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JOURNAL OF THE ART AND LITERATURE OF THE OUTDOOR SPORTS FOR OUTDOOR COMMUNICATORS

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Henry Herbert, aka Frank Forester, father of modern outdoor writing

Winter, January-April, 2011

Inside This Issue Pages are hyperlinked Editorial........................... 3 Letters .............................. 4 WHO WE ARE Colleen Miniuk-Sperry...7 FEATURES How Many They Won . 5 2010 EIC Winners ......... 9 AMTRAK: The Iron Rail & Outdoor Writers..... 22 COLUMNS High On The Wild ..... 14 Kathleen Clary Miller Video World ............... 16 Andy Lightbody Photography World .. 17 Jeff Davis Social Media .............. 18 Rachel Bunn SHORT FICTION Snow Blind Mallards .. 36 BOOK REVIEWS Bad Birds ...................... 38 Animal Rights Debate ....................... 39 Last Child in the Woods........................ 39 CRITICAL BOOK REVIEW Two Hearts in Tanzania Dick & Mary Cabela . 40 New Products ............. 42 Calendar of Events ... 43 We Are Looking for Writers

The Pines Review would like to hear from writers who are interested in contributing to future issues. We are looking for features on famous outdoor writers of the past, new angles on old problems, from the business of writing (or photography, video, etc.) to the craft of writing, photography or art. We are also interested in poetry, short fiction and of course essays on any aspect of the outdoor media/literature. Contact the editor: editorpinesreview@mlgc.com

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Our Annual Excellence in Craft Awards Issue The ONLY Complete List of 750 Awards Presented To the Nation’s Top Outdoor Writers, Photographers, Broadcasters


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We Really do Matter—A Lot! We are the media, the genre, the part This is the second annual awards of America that saved America‘s issue of The Pines Review and I am wildlife and the broad natural landpleased to be able to gather the names scape. If you delve into the foundaof so many winners into one issue. I tion of nearly any environmental story, at or near the bottom chances hope that each one of you will take are that you‘ll find someone who is the time to look through both the list (or was) an outdoor communicator of winners and their awards, and the Galen L. Geer, and played a role in bringing the list of those individuals who are Publisher/Editor story to the public. Whether they listed by the total number of awards Drawing by Ron Vossler they received in 2010. For the comwrote the story for a newspaper or municators whose names are not on the list this magazine, or reported it on the radio or televiis an opportunity to take the time to find out sion, they somehow kick started the engine of who is winning awards, and why they are win- change. It is a part of history in which we can ning. Read the winners‘ articles, study their have a lot of pride. photographs, and if possible get a copy of the Over the course of the last 40-50 years, TV or radio programs they won for and then however, we‘ve allowed a new type of nature and travel writer to usurp our position as the watch or listen to the program. Each one of them won because they did something special; recognized keeper of the outdoor flame. Our literature has gone from respected to ―lacking find out what it is and try to carry it forward redeeming merit.‖ How often have you heard with your own work. On the industry side of our readership, the of an outdoor writer being the featured speaker manufacturers, distributors and retailers who at a writer‘s conference other than at an outwork with the outdoor media should pay spedoor writer‘s conference, even though a local cial attention to this list of winners. If you or outdoor writer has more experience than the your company sponsored any of these competi- featured speaker? We need to turn the tables tions and you name isn‘t listed then get toback around. Our traditions are rooted in the gether with that organization and make sure literature of ancient history, the birth of books, newspapers, magazines and photography. that next year your company name is listed. Scratch the surface of art history and you‘ll The award sponsors need to be recognized. The organizations‘ award programs are an find sporting art. We‘ve also been there with the birth of radio, television, cable and now essential part of our outdoor media, but they online. As America‘s sporting media we‘ve are not the only recognition we need to develop—we need to make ourselves matter produced some of the most compelling literamore. This thought came to me after overhear- ture in history, and our literature framed how ing some young people talking and periodically our finest and most revered national leaders one of them would say, ―I am important and approached the task of governing such a diI‘m proud of myself!‖ When I first heard the verse and resource rich nation. phrase I thought it was a little presumptuous on To make ourselves heard we must make the part of a teenager, and then I heard others in ourselves stand out from the purely nature and travel media that rode in on our backs. Whether the group say it, and still later I learned they had been instructed to make use of this phrase by natural course of separation, or to nurture our own growth, we need to accept the separaas part of a self-awareness teen anti-suicide tion between ourselves and nature and travel program. After learning what it was for and why the kids were using it I felt old and stupid, media. Historically, we were the ―outdoor and I wondered if a couple of friends of mine sporting media,‖ which was shortened to would have survived their teen years had they ―outdoor media.‖ We still are the outdoor learned to say that simple phrase. sporting media. Our genre is outdoor sporting That night I thought about what those teen- literature. Every person who utters that mantra: agers were saying about themselves and to each ―I am a member of the outdoor sporting media, other; gradually I came to realize that we in the and I am proud of it!‖ will be adding one more outdoor media/industry need to adopt our own push to turning the table to where it belongs. See you next issue. version of that phrase; after all we too are imglg portant and we should be proud of ourselves.

Publisher/Editor Galen L. Geer Copy Editor Pam Potter Webmaster Christopher L. Geer Associate Editors Danny White, Alan Bunn, Rachel Bunn Photography Jeff Davis Social Media Rachel Bunn Video Andy Lightbody High On The Wild Kathleen Clary Miller

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Letters Re: Tammy’s Article About Women

The Voice of The Outdoors Join America’s oldest organization for outdoor communicators. As a member of OWAA you can :  Network with the best in outdoor communications and the outdoors industry.  Hone your communication skills.  Find opportunities to sell and promote your work. For information on joining OWAA visit: www.owaa.org. Phone: 406-728-7434 Or email: info@owaa.org

Dear Editor, Apparently I was one of the people who felt that the number of women in hunting and fishing was increasing, but perhaps I was just swayed by certain bloggers. Tammy Sapp says otherwise, and she makes some good points., Certainly if you have a small group to begin, little changes look huge. If the number of people doing X jumps from three to nine, that is a 200-percent increase! Is there confusion between the number of women hunters and the number of women shooters? The latter seem to be increasing, although I hear constant complaints—again from bloggers, mainly—that they are ignored or belittled by firearms retailers. Gun blogger Tamara Keel ("View from the Porch," http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/), who used to work in a gun shop herself, recently posted a little quiz for gun shop owners. Here was one question: 1. A professionally dressed woman steps up to the counter. You should: A. Wait for her husband to come in from parking the car so you can ask him what he needs. B. Say "What you need here, li'l lady, is this here pink .38 with the pearl grips and gold trim. Ain't it purty?" C. Keep talking to Cletus the assistant manager about that used bass boat you bought. For every female hunting blogger, I can think of three or four writing more about selfdefense and concealed-carry training. Some, like Ms. Keel, are actually rather hostile to hunting culture, perhaps because they have felt shut out of it. I notice too that the NRA killed its women's shooting magazine and the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, publisher of "The Outdoor Wire," "The Tactical Wire," and other online newsletters, canceled the one focused on women's activities after a year or so. Just normal marketing decisions or was someone not finding the right editorial vision? Thanks for letting me ramble on. I look forward to reading more about these issues in The Pines Review. Fred Schmalse Pasadena, California Fred, Thank you for your insightful letter. You do make some valid points and the question of women in the outdoors is one that continues to befuddle the outdoor industry. I don’t believe the outdoor industry is doing as much as it can to make the outdoors attractive to women who are such a large part of the non-participant population. Keep reading the Review and sharing your thoughts. Glg Editor, I‘m not sure how I got on your email list (maybe through SEOPA?), but this is an exceptional outdoor newsletter. Thanks. Gil Lackey Gil, As a member of SEOPA I did use the membership list but with specific caveats. Glg

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How Many Did They Win?

lot of outdoor writers, photographers, broadcasters and artists won awards last year and a few of those writers received multiple awards. Not only did they receive these multiple awards from one organization but a few of the more energetic communicators won awards from several different organizations. In a few cases they received multiple awards from different organizations for the same story or photograph. This list will show you how many awards each individual won. The HM is for Honorable Mention and the ―Named‖ list is for awards that are named and have no second or third place. winners. NAME 1st 2nd 3rd HM Named TTL

A few outdoor communicators have made winning awards for their work a business that annually generates thousands of extra dollars. Study the list then study their winning work to learn how they do it.

Al Perry Alan Briere Alex Gouthro Alex & JoAnne Zidock Angelo Peluso Ann Hirsch Art Weber Ashley Goephfert Beau Beasley Ben Moise Ben Moyer Benjamin Dyall Berdette Zastrow Beto Gutierrez Bill Antonides Bill Baab Bill Becher Bill Cochran Bill Hilts, Jr. Bill Hollister Bill Konway Bill Lindner Bill Otway Bill Powell Bill Sherck Bill Sherwonit Bill Vanderford Bill Watt Bob Ballantyne Bob Borgwat Bob Frye Bob Izumi Bob Jensen Bob Korneqay Bob Sampson

5 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2

1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2

2 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2

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14 7 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 1 6 4 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 6

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NAME Bob Scmmell Bob Steiner Bob McGary Boyd Pfeiffer Brad Fitzpatrick Brandon Butler Brent Frazee Brett Prettyman Brian Carroll Brian Cope Brittany Johnston Bruce Cochran Bruce Ingram Bryan Lee & Carine Port Butch Thurmond Ben Bailey Carina Port Carrie Wilson Carol Lynde Chris Batin Chris Collard Chris Dorsey Chris Madson Chris Young Col. John H. Roush, Jr. Craig Springer Dale Sanders Dan Cook Dan Ladd Dan Neuland Dan Small Dave Books Dave Carlson David Cannon Dave Mercer David Page David Figura David Sartwell

1st 1 0 1 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 1 1 1 0 2 0 0

2nd 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6 0 3 0 1 4 0 1

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NAME David Wei DaWayne Spires Deborah Burst Dennis Aprill Dennis Dunn Dennis Jensen Dennis Neely Don Daughenbaugh Don Dubuc Don Dziedzina Don Ingle Doug Alderson Doug Stamm Douglas Dear Duane Radford Ed Schmidt Ed Zieralski Eric Bruce Eric Hansen Everette Wall Evie Kirkwood Frank Mundy Frank Zurey Fred Lord Galen Geer Gary Hester Gary Howey Gary Kramer Gary Moore Gary Schafer Gary Sefton Gary Zahm George Ingram Gene Hester Gerald Putt Gerry Putt Glenn Sapir Glynn Harris Gord Nuttall

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Who We Are . . .

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry: Travel Writer & Photographer A boat is always safe in the harbor. But that’s not what ships were built for. William Shedd, 19th century theologian. A job in Corporate America sounded like the perfect safe harbor for a new college graduate. So in 1997, armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, I moved to Chandler, Arizona, to begin a ten-year project management career in software engineering at Intel® Corporation. Working at Intel provided numerous intellectual challenges, the ability to help others succeed, and the stable income I had envisioned a steady job would supply. It also caused a tremendous amount of stress. Initially, as an outlet to intense corporate life, in late 2001 I began making photographs of the intriguing landscapes found in the western United States. After five stimulating semesters of photography courses at ChandlerGilbert Community College under the insightful instruction of Regina Skouson, I started selling my photographs at art shows across Arizona under my new business, ―CMS Photography.‖ Business grew quickly, and in numerous directions as I tried to determine which way to navigate my figurative boat within the vast photography industry. After I participated in an Arizona Highways Photography Workshop in late 2003, Paul Gill, a gifted professional landscape photographer, encouraged me to submit my work to the prestigious Arizona Highways magazine. Getting published in Arizona Highways seemed like an enormous stretch for a young, new photographer, considering that my inspirations and historical photographic icons like Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, and Josef Muench had each graced its pages. Regardless, I sent my first submission of 30 color slide transparencies to the magazine in late 2005. The April 2006 issue of Arizona Highways featured my first published photograph as a two-page spread on the ―Table of Contents‖ page. With early and rapid success I was naturally motivated to shoot more and more. During my increasingly frequent escapes from work, I found the more I learned about the land and people I encountered, the more I desired to know. The more I experienced the outdoors, the more I wanted to preserve the land and inspire others to appreciate it as well. The more I listened to people‘s fascinating accounts of

their lives, the more I wanted to share those adventures and convince others that they too could achieve anything they wished for. I also learned, despite the idiom ―a picture is worth a thousand words,‖ a thousand words might not necessarily paint a full picture. Adding writing to my repertoire allowed me to assemble deeper and more meaningful stories of the people and places I discovered. Quickly, the time needed to support fastgrowing editorial opportunities and travels started to far exceed my three weeks of allotted vacation time from work. I also realized I was not built to punch my time card in Corporate America. Finally, February 28, 2007, became my personal ―Independence Day,‖ I sailed my ship out of the safe harbor Intel had provided, leaving the grey cubicle walls and my luxurious six-figure income behind to pursue a fulltime freelance career in photography and writing. With the centuries old expression ―you can sleep when you‘re dead‖ as my modus operandi, I now clock over 200 days a year on the road and spend up to 20 hours a day discovering off-the-beaten path locations, chasing the ever-changing light that dances on Earth, and listening to people tell their exceptional tales. Though I spend a significant amount of time using the creative right side of my brain, the analytical left side still remembers the many critical skills I developed and refined at Intel. For example, I aim to clearly understand my clients‘ needs, deliver multiple projects simultaneously and on time, and collaborate with other artists and industry professionals to create bold new ideas. Combining both sides of my brain enables me to support a wide range of editorial assignments and both my photography and photo-text packages have been published in Arizona Highways, Native Peoples, Golf Illustrated, Lighthouse Digest, Vancouver View, Experience AZ, InsideOutside Southwest, Sonora Es, SmithSouthwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications. Between assignments I concentrate on my writing and photography for three new books. In pursuing these exciting projects I look forward to sharing life-changing experiences like being caught in a freak blizzard in the desert, surviving a wild fishing trip in a ridiculously small boat through British Columbia‘s Broken (Continued on page 8)

Submit yourself! Submit five hundred to one thousand words and two or three photos about yourself. Who We Are is a regular feature in The Pines Review and is intended to give outdoor writers, photographers & artists an opportunity to tell the other members of the outdoor sports community about themselves. Veterans and newcomers are encouraged to submit articles. Send submission to: editorpinesreview@mlgc.com with ―Who We Are Submission‖ in the subject line. Length: 500-1000 words Include 2-4 photos. Include both ―office‖ and ―outdoor‖ shots. Payment is on publication.


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Islands, and seeing the spectacular Leonid meteor shower at 3 a.m. from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. No matter my focus, I see photography and writing as a way to facilitate a neverending cycle of learning, experimenting; and evaluating, and giving me unrivaled chances for personal growth. I have served as an Artist-inResidence twice in Acadia National Park, participated in two ―Through Each Other‘s Eyes‖ photographic cultural exchanges, and interacted

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with many talented members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. I also enjoy helping others learn photography by leading workshops for Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Becoming an Outdoor Woman for the Arizona Wildlife Federation, Through Each Others Eye‘s, and numerous private workshops. I want to inspire other photographers not only to master their cameras, but also to explore their world as enthusiastic and inquisitive visual storytellers. Though almost 4 years have passed since my departure from Intel, irreplaceable freedom has fortunately has allowed me to chase new horizons, reveal intriguing places and people to others, and continually improve my craft. After all, the ability to watch sunrises and sunsets in some of the most beautiful places in the world, to spontaneously share a cup of tea with a new friend, and to help another photographer in his or her own journey, continues to steer me far from any safe harbor.


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The Winners of 2010 Excellence In Craft Awards Are! This is the second year that we have compiled a reasonably complete list of the outdoor communicators who won at least one of the 750 Excellence In Craft Awards presented by the organizations of outdoor writers. The organizations represented here include state, regional and national groups that present annual awards to their members. Some arguments have been made that these awards do not really represent the best of the previous year‘s work because only a fraction of writers, photographers and broadcasters actually enter their work each year. There is an underlying truth to that argument except it fails to recognize that those men and women who do submit their work do so because they have faith that they are doing good work and would like to see it recognized. Then again, there is also a lot of money at stake as well, in some cases thousands of dollars in prize money. There is a growing trend in the various organizations to present only one award in each category and to present that awards as a ―named‖ award, ASSOCIATION OF GREAT LAKES OUTDOOR WRITERS that is, an award sponsored by CATEGORY: RADIO--FISHING a manufacturers or retailer and SPONSOR: PRADCO to name the award after that 1st - "Just Missing the Record Book" by Don Dziedzina 2nd - "Musky Brothers" by Jeff Kelm sponsor. ―Named‖ awards are 3rd - "Spawn Hook Setting Techniques" by Jim Zaleski listed separately when it is apCATEGORY: RADIO—HUNTING propriate. SPONSOR: WHITETAILS UNLIMITED I am sure that we have left 1st - "Wisconsin's Mentored Hunting Program" by Jeff Kelm out someone‘s name or even 2nd - "From Boys to Men of Heart" by Dan Small overlooked an organization 3rd - "Sophie's First Deer" by Dan Small and we apologize for that erCATEGORY:RADIO—OPEN ror. If our readers will let us SPONSOR: WHITETAILS UNLIMITED know of those mistakes we‘ll 1st - "IHSA Bass Fishing" by Don Dziedzina try to correct them next year. 2nd - "Kamo Kids" by Dan Small 3rd - NO AWARD Congratulations to everyone CATEGORY: TV/VIDEO--FISHING whose name appears in this SPONSOR: SPORTSMAN CHANNEL issue. 1st - "Road Hunting on Minnesota's Mille Lacs" by Gary Howey 2nd - "The Scoop with Coop" by Bob Jensen 3rd - "Flambeau Muskies Part I & II" by Dan Small CATEGORY: TV/VIDEO—HUNTING SPONSOR: SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 1st - "Todd's Bowhunt" by Dan Small 2nd - "Montana Volunteers Hunt" by PJ Perea 3rd-"SD Late Season Ringnecks" by Gary Howey CATEGORY: TV/VIDEO—OPEN SPONSOR: SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 1st -"National Parks: Wisconsin" by Dan Small 2nd - "Turkey Calling" by PJ Perea 3rd -"White Pelicans of Horicon Marsh" by Dan Small CATEGORY: MAGAZINE—FISHING SPONSOR: PRADCO 1st - ""Brothers of the Blue Water" by Brad Fitzpatrick 2nd - "Winnebago's Walleye Fishery" by Dan Small 3rd - "Big Water Kayak Fishing" by Steve Griffin CATEGORY: MAGAZINE—HUNTING SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "All's Unfair in Love and Hunting" by Tom Carney 2nd - "Waterfowl Hunting Around Iowa's Great Lakes" by Larry Myhre 3rd - "Vickie Gardner: How a Lifelong Gun Hater Became an Aivd Hunter" by Tammy Sapp

