Tom is a full time writer, author and photographer specializing in outdoors and outdoor-related subjects. The former president of the Outdoor Writers Assn. of America, has served on the boards of OWAA, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, the MI Outdoor Writers Association and the MI Wildlife Habitat Foundation.
Huggler has appeared on the mastheads of Outdoor Life ( Field Editor, former Camping Editor), Chevy Outdoors ( Contributor), North American Hunter (Hunting Dogs Columnist) and North American Fisherman (Great Lakes Columnist). He writes monthly columns for Michigan Out-of-Doors and Woods-N-Water News and is a regular contributing writer and photographer to The American Hunter, Gun Dog, Wing & Shot, Shooting Sportsman, Meijer Lake 'n Trail and many others.
The Sunfield, Michigan resident is married and the father of two children. A fulltime freelance writer since 1982, Huggler has written 15 books on the national subjects of grouse hunting, quail hunting, conservation for children, and fishing with downriggers; a regional book of short stories and essays (Midwest Meanders); and several books on hunting and fishing in Michigan. His Grouse of North America and A Fall of Woodcock are limited-edition releases.
He has produced five videotapes, three of which have won prestigious Teddy Awards and North American Outdoor Film/Video Awards. Huggler has also won many state, regional and national awards for his articles and photographs.
In 1978 he was named Michigan's Outstanding Conservation Communicator by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
Huggler is a frequent platform speaker and seminar leader on a wide variety of subjects including outdoor sport and travel, writing and conservation. He is the publicity and promotions director for the Greater Detroit Sportfishing Expo; ghost-writes press releases for companies like Chevrolet, Plano and Daiwa; and is a consultant to business and industry.
A former high school English teacher and assistant principal, he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.