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    20th Over-the-Hill Sailfish Tournament is Fun for 50 & over
    Historic “seniors” charity tournament for CF and MARC set for Jan. 19 & 20th

    ISLAMORADA In-the-Florida Keys --- Fishing fun and feeling philanthropic in the Florida Keys at Flutie’s Fifty and over tournament.
    Okay, please excuse the alliteration but its worth emphasizing that two decades ago the late Capt. Al Flutie and friends started a little local charity sailfishing tournament that today continues to embody the fun of the sport and the uniqueness of the Florida Keys community.
    Flutie, a popular Islamorada guide and radio fishing show host along with Dick Sheppard, Socko Gorenflo and Rip Tosun began the originally named Al Flutie Over-the-Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament, which 20 years later is still the only senior’s sailfish tournament in the world.
    This year the historic seniors’ catch-and-release competition kicks off Monday afternoon, Jan. 19 at Gary Dunn’s Ocean View Inn (MM 84.5 bayside), with fishing, dinner and awards on Jan. 20.
    The event has far-reaching appeal attracting not only locals but many anglers from northern states. Last year’s top place winners were from New Jersey and Minnesota. It’s also attracted the attention of the world’s largest advocacy organization for the 50+ community in an AARP newsletter.
    Anyone can participate but only those 50 years and older are eligible for trophies and prizes.
    Asked why the tournament has enjoyed such enormous popularity, veteran tournament official Capt. Bill Kelly laughed saying, “The tournament’s motto is ‘we give tacky a touch of class.’ We do it benefiting very worthy causes such as cystic fibrosis research through the Redbone celebrity tournaments here in Islamorada and MARC the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens of the Keys. We keep the entry fee affordable, make certain the food is top-notch, provide outstanding trophies by well-known marine artist Pasta Pantaleo and have high quality items in both the live and silent auctions. We throw in lots of fun and camaraderie and just hope the fishing is up to par. Even if the fishing is slow we have all the ingredients for a highly successful event.”
    Over the holidays the latest reports were the sailfish action was strong in the Atlantic waters.

    Donating over $350.000 to local and national charities with zero administrative costs
    Kelly said tournament originators are extremely proud of their event’s history of profits for charities. With zero administrative dollars paid out of the profits more than $350,000 has been donated to numerous charities
    “Because it’s an all volunteer effort there’s no administrative fees taken from tournament proceeds. Other than covering operating expenses, every penny raised goes to the charities.
    "It’s heart-warming knowing we’re helping to make a difference,” said Kelly. “The life span for those afflicted with CF has tripled and grows each and every day. Scientists are on the cusp to finding a cure for this disease and that's part of our mission. Also helping to preserve the valuable work of MARC of the Keys is fundamental to our community character. Keys residents have always stepped up to the plate when locals need help and support. That's what it's all about."
    “Dunn, the former Pittsburgh Steeler great opens his O V Inn and Sports Pub and all of our volunteers treat our anglers like royalty. I think that's why our anglers dig deep in their pockets to help raise money for our selected charities. Besides, this tournament is just plain fun to fish in!
    “It’s too bad Al, Dick and Socko are no longer with us to appreciate all of the goodness they helped generate for Keys infrastructure and such noble causes. Somehow I feel they know it and continue to shower their blessings on all of us.”
    More tournament information and downloadable entry forms are on the MARC website at: www.marchouse.org. Or participants can call co-chairmen Michelle Snyder at 305-852-3282 or at 305-849-3042, or Gordon Ross at 305-294-9526 ext. 25 gordonkw1552@aim.com.
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    Default John Brownlee named chairman of The Billfish Foundation

    Dec. 3, 2008
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    John Brownlee named chairman of
    The Billfish Foundation’s board of trustees
    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. USA –