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CATEGORY: MAGAZINE—OPEN SPONSOR: PHEASANTS/QUAIL FOREVER 1st - "Father Damian Schmelz - A Life of Service" by Brandon Butler 2nd - " Home, Home on the Ranch" by Bill Antonides 3rd - "Wolf Tracks Shed Little Light" by Tom Carney CATEGORY: MAGAZINE—BOATING & BOATING SAFETY SPONSOR: BOATUS & BOAT US FOUNDATION 1st - "Paddling and Camping on the Mississippi River" by Tom Watson 2nd - "Where There's Water There are Boats" by Don Ingle 3rd - "How to Build a PVC Canoe/Kayak Cart" by PJ Perea CATEGORY: MAGAZINE—TRAVEL/RV & CAMPING SPONSOR: TOYOTA 1st - "Discovering Michigan" by Tom Carney 2nd - "No Problem, Mon" by Bill Antonides 3rd - "Mackinac Island" by Thomas J. O'Toole CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER—FISHING SPONSOR: PRADCO 1st - "Aerial carp - silver menace bowfishing challenge" by Dan Small 2nd - "Like old times" by Paul Smith 3rd - " A bluegill or two" by Steve Griffen CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER—HUNTING SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - Beaver tails and bear trails" by Jay Van Houten 2nd - "Dodgeville pastor delivers message on the importance of hunting" by Paul Smith 3rd - "Goose opener a blast, meat is tasty too" by Will Elliott CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER—OPEN SPONSOR: PHEASANTS/QUAIL FOREVER 1st - "Banding together for research" by Paul Smith 2nd - "A bird in hand, makes bowhunting difficult" by Dan Small 3rd - "A young trapper continues education" by Berdette Zastrow CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER—BOATING & BOATING SAFETY SPONSOR: BOATUS & BOATUS FOUNDATION 1st - "Long boats and long rods" by Dan Small 2nd - NO AWARD 3rd - NO AWARD CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER—TRAVEL/RV SPONSOR:TOYOTA 1st - "Bay de Noc - Grand Island Trail" by Don Ingle 2nd - No Award 3rd - No Award CATEGORY: BOOK SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Paint the Next Sunrise" by Mark Strand 2nd- "Girls Before Swine" by Richard Minich CATEGORY: PHOTO—FISHING SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Coho Sunrise" by Paul Smith 2nd - "Mountain Stream Trout" by Tom Berg 3rd - "Dusk in the Dells" by Paul Smith CATEGORY: PHOTO--HUNTING

SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Eye on the Prize" by PJ Perea 2nd - "Rooster Retrieve" by Paul Smith 3rd - "Open Fields" by Bill Antonides CATEGORY: PHOTO—OUTDOOR RECREATION SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Moonlight and Marshmallow" by PJ Perea 2nd - "A River Cuts Through It" by Paul Smith 3rd - "Bird Watchers: Osprey Nest" by Tom Berg CATEGORY: PHOTO—OUTDOOR SCENIC SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Treeline Rainbow" by Chris Young 2nd - "Pounders Falls" by PJ Perea 3rd - "2010 Snow Geese" by Bill Antonides CATEGORY: PHOTO—BLACK & WHITE SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st - "Red Tail Release" by Paul Smith 2nd - "Burn Notice" by PJ Perea 3rd - "Hang Tight" by PJ Perea CALIFORNIA OUDOOR WRITERS OUTDOOR WRITER OF THE YEAR Paul Lebowitz, for "Fish On Ice" in Canoe & Kayak BEST FREELANCE JOURNALISM Chris Collard, for "Driving, Hiking, Flying and Paddling in the Venezuelan Jungle" in Four Wheeler NEWSPAPER FEATURE 1st: Mike McKenna, for "Miracle at Alpine Meadows" in The Sheet (Mammoth Lakes) 2nd: David Page, for "Rock Art Redefines 'Ancient'" in the New York Times 3rd: Ed Zieralski, for "There's No Limit on Fun for Kids" in the San Diego Union-Tribune NEWSPAPER COLUMN 1st: Ed Zieralski, for "Dumped Marlin, Hunting Miscues Tarnish Image" for the San Diego Union-Tribune 2nd: David Page, for "In the High Sierra's Wintry Majesty, A Fire Must Be Fed" in the New York Times MAGAZINE FEATURE 1st: Paul Lebowitz, for "Fish On Ice" in Canoe & Kayak 2nd: Chris Collard, for "Driving, Hiking, Flying and Paddling in the Venezuelan Jungle" in Four Wheeler 3rd: Wynne Benti, for "The Other Side of Death Valley" in RoadRunner MAGAZINE COLUMN 1st: Jonathan Roldan, for "On the Porch: Conversations with Don Vicente" in Western Outdoors 2nd: David Page, for "The Battle To Be the World's Most Traveled Man" in Men's Journal 3rd: Paul Lebowitz, for "A Measure of Obsession" in Kayak Angler NEWS REPORT 1st: Ed Zieralski, for "Search For Fish Unearths History" in the San Diego Union-Tribune 2nd: Tom Martens, for "New Legislature To Tackle Fish and Game Reform" in California Fly Fisher 3rd: Greg Niemann, for "Changing Times in Baja" in the San (Continued next page)


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Clemente Journal SERIES OF ARTICLES 1st: Tom Martens, for "Status of Sportfishing in California" in California Fly Fisher 2nd: Jack Spencer, Jr., for "Windburn" in Predator Hunting NEWSLETTER 1st: Ryan Mathis, for California Yelper (National Wild Turkey Federation) 2nd: Rick Copeland, for Flyer (Wilderness Unlimited) 3rd: Jerry Springer, for California Deer (California Deer Association) GUIDEBOOK 1st: Robert Stone, for Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books) 2nd: Robert Stone, for Day Hikes on the California Central Coast (Day Hike Books) BOOK OTHER THAN A GUIDEBOOK 1st: Rebecca K. O'Connor, for Lift (Red Hen Press) 2nd: Col. John H. Roush, Jr., for Hunting Deer, Elk and Antelope in the Western States FEATURE PHOTO 1st: Chris Collard, for "Camels at Dawn" in Four Wheeler 2nd: Janet Wilson, for "Hiking the Cascade Trail" in RV Journal 3rd: Carina Port, for "Wood Duck" in California Waterfowl ACTION PHOTO 1st: Paul Lebowitz, for "Game-On for Would-Be Record Kayak Yellowfin" in Western Outdoor News 2nd: Bill Becher, for "Ascending the Dana Couloir" in the New York Times 3rd: Carina Port, for "Banding" in California Waterfowl SERIES OF PHOTOS 1st: Chris Collard, for "Driving, Hiking, Flying and Paddling in the Venezuelan Jungle" in Four Wheeler 2nd: Bill Becher, "Ascending the Dana Couloir" in the New York Times 3rd: Carina Port, for "Banding Together" in California Waterfowl RADIO SHOW 1st: John Henigin, for Fish Talk Radio on KIST-Santa Barbara 2nd: Ed Zieralski, for All Outdoors Radio Network on KCBWSan Diego TV Show/Video 1st: Bryan Lee and Carina Port, for Why Hunt? (California Waterfowl Association) 2nd: James Swan, for Endangered Species: California Game Wardens (Snow Goose Productions) WEBSITE 1st: David Page, for SierraSurvey.com 2nd: Holly Heyser, for Norcalcazadora.com 3rd: Carrie Wilson, for CaliforniaOutdoors.wordpress.com WEB-ONLY ARTICLE 1st: Mike McKenna, for "Fishing Rock Creek with Your Motherin-law" on www.theeastsidemag.com 2nd: Dave Page, for "Writing Fire: A Brief Anthology on the Burning of Los Angeles" on www.thetravelersnotebook.com 3rd: Lara Kirkner, for "Further Details on Bachar Death" on www.examiner.com JOHN REGINATO CONSERVATION AWARD

1st: David Page, for "Adventures in Weaning" on thetravelersnotebook.com 2nd: Guy Carl, for "A Nice Visit to the Suisun Wood Duck Nursery" in the Napa Valley Register 3rd: Mike McKenna, for "The Birds and Bees of Browns" in Eastside PHIL FORD HUMOR AWARD Mike McKenna, for "Fishing Rock Creek with Your Mother-inlaw" on www.theeastsidemag.com FLORIDA OUTDOOR WRITERS BASS PRO SHOPS’ PASS IT ON AWARD Receipent: Rodney Smith, ―Anglers For Conservation‖ HORACE CARTER AWARD Receipent: Ron Presley, ―Florida Guides Association‖ BEST FROM CONFERENCE AWARD Sue Cocking, Miamia Herald ―A Tale Of Two Rivers‖ CATEGORY: MAGAZINE FEATURE OR COLUMN SPONSOR: NAPLES, MARCO ISLAND, EVERGLADES CVB 1st – ―Crazy About Crustaceans‖ by Ron Presley in Florida Sport Fishing Magazine 2nd – ―History of Homosassa‖ by Rusty Chinnis in Fly Fishing in Salt Water 3rd – ―Ethanol‖ by Mike Holliday in Florida Fishing Weekly CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER FEATURE OR COLUMN SPONSOR: SUN NEWSPAPERS 1st – ―17 is cause for alarm‖ by Jim Sutton in The Times-Union 2nd – ―No Pier Pressure Here‖ by Jim Sutton in The Times-Union 3rd – ―Monster Man and the Brothers Paxton‖ by Matt Stevens in The Sun CATEGORY: PHOTOGRAPHY/PHOTOJOURNALISM SPONSOR: Not Listed 1st – ―The Permit Whisperer‖ by Rusty Chinnis 2nd – ―Perspective- Forty Plus Club‖ by Rusty Chinnis 3rd – ―Think like a lobster‖ by Dale Sanders CATEGROY: ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS SPONSOR: NAPLES, MARCO ISLAND, EVERGLADES CVB 1st – www.florida-guides.com by Ron Presley 2nd – www.americandefensegunsandammo.com by Benjamin Dyall 3rd – www.onlinefishermen.com by Larry Thornhill CATEGORY: SELF-PROMOTION SPONSOR: Not listed 1st – www.goldenimages-photo-scuba.com by Peggy Goldberg 2nd – www.saltwateranglersguide.com by Tommy Thomson 3rd – www.floridashootingvideosonline.com by Benjamin Dyall CATEGORY: OUTDOOR BOOK SPONSOR: TAYLOR COUNTY FLY FISHING GUIDES 1st – New Dawn for the Kissimmee River by Doug Alderson 2nd – Secrets from Florida’s Master Angler by Ron Presley 3rd – Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders by Sandra Friend CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TRAVEL/DESTINATION STORY SPONSOR: Not listed 1st – ―Forgotten Coast headwind‖ by Doug Alderson (Continued on page 12)


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2nd – ―History of Homosassa‖ by Rusty Chinnis 3rd – ―Hiking the Aucilla Wilds‖ by Doug Alderson CATEGORY: CONSERVATION STORY SPONSOR: VISIT GAINESVILLE 1st – ―Mussel Power‖ by Doug Alderson in Florida Wildlife 2nd – ―Keeping Tabs on Tarpon‖ by David Brown in FLW Outdoors 3rd – ―Let‘s make sure fish will still be there‖ by R.G. Schmidt in The Great Outdoors CATEGORY: FAMILY PARTICIPATION SPONSOR: WOODIES RATTLERS 1st – ―Half a Man and Then Some‖ by Mike Holliday in Florida Fishing Weekly 2nd – ―Thanks for the Memories, Dad‖ by Ralph Allen in Waterline 3rd – ―Gone Fishin‘‖ by Ralph Allen in Waterline CATEGORY: HUMOR SPONSOR: TTI/BLAKEMORE 1st – ―Freaks of nature‖ by Mike Holliday in Florida Fishing Weekly 2nd – ―Hi-Tech Tackle for Bottom Chompers‖ by Dale Sanders in Coastal Angler Magazine 3rd – ―Castnet Catastrophes‖ by Ralph Allen in Waterline GEORGIA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (Sponsors not listed) CATEGORY: BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY 1st – ―Cardinal on a Snowy Morning‖ by Terry W. Johnson in The Monroe County Reporter 2nd – ―Turkey Hen‖ by Polly Dean in Florida Game and Fish 3rd – ―Eagle seen from Halfmoon Bay Cabin‖ By Bill Vanderford in Lakeside on Lanier CATEGORY: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY 1st – ―Pit River Connection‖ by Bob Borgwat in Northwest FlyFishing 2nd – ―Food arrives at a Bluebird Nest‖ by Terry W. Johnson in Georgia Wild 3rd – ―Rafting Splashdown‖ by Dan Cook in Chattanooga Free Press CATEGORY: NON-GAME/OUTDOOR RECREATION 1st – ―Sunday School‖ by Victor O. Miller in Southwest Ga Living 2nd – ―Spiders, Spiders Everywhere‖ by Bob Korgengay in Miller County Liberal 3rd – ―Putting the world in perspective from my deer stand‖ by Ronnie Garrison in Griffin Daily News CATEGORY: DAILY NEWSPAPER STORY 1st – ―Old men, mountains and unexpected pleasure‖ by Bob Kornegay in Dothan Eagle 2nd – ―Popular read evolves as people grow older‖ by Rob Pavey in The Augusta Chronicle 3rd – ―Irresponsibly rewarding‖ by Dan Cook in Chattanooga Times Free Press CATEGORY: WEEKLY NEWSPAPER STORY 1st – ―Fragile Treasures Found in the Backyard ― by Terry Johnson in The Monroe County Reporter 2nd – ―Bowhunting Bucks- Kansas Style‖ by Eric Bruce in The

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3rd -- ―Lake Michigan Summer Smorgasbord‖ by Tom Berg CATEGORY; CONSERVATION (LESS THAN 1000 WORDS) 1st --- ―Silver Fins and Lemonade‖ by Mike Schoonveld 2nd -- ―Found Baby Animals are Best Left in the Wild‖ by John Martino 3rd -- ―Canada Geese: Just Learn to Love ‗em‖ by John Martino CATEGORY: CONSERVATION (MORE THAN 1000 WORDS) 1st -- ―Father Damian Schmeltz: A Life of Service‖ by Brandon Butler 2nd -- ―IHT is a HIT‖ by Brandon Butler 3rd -- No entry CATEGORY: GENERAL OUTDOORS (LESS THAN 1000 WORDS) 1st -- ―Hill is Right at Home on Wildcat Creek‖ by John Martino 2nd -- ―It‘s Wrong to Judge Sporting Rifles by Appearance‖ by Brandon Butler 3rd -- ―America‘s Golden Girl‖ by Lisa Metheny CATEGORY: GENERAL OUTDOORS (MORE THAN 1000 WORDS) 1st -- ―Columnist Falls for Wild Outdoor Adventure‖ by John Martino 2nd -- ―Sweet Times at the Sugar Shack‖ by Brandon Butler 3rd -- ―No Laundry in Deer Camp? Yo‘re Kiddin‘!‖ by Ray McCune DIVISION: PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY: HUNTING 1st -- ―Down Time‖ by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―On the Lookout for Doves‖ by Tom Berg 3rd -- ―Wing and a Prayer‖ by P.J. Perea CATEGORY: FISHING 1st -- ―Mountain Stream Trout‖ by Tom Berg 2nd -- ―Royal Wulff‖ by P.J. Perea 3rd -- ―First Fish Thrills Physically Challenged Youth‖ by Tom Berg CATEGORY: OUTDOOR SCENIC 1st -- ―Sunburst Over Still Waters‖ Tom Berg 2nd -- ―Sunset at the Lake‖ Tom Berg 3rd -- ―Free Fallin‖ P.J. Perea CATEGORY: OUTDOOR RECREATION 1st -- ―Pedal Pushin‖ by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―Bird Watchers Find Hawk‖ by Tom Berg 3rd -- ―Indiana Trails‖ by Lisa Metheny DIVISION: TV BROADCAST 1st -- ―Spiders and Insects, Oh My!‖ by Evie Kirkwood 2nd -- ―Bluebird and Bat Houses‖ by P.J. Perea 3rd -- ―Hog Problem on the Mole Farm‖ by P.J. Perea DIVISION: VIDEO 1st -- ―NTWF Educational Box Call video‖ by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―NWTF 2009 Convention video‖ by P.J. Perea 3rd -- No entry LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (LOWA) CATEGORY: MAGAZINE SHORT FEATURE (LESS THAN 1000 WORDS)

SPONSOR: LOUISIANA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION AND LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS 1st – ―Doing More than ‗Carping‘ about an Invasive Species‖ by Paula Ouder 2nd – ―Art of Fly Fishing‖ by Deborah Burst 3rd – ―Bands of Gold‖ by Wendy Billiot, CATEGORY: MAGAZINE REGULAR FEATURE (MORE THAN 1,000 WORDS) SPONSOR: LOUISIANA CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION AND COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA 1st – ―Acadiana Sunrise Symphony-The Annual Bird Migration‖ by John Flores 2nd – ―Low Lake, High Dividends‖ by Terry L. Jones 3rd – ―The Lady and the Kid‖ by Jerald Horst CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER ARTICLE SPONSOR: LAKE CHARLES-SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU AND LOUISIANA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION 1st – ―A Big Gobbler and A Bigger Jerk‖ by Glynn Harris 2nd – ―Time‖ by Lyle Johnson 3rd – ―Hunter‘s Story Provides Inspiration‖ by John Flores CATEGORY: BROADCAST (RADIO OR TELEVISION) SPONSOR: LOUISIANA CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION, COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA AND NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION 1st – ―If Only . . .‖ by Glynn Harris 2nd – ―Simon Sez . . .‖ by Glynn Harris 3rd – ―Ascension Outdoors: EASL Rodeo‖ by James Guice & Lyle Johnson CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC MEDIA SPONSOR: LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES FOUNDATION; AND COASTAL WETLAND PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT OUTREACH COMMITTEE 1st – ―Something‘s Fishy‖ by Wendy Billiot 2nd – ―A Big Gobbler and a Bigger Jerk‖ by Glynn Harris 3rd – ―Watch out for Those Flying Carp‖ by Don Dubuc CATEGORY: BLACK AND WHITE STILL PHOTOGRAPH SPONSOR: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION 1st – ―Diligence – Honor – Determination‖ by John Flores 2nd – ―Old Man Warrior and His Sea‖ by John Flores 3rd – ―Yellowmouth Cur‖ by Jerald Horst CATEGORY: COLOR STILL PHOTOGRAPH SPONSOR: LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES FOUNDATION 1st – ―Osprey‖ by Butch Thurmond 2nd – ―Almost Got Away‖ by Butch Thurmond 3rd – ―Sabiki Rig and Offshore Platform in Background‖ by Jerald Horst CATEGORY: TOPICAL ARTICLE ON COASTAL WETLAND PROTECTION/RESTORATION (MORE THAN 750 WORDS) (Continued on page 26)


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Kathleen Clary Miller

I’d discovered my retirement outdoor sport: Skiing for the second half!

