Jack Hambleton was born in England and moved to Canada when he was one year old – it is unsure if he moved to Pickering straight away, but this became his home community. When he was five he had his first outdoor expedition – he went fishing, caught a three-foot eel, and was an outdoorsman ever since. Before becoming a journalist he worked a variety of jobs including a muskrat trapper, working on the docks in Sarnia, boxing, and operating a teletype. He worked for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star for a number of years, and with his outdoors pieces he became one of the top experts on hunting and fishing in Northern Ontario. He also had his own weekly radio show, Sportsman’s Show, which had a tight following of sports enthusiasts from all over Canada and the US. His books specialize in outdoor writing and he was a director of Ontario’s Travel and Publicity Bureau, founding it in 1934. He was a deputy game warden, a deputy forest ranger, held a guide’s license for Ontario, a member of five Ontario Associations of Anglers and Hunters, as well as the Outdoor Writers’ Association of America.