January 2020 NOWA Member News

From Randy Bonner: Birthday buck! Here’s a few numbers… today I’m 38 years old. I traveled over 3,500 miles to visit the area I grew up and relive some childhood memories for my birthday. On the way from the airport in Montgomery to the camp house in Coy, I saw 37 whitetail (my age that night). Over the course of the past 5 days, I’ve seen over 150 deer. I’ve passed up 8 bucks in the stand looking for a wall hanger, but couldn’t pass up this cull buck after seeing him for the 4th time. I’ve still got 2 spots left for bucks on a 10 day license, and have had the opportunity to take a doe each of those 10 days, not that I need that much venison, but I might take one more of either sex before I head back to Oregon to stock up on summer sausage. Last but not least, it’s also my blue heeler Wrangler’s birthday, who is now a teenager.

From Randy Bonner: Spent some time in the studio  with the legendary James “Big Daddy” Lawler recording an episode of Gettin’ Outdoors With BDL in the Grampian Hills just outside Camden, Alabama. (at 25:00) I talk about my Alabama roots, family, moving to Oregon, being a youth fishing and wilderness skills instructor, my writing career, NOWA , and a comparison of fish and wildlife species as well as fishing and hunting opportunities in the two regions. I really enjoyed speaking with BDL and I’m excited to share this interview with my followers.


From John Kruse: SHOT SHOW 2020; Several NOWA members were seen at the range and in the halls of the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada between January 20th and the 24th.  The reason?  They were all attending SHOT Show, the abbreviation for the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show put on every year by our supporting member, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).  This is a huge event open only to members of the industry and the media that covers it.  SHOT Show this year included some 2600 exhibitors and 55,000 attendees from all over the world who were checking out what’s new for 2020 from the manufacturers and exhibitors present.  NOWA members present included Dennis Clay, Garnet Wilson, Gary Lewis, Troy Rodakowski, John Kruse, George Krumm and Bill Brassard, the Senior Communications Director for NSSF who we get to see at many of our annual conferences.   To find out more about SHOT Show go to http://shotshow.org

From Peter Schroeder: Risa & I just completed a great ski week in New Mexico—Santa Fe Ski Basin, Angel Fire, Sandia Peak. & Taos.

From Bob Schmidt of Macks Lures: Please keep in mind our monthly magazine the Mack Attack, there is lots of information in it each month which you can piggyback off of so to share with your angle.

Your contact for doing that would be Britton: Media@MacksLure.com

Sign up for the Mack Attack newsletter: https://www.mackslure.com/free-stuff/mack-attack/

The Sports Shows: Many NOWA members are working the Pacific NW Sportsmen’s Shows. These shows are a great opportunity to network, catch up with old friends and make new ones.


Call for Queries – 2020 Fish Alaska Magazine

As soon as possible please send queries of stories for consideration for 2020 Fish Alaska issues. The editorial calendar will be developed over the few weeks.

Submit a proposed article title and paragraph describing what the article will be about.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Standard length for a feature article in Fish Alaska is 2500 words, though we do often publish smaller or larger features.
  • Upon submission, we’ll want at least a dozen great photos.  More is always better than too few
  • First run only; we don’t like to reprint anything that has been published elsewhere

I look forward to working with you in 2020!

George Krumm, Editor; Fish Alaska Magazine, Hunt Alaska Magazine cell: 907-529-6172 email: george@fishalaskamagazine.com




Hilleberg Social Media Coordinator in Redmond, WA

We are a small, prestigious firm in the outdoor industry looking for the right person to join our marketing team in Redmond, WA, USA. Our marketing team plans and creates ads worldwide, manages all social media content, develops and manages a multi-lingual website, and creates video and digital content as well as an 85 page annual handbook in three languages.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and organized Social Media Coordinator. You will create content and manage all of Hilleberg’s social media channels, Hilleberg the Tentmaker Facebook and Instagram, and Hilleberg Hunting Facebook and Instagram. You will be responsible for the full scope of content creation: generating plans and ideas for content and campaigns; processing incoming images; managing photo licenses and communication with photographers; uploading and tagging images in QBank, our digital asset management platform; retouching and cleaning up images in Photoshop; writing copy for posts on all channels; scheduling posts on all platforms; and tracking and reporting on platform performance. You will work closely with the other members of the Marketing Team, and report to both the Creative & Marketing Director and to the CEO.