    Internationally respected marine journalist, editor and conservationist, John Brownlee has been named by The Billfish Foundation as chairman of its board of trustees.
    A member of TBF for over a decade Brownlee was appointed to the board in the summer of 2002. For the past year he served as vice chairman before being appointed chairman succeeding Ms. Joan Vernon.
    “It’s an honor to be named chairman of TBF,” said Brownlee. “No other organization has done more to protect worldwide billfish stocks, and the current board and I will strive to continue TBF’s groundbreaking conservation work in areas like Mexico, Latin America and South America, as well as continuing to attempt to persuade ICCAT to take a stronger stand on billfish conservation.”
    TBF President Ellen Peel said, “Having John serve as TBF Board Chair will be exciting. He understands the fishery management systems having served on the federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for six years. His term included one year as chairman.” Peel added, “One difficult challenge for passionate anglers is to understand change to the fishery management regulations must be made through established parameters following very specific regulations. John understands those realities and he understands the sportfishing community and the link between good conservation and good economics to related businesses.”
    As a committed conservationist Brownlee also served two years as the SAFMC council’s recreational representative to the ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna) advisory committee. Years earlier he served as the treasurer of Florida’s highly successful “Save Our Sealife” amendment campaign to ban commercial netting off Florida’s coasts and approved by its voters in 1994. He’s been Florida’s chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association and has served on the CCA’s national board. He’s also the upper Keys representative for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
    Earlier this year the Bonnier Marine Group named John its editor-in-chief of Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, the country’s oldest and largest saltwater fishing magazine. For over a decade he had served as the magazine’s senior editor and later as a regional sales manager before joining Sport Fishing and Marlin magazines as a senior editor. Prior to rejoining Salt Water Sportsman, he launched Center Console Angler magazine in 2006.
    An extensive traveler, John and his wife Poppy make their home in the Florida Keys in Islamorada, the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World."
    Established in 1986 The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations worldwide. With headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, TBF’s comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, sport fishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy.
    TBF’s web site is www.billfish.org and its phone number is 800-438-8247.
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    Default oldest seafood festival in the state

    October 31, 2008 to November 1, 2008

    Location: Battery Park Apalachicola, FL

    The oldest seafood festival in the state. If you love great seafood, arts & crafts, fine folks and wonderful entertainment all wrapped into a magnificent family atmosphere, then join us in Apalachicola for the 45th Annual Florida Seafood Festival. The event will feature quality entertainment and maritime crafts paying tribute to the Apalachicola Bay's commercial fishermen. There is also an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest. Headliners this November 1st are Daryle Singletary @ 4:00 and Little Texas @ 8:00.

    For more information go to www.floridaseafoodfestival.com

    Just incase you were wondering, the fishing has been pretty good...

    For those that aren't into the festivities or crowds, we do have captains available for fishing this weekend!

    If you're looking for family friendly fishing guides, you found us!

    Hope to see you this weekend!

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    Thumbs down Mexican “fishing mafia” tagged for three illegal catche

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    Mexican “fishing mafia” tagged for three illegal catches
    Conservation efforts of The Billfish Foundation in Baja region beginning to pay off



    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., USA ---- Community based enforcement efforts in Baja California Sur, Mexico, supported by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) through the Center for Marine Protection and funded by the recreational fishing license fees paid to FONMAR, have resulted in three recent seizures of vessels carrying multi-tons of illegally harvested dorado.

    On August 13, a commercial vessel from Mazatlan was seized in waters north of Loreto with 1,300 kilos (nearly 1.5 tons) of dorado (also known as mahi mahi, dolphinfish or goldenmakrele), a species strictly relegated for sportfishing and not commercial long-lining or netting. Local FONMAR agents said the crew was filleting the illegal fish at sea.

    Then over the weekend of Sept. 5, two boats owned by commercial longline king Henry Collard were seized and charged with illegally harvesting dorado while using a shark permit in Magdelena Bay. The two vessels were carrying 14 tons of dorado along with several tons of shark.

    News reports in the local La Paz newspaper El Sudcaliforniano were critical of the illicit activities described as “the fishing mafia” and commercial “pirates” which are often funded by the Mexican federal government. The report said it’s been happening for years.