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Kathleen Clary Miller ―I really want to try crosscountry skiing!‖ pleaded my daughter moments after she‘d picked up her bag. We were heading toward the airport terminal ladies‘ room to change clothes so we could hike to the ―M‖ and reward ourselves with sweet potato fries at Hob Nob on the ―hip strip‖ in downtown Missoula. I was game, having downhill skied throughout my lifetime, albeit not adeptly. I‘d recently announced that I would never ski that way again. I‘d been feeling my age and had sworn off virtually everything but walking, fishing, or pumping an elliptical trainer. Balance and coordination have never been my forte, but outdoor desire burns bright, I‘d struggled with acting it out all my life, and now I imagined cross-country to be less harrowing a winter endeavor for one in her, ahem, late fifties. If I experimented with the technique—or lack thereof— with Katharine, I‘d be safe from the embarrassment of falling and flailing in front of my peers who had heretofore invited me to come try it. This way, I could grow

comfortably seasoned before next ski season! Two days later we set out to rent the necessary equipment and head for the hills— Lolo Pass to be exact, since all sign of snow had evaporated, literally, from the valley, even though it was only the second week in March. Geared up and giddy, Katharine pulled out our sack lunches as I turned onto Highway 12. ―After lunch, ― I dictated, ―We‘ll start your list of pros and cons.‖ She had brought along a yellow-papered legal pad so that we might create a list of reasons for her to either leave her current job and accept another—or not. Everyone knows this is the best way to go about making a difficult decision where both sides of the scale appear to be balanced. And for Katharine, a sufferer of a rather advanced case of OCD, tipping one side or the other can go on for days on end. Her stepfather had opted to stay home and clean out the shed rather than have to listen to yet another spin on the same advantages and disadvantages he‘d been privy to in conversation for the past forty-eight hours. ―I can hear her debating in my sleep!‖ he teased—he being the father of two adult sons whose only behavior disorder had been one too many bottles of beer or a party gone haywire while dad was away. Sandwich gripped in left hand, Katharine deftly multitasked with pencil in right, tablet on lap, set to embark on mental machinations. Back and forth, forth and back, we approached the decision from all angles, the drive flashed

by, and we pulled into the parking lot not only equipped to ski, but with her firm decision to stay right where she was, a three-year veteran in the job with a plethora of advantages over any other. ―After all that,‖ she sighed. ―All that angst and anxiety just to figure out the best thing is to stay! Why did I go through all that?‖ ―Sometimes…‖ I surprised myself with such sagacity…‖you leave home in search of greener grasses for the sole reason that it will lead you right back to the field where you started.‖ Dang, I‘m good. We stepped into our skis and I began to instruct her with what little I‘d gleaned from a combination of ogling the Winter Olympics and a few U-tube videos on how to cross-country ski. She took a few of the usual tumbles, but once underway, we glided, lunged and poled like the best of them. The scenery was astonishing, the temperature a mild 55-60 degrees; we skied sans jackets, gloves, or even hats. And the best part? Ours had been the only car in the parking lot and so it follows, we were the only people on the trail. Glorious. I‘d discovered my retirement outdoor sport: Skiing for the second half! I‘d leave walking with Yak Traks in the dust and announce my newfound passion. After weighing the concerns about attempting it, the skill had come easily to me after all. That‘s when I stopped to study the trail map and while standing perfectly still, instantly found myself sitting, Continued on next page


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Sportsmen‘s Foundation Board and as I&E Chief for Minnesota DNR. An avid hunter with gun and bow, he was an SCI executive LaBarbara Joins MDF as Chief of Marketing & Development who oversaw its growth in sales, marketing and communications. SALT LAKE CITY – The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) has LaBarbera continues to advocate for the Hunting Heritage Trust signed Mark LaBarbera, of Arizona-based ML & Associates, as and works closely with respected industry veteran President Bob its Chief Marketing & Development Executive, effective immedi- Delfay. For MDF information: www.muledeer.org, or LaBarately. LaBarbera is a former NSSF Board member and wellbera can be reached at 520-730-9252 or mark@muledeer.org. known industry veteran who served as Executive Adviser to MDF in 2010. LaBarbera will B&C Country Honored with Telly Award work with MDF‘s Vice-president on the MDF‘s work with industry partners on spon- MISSOULA, Mont.—Boone and Crockett Country presented by sorships, merchandising and other programs. Leupold, which debuted in the fall 2010 as a television documenThe Mule Deer Foundation is a national tary celebrating the best in North American big game hunting and non-profit 501(c)(3). The foundation‘s mis- conservation, already has established itself among the best in sion is to ensure the conservation of mule outdoor television with two recent honors—a Bronze Telly deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. Award and a Golden Moose Award. Keith Balfourd, executive ―MDF reminds me a lot of our early days producer of Boone and Crockett Country said, ―Theodore RooseMark LaBarbera of building the North American Hunting velt insisted that the organization be focused on big game conserClub,‖ said LaBarbera. ―As people discover what MDF does for vation, and for the television series to be honored for delivering mule deer – which is the species of the decade – and for the hunt- that message is a way to honor the Roosevelt legacy.‖ ers who spend a disproportionate share of their income in pursuit The series explores wildlife biology, relevant conservation and of mule deer, MDF will keep adding marketing partners and inscience-based game management issues, best trophy destinations, suring that its magazine, chapters, membership, youth education and the time-honored, ethical traditions of recreational hunting. events, annual gathering and its impact on mule deer and mule The B&C was honored in February with a Bronze Telly deer hunters continues to grow.‖ Award for an episode on the gray wolf and the Endangered SpeLaBarbera has a long list of achievements: he was Sr. VP at cies Act. The Telly Awards is the premier cable awards in cable NAHC, a founding director of Wildlife Forever, and OWAA broadcasting. In January, Boone and Crockett Country was recPresident/Chairman, as well as a 2002 Finalist for Budweiser ognized with a Golden Moose Award as ―Best Conservation Conservationist of the Year. He served on the Congressional Series‖ on Outdoor Channel. High On the Wild — continued having whip-lashed my neck and overextended both ankles beyond human capability. The brief, sharp pain subsided, and blessedly, when I managed to crawl around until I could hoist myself erect, I was able to ski quite normally the two miles back to the parking lot. Even after a nasty fall, cross-country skiing was kind to my aging physique—not to mention the ankle I‘d broken just over a year ago, a feat likewise accomplished while standing utterly still. It wasn‘t long, however, before my perfect-sport bubble was burst. The ankle began to swell that evening, the sprain-pain became unbearable, and Brad had to carry me to bed, tears running down my cheeks over the loss of the delusion that I might actually be somewhat athletic in my old age. ―I‘m never doing anything again!‖ I boo-hooed, as I slapped a bag of frozen peas on the swelling. Sometimes those greener grasses (or whiter ski trails) only lead you right back to where you started. By morning, however, I was considering snowshoeing. I‘d read an advertisement: ―If you can walk, you can snowshoe.‖ I think I can walk. I just can‘t stand still.

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Video/Broadcasting With Andy Lightbody

Andy Lightbody

Are Books, The Local Paper and Magazines Dead? Today, in addition to the dozens of hunting adventures, and just about every type of fishing, you have shows with redneck buddies, husband and wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, father/daughter/son, siblings, twins, sportsmen with physical challenges, groups with religious beliefs and messages, and some that I swear are certifiable escapees from mental institutions!

Today, we are in a communications revolution and it looks like the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the Internet! Like it or not, a lot of old ways of communicating in everything we read, purchase, listen to or view are headed for the ―tar pits‖ to go the way of the dinosaurs. Here are a few recent examples: 1) Stand in line at a checkout counter in your favorite store and when someone in front of you breaks out a paper checkbook you can hear everyone groan. Too slow! Come on, swipe that credit or debit card and keep the line moving. 2) Grab your snail mail and chances are that it‘s mostly junk mail! Maybe a few bills mixed in, but only if you don‘t have ―pay-on-line,‖ or use an automatic debit system. For the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) the handwriting is on the wall. The USPS is losing billions each year. Regional Post Offices are closing faster than expensive boutiques. Saturday delivery is inefficient, and why do I need to write a letter and wait a week for it to be delivered? With e-mail I‘ll have that letter or proposal on your computer by the end of the day. 3) Did you really read the printed newspaper today, or sit down with a printed copy of your favorite outdoor magazine? If you did, you are becoming a minority. I get mine on-line, quickly scan through to what I want to read, I don‘t have paper waste stacking up around the house and I keep ink smudges

off my fingers. 4) Book sales are way down. They‘re heavy, take up room and often are not what I want to read. I hit the net and read a preview chapter before purchasing and then load it in my computer, Ipad or other mobile device, also lets me talk to business associates, do my written correspondence, listen to music, view video clips, TV shows or full-length movies, and finally-- read a book without ever physically turning a page. Television Is Dying Turn on the TV in your home today and even free, over-the-air broadcasts, now require a converter box. Free over the air TV is no more. Roof mounted antennas are now little more than archaic lightening rods, and rabbit ears are now sold as a novelty in an antique store or long buried in our landfills. As more and more of us are seeing the Internet as the future of TV, music, and so much more, even the big cable companies are feeling the pinch for traditional television, and are scrambling to bundle together everything from home telephone, internet, music channels, pay-forviews, fancy recording/ playback systems, and just about anything else they can offer. The unfortunate part is that most of the Time Warner, COX, Brennan, Quest, and others are behind the power curve which is the 800-pound gorilla, "the internet," is growing into. For those who have long enjoyed traditional Outdoor television networks the times they are a changing and the

casualties are experiencing shakeouts, dropped programs, and major consolidations. To the new or even long-time outdoor program producer who thinks that he or she has the ultimate outdoor fishing, hunting, camping or outdoor adventure program that is going to garner a huge viewership on The Sportsman Channel, Pursuit Channel, Outdoor Channel, Versus, or World Fishing Network, it is nail-biting time. Herein lies the rub; many outdoor TV producers, product manufacturers and even die-hard sporting viewers are seeing the complete oversaturation of the TV/Cable market. First, unless the average outdoor show and its group of producers/ hosts are real celebrities and well-known stars—with deep pocket sponsors and long-standing outdoor reporting and journalist reputations, chances are the prime viewing hours and slots are locked up for seasons to come. In today‘s market air time is expensive, and only those with big bucks will get the top slots. Second, is the challenge of finding that ―niche‖ or mainstream marketplace that can be covered in a 13-week traditional TV show on any of the existing networks. Today, in addition to the dozens of hunting adventures, and just about every type of fishing, there are shows with redneck buddies, husband and wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, father/daughter/son, siblings, twins, sportsmen with physical challenges, groups with religious beliefs and messages, and some that I swear are certifiable escapees from mental institutions! Now, with TV shows dedicated to ―all hogs, all the (Continued on page 19)


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Photography’s World With Jeff Davis All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice -Elliot Erwitt

Something was changing. In just a matter of seconds the bird calls stopped, and I heard the distinctive sound of a squirrel scrabbling up a tree, but then all was still. A branch snapped on the forest floor, I readied my camera. It was not the buck I expected, but another hunter, this one with a rifle, moving through the woods. He moved past, never seeing me, although I was dressed in blaze orange and just off his path. He had his head down, and I‘m assuming he was headed for a specific spot to stand hunt. But his head was down, and he was watching his feet and trying to be quiet as he walked through his quarry‘s home. He didn‘t expect to see a deer until he was on his stand, and as a result he guaranteed that his presence was broadcast to every creature in the forest. It was deer season and I was in a stand with a rifle, but my main objective was photography. Either way, I was hunting, and watching that hunter move past me. I started wondering how many things I had missed because I didn‘t expect to see them. Noticing things outdoors is the key ingredient for success, regardless of the reason for being there. Good hunters also don‘t only look for their prey, they look for signs that their prey is in the area. Trails, scat, bedding areas, dens, and disturbed vegetation, all are evidence that good hunters notice (the lack of these things also are evi-

dence that hunters take into account). Good photographers also must be aware of what is around them, and not get stuck in a visual rut. That rut can come on in many ways. Photographers that specialize in a specific area tend to only see in that area, which is understandable. If you make most of your money from images of trophy bucks, and are trying to get magazine cover shots, you can start to ignore anything that is not a huge buck in a vertical format. However, there is still a market for other images of deer, including does, fawns, and deer behavior. The majestic buck lit by the soft, warm light of the rising sun may be the standard, but silhouettes, closeup details of hair, antlers, tracks, scat, rubs, and the animal‘s behavior and interaction with other animals also have markets. Another rut is shooting the same thing the same way every time. Early in my career I had a normal lens (50mm), a wide angle (24mm) and a short telephoto (105mm). Over my career, these three lenses probably account for 75 percent of all the images I‘ve produced. However, every time I was able to scrape together enough money to purchase a new lens that new lens became my default, regardless of what I was shooting. When I got an 18mm lens the 24mm spent most of the time in the bag. But the 18 mm really is too wide for general use; things just a few feet away appeared to be waaay over there, and things close to the

lens appeared to be far too large. I learned the hard way when to use the 18mm, and when to go back to the 24mm. Eventually I got a 16mm fisheye, which produces dramatic distortion, and once again I started using that lens far too often. I used it for portraits, for landscapes, for product shots. Most of the time the results were a disaster, but I was in the rut of new and exciting, and instead of letting the subject matter and the objective of the photograph dictate how I shot it, I tried to force it into a box dictated by what was new and exciting for me—using a new lens. I repeated this pattern with a 300mm telephoto, and got stuck in that rut for a while. I finally realized that my problem wasn‘t getting stuck because I was bored, but because I was excited with what was, for me, new and unusual. Now, using a fisheye or a 600mm telephoto for a portrait can work – when you have a reason to do it. I constantly see great images produced by other photographers, and when I do I try to figure out what makes them compelling. Often it is the subject matter, or being in the right place at the right time. But sometimes it is because the photographer used an unusual angle, lens, lighting, or juxtaposition, and you can tell that it was thought, planning, and excellent execution that created the image. Photographers, regardless of genre, continually must examine their work, looking at new techniques, new ways of seeing and exploring new ways to transform what it is they see into their photographs. They must see their subjects in new ways, and when they get stuck in a rut, whether it is creative, technical, equipment, or subject

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The Photographer’s Rut of New Tools and Toys for Better Photos Photographers, regardless of genre, must continually be examining their work, looking at new techniques, new ways of seeing, exploring new ways to transform what it is they see into their photographs. They must see their subjects in new ways, and when they get stuck in a rut, be it creative, technical, equipment, or subject matter, they need to get out of their comfort zone and explore new areas.

matter, they need to get out of their comfort zone and explore new areas. If not, they will be like that hunter, staring at the ground, thinking they are doing everything right, while they are actually on a single path, pushing success out of their way.


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Social Media With Rachel Bunn

Rachel Bunn

The Many Faces of Facebook

Jenna, who is a recent college graduate, started a fan page to promote her freelance photography business. She posts updates about her blog, her recent projects, and any freelance assignments she picks up for local magazines and newspapers.

Status updates. Likes. Wall Posts. Friends--Though all of these things are part of the popular website Facebook, they are not all the site has to offer. Founded in 2004 by Harvard undergraduates, Facebook® initially was designed to help college students at New England and Ivy League schools keep in contact with one another. Six years later Facebook has become the defining website for the worldwide social media movement. Premiering its latest redesign in December 2010, Facebook reminds us that it is not only influencing the culture of social media but it is also being influenced by the culture of social media. The first time I heard of Facebook, or ―The‖ Facebook as it was then known in 2005, the concept of a social networking site with a uniform look and easy to use interface seemed great. But with things like ―relationship status,‖ ―friend requests‖ and ―wall posts,‖ it also seemed like a site that would only appeal to young people. The business minds behind Facebook, however, did have a plan, and as the company grew, so did its services. Facebook was the best thing that could have happened for businesses looking for an easy way to make an impression on the Internet. With the formations and improvements that have been made to Facebook fan pages over the past few years Facebook developers have made an effort to present their platform as a viable marketing option to professional entities. Though social media ex-

perts like to say Facebook is easy to use and does not take much time and effort, only one of those statements is true. Like any advertising campaign, public relations event, or any piece of online writing, using Facebook as a marketing tool requires time spent using the platform. The true benefits of Facebook cannot be discovered unless a real effort is made to utilize the website. In my Facebook experi-

ences I‘ve learned that people like to respond to topics that interest them and they like to be responded to. The Facebook fan page is a be as well nefit to businesses and freelancers because it is a means of promoting a company through the interactivity of the Facebook users. An excellent example of Facebook use is Neil Gaiman, who is probably the best known writer to use social media. Gaiman publishes on his Facebook page on a regular basis, using his posts to redirect his fans to his blog, his other published writings, and any news articles relating to him. Though he does not re-

spond to every individual fan who posts on his page, Gaiman makes an effort to address his fans through his status updates, letting them know about appearances, updates on writing projects and thanking them for any well wishes they have sent. Jenna, who is a recent college graduate, started a fan page to promote her freelance photography business. She posts updates about her blog, her recent projects, and any freelance assignments she picks up for local magazines and newspapers. With far fewer fans than Gaiman, Jenna quickly responds to each fan‘s individual comment, which allows her fans and clients to get a better feel for her vision and idea is for each of her photographs. For writers and photographers, especially those who freelance, Facebook works as a tool to help direct fans and readers to their catalogue of work, which is more effectively displayed on a better platform such as a traditional website or blog. Don‘t make the mistake of thinking of Facebook as a standalone marketing tool. It is a marketing tool that can be used to give people short updates while redirecting them to longer and more detailed works. Time and effort must be put into using Facebook, however, because Facebook fan pages are only a short marketing tool. The timely nature of the site is not meant to be used (Continued on page 19)


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time,‖ and a hunter in a loin cloth, moccasins and armed with a stone-tipped spear hunting hogs—the outdoor program marketplace is probably reaching its limits. Overcrowding the Airwaves On January 1, 2011, outdoor television was dealt a severe blow in both broadcasting opportunities and commercial sales to outdoor product manufactures when ESPN dropped more than 1000 hours of annual outdoor programs to a paltry 40 hours—the reason? There is a larger viewing audience, and more revenue, in broadcasting ―spectator sports‖ compared to the ―field sports.‖ Viewers would rather watch basketball, football, auto racing and sit on their couch, than actually head out-of -doors to go fishing, camping, hunting or experience ―first-hand‖ any outdoor activity. Many outdoor TV producers have been scrambling to find slots on other outdoor networks and for many producers, underwriting, advertising, and sponsorship monies are going to be harder to find. It also means that the dedicated Outdoor Cable/Sat networks have a lot of new programs from which to select, and decide who is going to get on the air, and who is not, and what programs to drop. ―How many fishing shows can we underwrite on the same networks, over and over again?‖ a major tackle manufacture asked. He then added, ―It‘s becoming a case of too much duplication and preaching to the same viewers over and over again. I just don‘t see us advertising fishing gear during an English soccer game broadcast. Nor do I see us spending ad dollars on five bass shows on only three or four concentrated outdoor networks. There‘s only so much money to spend on these shows, and for

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those that we thought as marginal successes, chances are they are going to be cut.‖ Others are beginning to look at what many are saying is the future of outdoor programming: the Internet. ―I knew the internet was the future of outdoor programming a long time ago,‖ says veteran Outdoor Internet/TV producer, Dave Langston, Western States Sportsman. ―Instead of spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional television, we established ourselves and have built a large and loyal following through the net. It‘s good for our sponsors and it‘s good for our viewers.‖ Langston, like a lot of the ―new tech‖ producers, is finding there are multiple outlets for good quality outdoor-related programs. Some outlets will limit the size and/or time length of the segments to be aired, but as more of these outlets continue to see an increase in traffic to the sites there is little question that they will increase their available broadcast space. ―It‘s only a matter of time until more and more viewers use the power of the internet to bring outdoor programs to their home TVs as well,‖ says Kathy Mattoon, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Television/Productions. ―Forget having to get up at three in the morning to watch your favorite show, or having to program your TV recorder. Simply go to one of the new Internet TV sites, find the show you are looking for, and blue-tooth it to your big home plasma screen. Or download it into your mobile device and watch your favorites when and where you want.‖ As for the up and coming outdoor show producers or hosts who don‘t have the deep pockets for traditional TV broadcasting, the Internet may well be the future leveling tomorrow‘s competitive marketplace.

portfolio. Though many people use traditional websites to showcase their work, Facebook is to publish long, thoughtful discourses on topan Internet portal that provides any user the ics, but it is meant to enable those who are ability to interact with other people and discuss making the long, thoughtful discourses to have their work with a wider community, much like a marketing tool. a newsroom or meeting room setting. PersonFor outdoor communicators who have never ally, I find it is nice to be able to bounce my used Facebook in any form, whether as a fan ideas off well-informed people, which is a great page or a personal page, the idea of a site enasset to my own writing process. tirely devoted to self-promotion seems a little For those communicators who are active strange. It takes some time viewing and work- users of Facebook, all this may seem obvious ing with Facebook to understand the concept of and boring, but for those readers who have yet a site that is all about you all of the time. Huto discover the wonderful possibilities of the mility, though considered a good quality by website, I hope you give Facebook a chance. If many, has no place on Facebook. you take the time to use it correctly, you I like to think of Facebook as an online will be surprised with the results.