You need to have a strong interest in the outdoors and enjoy time in the backcountry backpacking, hunting responsibly, climbing and the like. We want you to enjoy spending nights in our tents, and to share our passion for the outdoors and land conservation.

You need to be creative and have solid experience working with all social media platforms, excellent organizational skills, a strong ability with both written and spoken communications, and have intermediate to expert skills in Photoshop. Ideally, you will have prior experience with social media strategy and planning and executing campaigns. Previous work with Falcon media is a plus, as is experience with video and photography.

We are looking for someone who enjoys working in a team but at the same time is a self-starter and is someone who likes a challenge and can figure things out. As a small office we help each other out with various things as needed, and you will be expected to pitch in. This can be anything from answering phones and taking orders to helping out in the warehouse.

Salary: To be determined based on experience

Health Insurance and 401K is available

Bus pass, paid toll expenses, as well as local gym membership are also possible.

If you are the person we are looking for, send your cover letter and resume to lara.cordy@hilleberg.com


Associate Editor Position for Concealed Carry Magazine

Position Summary: To assist the Managing Editor and Content Team in the creation of Concealed Carry Magazine and other duties as assigned by the Managing Editor. To represent USCCA at events.


  • Research and write “departments segments for the magazine including but not limited to Letters To the Editor, Ask the USCCA, Book Reviews
  • Assist with copy editing and proofing the magazine during the production cycle
  • Assist the Managing Editor in meeting all deadlines and budgets
  • Assist the Managing Editor in arranging and acquiring content from freelancers
  • Assist the Managing Editor in providing and documenting payments to freelancers
  • Maintain current working knowledge of the firearms, self-defense and firearms publishing industries.
  • Be willing and able to work with minimal supervision on multiple projects in support of the USCCA mission

Assist in procuring, organizing and inventory of photo props for monthly photo shoots

Skills/Abilities and Education Requirements: 

  • Bachelors Degree in Communications/Journalism is preferred
  • Must have previous publishing experience
  • Must have the ability to work within a team to achieve the media team goal
  • Must have strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Must be willing to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards at all times
  • Must have experience and/or willingness to learn multiple computer software platforms for the all elements of magazine creation
  • Must demonstrate a respect for firearms safety rules and be willing to maintain a safe working environment with firearms and ammunition at all times
  • Must be willing and able to work with media outlets to present the USCCA story and core values
  • Must demonstrates the Core Values of Delta Defense, LLC.


About Delta Defense

Delta Defense LLC is the private company, in West Bend Wisconsin that provides Marketing, Operations and Customer Care for the USCCA. The USCCA provides self-defense education, training and legal protection to the most responsible gun owners.   Delta Defense, LLC, is one of the fastest-growing companies in America.  Inc. 5000 company SEVEN years in a row!  Journal Sentinel Top Workplace – 4 years in a row  Milwaukee Business Journal Top Workplace – 3 years in a row We hire rockstars, and help them rock even harder! We are a fun, fast-paced and rewarding place to work and grow!   We hire rockstars, and help them rock even harder!


July 2019 Vice Presidents Message

Greetings NOWA members,

NOWA’s 2019-2020 motto/mantra: NOWA continues to be strong and growing.

2020 Conference

The Shilo Inn in The Dalles, Oregon is the site of our 2020 Conference. The dates are April 30 through May 3.

The Shilo has changed hands recently. The new general manager started work on Tuesday. Will keep the membership informed of the conference preparations.

2021 Conference

Suggestions for 2021 Conference sites are welcome. Having a site picked before the next conference will allow our members to plan for the future.

