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Christine Carbo has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and a master’s degree in English and linguistics from the University of Montana. She taught writing, linguistics and literature courses at the college level for more than a
decade and has worked as a professional technical writer for various companies. She currently teaches in a different realm as the owner of a Pilates studio. When she’s not teaching, she’s writing and plotting her next psychological mystery or enjoying the Montana wilderness and lifestyle. Carbo’s first psychological mystery featuring a lead detective from the Department of the Interior was recently purchased by Atria Books with Simon and Schuster and is scheduled to come out in 2015. Currently, she is working on her second mystery also set in stunning and haunting Glacier National Park.

Sam Finden hails from Townsend, Montana, by way of Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Minnesota. An avid hunter and horseman, his lifelong enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits has provided ample inspiration for his fiction works and content for his blog, http://www.SamFinden.com. His first book, a young adult novel entitled “Saddle My Good Horse: The Cowboy Kids of Mirror Valley,” was self-published in paperback and as an e-book in 2013. Finden submits work upon request and hopes to expand his audience through OWAA. He intends to provide both print and online editors with informative and thought-provoking text, video and photographic content.

A proud member of OWAA effective May 1, Joe Lunkas looks forward to actively working with OWAA and productively interfacing with its many distinguished members. Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a prolific freelance outdoor writer for a number of national publications. He also was on the archery and hunting seminar circuit throughout his home state of Michigan. In 1985, he put his writing career on hold while continuing a challenging and rewarding 40-plus year career with General Motors. “Retiring” in 2007, he resumed his passion for outdoor writing. He began freelancing again and wrote and published the “Fifty Years of Lessons Learned of a Michigan Outdoorsman” book trilogy with SBPRA. He continues to be an avid gathering, fishing and hunter outdoorsman with a lot to pass on to current and future outdoors-persons who will one day inherit his great wild outdoors.

Linda Water Nelson is a freelance writer and editor who also serves as sport vehicle editor for Texas Fish & Game Magazine and for its website at fishgame.com. She comes to outdoor writing via her vehicle background and is a current member and former board member for the Texas Auto Writers Association, a current member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and is an active member of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. She writes vehicle reviews, skills, trends and vehicle launch coverage. She also writes about the relationships between trucks, SUVs and other passenger vehicles, ATVs and RVs, and the quality of life of their owners and users — particularly as it relates to active lifestyles and the outdoors. She is the owner of bucket-list-guide.com, which will launch in mid-2014 with an emphasis on vehicles, adventures and ideas about the outdoor life.

Writer and photographer David Sikes grew up in Louisiana. He has been a full time columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times since 1998. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Houston. He’s written about fishing or hunting in Alaska, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as Texas. His freelance writing has appeared in a variety of Scripps newspapers and magazines. He is a past president of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and currently serves as TOWA chairman of the board. Sikes is a board member of the Wildlife in Focus conservation and education nonprofit. He’s received the
Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Achievement Award, the Charley McTee Media Award from the Texas Wildlife Association and was named the Harvey Weil Foundation Professional Conservationist of the year. He lives on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jeff Woleslagle is the section chief of communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University. Prior to joining DCNR, Woleslagle worked on various research projects for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Montana, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In addition to his communication duties with department, he has written for the Pennsylvania Outdoor News, Voice of the Wild, Pennsylvania Forestry Association magazine, Pennsylvania Afield, Pennsylvania Game News and the Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writer’s Association and the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. He is an avid whitetail deer hunter and enjoys all types of fishing. He resides in Duncannon, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jodi and their two children, Alayna and Nathan.

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