finalist ‘sports’ cover 2009
Kyle Warren is not a model. Neither are the two German shepherds, Maya and Quax, with him on the cover of the February 2009 Field & Stream. Warren is a hunter, an F&S reader, and a professional K-9 handler and training officer for the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue. When an outdoorsman gets lost, it’s Warren’s job to find him—albeit with help from the highly trained noses of Maya and Quax. Field & Stream took a fresh approach with its annual survival package in 2009. Rather than tell the stories of the survivors, the story focused on the rescuers—explaining how they conduct missions and the survival skills they’ve learned on the job.