Officers and Board Members

Update on our president, Ron Kerr from Debbie Kerr on Tuesday, July 16:

Ron got home from his final treatment in Kelowna this past weekend. Definitely not something he ever wants to repeat. Because his cancer was deemed “aggressive” they were doing fairly intense treatment, and have told him it will be a few weeks before the effects begin to wear off.

Unfortunately, during the process, which we don’t believe had anything to do with the cancer treatment as far as we know, Ron has been losing his voice and cannot carry on a conversation. He is scheduled to see a specialist to find out what that problem is. Seems lately that if it is not one thing it’s another. Needless to say Ron will not be chiming in on the conference call, but wishes you all the best and congratulates you, as do I, for rebuilding NOWA.

NOWA board member Sharon Wilson resigned effective July 16, the same day of our July board meeting. Dave Vedder was elected to fill this position, until the 2020 conference.

Constitution and Bylaws

A new page has been placed on our website with the proposed Constitution  and Bylaws changes for review. Members are encouraged to review the document and contact Bob, Dennis or Risa with questions. Janie and Bert Gildart are also members of this committee.

Also, when working on Constitution  and Bylaws, the question always comes up: Why change them? They were written back in the 1980’s with few changes, so most of the changes fall under the heading of “modernization.” Also, there are some small changes to the grammar and other stuff. Check them out: https://nowaoutdoors.com/nowa-constitution-and-bylaws/


The membership committee continues to contact members for reinstatement. They are also working to recruit new members.

 Website and facebook page

The NOWA website and Facebook page have become our information hubs.

Dave Kilhefner maintains the website and John Kruse maintains the Facebook page.

Members Only Area

Interest has been expressed in an online Members Only area. NOWA is testing this concept using Dropbox (it’s free) and has a password protected document storage area. The current documents available are all the newsletters from  May 2009 to Jan 2019 plus the last 4 membership directories. If you’d like access email Dave@kbi-ins.com.


Dave Kilhefner is the chairman of the finance committee. Committee members include  Ron Kerr, Peter Schroeder and Jeremy Johnson. We’ll upload the committee reports in the Dropbox members only area in the near future.

Board meetings

The board of directors held a teleconference meeting on Tuesday, July 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Chris Batin was the chairman.

We will schedule and hold a board meeting every month. The meetings will be short, an hour or less.

Electronic voting

OWAA uses electronic voting. NOWA is reviewing this way of voting away from the annual conference. Basically, each member’s e-mail address gets one vote. The program allows only one vote be cast from an email address.


NOWA is working on simplified qualifications for the various categories for membership, following the example set by OWAA. They also don’t use a committee to approve the qualifications for membership.

NOWA is currently working on a Blogs membership catagory and is following OWAA’s lead, who lists a membership category of Blogs as:

“You are a citizen journalist who writes for a blog or other digital media that is updated with original content at least twice a month and receives 500 AUVs (Average Unique Views) per month over a 12-month period, or generates income.”

Greg Gulbrandsen has volunteered to be our NOWA Blog/Vlog authority in the capacity of answering questions about these relatively new categories.

He suggested changing the term “citizen journalist” to “digital journalist.” An OWAA representative indicated some OWAA members were reluctant to accept the category, but it was finally accepted.

Greg said blogging and vlogging can be a money-making way of communicating. NOWA needs to recruit new members. The old way of newspaper and magazine writing is coming to an end. Perhaps blogging and vlogging will provide new/younger members for NOWA?

What do you think?


The board is open to any and all questions and comments. Open dialogue is encouraged, as are e-mails and telephone calls between members.

What did I forget? Let me know.


NOWA Vice President

NOWA’s Constitution and Bylaws Changes

NOWA’s Constitution and Bylaws are undergoing some changes.

If you’d like to be part of this process, please review the Constitution & Bylaws Changes document contained in the link below; the proposed changes are in red.

Next, either answer the poll or email your comment’s to Dennis Clay, Bob Mottram and Risa Wyatt by  September 9, 2019.  Their emails are:  dclay@atnet.net; bobmottram@msn.com; words@risawyatt.com


CONST BYLAWS 2019 Proposed Changes