Trail to The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon, is situated in the north-central part of the state on the Columbia River, the nation’s second largest river, and is bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the West.

So with spring just around the corner and our conference looming big, I am again asking you to clean out that closet, garage, shop, etc. Those treasures you no longer need could be of interest to someone else. NOWA’s raffle and silent auction are always so much fun at the annual conference.  Fun because of these treasures you no longer want. Filling up the truck and bringing us those items you can donate will help us create a “fantastic collection.” (And, since you are bringing so many things, please make us a list–thanks.)

This is our major fundraiser, so come prepared to buy lots of tickets! (Cash or check only.)

Contact Jo Wilson, 503-390-4557 or

2019 NOWA Raffle and Silent Auction Donations

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 2019 conference a success! 

Supporting Member Donations

BoatUS: One-year membership with on-water and on-road towing, & PFD Belt Pack

National Shooting Sports Foundation: 10x28mm Bushnell binocular

Visit Lewis Clark Valley, Michelle Peters: Gift basket-wine, chocolate, wine glasses, peanuts, oats

Lone Wolf Distributors: $50 gift certificate, t-shirts, caps, patches, stickers

Tec Nu Laboratories: Cooler bag, cap UV glasses, 4 containers of product

TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group: Assorted Road Runner lures and hooks, Go-Go Runner lures, N-Tense Glow paint lures, Bucktail pro, Salmon Steelhead Runner

Member Donations

Dennis Dauble: Chinook Fall print, Book: One More Last Cast, CDs: Doug Seegers, Colin Lake, Billy Bragg, LouAnn Barton, Neil Young, John Prine, Johnny Clegg Savuka, Traveling Wilburys.

Bert and Janie Gildart: Explore National Parks from RV (autographed), Montana Icons (autographed) book

Greg Gulbrandsen: Painting of barn in field

Wayne Heinz: Electric knife

Cheryl and Dave Kilhefner: NOWA member quilts 2006 and 2008

John Kruse: Anglers Club sign, Lighted stag, Caps–explore The Dalles, STS, Danzante Bay, LOWA, Assorted Road Runner lures, DVDs: Field Dressing, Skinning and Caping; Meet the Outdoorsmen; Southern Idaho Waterfowl, Books: Flying Fishing Yellowstone Back Country; Saltwater Edge; Fly Fishing the Yucatan; Stillwaters Simplified; From Lure to Fly; Kayak Fly Fishing; The Tug is the Drug; Orvis Fly Fishing Guide; Pacific NW Road Atlas, 2 boxes of BBs

Alan Liere: Box of arrows, Decorative Wood Ducks, Duck shoulder carrier, Toboggan sled, 12 duck decoys

Matt Liere: 3 bottles of Matt’s Minoan Gold honey

Peter Schroeder and Risa Wyatt: Syran wine

Dick Streater: Albali wine and DVD, Bonair wine and DVD, 6-pack Spire Mountain Cider

Keith Szafranski: Penguin/iceberg photo, Penguins seen thru ice photo, Rose and lilac covered door photo, Moose photo, Teton panorama, Pink flowers/red hills photo, Box of slide sleeves, Microwave bowl hot pads, Cold/heat therapy rice pads, Acrylic pens, Wood pens, Thread catcher/litter caddy, Wine bag, Racoon note cards, Fawn note cards, Wooden spoons, Wooden spatula, Elk photo, Elk bugling photo, Barrington Bear Visits the Emperor, Barrington Bear on Safari, Wooden bowls, Wood handle seam ripper

Pam and Dave Vedder: Stainless steel cable, RV quilted wall hanging

Doug Wilson: Framed Welcome fish, Books: OWAA Outdoor Reference Manual, West Coast Salmon & Tuna, Northwest Sportsman Almanac, Fly Fishing Thornton Anthology, Advanced Alaska Fly Fishing, How to Fish the Pacific Coast, Back Seat with Fish Weight mold, Cajun line red, 30″ Test Leads, Foam Off, Assorted Outlaw baits, Worm Glo, Z-bag of assorted baits, Hevi-Beads pkgs, Bull Gummi Makk pkgs, Assorted jigs for squid, Norway made fishing lures

G.I. and Jo Wilson: Books: Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Guide; Spoon fishing; Fishing Oregon Guide; Outdoor Life Deer Hunters Guide, Red/white/Blue quilted table runner

Nonmember Donations

Gale Robbins: Books: Fly Fisher’s Guide to Montana by Chuck Robbins; California’s Best Fishing Waters; Fly Fishers Guide to Colorado


2019 NOWA Conference Recap

The 2019 NOWA Conference in Wenatchee was a great success. A big Thank You to the Wenatchee Chamber for all their help, to Dave Vedder for opening his home for the Wine Social and to everyone that attended and donated their time and effort to pull it all together!


Enos Bradner: Dave Kilhefner

Fred L Peterson: Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife represented by Jason Wettstein

Here’s a link to the Excellence in Craft Contest Winners:

Here’s a link to the Photo Shootout results with all the photos:

Here ‘s a collection of photos with captions from the conference. Enjoy!

Loading the Wenatchee Wagon…

Time draws near to load up the Wenatchee Wagon.

As you do, keep in mind the NOWA raffle/silent auction.

We gladly accept all donations–new, slightly used, old. I have seen many folks excited to win something you no longer need. This is a great way to de-clutter and make room for the new.

We will send you an acknowledgement of your contribution. Since NOWA is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, you may be able to use your donations as a tax deduction. Every little bit helps.

Questions, contact Jo Wilson, or call 503-390-4557.