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Winner Totals (Continued from page 6)

NAME 1st Gordon Pyzer 0 Grant McOmie 1 Greg Niemann 0 Gregg Patterson 0 Guy Carl 0 H. J. "Reb" Thiel 1 Harry Guyer, Jr. 0 Hanry Zeman 0 Harvy Bauer 1 Holly Heyser 0 Howard Meyerson 0 J. Michael Kelly 0 J. K. Ferguson 1 Jack Abrams 1 Jack Abrams & Dan Small 0 Jack Ballard 0 Jack Horan 0 Jack Olson 1 Jack Spencer 0 Jacob Vanhouten 0 James Baker 0 James Guice & Lyle Johnson 0 James Smedley 5 James Swan 0 Jan Kelly 0 Janet Wilson 0 Jay Van Houten 1 Jeff Dennis 1 Jeff Helsdon 1 Jeff Kelm 0 Jeff Williams 0 Jerald Horst 0 Jerry Springer 0 Jesus Martinez 0 Jim Casada 5 Jim Ferguson 0 Jim Mize 0 Jim Spencer 1 Jim Sutton 1 Jim Zaleski 0 Jimmy Smith 0 Jo Dodd 1 Joe Byers 1 Joel Vance 1 Joey Thiel 0 John D. Silva 2 John Flores 2 John Henigin 1 John Jefferson 0 John Martino 2 Jonathan Roldan 1 John Shtogren 0 John Trussel 0 Jon Blumb 0

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NAME John Tetuliani Karen Hoffman Blizzard Karen Loke Keith Sutton Ken Bailey Ken Papaleo Kendal Hemphill Kenita Gibbins Kent Dannen King Montgomery Kirk Deeter Kris Millgate Lara Kirkner Larry Myhre Larry Rea Larry Thornhill Layrence Pyne Lee Allen Leo Maloney Leon Archer Lew Armistead Linda Martin Lionel Gould Lisa Densmore Lisa Metheny Lyle Johnson Lynda Cummings Mandy Harling Mark Blazis Marc Folco Marie Majarow Mark Freeman Mark Harlow Mark Strand Marty Roberts Mary Peachin Maryann Gaug Matt Stevens Michael Furtman Mick Bohonis Mike Holliday Mike Lynch Mike Marsh Mike McKenna Mike Schoonveld Mike Walker Monte Burke O. Victor Miller Otha Barham Owen Schroeder P. J. Perea Patrick Walsh Paul Kress Paul Lebowitz Paul Schnell Paul Smith

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NAME Paula Ouder Peggy Goldberg Peter St. James Peter Wood Phil James Polly Dean Ralph Allen Ralph Martone Ralph Scherder Ray McCune Rebecca K. O'Connor Rich Creason Rich Launders Richard Demarte Richard Hall Richard Holmes Richard Minich Richard Simms Richard Youngblood Risa Weinreb Wyatt Rob Pavey Robert DeWitt Robert F. Sampson, Jr. Robert Stone Rodney Smith Ron Brooks Ron Heyes Ron Merly Ron Presley Ron Tussel Ronald Kolodziej Ronnie Garrison Rusty Chinnis Ryan Mathis Ryan Weishalla Ryck Lydecker Sandra Friend Sandy Macys Saxis Marsh Shauna Stephenson

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NAME Sherry Zurey Steve Griffin Steve Piatt Steve Pollick Steve Sorensen Sue Cocking Suzanne AuClair Suzi DuRant T. J. Schwanky Tammy Sapp Terry Guthrie Terry L. Jones Terry Johnson Terry Lynn Johnson Terry W. Johnson Terry Tomalin Tes Jolly Thomas J. O'Toole Tim Christie Tim Flanigan Tom Berg Tom Carney Tom Cummings Tom Martens Tom Schlichter Tom Stienstra Tom Tatum Tommy Thomson Tom Ulrich Tom Watson Victor O. Miller W. H. "Chip" Gross Wendy Billiot Wes David Will Elliott William Mullins Wynne Benti Zeno Hromin

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A New Kind of Wildlife Photography By Holly A. Heyser Left: Mallard Tails Right: Drake Gadwall Breast Feathers

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AMTRAK By Galen L. Geer

The Iron Rail and the Outdoor Writer—Time To Return?

Train travel in the USA still can provide a travelogue twist to any outdoor article or story. Or, if a writer wants to provide a more intense literary quality to an article, or story there is a deep well of outdoor literature that was written from post-Civil War America, through the Gilded Age and into the mid-twentieth century, that connects many outdoor experiences with train travel. Throughout those decades every American outdoor writer of note, at one time or another, travelled by train to reach a dropping off point to begin a fishing or hunting expedition. Two of the best-known are Theodore Roosevelt, when an east -bound train stopped at 3 a.m. at the end of a three-hundred foot railroad trestle to deposit Roosevelt at Little Missouri, North Dakota, and thirty-plus years later a train of the Canadian Soo Line stopped in northern Michigan, where no town existed, to deposit Ernest Hemingway and some friends for a fishing expedition before they began their World War One Red Cross service along the Italian front. Today‘s Amtrak trains can‘t make unscheduled stops for sportsmen and women, and there are other restrictions (see Press sidebar) that can crimp some plans, but overall today‘s Amtrak has rescued America‘s passenger rail system from the abyss of total abandonment, and it is time for outdoor writers to rethink domestic train travel as a viable alternative to air or auto when going to/from North American fishing or hunting expeditions, whether on assignment or travelling freelance. No doubt there will be some extra planning and travel time involved but the pluses are starting to outweigh the minuses. THE BIRTH OF AMTRAK Amtrak didn‘t burst onto the scene of American rail travel—it lurched, and clawed its way into existence in 1971 as an answer to the state of America‘s railroad passenger service, which was on its knees and holding on to the bottom of its last rope when the turbulent Sixties came to an end. Passenger numbers on America‘s railroads had suffered a bumpy decline beginning late in the 1940s, in large part because of the advent of the private automobile, but also because of the development of commercial aviation through the Thirties and after World War II. Another, unseen problem besetting passenger railroads was a complex system of taxation at all levels of government, often creating a ―cash cow‖ mentality toward the railroads at the local and state government levels. By 1970, despite some peaks of passenger numbers following the infusion of capital to revitalize specific lines (California Zephyr, for example) the number of passengers continued to decline and as ridership declined the railroads also lost their contract with the U.S. Postal Service, a contract that had helped subsidize the poor passenger numbers. Finally, freight service, which had helped to support the passenger service, was being disrupted by the phenomenal growth of

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America‘s trucking industry. These were only a few of the problems that plagued the American railroad industry; others included an abundance of government regulations, labor unions, often with conflicting goals, the soaring costs of equipment maintenance and replacement, and an apparent willingness of railroad companies to allow passenger service to disappear. In May 1967 Anthony Haswell formally established the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) as a formal lobby group to preserve U.S. passenger trains. Initially only a few politicians were interested in working with Haswell and his organization; the Democrats feared subsidies to privately-owned railroads. (Ironically, subsidies to the privately-owned airline industry contributed significantly to passenger rail‘s decline.) The Republican Party opposed any nationalization of the railroad industry but both parties were wary of being held responsible for the death of passenger rail service because of the political ramifications. Finally, in 1970, Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act and President Nixon signed it into law. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (NRPC) was created as a mixed public and privately-owned corporation that would receive taxpayer funding and take control of the operation of intercity passenger service. Few outside of the National Association of Railroad Passengers really expected the new and complex company to actually save American passenger rail service. Named Amtrak shortly before it began operation the company had to contend with outdated equipment and reluctant railroad officials. Over time Amtrak proved to be a viable passenger service, but in getting there the U.S. Department of Transportation discontinued half of the nation‘s passenger train lines and Amtrak began a program of replacing decaying terminals with Spartan-style terminals that mimicked bus stations. Still, while funding support is still spitting and sputtering between not close to adequate and only adequate, the leadership of Amtrak has soldiered on with a belief that America needs a strong passenger rail system. With Amtrak‘s 40th Anniversary this spring the company still is plagued by some of the same problems that created it, labor union issues (Amtrak officials must negotiate with 14 different unions), aging equipment on some routes and timeliness complaints by passengers. Also detrimental to the quality of passenger rail service is that Amtrak finances most railroad employee pensions, even if the pensioner never worked on the passenger service, a debt that chips away at funds that could be used to help finance improvements in passenger rail service. Finally, almost anticlimactically, Amtrak must lease from the freight hauling railroads most of the rail lines it Perch Express—A Cast to the Past travels over—sometimes to the determent of the Amtrak timetable and routing. What h a hand in the past, when sportsmen and women took outdoor communicators should be aware of is that the conflicts between passenger n to their fishing and hunting destination, the Perch is a favored means of reaching one of the nation‘s top and freight, and the reasons for changing routes, covers a wide spectrum of issues that ng destinations for yellow perch and walleye—Devil‘s range from the cost of maintaining a line of track to lost government funding. PROBLEMS ASIDE--?? North Dakota. At first glance it would seem that U.S. rail passenger service still is so mired in probPerch Express is an agreement between Amtrak, the lems that the book that isn‘t worth the candle and it should be allowed to slip into the atrol and Woodland Resort for a discounted fare. The andles lodging & meals while the Perch Patrol oversees abyss of history. However, that is not true because passenger rail service has more pluses than minuses, and at a time when there are serious questions about the future ing, provides local transportation, heated ice houses viability of other intercity travel modes, the idea of supporting passenger rail service the ice fishing gear. The Perch Patrol and Woodland should be gaining converts, especially among the nation‘s media. s experienced with the needs of outdoor writers when Admittedly, even with the price of a gallon of gas and other issues, travel in the gnment. For detailed information on the guide service United States still is dominated by the private auto, to the tune of nearly 89% of all ort Visit: www.woodlandresort.com woodlandresort@stellarnet.com Phone: 701-662-5996 passenger miles, and the airlines have the next chunk of passenger miles at just over (Continued on page 24)


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AMTRAK Press Discounts—Maybe There was a time in the not so distant past when some members of the media could get discounted tickets and on occasion, with the proper credentials, a sleeping room for a longer, overnight trip. But, as with some of the perks of the past in the outdoor media, abuse by a few members of the media brought that perk to an end. There is a possibility, however, of still obtaining a discounted Amtrak ticket or other travel perk. The perk is not going to come easy. According to Amtrak‘s Chicago based Public Relations office, an outdoor writer would need to apply in writing for the perk and be able to provide Amtrak with proof of assignment for a story on or involving Amtrak, plus information on the publication‘s circulation or confirmed readership if writing for an online publication. Simply having a blog or writing online will not do.

Ticket Price or Gas Lodging or Roomette Meals – Breakfast

ten percent; rail service comes in at less than a full one percent of all passenger miles. Yet, for anyone who has travelled by train in the past year, the percentage of passenger miles and the number of people on a train seems to add up to more than one percent because it appears that most trains are fully loaded. The conflicting images are easily explained—equipment. If a train has only ―X‖ number of cars then only ―Y‖ number of passengers can be crammed into the train, regardless of how many people want to travel. That problem isn‘t being ignored by Amtrak‘s officials. In a March 2009 Amtrak Press Release Amtrak‘s officials released a list of capital projects that are being funded by $1.3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The most visible uses of this funding will be $181.6 million to rebuild out-of-service Superliner cars, a Viewliner railcar, locomotives and Amfleet railcars. Amtrak also will be improving more than 200 stations across the country and investing in bridges, track and maintenance facilities that are owned by Amtrak. The planned improvements should take a bite out of some of the complaints against American train travel: late trains, equipment failures (including heating in winter and air conditioning in summer), crumbling stations and similar problems. Unfortunately, the nation‘s lands west of the Mississippi River are still going to lack North-South passenger train service. The Red River and Missouri River regions, as well as Rocky Mountain states, completely lack train passenger routes that would connect, for instance, Fargo, North Dakota to Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City. In the Rocky Mountain States the only North-South possibilities are Amtrak‘s Thruway Connections that utilize buses or vans—not an enjoyable prospect for many travelers—especially outdoor writers. Why Travel Amtrak? One of the most significant Amtrak travel hurdles for outdoor writers specializing in hunting and shooting was lifted at the end of 2010 when Amtrak reinstated the ability of passengers to include firearms in their checked baggage (see Guns sidebar). With the firearms restriction lifted it is now possible to travel by train to a city that is near a hunting area and either be met by the outfitter or rent a vehicle and complete the trip. But why bother? Depending on where it started and the destination city, the trip by train could take two nights and the better part of three days. What seems pointless, because of the extra travel time, can become an advantage because of the amenities of train travel. A chief advantage for the outdoor communicator is that most long distance trains include a Sightseer Lounge car where there is ample room to work on a laptop. Another popular option, especially for couples or co-workers, is to include a roomette or bedroom in the travel plans. The roomettes and bedrooms include complimentary meals, and depending on Air $384.00 N/A

Auto 1242 x2 = 3084 miles ÷ (avg) 22.5 = 137 gal @ $3.40 gal. = $465.00 $75.00 x 2 = $150.00

N/A (maybe)

2 @ $7.50 = $15.00

Meals Lunch

2 @ $15.00 = $30.00

2 @ $10.00 = $20.00

Meals Dinner

N/A (maybe)

2 @ $15.00 = $30.00

Extra Ticket Expenses, Parking Fees Baggage Charges Tips, snacks, drinks, Totals

$20.00 x 2 = $40.00 $100.00 - $250.00 $40.00 - $100.00 x 2 = $80.00 - $200.00 $636.00 - $904.00

None None None $40.00 x2 = $80.00 $760.00

Train $300.00 for basic reserved coach round trip. $509.00 one way Round trip = $1018.00* 3@ $7.50 = $22.50 W/Roomette Included 2 @ $8.50 = $17.00 or W/Roomette Included 2 @ $15.75 = $31.50 or W/Roomette Included None Free in most areas None for most baggage $40.00 x 2 $80.00 $1,398 W/Roomette W/out Roomette $451.00 Or $889.00 sharing Roomette costs with second occupant


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the bedroom configuration selected, can include in-room toilet and shower. (Roomettes do not include these.) Bedrooms and Roometts cost extra, of course, and the cost goes up with the size of the sleeping room. But are the amenities really worth the cost? As a comparison we‘ve constructed a trip for an outdoor writer living near Chicago, IL who is offered a long weekend of fishing at a lodge in Grand Junction, CO. The deal is, however, that the writer is responsible for his/her own travel expenses for the 1,242 mile (one way) trip. For many people the first option is air travel. Regardless of the airline there will be at least one stopover with a change of aircraft and that probably will be in Denver. The second option is driving from Chicago to Grand Junction, and the third option is Amtrak. The table on the opposite page compares the cost of each mode of travel (at pre-MidEast Crisis prices). Also, if travelling with a second person, then the Roomette cost can be divided between two occupants. At one time air travel was easily the most economical way to travel, and for outdoor writers who checked firearms or fishing gear, the airlines truly were friendly skies. Those skies are long gone and writers who want to take their hunting or fishing gear are paying increasing amounts to do so. As for being able to log on to the Internet while waiting for a plane, most airports are now charging an access fee and while there are changes coming which will provide in flight WiFi connections it is far from common and there are still connection charges. Amtrak offers free WiFi in many of its stations and many professional writers carry ―air cards‖ or tether to the mobile phones to use the cellular network. Travel by personal auto is becoming increasingly cost prohibitive. It‘s not just the per-gallon price of gasoline, but because higher fuel costs translate into price increases throughout the economy meal prices are also up. Another drawback is that while driving you‘re not getting any work done, unless you have a travelling companion to do the driving. Amtrak is an economical way to travel, and it is comfortable, even in coach. The seats and legroom are larger and while trying to sleep isn‘t the same as in a motel or a Roomette, it isn‘t nearly as uncomfortable as a plane‘s coach section. Start with a little planning (bring a blanket) the trip can be comfortable. As for working during the trip, in a Roomette there will be a table with electric outlets so there is no need to rely on battery power for a laptop. If travelling by coach there are currently only two outlets in each car, but many more are in the observation car. On the observation car‘s lower level there are booths around the snack bar and there is access to outlets at each table. More outlets are being installed as the cars are being upgraded and refurbished so that problem is disappearing. The biggest drawback to Amtrak is the amount of time required for travel, but when the actual travel time is compared to private auto it is about the same, with the advantage of not having to drive straight through or pay for lodging. Compared with air travel‘s persistent overbooking and fees the train is less stressful. Part of the Experience A final advantage to using the train to reach a destination to begin a fishing or hunting experience is that the train is part of the experience. A trip by train gives the writer an opportunity to meet new people and expand the boundaries of any article or book project, and while it is no longer possible to convince an engineer to stop a train and let a passenger off in the middle of nowhere, it is possible to check your rod case, gun case, or other, larger travel bag without paying excessive fees that can be more than the ticket price, and then settle into a comfortable private room or large, comfortable coach seat. With a little imagination, dinner in the dining car can become the foundation for an outdoor version of an Agatha Christie novel.

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Check Your Guns

If there is a single event that has sparked interest in travelling on Amtrak among outdoor communicators it is the lifting of the ban on travelling with firearms. A large percentage of the men and women who are outdoor writers, photographers and broadcasters who are also hunters or competitive shooters travel with a firearm is simply a way of life. When Amtrak banned firearms following 9-11 there was an immediate impact on outdoor communicators. On December 16, 2009 the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010. Section 159 directed Amtrak to develop the ability to transport firearms in checked baggage, but with some restrictions which are acceptable to the outdoor media. To travel with a firearm here‘s part of the procedure  Container must be hard sided and locked 

When making a reservation, or no less than 24 hours before travel, declare the intent to transport a firearm.

Ticket must be obtained from ticket agent who will issue two part ticket and a Firearms Declaration. No online or kiosk tickets.

