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Craig Boddington was born in Kansas, U.S.A., in 1952. As a teenager, when not involved with hunting and shooting, he spent a lot of time pursuing Boy Scout activities. At 17 years of age, he became the youngest person to become Activities Director at his regional Boy Scout camp. Boddington attended the University of Kansas graduating with an English degree and a regular commission in the United States Marine Corps.
Whilst at college, Boddington began writing and continued while on active duty. In 1978, he left active service and worked as a hunting consultant/booking agent for International Hunting Consultants based in Santa Monica. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserves, achieving the rank of brigadier general select before retiring.
In 1979, he joined Petersen Publishing Company, where he served as Associate Editor for Guns & Ammo, Editor for Guns & Ammo Speciality Publications, Field Editor for American Blade, Executive Editor at Petersen's Hunting magazine and from 1983 to 1994 Editor of Petersen's Hunting magazine.
His current position with Intermedia Outdoors (formerly Petersen's) is Executive Field Editor, Intermedia Outdoor Group, including Guns & Ammo, Petersen's Hunting, and RifleShooter. He is a member of Gander Mountain's Elite Pro-Staff and also serves as a consultant to SureFire LLC.
Boddington has written over 4000 published magazine articles. He is the author of 25 books on hunting and shooting and has been published in England, Australia, Scotland, Canada, Germany, Spain, and the United States.