    Collard, a prominent representative of commercial fishing interests, was reported to have threatened fisheries enforcement agents that he “is a personal friend of Ramon Corral and you can’t do this to me!”

    TBF President Ellen Peel said this statement does not do much for Corral’s already tainted image by accusations of wrong doing by his own CONAPESCA personnel.

    “Corral is the head of Mexico’s fisheries agency CONAPESCA and has been an unyielding supporter of the new regulation NOM-029 that attempted to allow the “incidental” harvest of billfish, dorado and other species within Mexico’s 24 year-old conservation zones.”

    The news report also said the CONAPESCA boarding party, received a call from senior officials of Mexico City, and opted to withdraw from the arrest site, leaving the responsibility for the inspection staff of FONMAR. The news reporter said the FONMAR personnel were not intimidated by the threats of the crew of the seized boat.

    Investigations are also underway by U.S. and Mexican officials regarding the transportation of hundreds of tons of the illegal dorado catches from the Port of Guaymas into Arizona through Nogales, and into California through Tijuana.

    TBF President Ellen Peel said, “Apparently the recent interest of U.S. enforcement officials in the import of illegally caught dorado has persuaded CONAPESCA that they need to concede TBF’s position that there is no basis in Mexican law to allow bycatch in the conservation zones and enforce the federal fisheries law.”

    Peel said the foundation was instrumental in getting FONMAR established locally in Baja Sur in 2005 so angler’s license fees go to directly assisting conservation and protection of the fish resources in the region. Small panga patrol boats have been purchased from the FONMAR money. As a result local fishermen are reporting illegal acts to the FONMAR officials.

    Dr. Russell S. Nelson, TBF’s Chief Scientist, said the increased enforcement against illegal fishing activities in and around the Baja Conservation Triangle has been the first priority for funding FONMAR, the trust created in 2005 by TBF and its Mexican conservation partners.

    Working with governments worldwide The Billfish Foundation advances the conservation of billfish and associated species to improve the health of oceans and economics. Since 2002, TBF has been working in the “triangle” an area bounded by Los Cabos, La Paz and Magdelena (Mag) Bay in the southern Baja peninsula.

    “There are many loop-holes in the May 15 NOM-029 regulation also known as ‘Shark Norma,’ “said Nelson. “It dramatically and destructively affects the fishing resources in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) and the millions of tourist dollars that support sportfishing such as catch and release for striped marlin in the region.”

    Full details of the story will follow in next month’s edition of the TBF’s Billfish Magazine and on the TBF web site at Billfish.org.

    To contact Ms. Peel call her at 800-438-8247 ex. 108 or via e-mail at ellen_peel@billfish.org . For Dr. Nelson please e-mail him at DrRSNNC@aol.com or by phone at 561-449-9637. .

    Founded over two decades ago, The Billfish Foundation with headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. TBF's comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, and sportfishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy.

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    Editors: For the above newspaper references please see: http://www.oem.com.mx/elsudcaliforni...as/n842382.htm and http://www.oem.com.mx/elsudcaliforni...s/ns844540.htm



    9/12/2008



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    Hell’s Bay and Gordon Boatworks create winning merger
    Tom Gordon returns home to Hell’s Bay to combine efforts