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THE JOE PENFOLD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATION EFFORTS SPONSOR: COASTAL WETLAND PLANNING, PROTEC- Potomac Valley Fly Fishers – nominated by Dan Neuland TION AND RESTORATION ACT OUTREACH COMMIT- NEW YORK STATE OUTDOOR WRITERS TEE ASSOCIATION 1st – ―Rantings of a Restoration Junkie‖ by Wendy Billiot CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER COLUMN 2nd – ―The Law of Change‖ by Paula Ouder 1st -- "Big-game hunt in Newfoundland yields a wiser perspec3rd – ―Where the Grass is Greener‖ by Lyle Johnson tive," by Glenn Sapir in The Journal News’ 2nd -- "Have you ever wondered" by Leon Archer in The Valley MASON-DIXON OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION News. THE WHEELER JOHNSON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR 3rd -- "How Dan got to be the king," by Dan Ladd in The ChroniBEST NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 1st -- ―The Fisherman‘s Father‖ by Tom Tatum in Daily Local cle. News CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER FEATURE 2nd -- ―The Old Man‖ by Harry Guyer Jr. in Bedford Gazette 1st -- "Fran, The White House is on the phone" by Mike Lynch in 3rd -- ―Ode to the Landowner‖by Harvey Bauer in Jeffersonian Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Democrat 2nd -- "Great Sacandaga" by Ronald Kolodziej in New York Outdoor News. THE HERB BLACKWELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR 3rd -- "Bunkers and lunkers" by David Figura in The Post StanTHE BEST MAGAZINE OR REGIONAL NEWSPAPER dard. ARTICLE 1st -- ―Our First Double‖ by Harvey Bauer in Ruffed Grouse So- CATEGORY: MAGAZINE COLUMN ciety Magazine 1st -- ―The salmon of knowledge‖ by Angelo Peluso in Fish 2nd -- ―Bowhunting Bozos‖ by Tom Tatum in PA Game News Alaska Magazine. 3rd -- ―A Fly Fishing Expedition‖ by Douglas Dear in The Vir2nd --―Zero in on structure‖ by Angelo Peluso The Fisherman ginia Sportsman Magazine. 3rd -- ―Reading Between The Lines At Hunting Camp" by Bill THE TALBOT DENMEAD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE BEST MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER ARTICLE OR Hilts Jr., North American Bear Foundation Bear Journal. SERIES OF ARTICLES ON CONSERVATION AND/OR CATEGORY: MAGAZINE FEATURE 1st -- "Giving back: Investing in the present and the future‖ by THE ENVIRONMENT 1st -- ―One Oyster at a Time‖ by Lew Armistead in Tide Richard Demarte in Nor’east Saltwater Magazine. 2nd -- ―Intersex Fish‖ by Dan Neuland in Frederick News Post 2nd --"Growl, you‘re on candid camera" by Dennis Aprill in Adi3rd -- ―Scrub Oak Regeneration‖ by Tim Flanigan in PA Outdoor rondack Life Annual Guide. Times 3rd -- ―Grand Illusion‖ by Tom Schlichter in Northeast Boating Magazine. THE PETE GREER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE BEST PUBLISHED OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPH CATEGORY: ONLINE PUBLICATION 1st -- ―Wood Duck‖ by Tim Flanigan in Pennsylvania Game 1st -- ―Lessons learned on a small trout stream‖ by Leo Maloney News in Fish NY.com. 2nd -- ―Canoers‖ by Marie Majarov in Virginia Wildlife Maga2nd -- ―What Meniscus‖ by Leon Archer, in Valley News On zine Line. 3rd -- ―Deer‖ by Harvey Bauer in Jeffersonian Democrat 3rd -- ―The power of milk" by Leon Archer in Valley News On Line. THE FRANK SMOOT MEMORIAL THREE-YEAR ROTATING AWARD: BOOK JANICE KEESLER MEMORIAL PHOTO CONTEST 2010 1st -- Fly Fishing Virginia by Beau Beasley WINNERS 2nd -- Game Warden Entertainment: “The Movie” by Frank No titles listed Mundy CATEGORY: HUNTING & FISHING 3rd -- Tying Terrestrials by Boyd Pfeiffer 1st -- Dan Ladd 2nd -- Zeno Hromin THE BASS PRO SHOPS ―PASS IT ON‖ AWARD 1st -- ―Passing on a Passion‖ by Dan Neuland in Frederick News 3rd -- J. Michael Kelly Post CATEGORY: OUTDOOR SCENIC 2nd -- ―How to Begin‖ by Harvey Bauer in Backwoods Home 1st -- Zeno Hromin Magazine 2nd -- J. Michael Kelly 3rd-- (Tie) ―Introducing Youth‖ by Tim Flanigan in PA Outdoor 3rd -- Leo Maloney Times CATEGORY: OUTDOOR RECREATION 3rd -- (Tie) –―Saving Virginia‘s Bluebirds by Marie Majarov in 1st -- Dan Ladd VA Wildlife Magazine 2nd -- Steve Piatt THE LEROY WHITMAN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EX- 3rd -- Leo Maloney CELLENCE IN CRAFT CATEGORY: PUBLISHED Beau Beasley for Fly Fishing Virginia (Continued on page 27) Winners (Continued from page 13)


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1st -- Zeno Hromin 2nd -- Zeno Hromin 3rd -- Bill Hollister CATEGORY: WILDLIFE 1st -- Leo Maloney 2nd -- Bill Hollister 3rd -- Paul Schnell NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION CATEGORY: (NEOWA) WRITING CONTEST DIVISION: ARTICLE - MAGAZINE 1st -- ―Hot weather, cool water‖ by Ron Merly 2nd -- ―Bluefishing with a special feel‖ by Bob Sampson 3rd -- ―Silver Strike‖ by Ron Merly DIVISION: COLUMN – MAGAZINE 1st -- (tie) ―Hunting camp has special meaning‖ by Gary Moore 1st -- (tie) ―Worm-spawn stripers‖ by Bob Sampson 2nd -- ―The Creek Chub Pikie‖ by John Silva 3rd -- ―Controversial development pending on Housatonic River drainage‖ by Ron Merly DIVISION: OPINION – MAGAZINE 1st -- ―Failure to communicate?‖ by Suzanne AuClair – 2nd -- ―A new excuse for no fish: ‗No see-ums‘‖ by Bob Sampson 3rd -- (tie) ―A lesson not learned‖ by Paul Kress 3rd -- (tie) ―Dangerous people‖ by Paul Kress DIVISION: ARTICLE – NEWSPAPER 1st -- (tie) ―Shooting the hunt‖ by Dennis Jensen 1st -- (tie) ―Feat of clay‖ by Dennis Jensen 2nd -- (tie) ―Coyote vs. man‖ by Marc Folco 2nd -- (tie) ―Woodcock‘s flight of fancy‖ by Mark Blazis 3rd -- ―Sun setting on family hunts?‖ by Marc Folco DIVISION: COLUMN – NEWSPAPER 1st -- ―Turkey vulture adapted to improve survival rate‖ by Bob Sampson 2nd -- ―Psychic guides hunter along trail of life‖ by Marc Folco 3rd -- ―Oh deer! Over-population threatens plant life in forest‖ by Mark Blazis DIVISION: OPINION – NEWSPAPER 1st -- ―Booze control‖ by Marc Folco 2nd -- ―The state‘s killing the golden goose‖ by Mike Roberts 3rd -- (tie) ―Legislators‘ new gift doesn‘t fit‖ by Bob Sampson 3rd -- (tie) ―Outdoorsman not getting caught in this trap‖ by Marc Folco DIVISION: HUMOR – NEWSPAPER 1st -- ―Hiking toward 50 and feeling the change‖ by Marc Folco 2nd -- (tie) ―Eating crow can be a good thing‖ by Mark Blazis 2nd -- (tie) ―A whale of a time at the beach‖ by Marc Folco 3rd -- ―Feisty striper gives a beating‖ by Bob Sampson *Not enough entries in Magazine Humor, Best Coverage by a Newspaper and Book categories to constitute contests. CATEGORY: PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS DIVISION: ACTION 1st -- ―Ocean Majesty‖ by John D. Silva 2nd -- (tie) ―A Battle Won‖ by John D. Silva 2nd -- (tie) ―High Water‖ by Sandy Macys 3rd -- ―Molly‖ by Alan Briere

DIVISION: FAUNA 1st -- ―Great Gray Owl‖ by Alan Briere 2nd -- (tie) ―Who are You?‖ by Sandy Macys 2nd -- (tie) ―Eight Hour Stalk‖ by David Sartwell 3rd -- (tie) ―Tufted Titmouse‖ by Robert F. Sampson Jr. 3rd -- (tie) ―Snow? Time to Leave‖ by Sandy Macys DIVISION: FLORA 1st -- ―Pitcher Plants and Lace‖ by Robert F. Sampson Jr. 2nd -- ―Rebirth and Renewal‖ by John D. Silva 3rd -- (tie) ―Indian Pipes‖ by Suzanne AuClair 3rd -- (tie) ―Tiger Lily‖ by John D. Silva DIVISION: STILL LIFE 1st -- ―Action on Hold‖ by Alan Briere 2nd -- ―Wild Trout: Made in America‖ by John D. Silva 3rd -- ―Simplicity‖ by Alan Briere DIVISION: MEMBERS IN ACTION 1st -- (tie) ―A Crappie Winter Day‖ by John D. Silva 2st -- (tie) ―Dancing with Sharks‖ by John D. Silva 3rd -- (tie) ―Jack and His Vermont Girlfriends‖ by David Sartwell 3rd -- (tie) ―Trying Not to be Seen‖ by Robert F. Sampson Jr. DIVISION: SCENIC 1st -- ―One More Drift‖ by Alan Briere 2nd -- ―Sunset Hunter‖ by Sandy Macys 3rd -- ―Autumn Rainbow‖ by Alan Briere DIVISION: PEOPLE 1st -- ―Westerner?‖ by Sandy Macys 2nd -- ―Deerfield River Moment‖ by John D. Silva 3rd -- ―Connection‖ by Alan Briere OUTDOOR WRITERS OF CANADA NEWSPAPER/INTERNET COLUMN 1st: ―Bison At Risk on Public Land‖ by Bob Scammell in The Reddeer Advocate 2nd : ―Birding in Bear Country‖ by Lionel Gould in Owen Sound Sun Times 3rd ―Tomorrows Hunters‖ by Mick Bohonis in Thunder Bay Source MAGAZINE COLUMN 1st ―Battling The Sea Lamprey‖ by Bob McGary in Ontario Out of Doors 2nd ―Bet Your Life‖ by Gordon Pyzer in Outdoor Canada Magazine 3rd ―Out of Sight, Out of Mind‖ by Duane Radford in Published by: Alberta Outdoorsmen NEWSPAPER/INTERNET FEATURE 1st ―Having a Bad Day?‖ by Alex Gouthro in The Chronicle Journal's -- Outdoors Guide 2nd ―Wind Wars‖ by Terry Lynn Johnson in Sailing Breezes Magazine 3rd ―The World's Racing Destinations‖ by David Wei in The Vancouver Sun TELEVISION/VIDEO 1st ―Namibian Plains Game‖ by T.J. Schwanky for Outdoor Quest TV 2nd ―Alligagator Gar‖ by Dave Mercer for Facts of Fishing TV 3rd ―Sturgeon BC‖ by Bob Izumi for Real Fishing TV MAGAZINE FEATURE "OTHER" (Continued on page 28)


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2nd – ―Drake Wood Duck on log‖ by Gene Hester in Wildlife in North Carolina 1st ―George Theriault's Fountain of Youth‖ by James Smedley in 3rd – ―Into the outback‖ by Jack Ballard in Montana Headwall Ontario Out of Doors DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 2nd ―Smallmouths for Tomorrow - Behind the Science‖ by 1st – ―In search of the river gods‖ by Kirk Deeter in Field & Gordon Pyzer in In-Fisherman Magazine Stream 3rd ―The Internet Posse‖ by T.J. Schwanky in Alberta Outdoors- 2nd – ―Moonstruck‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife men 3rd – ―Give me a home‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife MAGAZINE FEATURE FISHING DIVISION: TV Contest 1st ―The Tree River‖ by Patrick Walsh in Outdoor Canada 1st – ―Pirates of the flats 101: The Cast‖ Chris Dorsey on ESPN2 2nd ―Old School Scientists/Walleye‖ by Gordon Pyzer in In2nd – ―The big ‗W‘‖ Dave Carlson on WQOW Fisherman Magazine 3rd – ―Fish packers‖ Kris Millgate on KPVI News 6 3rd ―The Hiking Steelheader‖ by James Smedley in Lake SupeCATEGORY: BIG GAME HUNTING rior Angler DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST MAGAZINE FEATURE HUNTING SPONSOR: THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL 1st ―Buck Fever‖ by Ken Bailey in Outdoor Canada 1st -- ―Success at last!‖ by Gary Kramer in Gray’s Sporting Jour2nd ―Gobbler Gains‖ by Marty Roberts in Ontario Out of Doors nal 3rd ―Huns and Sharpies‖ Ken Bailey in Outdoor Canada 2nd -- ―The last pack out‖ by Tim Christie in Wyoming Wildlife 3rd -- ―Into the outback‖ by Jack Ballard in Montana Headwall PHOTOGRAPHY 1st ―Winter Walleye‖ by James Smedley in Sentier Chase Peche DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 2nd ―Spot Every Species‖ by Duane Radford in The Outdoor 1st -- ―Grizzly Country‖ by Chris Batin in Outdoor Life Edge Magazine 2nd -- ―Trophy hunting‖ by Tim Christie in Wyoming Wildlife 3rd ―There's no place like this: Ontario‖ by James Smedley in 3rd -- ―Make mine a combo‖ by P.J. Reilly in Sports Afield Chill Magazine DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA WETLANDS APPRECIA- 1st -- ―Teen was truly a dear‖ by Paul Smith in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TION 1st Great Lakes Great Challenge by Jeff Helsdon in DU Conser- 2nd -- ―A memorable spot on the ‗bragging wall‘‖ by Mark Freevator man in Medford Mail Tribune 2nd ―Birders and D.U.C. share many interests‖ by Lionel Gould 3rd -- ―Big game hunting in Newfoundland yields wiser perspecin Owen Sound Sun Times tive‖ by Glenn Sapir in The Journal News 3rd ―Ducks Unlimited Canada - 70 years of Conservation‖ by DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST Bill Otway in BC Outdoors Magazine 1st -- ―Kelly Holmin, Minnesota moose hunting‖ by J.K Ferguson for Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine THE BROCK MACRITCHIE AWARD 1st ―Overnight on Nipissing Ice‖ by James Smedley in My On2nd -- ―Matea Huggins, Oregon mountain goat hunt‖ by J.K. Fertario guson for Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine 2nd ―Catch Fishing and Memories‖ by Bob Scammell in Alberta 3rd -- ―Super slam‖ by Jeff Kelm for Dan Small Outdoors Radio Outdoorsmen Network 3rd ―Mixing it up in Kellarney‖ by Terry Lynn Johnson in Wave- DIVISION: TV CONTEST length Magazine 1st -- ―Bucking the trend,‖ by Dave Carlson on WQOW 2nd -- ―John Paul – Morris, New Mexico,‖ by Chris Dorsey on BOOKS Versus Not Enough entries to run this category 3rd -- ―Handicapped deer hunt‖ by Jack Abrams and Dan Small THE LEN RICH TIGHT LINES AWARD 1st ―Holy Cow‖ by Gord Nuttall on WMVS-TV 2nd ―Summertime Spot and Stalk‖ by Gord Nuttall CATEGORY: BOATING/ PADDLESPORTS 3rd ―Bass Baits for Pike‖ by Wes David DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―The light within the darkness‖ by Tom Watson in Ocean THE NATIONAL FISHING WEEK WRITING AWARDS 1st ―Catch Fishing and Memories‖ by Bob Scammlll in Alberta Magazine Outdoorsmen 2nd -- ―Fast-water fly fishing,‖ by Ryck Lydecker in BoatU.S. 2nd ―Wiggly Good Time‖ by Peter Wood in Orillia Packet & Magazine Times 3rd -- ―John Ruskey‘s Life on the Mississippi‖ by Gregg Patter3rd Overnight on Nipising Ice by James Smedley in My Ontario son in Front Porch (Ontario Travel) DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Paddling Option‖ by Rich Landers in The Spokesman – OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA CATEGORY: BACKCOUNTRY SPORTSMAN CONTEST Review 2nd -- ―Clearing a happy trail‖ by Howard Meyerson in Grand DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST Rapids Press SPONSOR: SIERRA CLUB 1st – ―The last pack out‖ by Tim Christie in Wyoming Wildlife (Continued on page 29) Winners

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3rd -- ―Paddling into autumn‖ by Brent Frazee in The Kansas City Star DIVISION: CAMPING/BACKPACKING/OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL TRAVEL/BIKING/ CLIMBING SPONSOR: COLEMAN COMPANY INC. DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST 1st -- Spokane, Wash., ―Backcountry base‖ by Rich Landers in The Spokesman – Review 2nd -- ―Samoyed pack dog‖ by Kent Dannen in Dogs USA 3rd -- ―Serengeti sky‖ by Bill Powell in Boone County Journal DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Early Highways in Peru‖ by Lisa Densmore in Appalachia 2nd -- ―Pathway to paradise‖ by Lee Allen in Arizona Wildlife Views 3rd -- ―Dream ride‖ by Karen Hoffman Blizzard in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Going wild‖ by Steve Pollick in The Blade 2nd -- ―Senior Moment‖ by Rich Landers in The Spokesman – Review 3rd -- ―China‘s middle class takes to the slopes‖ by Risa Weinreb Wyatt in Philadelphia Inquirer DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST 1st -- ―Sunflower trout‖ by Dan Small for Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network 2nd -- ―Take all of these‖ by Mike Walker for Toyota Outdoors Radio Network 3rd -- ―Outdoor Gear‖ by Mike Walker for Toyota Outdoors Radio Network DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―Mississippi River Dreams‖ Bill Sherck Minnesota Bound/ NBC Minneapolis 2nd -- ―Nightfall‖ by Bill Sherck Minnesota Bound/ NBC Minneapolis 3rd -- ―Black rock mountain biking‖ by Grant McOmie on KGWTV CATAGORY: CONSERVATION/ENVIRONMENT DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST 1st -- ―Flushing rooster pheasant‖ by Michael Furtman in Pheasants Forever 2nd -- ―Rooster pheasant in stubble‖ by Michael Furtman in Montana Outdoors 3rd -- ―Wood duckling‖ by Eric Hansen in Arkansas Wildlife DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Hugh Bennett: crusader for conservation‖ by Ben Moyer in Pheasants Forever Journal 2nd -- ―Coming of age‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife 3rd -- ―Jurassic Park – no bones about it‖ by Craig Springer in Eddies DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Beetle impact: two part series‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyoming Tribune Eagle 2nd -- ―Deer management 101: what does it take?‖ by John Tertuliani in Ohio Outdoor News 3rd -- ―Deer management politics get ugly‖ by Richard Hall in The Country Today

DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST 1st -- ―Drought, or water heist?‖ by Tom Stienstra on KCBS (San Francisco, Calif.) 2nd -- ―The right footwear‖ by Mike Walker on Toyota Outdoors Radio Network 3rd -- ―Gold mine threatens Bristol Bay‖ Dan Small on Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―Bird island‖ by Grant McOmie on KGW-TV 2nd -- ―Return of the black tailed prairie dog‖ by Carol Lynde on Phoenix II 3rd -- ―Weed eaters‖ by Kris Millgate on KPVI News CATEGORY: FAMILY PARTICIPATION SPONSOR: REALTREE DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST 1st -- ―Make your property family friendly‖ by Joe Byers in Whitetails Unlimited 2nd -- ―Family on a bluff‖ by James Smedley in Ontario Parks Guide 3rd -- ―A moment shared between father and son‖ by Tim Christie in Wyoming Wildlife DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Time to take a kid hunting‖ by Bruce Ingram in Virginia Wildlife 2nd -- ―Dear mothers of hunting age children‖ by Ann Hirsch in Arizona Wildlife Views 3rd -- ―Overnight on Nipissing Ice‖ by James Smedley in My Ontario DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Sun setting on family hunts?‖ by Mark Folco in The Standard times 2nd -- ―Little one‖ by Bob Lamb in La Crosse (Wis.) Tribube 3rd -- ―The lessons of the hunt‖ by Paul Smith in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST 1st -- ―Sophie‘s first deer‖ by Dan Small for Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network 2nd -- ―Gary and Carson Lenherr, muskie champs‖ by Dan Small for Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network 3rd -- ―Hawk watch‖ by Peter St. James for WTPL-FM (N.H.) DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―Green mountain conservation camp‖ by Lawrence Pyne for WETK, Vermont Public Television 2nd -- ―Life‘s better outside experience‖ by Karen Loke for News 8 Austin 3rd -- ―Squirrel hunting with Grace‖ by Lawrence Pyne for WETK, Vermont Public Television CATEGORY: FISHING DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST 1st -- ―Crankbait science‖ by Bill Lindner in North American Fisherman 2nd -- ―Fly fishing still life,‖ by Bill Watt in Arizona Wildlife Views 3rd -- ―Pumpkinseed on a popper!‖ by Doug Stamm in New Hampshire Wildlife Journal DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST (Continued on page 30)


