hunted from prairie Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake to the California Delta, but the Mississippi Flyway was always “home.” His professional career has been in the outdoor industry; from an obscure duck call salesman to Marketing Director at Avery Outdoors to, most recently, Managing Editor of the Mid-South Hunting & Fishing News, communicating with sportsmen has been the key to his success. Bill is now the Senior Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s Vanishing Paradise Program where he elevates the voices of sportsmen from around the country to support restoration on the Gulf Coast, Everglades and Mississippi River.

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