If you’re on the NOWA mailing list you know that each month we ask what you’ve been up to for our member news.
This month Randy Bonner replied that he was holding a giveaway for Mack’s Lure products on Instagram. As the outdoor writing industry has been going thru many changes over the past decade, I was intrigued what the benefits of this activity would be and emailed Randy, asking him to give me a call thinking that would be easier than emailing back and forth.
Randy replied “I’ll have to call you later, but I can write you from the turkey blind 🙂” and then sent me this:
In my opinion, especially with the way things are going with the print industry and the economy, we’re all in this together, and that goes for the advertisers, publishers, and writers, putting together content for readers that keeps them engaged. For now, a lot of the reaction I’ve gotten from this is coming from Washington, where people can’t fish, but it’s definitely on their minds. A giveaway is more than just stuff, it’s something that gets people excited about getting back on the water (or in the woods). It’s a thank you to Mack’s for sponsoring NOWA. It’s also a way for me, as an outdoor writer, to continue growing my (online) brand, when the inevitable transition of focus is going towards web traffic as readers lose interest in print subscriptions. I love contributing to both, and they both have their place. But building a web of online networking through publications, advertisers, writers, and readers is what seems to keep people engaged. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like free stuff???
I emailed Randy a well deserved Thank You and soon got this reply “Had to cut it short because a pair of gobblers was closing in fast. Thanks for being my good luck charm!”
A big Thank You to Randy for the Instagram Tip and to Mack’s Lure!
In addition to Bert Gildart’s great cycling adventure story, NOWA members got out last month and enjoyed the great outdoors. Here’s their stories:
From Joe Warren: November is one of my favorite months of the year. Though I would prefer to mostly fly fish, big game hunting is also on the menu. This year’s November was epic starting off with some fabulous lake trout fishing in central OR where I caught the largest trout ever on a fly, a 37 inch lake trout using a fast sink line from a boat. My deer hunt soon followed with a special draw on Washington’s quality buck in Eastern WA near Omak where I bag a nice 3×4. With plans to possibly hunt two weeks, it was too soon to go home after only four days of hunting, so with fly rod in hand I wandered over to the Columbia River on Rufus Woods Reservoir and caught a handful of nice rainbows but one particularly nice 28 incher! Needless to say, my Lunar S-Glass 5 wt. fly rod was bent to the handle for quite some time! All in all it was truly a blessing and this fall is definitely one for the memory book.
Quality buck hunt, Pogue unit, WA, mule deer buck
Central Oregon lake trout on the fly!
From Randy Bonner: I’ve started writing for the Visit Corvallis tourism office. Great news, congratulations Randy!
From Dave Kilhefner: Fished the Deschutes on the Warm Springs Reservation side with guide Elke Littleleaf. While heavy rains pelted Portland this day, it was dry in eastern Oregon; a bonus for sure! Fishing partner was NOWA member Robert Campbell who caught 2 steelhead on spinners and I caught a couple nice redsides on beads.
From Tom Knight: I keep plugging away on my book. Right now I’m into two chapters on wild turkey hunting in “ancient times,” like 50 years ago, when the turkey population mushroomed in Klickitat/Skamania counties after their introduction. The first chapter got kind of long (10 pages), so I am working on a second. I am having fun reliving old times!
If anyone would like to a copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m still laid up awaiting hip transplant, so I am glued to my tablet all waking hours with tons of time to write + answer emails.