    TITUSVILLE, Fla., --- Hell’s Bay Boatworks is bringing back veteran fishing boat builder Tom Gordon, plus two of its classic and popular shallow-water performance skiffs with those currently produced by Gordon Boatworks, in a merger of the two companies.
    Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ President Chris Peterson, who two years ago bought the decade-old company and has been rebuilding its proud heritage, made the announcement.
    All of Gordon Boatworks models and intellectual property will be moving from its Oak Hill, Fla., location with Tom Gordon, to the Hell’s Bay facility in Titusville.
    No purchase price was disclosed.
    “We’re very excited about joining together these two shallow-water fishing industry leaders,” said Peterson. “Gordon Boatworks has a loyal following among anglers, boaters and guides around the world.” Gordon has been in the fiberglass industry since 1989 and began his career in the shallow water skiff market with Hell’s Bay in 1999.
    Peterson said almost four years ago, with Hell’s Bay in a major transition, Gordon, then Hell’s Bay’s plant manager, left the company and successfully started Gordon Boatworks. “He licensed the two popular Waterman (16’ and 18”) models from Hell’s Bay. Both are very reliable fishing boats and proven designs. Gordon Boatworks also worked with Hell’s Bay’s co-founder Flip Pallot in launching a new design called the Ambush that has proven a popular seller.
    “Because he knew boats, the character of the people needed to build them, and because the product was so good Tom became very successful,” Peterson reflected. “The Waterman models are popular in all of the Southern coastal states, as well as the Bahamas, Mexico and several other foreign countries where shallow and back-country fly and light tackle fishing is popular. Hell’s Bay considered Gordon Boatworks the only legitimate competition for a truly technical poling skiff.
    “With Hell’s Bay and Gordon Boatworks producing skiffs in separate facilities within 30 minutes of each other, it just makes a lot of sense to consolidate the operations into one company in one location. Tom’s boat building career was launched at Hell’s Bay and he wants to be a part of what was created here, and what in the early years of Hell’s Bay Tom helped design,” Peterson said.
    Hell’s Bay recently introduced its newest design in February at the Miami International Boat Show; an 18’ skiff Hell’s Bay calls the Boca Grande. By incorporating the models of Gordon Boatworks, Hell’s Bay will now have 11 models of shallow-water skiffs in the 14’ to 18’ range. “We certainly have the ideal skiff for every type of shallow water fishery now at Hells’ Bay Boatworks,” commented Tom Gordon. “It will be exciting to offer such a depth of product to the fishing enthusiast.”
    Hell’s Bay Boatworks is located at 1520 Chaffee Drive in Titusville. The web site is hellsbayboatworks.com. To contact Peterson or Gordon call 321-383-8223 or via e-mail to chris@hellsbayboatworks.com or tom@hellsbayboatworks.com, respectively.
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    Default Sportsmen Successful in Bid to Protect Black Bear Hunt

    Sportsmen Successful in Bid to Protect Black Bear Hunt in Florida


    (Columbus) - The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation was victorious in its representation of hunters’ interests in a lawsuit brought by anti’s to make black bears in Florida off-limits to sportsmen forever.

    The case contended that the black bear in Florida is in deep trouble and is an endangered sub-species of the North American black bear, entitling Florida bears to protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)., It was brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and other anti-hunters. United States District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. presided over the case.

    “The Court found the Defenders of Wildlife case to be wholly baseless,” said Rick Story, senior vice president of USSAF. “The judge wisely deferred to the scientific conclusion of the agency with statutory responsibility for the health and well-being of the bears. The bottom line is that the black bear is healthy and abundant, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing a fine job of managing them and the court completely ignored the anti-hunters’ nonsensical argument that the Florida bear is an endangered subspecies of the North American black bear.”

    A dangerous precedent would have been set if the black bears in Florida had been classified as a sub-species and categorized as endangered. It would have allowed anti-hunters to bring similar lawsuits to challenge the classification of deer, quail and other game animals that have numerous populations throughout the country.

    “It’s great to see that the judge saw this the way sportsmen do,” said Brad McNaughton, president of the Central Florida Bear Hunter’s Association. “These groups call themselves advocates, but hunters are the ones that care about the well-being of these species. Our hats are off to the Sportsmen’s Alliance – without them, none of this would have been possible.”

    Anti’s have tried for years to list Florida’s bears under the ESA, but extensive research by the USFWS has determined that the listing is not warranted. Studies show that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats throughout Florida.

    The USSAF joined with Central Florida Bear Hunters Association, Safari Club International and Mark Roden of St. Augustine to intervene in the case.