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North Carolina 2nd -- ―The Truthiness‖ by Bruce Ingram in Wildlife in North 1st -- ―In search of the river gods‖ by Kirk Deeter in Field & Carolina Stream 3rd -- ―Calving time‖ by Jack Ballard in Wyoming Wildlife 2nd -- ―The Manistee‘s big brown‖ by Jeff Williams in Arkansas DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST Wildlife 1st -- ―Young bucks strut their stuff, study shows‖ by Steve Pol3rd --―It‘s all about the bugs‖ by Jeff Williams in Arkansas Wild- lick The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) life, Jan ./Feb. 2009 2nd -- ―Wisconsin fauna season‘s true survivors‖ Paul Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Uintas cast a spell that is waterborne‖ by Brett Prettyman 3rd -- ―These monsters are misunderstood‖ by Brett Prettyman in in Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune 2nd -- ―Hold, please, I‘ve got a monster on the line‖ by Tom DIVISION: TV CONTEST Stienstra in San Francisco Chronicle 1st -- ―White pelicans‖ by Jack Abrams on WMVS-TV 3rd -- ―A reel birthday gift‖ by Brent Frazee in The Kansas City 2nd -- ―The wolf whisperer‖ by Dave Carlson on WQOW (MO.) Star 3rd -- ―Wisconsin black bears‖ by Jack Abrams on WMVS-TV DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST CATEGORY: OUTDOOR ETHICS/ TAKE PRIDE IN 1st -- ―Fishing memories‖ by Peter St. James on WTPL-FM AMERICA (N.H.) DIVISION:MAGAZINE CONTEST 2nd -- ―Trout tips‖ by Mike Walker on Toyota Outdoors Radio 1st -- ―Give me a home‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife Network 2nd -- ―Camo conservation‖ by Kirk Deeter in Trout, Spring 3rd -- ―Big kids‖ by Peter St. James on WTPL-FM (N.H.) 3rd -- ―A look ahead‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife, July 2009 DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―False casts and brush strokes‖ by Bill Sherck on MinneDIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST sota Bound/NBC 1st -- ―Trapping bears‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyoming Trib2nd -- ―Casting for recovery‖ by Carol Lynde on Phoenix II une Eagle 3rd -- ―Whitefish daze‖ by David Carlson on WQOW-TV (Eau 2nd -- ―The bears of Katmai‖ by Bill Sherwonit in Anchorage Claire, Wis.) Press 3rd -- ―Let‘s keep it clean – for everyone‘s sake‖ by Brett PrettyCATEGORY: HUMOR man Salt Lake Tribune DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―No river for old men‖ by Bruce Cochran in Wyoming DIVISION: TV CONTEST Wildlife 1st -- ―National Parks: Wisconsin‖ by Dan Small on WMVS-TV 2nd -- ―Hurricane Jim‖ by Joel Vance in Delta Waterfowl 2nd -- ―Bamberger legacy‖ by Karen Loke on News 8 3rd -- ―Duck blind gourmet‖ by Bruce Cochran in Wyoming 3rd -- ―Rush River cleanup‖ by Bill Sherck on Minnesota Bound Wildlife CATEGORY: OUTDOOR-RELATED ESSAYS DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―The language of a fisherman‖ by Shauna Stephenson in 1st -- ―Blueberries are good for memories‖ by Steve Griffin in Wyoming Tribune Eagle Michigan Outdoor New 2nd -- ―Best and worst of 2009 outdoors‖ Mark Freeman in Med- 2nd ―Aesthetic exercise – where hunting and singing meet‖ by ford Mail Tribune, Dec. 31, 2009 Craig Springer in Inside Outside Southwest 3rd -- ―When the fish don‘t bite‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyo- 3rd -- ―Give me a home‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife ming Tribune Eagle Division: Newspaper Contest 1st -- ―A whale of a time at the beach‖ by Mark Folco in The DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST 1st -- ―Bananas at large,‖ by Dan Small on Dan Small Outdoors Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) Radio Network2nd ―Bucky awards‖ by Peter St. James on WTPL- 2nd -- ―Winter solitude‖ by Steve Pollick in The Blade (Toledo, FM (N.H.) Ohio) 3rd ―Miss largemouth bass‖ by Dan Small on Dan Small Out3rd -- ―Going to the mountains for answers‖ by Brett Prettyman doors Radio Network in Salt Lake Tribune CATEGORY: NATURAL HISTORY CATEGORY: SHOOTING SPORTS DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST SPONSOR: DUCKS UNLIMITED 1st -- ―Lesser prairie chicken‖ by Gary Kramer in Texas Parks DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST and Wildlife 1st -- ―Sea ducks over decoys‖ by Gary Kramer in WILDFOWL 2nd ―Eye of the Goshawk‖ by Michael Furtman in Minnesota Magazine Conservation Volunteer 2nd -- ―Dad‘s coaching‖ by Tim Christie in Predator Hunting 3rd -- ―Snowy owl‖ by Gary Kramer in Silver Creek Press Wild- 3rd -- ―Incoming pigeons‖ Gary Kramer in Shooting Sportsman life DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Chasing ‗Spiders,‘‖ by Dennis Neely in Woods-N-Water DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―A good problem to have‖ by Joel Vance in Wildlife in (Continued on page 31) Winners

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News 2nd -- ―Minnesota 4-H shooting sports and wildlife invitational‖ by Ed Schmidt in Whitetales 3rd -- ―New life for old guns‖ by Dennis Neely in Woods-NWater News DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―A natural riflewoman‖ by Mark Folco in The StandardTimes (New Bedford, Mass.) 2nd ―Sharpening their aim‖ by Paul Smith in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 3rd -- ―For local archer, it takes only one arm to win,‖ George Ingram The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―School shooting sports‖ by Karen Loke on News 8 Austin 2nd -- ―Shootout‖ by Kris Millgate on KPVI News 6 3rd -- ―Women who hunt‖ by Grant McOmie on KGW-TV CATEGORY: SMALL GAME HUNTING DIVISION: ART/PHOTO CONTEST 1st -- ―Flushing rooster pheasant‖ by Michael Furtman in Pheasants Forever 2nd -- ―Rooster pheasant in stubble‖ by Michael Furtman in Montana Outdoors 3rd -- ―Blizzard bounty‖ by P.J. Reilly in WILDFOWL Magazine DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Rite of passage‖ by Dave Books in Ducks Unlimited 2nd -- ―Hurricane Jim‖ by Joel Vance in Delta Waterfowl 3rd -- ―Hunting a legend…‖ by W.H. ―Chip‖ Gross in Delta Waterfowl DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Hunting with the hawk‖ by Mark Freeman in Medford Mail Tribune 2nd -- ―Beau‘s legacy‖ by Brent Frazee in The Kansas City Star 3rd -- ―Hunters prove their point‖ by P.J. Reilly in Sunday News (Lancaster, PA.) DIVISION: TV CONTEST 1st -- ―Cibola youth goose hunt‖ by Gary Schafer on Phoenix TV 11 2nd -- ―Birds and buddies‖ by Dave Carlson on WQOW 3rd -- ―Hare camp‖ by Dave Carlson on WQOW CATEGORY: TECHNICAL DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Photographing the hunt‖ by Michael Furtman in Ducks Unlimited 2nd -- ―The last hurrah‖ by Chris Madson in Wyoming Wildlife 3rd -- ―Reading the weather‖ by Tom Watson in Paddling.net DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Beetle impact: two part series‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyoming Tribune Eagle 2nd -- ―That nothing look‖ by Rich Landers in The Spokesman – Review 3rd -- ―Fishing 101: four part series‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyoming Tribune Eagle DIVISION: RADIO CONTEST 1st -- ―Lip grip dangerous for bass‖ by Dan Small on Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network 2nd -- ―Chill killer‖ by Dan Small on Dan Small Outdoors Radio

Network 3rd -- ―Food plots for wildlife with Tim Bauer‖ by Jeff Kelm for Dan Small Outdoors Radio Network CATEGORY: VALUE OF WILDERNESS TO THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE DIVISION: MAGAZINE CONTEST 1st -- ―Pathway to paradise‖ by Lee Allen in Arizona Wildlife Views 2nd -- ―Grizzly country‖ by Chris Batin in Outdoor Life 3rd -- ―Watchable wildlife‖ by Lee Allen in The Desert Leaf DIVISION: NEWSPAPER CONTEST 1st -- ―Goodbye modern world. Hello solitude‖ by Shauna Stephenson in Wyoming Tribune Eagle 2nd -- ―Thousands of miles of ‗working things out‘‖ by Tom Stienstra in The San Francisco Chronicle 3rd -- ―Wilderness one step at a time‖ by Rich Landers in The Spokesman – Review CATEGORY: BOOK CONTEST 1st -- Pro Tactics: Steelhead and Salmon by W.H. ―Chip‖ Gross 3rd -- Young Beginner’s Guide to Shooting and Archery by W.H. ―Chip‖ Gross 2nd -- BAREBOW! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big Game by Dennis Dunn CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER OUTDOOR PAGE/SECTION OUTDOOR SECTION CONTEST 1st -- ―Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune‖ submitted by Mark Freeman 2nd -- ―The Salt Lake Tribune‖ submitted by Brett Prettyman 3rd -- ―The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times‖ submitted by Terry Tomalin CATEGORY: PHOTO CONTEST DIVISION: COLOR SCENIC CATEGORY 1st -- ―Horses and Rocky Butte‖ by Tom Ulrich 2nd -- ―Light house and great wave‖ by Henry Zeman 3rd -- ―Fly fishing the Grand Canyon‖ by Doug Stamm FLORA CATEGORY 1st -- ―California False Hellebore‖ by William Mullins 2nd -- ―Icy Aspen leaf‖ by Michael Furtman 3rd -- ―Lupine‖ by William Mullins ACTION CATEGORY 1st -- ―Fighting elk‖ by Eric Hansen 3rd -- ―Splashy suspense‖ by Dan Cook 2nd -- ―Side winder‖ by Mark Harlow PEOPLE CATEGORY 1st -- ―Passing down tradition‖ Gary Zahm 2nd -- ―Boy, this is fun‖ by Bill Lindner 3rd -- ―Bogie and his girl‖ by Jacob Vanhouten FAUNA CATEGORY 1st -- ―My favorite Marten‖ by Michael Furtman 2nd -- ―Mountain Lion with kill in snow‖ by Gary Kramer 3rd -- ―Fox kits‖ by Art Weber DIVISION: BLACK & WHITE SCENIC CATEGORY 1st -- ―Ice berg and mountain‖ by James Smedley 2nd -- ―A new beginning‖ by Mark Harlow (Continued on page 32)


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SPONSOR: TRUPE’S QUALITY HUNTING AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 3rd -- ―Superior sunrise‖ by Mark Harlow ―State casts light on nighttime spotting‖ by Bob Frye in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ACTION CATEGORY 1st -- ―Mallard Duck flying in snow‖ by Michael Furtman WILD TURKEY AWARD 2nd -- ―Kickin‘ it‖ by Mark Harlow SPONSOR: PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER OF THE NA3rd -- ―Brought to hand‖ by Jon Blumb TIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION ―Doing the right thing important for hunters, too‖ Ralph Martone FAUNA CATEGORY 1st -- ―Morning Loons‖ James Smedley in the New Castle News. 2nd -- ―Osprey takes off‖ by Lisa Densmore YOUTH FISHING AWARD 3rd -- ―Nap time‖ by Mark Harlow SPONSOR: EXPOSITIONS, INC. PENNSYLVANIA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION ―The fisherman‘s father: A fable of love and fishing‖ Tom Tatum in the Daily Local News. POWA CORE AWARDS BEST NEWSPAPER COLUMN YOUNG TREES AWARD ―The Old Man and his hunt for the elusive gobbler‖ by Harry SPONSOR: ALLEGHENY CHAPTER OF THE RUFFED Guyer, Jr. in the Bedford Gazette. GROUSE SOCIETY ―Growing a better deer herd, where‘s my chainsaw?‖ by Ralph BEST NEWSPAPER FEATURE ―Morel madness‖ by Ben Moyer in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Scherder in Ohio Valley Outdoors. BEST MAGAZINE OR REGIONAL NEWSPAPER COLWILDLIFE ART AWARD UMN SPONSOR: NED SMITH CENTER FOR NATURE AND SPONSOR: COLEMAN ART ―Will today‘s youth be able to see the forest and the trees?‖ by ―Hoodie Hangout,‖ by Gerry Putt for the 2009 Pennsylvania WaBob Ballantyne terfowl Management Stamp print. BEST MAGAZINE OR REGIONAL NEWSPAPER FEAYOUTH AND THE HUNTING/SHOOTING SPORTS TURE AWARD ―The coffee-break phantom‖ by Steve Sorensen in North Ameri- SPONSOR: NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDAcan Whitetail magazine. TION Central Penn Crushers. BEST PUBLISHED NEWSPAPER PHOTO SPONSOR: PENNSYLVANIA FEDERATION OF SPORTS- PASS IT ON AWARD MEN’S CLUBS SPONSOR: BASS PRO SHOPS ―Wilson‘s Snipe‖ by Don Daughenbaugh in the Williamsport Sun ―The fisherman‘s father: A fable of love and fishing‖ by Tom -Gazette. Tatum in the Daily Local News. BEST PUBLISHED MAGAZINE PHOTO PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR MEDIA ASSOCIATION ―Raccoon‖ by Bob Steiner in Pennsylvania Game News. PINNICAL AWARDS BEST RADIO / TV AWARD SPONSOR: MOSSY OAK No entries POMA awards only one winner in each category. BEST PUBLISHED ART AWARD, COLOR OR BLACK & BOOK – Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big Game by Dennis Dunn WHITE BROADCAST – ―Prehistoric Giant Florida Sawfish‖ by Steve SPONSOR: GATCO SHARPENERS/TIMBERLINE KNIVES) Pennaz in North American Fisherman ―Royal flush‖ by Gerald Putt on the cover of Pennsylvania CONSERVATION – ―Bearing Responsibility‖ by Mike Marsh Game News. in Wildlife in North Carolina POWA SPECIALTY AWARDS Magazine – ―Firing Line‖ by John Jefferson in Outdoor Life NEWSPAPER – ―Trivial Intelligence" by Kendal Hemphill in PENNSYLVANIA DEER AWARD Mason County News SPONSOR: PENNSYLVANIA DEER ASSOCIATION ―The coffee-break phantom‖ by Steve Sorensen in North Ameri- PHOTOGRAPHY/ART/ILLUSTRATION – ―Whack!! Brocan Whitetail magazine. ken Jaw‖ by Bill Konway in Field and Stream Online and Traditional Hunter‖ -- straightcreekoutfitters.com PENNSYLVANIA TRAPPERS AWARD SPONSOR: PENNSYLVANIA TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION ROCKY MTN. OUTDOOR WRITERS PHOTOGRAPHERS ―Trapping is like Christmas every morning‖ by Ron Tussel in the CATEGORY: BEST OF SHOW--PHOTOGRAPHY Pike County Dispatch. Morning Visitor Beto Gutierrez TROUT & THE COLDWATER RESOURCE AWARD CATEGORY: BEST OF SHOW--WRITING ―Mexican Mixed Bag‖ by Mary Peachin in Sport FishingMagaSPONSOR: PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL OF TROUT zine UNLIMITED ―Outdoors you anticipate that special moment‖ Ben Moyer in Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder by Maryann Gaug pubPennsylvania Outdoor Times. lished by A Falcon Guide, 2010 (Continued on page 33) WHITETAIL MANAGEMENT AWARD (Continued from page 31)


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CATEGORY: PHOTOGRAPHY--IMAGE FROM LAST CONFERENCE 1st – ―Lone Tree‖ by Frank Zurey 2nd -- ―Mallards on the Virgin River‖ by Terry Guthrie 3rd - ―Cross Bedding‖ by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- Sandstone Ridge by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- Sandstone by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- Hidden Canyon Trail by Frank Zurey CATEGORY: SCENICS 1st -- ―Bryce‖ by Al Perry 2nd -- ―Antelope Sanctuary‖ by Kenita Gibbins 3rd -- ―Loveland Pass‖ CO by Jack Olson Honorable Mention -- ―Sunrise at CONWR‖ by Linda Martin Honorable Mention -- ―Autumn Sunrise‖ by Terry Guthrie Honorable Mention -- ―Old Barn Georgia Mountains‖ by Beto Gutierrez CATEGORY: FLORA 1st -- ―Dwarf Birch‖ by Al Perry 2nd -- ―Colorado Sunflowers‖ by Ron Heyes 3rd -- ―Colorado Columbine‖ by Jack Olson Honorable Mention -- ―Pasque Flowers‖ by Richard Holmes Honorable Mention -- ―Precious In Pink‖ by Jan Kelly Honorable Mention -- ―Foxtail Frost Sparkles‖ by Linda Martin Honorable Mention -- ―Blooms with Ornament‖ by Jimmy Smith CATEGORY: FAUNA 1st --―Morning Visitor‖ by Beto by Gutierrez 2nd --―Barred Owl‖ by Linda Martin 3rd -- ―Heron 1‖ by Tom Cummings Honorable Mention -- ―Flicker Coming In‖ by Richard Holmes Honorable Mention ―Orchard Oriole‖ by Linda Martin Honorable Mention ―Badger with Kill‖ by Richard Holmes CATEGORY: PEOPLE IN NATURE 1st -- ―Hang on to Your Oars‖ by Terry Guthrie 2nd -- ―Kathy in Meadow‖ by Jack Olson 3rd -- ―Taking Air‖ by Frank Zurey Honorable Mention -- ―Tricky Tide‖ by Kenita Gibbins Honorable Mention -- ―Discovery‖ by Linda Martin Honorable Mention -- ―Photographing Sunset‖ by Jack Olson CATEGORY: HISTORICAL 1st -- Age of Steam by Linda Martin 2nd -- Log Cabin by Richard Youngblood 3rd -- San Jose Mission by Beto Gutierrez Honorable Mention -- ―Grain Elevator‖ by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- ―Leaning Tower‖ by Jimmy Smith Honorable Mention -- Old Cemetery by Frank Zurey CATEGORY: CULTURAL 1st -- ―Balloons‖ by Richard Holmes 2nd -- ―Chinese Culture Day‖ by Linda Martin 3rd -- ―Jam Session‖ by Terry Guthrie Honorable Mention -- ―Tasting the Sap at Maple Syrup Festival‖ by Ryan Weishalla Honorable Mention -- ―Fireweed and Cemetery‖ by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- ―Coming Out‖ by Al Perry CATEGORY: EVENTS 1st -- ―Yellowstone Fire‖ by Beto Gutierrez