    The SLDF is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts, representing the interests of sportsmen. It also assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law. For more information, e-mail info@ussportsmen.org

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussafoundation.org.
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    Exclamation Proposed Ordinances Could Prove Dangerous to Sporting D

    Proposed Ordinances Could Prove Dangerous to Sporting Dog Owners
    Volusia County, Florida Residents Should Act Now!

    February 13, 2008 (National)

    Sportsmen in Volusia County, Florida face two proposed ordinances now before their county council which will erode their rights.

    The proposed ordinances would make it impossible to keep and train hunting dogs within the county. Similar codes have made their way through city councils across the United States. They hurt legitimate hunting dog owners and breeders.

    One of the proposed ordinances would require a sporting dog or other dog owner who is a “hobby breeder” to be licensed the same as a commercial “animal care facility”. An “animal care facility” is defined as “premises where six or more domesticated pets, including feral dogs and cats, over six months of age, are sheltered, maintained, trained, boarded, or bred, whether for profit or for personal use for any length of time”

    The proposed ordinance also includes changes to the amount of land needed to house over four animals six months or older, mandates at least 50 feet of yard space, and would mandate that outdoor areas be double fenced to prevent escape. A public hearing for the ordinance was held on February 7, and a final reading and vote is scheduled to take place on February 21.

    A mandatory spay/neuter ordinance is also being considered. It would make it nearly impossible to breed and raise hunting dogs. A draft of the proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance was presented at a meeting on February 7.

    Take Action! Volusia County, Florida residents should contact Volusia County Council Members and urge them to oppose these ordinances. Tell them that such laws make it impossible for many to keep hunting dogs, and are hard to enforce. To contact your council member, call the citizen hotline at 866-345-0345.
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    Arrow ROTARY CLUB of CLEARWATER ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNUAL KINGFIS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    ROTARY CLUB of CLEARWATER ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNUAL KINGFISH TOURNAMENT CLEARWATER, Florida (February 14, 2008) – The Rotary Club of Clearwater will once again host its Annual Kingfish Tournament on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Clearwater Yacht Club. There will be a mandatory Captain’s Meeting at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 11 at Coachman’s Park in downtown Clearwater. The Captain’s Party will also feature music, food, attractions, and a silent auction. This year’s Tournament will feature $8,000 in cash prizes to the top anglers. For specific details on prize structure, entry forms, and Tournament schedule please refer to the official Rules & Regulations, available at www.clearwaterrotary.org. The Annual Kingfish Tournament is the Rotary Club of Clearwater’s primary fundraising activity each year. Since the tournament’s inception in 1993, the Rotary Club of Clearwater has generated over $750,000 that has been distributed to local charities. In 2008, the selected charity beneficiaries are: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Clearwater Free Clinic; The Kimberly Home, Inc.; Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP); Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, Inc.; Clearwater Marine Aquarium; Clearwater Police Department’s Good Act Program; Upper Pinellas Association of Retarded Citizens (UPARC) Foundation, Inc.; La Clinica Guadalupaña, Inc.; Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf; Skycrest Christian School; Clearwater Rotary Endowment Trust Fund of Charities, Inc; Rotary International Foundation; and Clearwater Rotary International Project.
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    Bass expert / WaveSpin reel inventor Doug Hannon
    named to Outdoor Life 25

    PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Doug Hannon, who was given the moniker “The Bass Professor” several decades ago, has been honored in the latest issue of “Outdoor Life”, as one of the O.L. 25: people “whose lifetime achievement has had the greatest positive influence on hunting and fishing.”
    Considered one of the country's preeminent big-bass authorities, Hannon of Odessa, Florida, has documented the catch and releases of over 800 largemouth bass weighing 10 pounds or greater. The multi-dimensional Hannon is also a diver, underwater photographer, author, filmmaker, lure designer and fishing-gear inventor.
    “My endeavors in the outdoors have always been focused on seeking the truth and sharing it with our brothers and sisters in the field. As such, I am honored to receive the recognition of Outdoor Life as a member of the OL 25. We may not be able to change the World, but together we can all strive to change the landscape. It is with humility that I say simply, "Thank You!"
    Hannon holds 16 patents, most in the outdoor arena, including one for his weedless propeller an innovation that effectively revolutionized the trolling motor industry.
    His latest invention, the WaveSpin spinning reel is receiving high praise with its patented spool that makes loops irrelevant.
    Jerry Gibbs the venerable fishing editor of Outdoor Life Magazine said in the Dec. /Jan. 2007/2008 issue that Hannon’s WaveSpin represents “the first significant improvement in salt- and freshwater spinning-reel design in more than 50 years. What sets the WaveSpin apart from its competitors is that it's virtually impossible for the line to birdnest during a cast.”
    Unlike the smooth lip on all other spinning reels, the WaveSpin reel features 16 smoothly rounded teeth – or waves -- on the spool lip which completely eliminate the eruption of a birdnest due a loop or loops that may have been retrieved onto the spool. During casting looped line lays harmlessly between the waves on the spool and simply unwinds on the next cast unnoticed and without creating tangles of any kind. Even if a loop lays on the spool instead of between the waves, the patented design still allows the line to cast freely.
    Put to the test by Gibbs and some "pretty vile casters," he said Hannon's latest creation lived up to its claims.
    “It’s been fun seeing the results of my efforts in the hands of novices as well as fishing professionals,” said Hannon. “At a recent fishing show I had a father tell me the reel was giving his child more confidence in casting and enjoyment of fishing while not having to worry about loops, tangles and birdnests. He was also casting farther. The father bought another WaveSpin for himself after giving his to his child.”
    Hannon’s WaveSpin is being marketed by XXX-Stream Tackle through a growing number of major sporting and fishing goods stores (Cabela’s and Gander Mountain) along with direct sales on its website www.wavespinreel.com. For information on WaveSpin please contact Russ Riley, VP of Operations, at: 989-967-8426 or via e-mail at investrepo@hotmail.com .
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    OWAA Meets with Media, Industry Professionals at 2007 SHOT Show

    MISSOULA, Mont. – The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), “The Voice of the Outdoors,” will hold a press conference at the 2007 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Orlando, Fl.

    Members of Outdoor Writers Association, friends, industry professionals and members of the media are invited to join OWAA’s board of directors at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan.13, in room N313.

    OWAA, the nation’s largest group of professional outdoor communicators, will inform communicators and industry professionals of benefits of networking with 1,700 outdoors communicators representing diverse media.

    OWAA’s board will meet the next day for its semi-annual meeting in Orlando, host city of the world’s largest showcase of firearms, hunting and outdoor products.

    “OWAA looks forward to showing its flag at the SHOT Show,” said OWAA Chairman of the Board Spencer Turner. “Our participation in this forum is a wonderful opportunity to meet with industry professionals, members of the press and to thank longtime supporters of our association.”

    At SHOT, OWAA will introduce its newly revised Outdoor Reference Manual, an indispensable reference for anyone who writes about outdoor activities. The group also will highlight its fellowship and scholarship programs; invite the shooting and hunting community to its June 16-19, 2007, annual conference in Roanoke, Va.; and announce plans for the revision of its Business Guidelines Handbook, another must-have reference for outdoor communicators.

    OWAA is a nonprofit, international organization that was founded in 1927 by a small group of hunting and fishing writers. Since then, the organization has grown to approximately 1,700 communicators from the broad, modern spectrum of outdoor beats, from shooting to camping, backpacking to kayaking, wildlife watching and mountain climbing.

    From these diverse backgrounds and disciplines, members gather beneath the OWAA banner to hone skills, share philosophies, develop profitable business strategies and network with peers, conservation policymakers and industry trendsetters. OWAA’s membership remains grounded in its historical roots – hunting and fishing communications. However, it continues to broaden its outlook and services to encompass all resource-dependent outdoor activities.

    OWAA's national headquarters is located in Missoula, Mont. To learn more about OWAA, “The Voice Of The Outdoors,” call 406-728-7434 or visit www.owaa.org.

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