2nd -- ―Medical Leave‖ by Al Perry 3rd -- ―Wow Shuttle Launch‖ by Jimmy Smith Honorable Mention -- ―Tornado After Effects‖ by James Baker Honorable Mention -- ―Rider Down Rider Down‖ by James Baker Honorable Mention -- ―Lightning Storm‖ by Ryan Weishalla CATEGORY: ALTERED/COMPOSITE 1st -- ―Cathedral at Rouen‖ by Kenita Gibbins 2nd -- ―Yellow‖ by Linda Martin 3rd -- ―Bryce Canyon Stitched Panorama‖ by Ryan Weishalla Honorable Mention -- ―Winding River‖ by Ken Papaleo Honorable Mention -- ―Funky Fall‖ by Terry Guthrie Honorable Mention -- ―Distorted Balloons‖ by Terry Guthrie CATEGORY: BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS 1st -- ―Fatigued‖ by Al Perry 2nd -- ―Moulton Barn and Tetons‖ by Frank Zurey 3rd -- ―Pastoral Scene‖ by Terry Guthrie Honorable Mention -- ―Hoarfrost‖ by Al Perry Honorable Mention -- ―Snow Goose‖ by Frank Zurey Honorable Mention -- ―Solitary Boat‖ by Lynda Cummings CATEGORY: NOVICE 1st -- ―Great Blue Heron‖ by Jo Dodd 2nd -- ―Painted Bunting‖ by Jimmy Smith 3rd -- ―6am Sunrise in AZ‖ by Ashley Goepfert Honorable Mention -- ―Bobcat with Supper‖ by Jo Dodd Honorable Mention -- ―Tucson Thunderstorm‖ by Ron Heyes Honorable Mention -- ―Hawk‖ by Jimmy Smith CATEGORY: PUBLISHED IMAGES 1st -- ―Whooping Cranes‖ by Al Perry in Bird Conservation 2nd -- ―Rock Squirrel‖ by Linda Martin 3rd -- ―Prairie Chickens Sparring‖ by Al Perry in Audubon Honorable Mention -- ―Shutterbug‖ by Tom Cummings Honorable Mention -- ―Boreas Pass‖ May 2010 by Jack Olson Honorable Mention -- ―Black Throat Sparrow‖ by Beto Gutierrez CATEGORY: WRITING--TV/Movie/Video 1st -- ―Hoar Frost‖ by Al Perry on WNIN-TV9, PB.. 2nd -- ―Four Hunts‖ by Jesus Martinez on Bushlan Video Journal. 3rd -- Jesus Martinez - ―White-Tailed Deer Management‖ Bushlan VideoJournal CATEGORY: BOOKS & SCRIPTS FOR TV/MOVIE/ VIDEO 1st -- ―Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder‖ by Maryann Gaug, A Falcon Guide 2nd -- ―Scuba Caribbean‖ by Mary Peachin for University Press of Florida. CATEGORY: MEMBER’S CHOICE (Voted By Conference Attendees) DIVISION: SCENIC 1st -- ―Cathedral Rocks, Sedona‖ by Fred Lord 2nd -- ―Mountain Highlights‖ by Terry Guthrie 3rd -- ―Tetons‖ by Frank Zurey DIVISION: FLORA 1st & Best of Show -- ―Kodiak Gold Tulip‖ by Ron Heyes (Continued on page 34)


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2nd -- ―Evening Echinacea (Garden)‖ by Jan Kelly 3rd -- ―Fireweed‖ by Sherry Zurey DIVISION: FAUNA 1st -- ―Rufous Female Hummingbird‖ by Fred Lord 2nd -- ―Eagle‖ by Tom Cummings 3rd -- ―Peek-a-Boo Badger‖ by Terry Guthrie Honorable Mention -- Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park by Robert Stone published by Day Hike Books CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER ARTICLES/COLUMNS/ EDITORIALS 1st -- ―Deer are the Embodiment of Wildlife,‖ ―Outdoor Observations‖ by Lee Allen in Inside Tucson Business. 2nd -- ―The Case for Wilderness Areas‖ by Maryann Gaug in Summit Daily News 3rd -- ―800-Mile Arizona Trail‖ ―Outdoor Observations‖ by Lee Allen in Inside Tucson Business. CATEGORY: MAGAZINE ARTICLES/COLUMNS/ EDITORIALS 1st -- ―Mexican Mixed Bag‖ by Mary Peachin in Sport Fishing. 2nd -- ―Pretty as a Picture‖ by Jack Olson in Midwest Traveler. 3rd -- ―Muck Diving in Indonesia‖ by Mary Peachin in The Desert Leaf. CATEGORY: NEWSLETTER WRITING OF ANY KIND 1st -- ―Slow down on I-70‖ by Jack Olson in Rocky Mountain Outdoors. 2nd -- ―They Call the Wind Mariah‖ by Jack Olson in Rocky Mountain Outdoors. 3rd -- ―Get Up With The Chickens!‖ by Maryann Gaug in RockyMountain Outdoors CATEGORY: WEB WRITING 1st -- ―Flying Fish in the Forest‖ by Lee Allen in Web Zine, ESPN Outdoors. 2nd -- ―Leaks In the System‖ by Lee Allen Web Zine,ESPN Outdoors. 3rd -- ―Chasing the Water‖ by Lee Allen in Web Zine ESPN Outdoors CATEGORY: ARTWORKS WITH AN OUTDOOR THEME 1st -- Brittany Johnston - ―The Wild Africa‖ Acrylic painting. SOUTH CAROLINA OUTDOOR PRESS ASSOCIATION CATEGORY: NEWSPAPER FEATURE SPONSOR: HOWARD COMMUNICATIONS 1st -- ―Living Off the Land: A Vanishing Way of Life‖ by Jim Casada 2nd --―Turkey Season, Tactics and Tales‖ by Jeff Dennis 3rd -- ―Lake Monticello: Bottom Bumping‖ by Brian Cope CATEGORY: MAGAZINE FEATURE SPONSOR: THE NWTF 1st -- ―A Gun For The Ages‖ by Ben Moise 2nd -- ―Bluewater Family Is Charmed By Charleston‖ by Suzi DuRant 3rd -- ―Reflections On A Marvelous Madness‖ by Jim Casada CATEGORY: COLUMN SPONSOR: WINCHESTER AMMUNITION 1st -- ―In The Good Ol‘ Summertime…‖ by Jim Casada 2nd -- ―Musings On Coons, Possums And Other Destructive Crit-

ters‖ by Jim Casada 3rd -- ―Ask Dr. Tom: Turducken Secrets Revealed‖ by P.J. Perea CATEGROY: NON-GAME OUTDOOR ENJOYMENT SPONSOR: THE HI-MOUNTAIN SEASONINGS 1st -- ―A World of Wonder: Wildflowers Along the Parkway‖ by Jim Casada 2nd -- ―Into the Wilds‖ by Ben Moise 3rd -- ―The Pleasures of Pickin‘ — Strawberries, That Is‖ by Jim Casada CATEGORY: EDITORIAL/OPINION SPONSOR: REMINGTON 1st -- ―Only Hunters Are Able To Save Hunting‖ Jim Casada 2nd -- ―Economic Woes And The Sportsman‘s World‖ Jim Casada 3rd -- ―Recounting A Primitive Bow Hunting Record For The Ages‖ Jeff Dennis CATEGROY: SHORT FEATURE (<1000 WORDS) SPONSOR: BY MOSSY OAK 1st -- ―Tale Of A Tall Ship‖ by Suzi DuRant 2nd -- ―Southern Relations‖ by Jim Mize 3rd -- ―PVC Fishing Jugs‖ by P.J. Perea CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC MEDIA SPONSOR: THE NWTF 1st -- ―Catch Big Fish Using Stealth‖ by Jeff Dennis 2nd -- ―The Perfect Season For Hunting And Fishing‖ by Brian Cope 3rd -- ―How To Build A PVC Canoe/Kayak Cart‖ by P.J. Perea CATEGORY: PHOTO--DIVISION: OPEN SPONSOR: THE NWTF 1st -- ―Momma!‖ by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―Moonlight and Marshmallows‖ by P.J. Perea 3rd -- ―Bulls Bay Redfish‖ by Brian Carroll CATEGORY: PHOTO--DIVISION: PUBLISHED SPONSOR: THE NWTF 1st -- ―Eyes on the Prize‖ (Art Carter Award winner) by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―Turkey Time‖ by Brian Carroll 3rd -- ―Pounders Falls‖ by P.J. Perea CATEGORY: TV/Video SPONSOR: NWTF 1st -- ―Montana volunteers hunt‖ by P.J. Perea 2nd -- ―Box call video‖ by P.J. Perea 3rd -- ―Three Rivers turkey invitational‖ by Jeff Dennis BOB GLENDY AWARD SPONSORED BY PURE FISHING ―For Whom the Bell Tolls‖ by Jim Mize CONFERENCE AWARD SPONSORED BY THE CLINTON HOUSE, ―Lake Monticello Bottom Bumping‖ by Brian Cope SOUTHEASTERN OUTDOOR PRESS ASSOCIATION, INC. CATEGORY: OUTDOOR ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT SPONSOR: HUNTNFISHREGS.COM 1st -- Jim Casada for Web E-newsletter 2nd -- Galen Geer for The Pines Review 3 -- Jim Ferguson for ―We Are Radio‖ press kit CATEGORY: AUDIO PROGRAM SPONSOR: TREBLE HOOK UNLIMITED (Continued on page 35)


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1st -- ―If Only…‖ by Glynn Harris on O’Neal Outdoors radio – KPCH-FM (Ruston, La.) 2nd -- ―Legends of the Outdoors‖ by Larry Rea on Outdoors with Larry Rea radio – WMC-AM (Memphis, Tenn.) 3rd ―Mandy Harling – National Wild Turkey Federation‖ by Jim Ferguson on ―Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine‖ – April 2010 CATEGORY: VIDEO PROGRAM SPONSOR: SEOPA 1st -- (tie) ―The Educational Box Call‖ video by P.J. Perea for NWTF Education package at www.nwtf.org 1st -- (tie) ―King Strut‖ P.J. Perea on Get in the Game television broadcast on The Outdoor Channel 2nd -- (tie) ―Stream Fish Shocking‖ by Alex & JoAnne Zidock on Out in the Open television broadcast on Blue Ridge TV13 2nd -- (tie) ―Bat Show‖ by Alex & JoAnne Zidock on Out in the Open television broadcast on Blue Ridge TV13 CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION SPONSOR: SEOPA 1st -- ―Jakes Gift‖ by Everette Wall in New Bern, N.C. Sun Journal Web site 2nd -- ―The Fifth Stage of my Hunting Life‖ by Richard Simms for www.Chattanoogan.com/Outdoors 3rd -- ―Getting Bossy with the Boss‖ by Jim Spencer for North American Hunting Club Web site CATEGORY: OUTDOOR BOOK SPONSOR: TIN ROOF PUBLISHING 1st -- Secrets From Florida‘s Master Angler by Ron Presley 2nd -- Flyfishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park by Jim Casada 3rd -- Barebow: An Archer‘s Fair-Chase Taking of North America‘s Big Game 29 by Dennis Dunn CATEGORY: WEEKLY NEWSPAPER STORY SPONSOR: SEOPA 1st -- ―Meditations on Squirrel Hunting‖ by Jim Spencer in Bald Knob (Ark.) Banner 2nd -- ―Slob Behavior Hurts Hunting for All‖ Glynn Harris in Jena (La.) Times 3rd -- ―An Ode to October‖ Jim Casada in Smoky Mountain Times CATEGORY: DAILY NEWSPAPER STORY SPONSOR: SEOPA 1st -- ―Green Timber Greenheads‖ by Keith Sutton in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2nd -- ―Brother Squirrel‖ by Otha Barham in Meridian (Miss.) Star 3rd -- ―Even in Paradise…‖ by Robert DeWitt in Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News CATEGORY: PHOTOGRAPH SPONSOR: REALTREE CAMOUFLAGE 1st -- ―Green Heron‖ by Timothy Flanigan published in Pennsylvania Game Commission 2010 Calendar 2nd -- ―Ice Climber of the Blue Ridge‖ by Jack Horan published in Charlotte (N.C.) Observer 3rd -- (tie) ―Wise Winter Watcher‖ by Tes Jolly published by Alabama Forests

3rd -- (tie): ―Osprey‖ by Butch Thurmond published by Marsh and Bayou CATEGORY: MAGAZINE SHORT STORY SPONSOR: SEOPA 1st -- ―How to Make PVC Fishing Jugs‖ by P.J. Perea in Turkey Country 2nd -- ―Trappers-the Hunter‘s Best Friend‖ by Jim Spencer in Trapper and Predator Caller 3rd -- ―Walking in a Hunter‘s Footsteps‖ Bob Kornegay in Georgia’s Outdoor Adventures CATEGORY: MAGAZINE STORY SPONSOR: REALTREE CAMOUFLAGE 1st -- ―The Rabbit Man‖ by Keith Sutton for Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal 2nd -- ―Bowhunter Magazine‖ by Brandon Butler for Outdoor Indiana 3rd -- ―The Sporting Life‖ by Monte Burke for Forbes CATEGORY: SPECIAL AWARDS CONFERENCE SITE STORY SPONSOR: GATLINBURG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 1st -- ―Master Designer at Work‖ by Glynn Harris in Guardian Journal 2nd -- ―Smokies Searches Tough, Rewarding‖ Dan Cook in Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times-Free Press 3rd -- ―Cades Cove‖ by Alex and Joanne Zidock on Out in the Open television broadcast on Blue Ridge TV 13 SHARON RUSHTON AWARD SPONSOR: DAISY-FIRST NATURE Jim Spencer for ―Legacy‖ in Lightnin‘ Ridge Outdoor Journal TENNESSEE OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION TOWA has only one award in each category. COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- Richard Simms NEWSPAPER COLUMN/FEATURE STORY-- Chad Gay NEWSPAPER NEWS STORY-- Owen Schroeder MAGAZINE ARTICLE -- Gary Sefton ELECTRONIC MEDIA -- Richard Simms RADIO BROADCAST -- Larry Rea VIRGINIA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION CATEGORY: FEATURE WRITING 1st -- ―A place of Uncommon Bounty‖ by Saxis Marsh in Virginia Wildlife 2nd -- ―A Stewardship Legacy, Emily Grey‖ by Marie Majarov in Virginia Wildlife 3rd -- ―Big Money Bass in the Blue Ridge‖ by John Shtogren in Virginia Sportsman CATEGORY: BOB GOOCH COLUMN WRITING 1st -- ―Tales of the Hunt‖ by Phil James in Crozet Gazette 2nd -- ―Hunting more profound than just filling the freezer‖ by Bill Cochran in Roanoke.Com 3rd -- ―Ciara‘s Cove, Press Box‖ by King Montgomery in Angler’s Journal


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Short Fiction

Snow Blind Mallards

Kenneth Keiser has become a frequent contributor to The Pines Review. In this story he blends his dual love of history and hunting to create a moving tale of the importance of a hunter’s ethics. Kieser’s career has spanned 36 years and he is an award winning writer with several thousand bylines in magazines and newspapers. He was inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2010 as a Legenday Communicator and is past president of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Kieser is a historian who specializes in WWII and western history. He currently has two western novels in all major book stores, Ride the Trail of Death, and Black Moon's Revenge.

By Kenneth L. Kieser Snow drifting through thick air is beautiful, especially when watched from the shadows of a duck blind. Wet flakes filled the air like feathers from a pillow. I really never noticed things like snowflakes until I returned from the war. I didn‘t notice a lot of things. But now I guess it doesn‘t matter. My brother Bill and I had just returned from fighting Hitler‘s finest. We‘d joined the Army Air Forces and were assigned to waist gunner positions on B-17s stationed in England. The officer who assigned us claimed we would each shoot down 200 fighters because of our hunting experience. But, shooting at German Me 109s and the newer, faster, long-nosed Fw 190s single seat fighters armed with machine guns and cannons is slightly different from leading a mallard. Adolph‘s fly-fly boys shot back and flew much faster. That officer had never served in combat. But he was right--to a point. We did know how to lead and follow through with a shotgun. We grew up in duck blinds. Dad taught us how to blow a duck call when most kids were playing with rattles. Every day during duck season he took us to the river to hunt tough river mallards. We looked forward to the end of each school day to trade our books for cherished duck hunts. On weekends we packed a lunch and stayed all day. During high school in the late 1930‘s we found jobs guiding hunts on the Missouri River for businessmen at a nearby duck hunting club. Most were overweight slobs and terrible shots but some were capable shotguners and a few could even blow a duck call. My brother and I would occasionally shoot

a duck or two for hunters we liked but had spent a frustrating day missing the fast fowl. We figured they could enjoy a duck dinner. But mostly we let our clients hit or miss. Besides, a local game warden named Jack McGrue kept an eye on us. He wanted to make sure we kept our operation on the up and up. Occasionally he gently reminded us it was not legal to fill others‘ tags and we knew he was right. McGrue was different. Something about him did not fit and we could have done without him. We loved those hunts; we were being paid at a time when money was tight. I thought about those duck hunts during missions over Germany and wondered if I would ever see the river again. After our 60 missions scattering bombs across Europe we went home. Bill and I came back in time for Missouri‘s November duck season. The family home seemed cold and empty without the folks, who died in a car wreack the year before we shipped overseas. Our cousin Paul took care of the place while we were gone. We returned to find the old house like we left it --sturdy and needing paint. Bill and I had plenty of time to work after we caught our breath. After all, war takes plenty out of a guy. We sat in the living room, in mom and dad‘s spring-loaded Sears and Roebuck rockers. The November weather was surprisingly warm so we did not build a fire in our old stove. We just sat in the living room, content to see each other. Very little was said. We had plenty to talk about but nothing to say. Our planes survived German Ack-Ack and those pesky fighters. Our two groups suffered terrible losses and we considered it a miracle we survived. Several men from our crews died on those missions. On several missions I returned with someone‘s blood on my heated flying suit that was wired to give us some comfort during highlevel bombing missions. Over Berlin I stopped two guys from bleeding to death. Others I couldn‘t save. Once, over Germany, a shell exploded and killed the waist gunner directly across from me. His body must have shielded me from shrapnel. The tail gunner was blown in half. I never understood why the entire tail was not blown off. On Bill‘s final mission his plane crashlanded and exploded into a bright fireball on the runway. Somehow, Bill was thrown clear of the carnage and walked away with scratches-the only survivor. I guess we were meant to


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survive the war. Before leaving for war, we agreed to go duck hunting on our return. In England our groups were stationed close enough we could meet occasionally to drink that nasty warm beer and chase English girls. Mostly we sat and talked about the old days, the folks, and our next duck hunt. The day of our hunt we were both excited but very few words were spoken. I guess any desire for chitchat goes away after surviving hell. What was once important had lost meaning. I knew we had to make that duck hunt. I hoped hunting had not lost its importance. Bill had a pleasant look on his face the morning we stepped out the door with shotguns slung over our shoulders into a beautiful snowfall. I was surprised at how warm the air temperature felt. We had found the old hunting club‘s decoys the day before. They were in stacked bags spread across the corner of a small shed where they had lain since the club closed six months before we left for war. Rodents had done some damage, but nothing major. The decoys were there for us to take. The owner had died and his wealthy daughter could not have cared less about a bunch of hunters or decoys. We carried the bags across a frozen field. Years before we had found a deep loop in the river and built a sturdy blind. Ducks loved this spot because they could rest out of the main river current during foul weather. We set out eight dozen of the club‘s best in sort of a fishhook pattern. The snow picked up intensity, becoming a blizzard. Through the thick of it Bill and I watched for incoming mallards. Heavy snow would push some of them out, but others would be looking for a nice place to rest. We had the table set. Bill and I talked very little. I decided against forcing a conversation. We would talk when the time was right. I was bothered by Bill‘s loss of facial expressions. But I glanced over at him and he was smiling.as his blue eyes looked skyward. I followed his stare to find a beautiful sight, about 60 beautiful sights boring straight in towards our blind. A large flock of mallards had spotted our decoys. We added sweet duck music and were answered by the lead hen. The mouthy old girl seemed interested in joining us and her group followed. A tear, or maybe it was melted snow, dripped down Bill‘s cheek as he sent a highballing invitation skyward. He was grinning as he continued trading passionate sounds with the circling mallards. I stopped calling to watch. He had never called better. The large flock disappeared into the swirling snow each time they circled. They reappeared downwind and flew back over our set, each time maneuvering lower and lower. Then they finally drifted over our set. We jumped up to shoot when the lowest mallard‘s feet touched water and mass confusion exploded over the ancient Missouri River. Ducks scrambled to escape this trap they had blundered into. I picked out a greenhead and squeezed the trigger of my shotgun, pitching the duck into our decoys. I heard Bill shoot as another passed across my sights. I caught up with the duck‘s flight and for some reason decided not to shoot. We proudly laid two big drakes under our wooden bench. He grinned at me and quickly looked skyward as another big flock

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Page 37 passed close by. The heavy snow was driving them lower for sanctuary that we were happy to provide. The flock made another pass out of the heavy snow and Bill‘s eyes brightened. Pintails! Mature pintails that trailed long sprigs swooped past like fighter planes in tight formation. We back off on our calling and started whistling with our mouths. The remarkable ducks closed in and we dropped two drakes dead in the water. Their sprigs projected over the river‘s surface like flagpoles. We had survived Hitler‘s best to be rewarded with the duck hunt of a lifetime. After retrieving our trophy ducks, we wadded into the river and started splashing water on each decoy to clean off accumulating snow. Our wet decoys looked bright in the dirty river water. Apparently another flock of mallards thought so too! We both started highballing on our calls, but it wasn‘t necessary. We were where the ducks wanted to be. These ducks wanted a quiet spot to escape the blizzard. About 70 mallards splashed down in our decoys. We both raised our shotguns but did not shoot. I guess we were thinking the same way because no words were spoken. We had enough ducks for a couple of meals. Let them have their resting spot. We worked new flocks over the next hour and filled the pocket with live quacking ducks and a couple of Canada geese. I never wanted that hunt to end, but our time was running out. We decided to start for home. The sky was darkening and we did not want to get caught in a blizzard at night. Visibility was nonexistent as we carried our ducks and shotguns across that white field, but the air still seemed remarkably warm. I stacked the decoys in our blind to be carried home for repairs and painting when weather permitted. We plowed across the snowfield as darkness settled in. I started wondering if we had waited too long; the snow was thick, the thickest I had ever seen. Soon a light filtered out of the darkness as we approached our house. I wondered if we had left a light on or maybe Cousin Paul had stopped by. The smell of apple cobbler baking in our old wood burning cook stove overtook us. I had not smelled anything that good since mom was alive. We stepped through the door and stopped in our tracks. Mom was standing at the stove and dad was sitting at the table, carving on a ham. Both turned to smile at us. Tears slid down my cheeks. "I thought you were dead," I stammered. "No, wait a minute, we went to your funeral. I helped shovel dirt over your coffins. What happened?" Suddenly McGrue appeared from a back room. But he was different. He had replaced his game warden suit with a white suit. We understood he was something more than a game warden-something much more. The folks continued to smile at us as he spoke. "Boys, your folks are not dead, they have gone on to eternal life. And now so shall you. You did not survive the war. But you did pass your last test on earth. You might not be with us now if you had continued to shoot. But you used good judgment to shoot only enough ducks needed for food while leaving the rest to survive. Others might have shot until their gun barrels turned red. But you showed eternal wisdom--the wisdom of only taking what you needed and leaving the rest for future generations. Now hug your folks, boys. I think they missed you. We have a long trip ahead."


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dominating the woods and fields where the game had been played. The stories are not predictable because there are stories when Spencer, or his wife Jill Easton, win the game and the turkey becomes a ―good bird,‖ which in his parlance translates into a turkey for the table. There are also stories of the birds winning and the hunters going home skunked. Brian Lovett is the editor of Turkey & Turkey Hunting magaBAD BIRDS zine and is the person responsible for bringing Spencer‘s concept ISBN 978-0-9673975-9-7 of writing about ―Bad Birds‖ to the magazine as a regular feature. By Jim Spencer 1st Edition 2010, Softback, perfect bound, B&W photos, illustra- Lovett writes in his ―Foreword‖ that the feature has been in every issue of the magazine since Spencer first proposed it in 2000, and tions 230 pages. he also writes that Spencer‘s Bad Birds epitomizes a truth about Price: $15.95 + $5.00 S&H and dealer inquires are welcome. turkey hunting; that the stories ―represent the sum of decades of Treble Hook Unlimited experience in turkey woods across the country.‖ The sentiment is PO Box 758 not true just for Spencer but is shared by all turkey hunters. Calico Rock, AR 72519 The more endearing qualities of this book are not just the www.treblehookunlimited.com humorous stories and Spencer‘s (or his wife‘s) constant battles Most hunters have stories to tell about their most memorable hunts, their favorite quarry, with wily turkey‘s, but the mix of successes and failures that are skillfully blended to provide several hours of pleasant reading. load, bullet, gun or whatever. Jim Spencer, Spencer writes with an uncommon folksy tone that makes the an award-winning outdoor writer and is a turkey hunter. His newest book is about tur- stories seem more campfire tales—as if the author is sitting on a keys—with a twist—he writes about turkeys log beside the reader while he spins the yarn. But don‘t be fooled by the folksy flow of the story because Spencer has a wonderful that ―went bad.‖ No, they didn‘t contract command of language that echoes the Southern literary tradition some sort of disease, or turn rancid in the that is the heart of so much outdoor literature. freezer, but turned ―Bad‖ because the bird The closing two stories are a step away from the Bad Birds that should have become the centerpiece of of the first 41 tales. The 42nd story, ―The Story of a Turkey the next family holiday dinner suddenly become smarter, more wary and above all more Hunter‖ is a heartwarming account of how a group of turkey suspicious of everything around him in his natural world, and the hunters gave a man his dream, and the last story is by another hunter discovers chasing a single bird has overcome all common writer, Larry Dablemont, and it is a strange tale about Dablemont, Spencer and other friends who unsuccessfully hunted sense--sometimes to their own detriment. a ridge where a particular turkey lived. Both the turkey and the Bad Birds is a collection of stories of Spencer‘s most diffiridge take on their own eerie presence in the pages of the cult and challenging birds. In Spencer‘s stories the bad birds book. It is a good ending to a good book. sometimes win the game and at the end of the hunt they are still

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logues were published. The outdoor sports played important roles in these early texts. The combination of travelogue with the outdoor experience remained a literary link until the mid-Twentieth century. By the 1980s they had split into two distinct genres, travel/outdoor literature and outdoor sporting literature (hunting and fishing). Since then a few books were published that straddle the boundary between mainstream travel/outdoor and outdoor sporting literature, but most are distinctive in their differences. Finally, and most frustrating for the outdoor sporting literature, what had once been ―outdoor literature‖ has been absorbed by the nature genre, further separating outdoor sporting literature from the mainstream. Unfortunately for the Cabelas this has effectively stopped the books, although they are taken directly from travel journals kept by Dick and Mary, from crossing into mainstream literature. Even Peter Capstick‘s books on Africa succeeded in some transition, receiving favorable reviews in Sports Illustrated and Publisher’s Weekly, among others. David Cabela‘s books, although superior to Capstick‘s, remain frozen in a sort of literary limbo. Interestingly, Capstick‘s books are not travelogues. They are personal adventure books that sparked controversy throughout Capstick‘s professional career and have continued to do so after his death. It would be a mistake to classify Cabela‘s books only as personal adventure books, although to some degree both books are, as is any personal hunting narrative. But where Capstick relied on an unending flow of textual hyperbole to keep the reader engaged while he mentally dominated his writing, the Two Hearts books rely on a more subtle first person wonderment narrative that is the core of the outdoor writing tradition, defining it through most of the 19th century and the first two thirds of the 20th century. The root of this is the writing of Frank Forester, the pseudonym taken by Henry Herbert, who refined the outdoor narrative in sporting literature. Forester‘s 1851 book Warwick Woodlands, is the fictional account of a seven-day hunting trip for grouse, quail and woodcock. Forester‘s writing clearly establishes the blend of travelogue and outdoor sports narrative he began incorporating into his writing in 1831, and had fully developed by the 1840s, creating a literary style that ultimately defined outdoor sporting literature to this day: And scattered though they were in all directions, among the most infernal tangled grass I ever stood on, those excellent dogs retrieved them one by one, till every bird was pocketed. We then beat on and swept the rest of the meadow, and the outer verge of the alders, picking up three more birds, making a total of seventeen brought to bag in less than half an hour. We then proceeded to the wagon, took a good pull of water from a beautiful clear spring by the road-side, properly qualified with whiskey, and rattled on about one mile farther to the second bridge. Here we again got out. .... And off he drove at a steady pace, while we, striking into the meadow, to the left hand of the road, went along getting sport such as I never beheld, or even dreamed of before. For about five hundred yards in width from the stream, the

In Frank Forester’s Narrative Tradition TWO HEARTS IN TANZANIA: Dick and Mary Cabela’s Hunting Chronicles II Review By Galen L. Geer

Two Hearts in Tanzania ISBN 978-o-9755544-3-3 By David Cabela First Edition 2010, Copyright 2010. 277 pages, photos Trade Edition $24.95, Collector’s Edition, $150.00 Cabela Publishing, LLC 3020 11th. Avenue Sidney, NE 69162 Veterans of African travel are quick to point to one truism that has not changed in more than a century—one trip to Africa is never enough. Dick and Mary Cabela, founders of the Cabela‘s ―World‘s Foremost Outfitter‖ mail order and retail store empire, epitomize that truth--they made five trips to Africa (among their other travels around the world), most notably Tanzania, and there, among the savannas, rocky kopjes and bush lands of the countryside, their heartstrings became more entangled and what they shared as a couple grew to encompass Africa. An invaluable gift to the world of outdoor literature was created by Dick and Mary--they kept journals of their travels and now David Cabela is transforming these journals into what has become the ―Two Hearts Hunting Chronicles,‖ the true adventures of Dick and Mary Cabela. Two Hearts in Tanzania is the second collection of stories to emerge from their journals. The first volume, Two Hearts, One Passion, published in 2005, received excellent reviews in the outdoor media. Unlike Chronicles II, the first ―Two Hearts‖ covered the Cabelas‘ outdoor experience around the world, from their grasslands in Nebraska to fishing for giant blue marlin off Australia, and of course their African safaris that ranged from the Ethiopian rainforest to Zimbabwe‘s savannas. When Chronicles II was published in 2010 it too received excellent reviews in the outdoor media, but as with the first book little attention by the mainstream. That, unfortunately, is the curse of today‘s outdoor sporting media; it is sectioned off from mainstream literature in which, ironically, most ―traditional‖ literature has its roots The establishment of printing with moveable type in Europe (1450) sparked a slow, but steady growth in secular books that appealed to audiences beyond the church‘s confines. One genre that enjoyed particular growth under, and was protected by the aristocracy, was hunting literature. In time, hunting literature merged with travel literature, also an emerging genre that coincided with the reduction of the dangers of extended travel. Through the ebb and flow of European political and economic epochs and then into the Americas, a steady stream of trave-


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ground was soft and miry to the depth of some four inches, with long sword-grass quite knee-deep, and at every fifty yards a bunch of willows or swamp alders. In every clump of bushes we found from three to five birds, and as the shooting was for the most part very open, we rendered on the whole a good account of them. The dogs throughout behaved superbly, and Tom was altogether frantic with the excitement of the sport. The time seemed short indeed, and I could not for a moment have imagined that it was even noon, when we reached the barrack. (43, 44) Cabela‘s use of the Forester style is unmistakable. In the paragraph that follows, Cabela captures another layer of the literary hunting narrative: Your gut tells you what it thinks

about tracking buffalo. It starts as a trickle, like a feather tip wriggling in your hollow stomach. When you catch the scent, that unmistakable buffalo odor hanging faintly in the air, the feather becomes a sharpened pencil, jabbing at your stomach‘s walls, prodding you to investigate further, or possibly begging you to abandon the trail—so hard to tell. When you close the distance, sweat gathering like a storm cloud on your forehead, the pencil transforms once more into a spiked medieval mace, churning throughout the inside of your torso. The bull turns with his nose high in the air, arrogant fire in his eyes. Which of you is more afraid? Trying to will your nerves into submission, you squeeze the trigger, knowing you will have to squeeze again. The hunt is at its height. What happens after that can go either way, but a different part of

you takes over then, a part ruled by instinct and resolution, and the tickle fades. (38) This is not Capstick‘s adventure-logue hyperbole but an internalized, compassionate narrative that enables the reader to share in the hunter‘s broad spectrum of emotions. In a story about hunting birds in Africa the literary links between Forester and Cabela are obvious: Fields were aflame across the savannah. The tall, dry grass under a cloudless sky burned quickly and within days green shoots of new grass began coloring the scorched ground. . . . ―How about we start with something traditional?‖ Cotton said, pointing to a line of brush. ―A group of guineas just ran into those bushes. Let‘s get this bird hunt started.‖ Several guineas burst into the air-one crumpled from a load of lead. Dick‘s second blast missed. The lumbering birds landed in an open field and kicked dust from their feet as they ran for safety. Dick and Cotton returned to the vehicle laughing and carrying the helmeted guinea fowl by the neck. . . . Dinner conversation revolved around crested cranes and kori bustards and king fishers and how to hunt the many different birds on the list. (145-146) There are no explosions of feathers or other bombastic accounts of the kills, just an understated reality. This standard of writing deserves study by other writers and it also deserves acceptance by the wider literary community. Perhaps, among some readers and critics-outdoor sports enthusiast or not--the notion that a book written by David Cabela, the son of the Cabelas who built the now sprawling retail corporation on fishing and hunting, is mere selfpromotion and this falsehood keeps them from accepting this book as literature. After reading this book I believe they are wrong. Selfpromotion does not include the careful introspection by a person sensitive to nature‘s infinite glories. Henry Herbert advocated that no one should write about the outdoor sports who did not appreciate nature. David Cabela follows that advice--as do his parents.

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removed. Plus, it has duplex scanning so it is capable of scanning both sides of a document The NeatDesk‘s scanning speed is 25 pages per minute. It does require an electrical connection and its weight is 4 pounds, making it more compatable with office use than on the road. Portable Scanner The Neat ComThe NeatReceipts scanner is a mobile scanner powered and connected via USB. Unlike the NeatEvery outdoor writer or communicator pany was founded in 2002 Desk, the Neat Receipts scanner is sheetfed and who has spent time watching TV has to manufacture scans one side of a page at a time and has a scanand market a ning speed of 4 pages per minute. The Neat Reprobably seen the ads, and probably practical and ceipts scanner weighs less than a pound which wondered if it really works. At the Re- efficient system makes it ideal for use on the road, so it is easy to to transform the travel with. For outdoor communicators who are jumble of paper always inundated with travel receipts and business view we too wanted to find out—so we that buries the cards while on the road, whether attending the started checking—if you are serious small business SHOT Show or a conference, the NeatReceipts and home conabout the “business” of the outdoor me- sumer. For the scanner can solve a lot of problems. Both scanners use the proprietary NeatWorks outdoor writer, dia these software which extracts the date, amount, vendor photographer or name and payment which may then be manipuscanners broadcaster lated by the user. whose office Mac Users might be often is overThe Neat Company has not left the Mac users whelmed with what you out of their product line. NeatReceipts for Mac the clutter of features the same mobile scanner but the software, need! paper that inNeatWorks for Mac 3.0 was designed specifically cludes business for Mac OS X and it is not a port of the PC vercards, receipts, sion. NeatWorks for Mac features support for receipts, business cards and documents. It also includes features that are available only for Macs, including drag-and-drop functionality, subfoldinvoices and other paper the ers, Image Flow, Smart Something New for Neat Company products may Folders, intergration the Outdoor Media? be a lifesaver. with Spotlight, scanning NeatReceipts and NeatDesk The Pines Review is directly to the Address are the two scanners sold by the Neat Company. constantly on the lookout Book and compatibility with several 3rd party Both scanners come with the same software— for products and services scanners. NeatWorks. that will make the work Outdoor communicators interested in purchasof being an outdoor The difference in the products is in the scaning one or the other of the Neat Company products writer, photographer or ners. The NeatDesk scanner, which is an Autobroadcaster easier. If you matic Document Feeder (ADF), allows the user to are encouraged to check the company website for would like to submit a scan multiple pages sequentially, eliminating the more information. On a regular basis, 4 or more press release send it to the times each year, the Neat Company offers disneed to place each individual page in the scaneditor at: counts through a rebate program. For more inforeditorpinesreview@mlgc. ner. The NeatDesk can scan up to 10 receipts, 10 mation visit the company‘s web site: business cards and 10 documents simultaneously, com http://www.neatco.com or up to 50 documents with the paper input tray


The Pines Review

Winter, January-April, 2011 Vol. IV No.1 Page 43

Events Calendar 2011 January: February:

March: April:

May: June: July:

August: September: October: November: December:

Jan. 18-21: SHOT Show, Sands Convention Ctr. Las Vegas, NV http://www.shotshow.org Feb. 17-20: NWTF National Convention, Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, TN www.nwtf.org. Feb. 18-20: San Francisco Writers Conference, Contact: Sfwriterscon@aol.com No Listing April 1-3: Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Assn., Solomon‘s MD. Contact: Alex Zidock, zdockpub@ptd.net April 16: 14th. Annual Northern Arizona Book Festival, Coconino Center, Flagstaff, AZ Contact, nazbookfest@gmail.com April 28-30: Tennessee Outdoor Writers Conference, Greenville, TN. Contact, Max Moss, mmenterprises1@charter.net or Gil Lackey, gillackey@bellsouth.net April 29-May 1: Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, Marriott, Contact, Jodi Anderson 719-244-6220 April 29-May 1: NRA National Convention, Pittsburg, PA www.nraam.org May 1 - 3: Outdoor Writers of California, Spring Conference, Lake County, CA www.owac.org No Listing July 9-11: OWAA Conference, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Salt Lake, UT. Contact Robin Giner, rginer@owaa.org July 13-14: ICAST, Las Vegas Convention Center. Contact: Mary J. Williamson, mjwilliamson@asafishing.org July 15-18: Alabama Writers Conclave, Huntsville, AL., Contact: Greg Screws, greg_screws@whnt.com DATE TBA: OWAA Goldenrod Annual Writer‘s Retreat. University of Montana. Contact, Robin Giner, rginer@owaa.org Aug. 10-13: POMA Annual Conference, Ogden, UT. Contact: Laurie Lee Dovey, lldovey@professionaloutdoormedia.org No Listing Oct. 5-8: Southeastern Press Assoc. (SEOPA), Annual Conf. Branson City, MO. Contact Lisa Snuggs, lisa@seopa.org No Listing No Listing

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tected by Under Armour Best Show Open (New Category): Driven with Pat and Nicole The Outdoor Channel presented 23 awards, including several Best Commercial: Eastman's Hunting TV – Eberlestock Back―Fan Favorites‖ determined by almost 70,000 online votes, at the packs 11th Annual Golden Moose Awards in a ceremony held at the Best Blooper / Outtake: Hunter's Specialties Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, January 20, 2011 during Fan Favorite Best Overall: Bone Collector the SHOT Show. The Golden Moose Awards honors the produc- Fan Favorite Best New Series: Jim Shockey's The Professionals ers and on-air talent from Outdoor Channel‘s programming. Fan Favorite Best Hunting: Bone Collector The Golden Moose Awards was sponsored by Budweiser. Fan Favorite Best Fishing: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Best Overall Production: Jim Shockey's The Professionals Fishing Best Conservation: Winner: Boone and Crockett Country Fan Favorite Best Host: Lee and Tiffany Lakosky Best Educational / Instructional: Dominant Bucks Golden Moose Honorary Award – Off Road: Dirt Trax Best Big Game Hunting: Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures Golden Moose Honorary Award – In the Line of Fire: Manny Best Fishing: Penn's Big Water Adventures Puig and Sheri Daye Best Bird Hunting: Benelli Presents Duck Commander Golden Moose Honorary Award – Lighting Rod: Ted Nugent Best Turkey Hunting: The Wild Outdoors Golden Moose Honorary Award – Most Nominated: The Best Best Videography / Camerawork: Dirt Trax of the West Best Sound Design: Jim Shockey's The Professionals Golden Moose Honorary Award – Lifetime Achievement: Best Graphic Design & Animation: Buck Commander Pro- Michael Bane

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Henry Herbert, father of modern outdoor writing, wrote under the pseudonym of “Frank Forester.”

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The Pines Review Vol. IV No 1 Winter 2011 Jan-April  

Literary Journal covering the art and literature of the outdoor sports. This issue includes a complete list of 2010 Excellence in Craft Awa...

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