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Rob Breeding teaches journalism at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. He also serves as the faculty adviser of the Northwest Trail, the weekly student newspaper at the community college. Breeding writes the weekly column “Out of Bounds” for the Flathead Beacon newspaper in Kalipsell, Montana. He has worked for newspapers and magazines in Montana, Idaho, Arizona and California.

Matthew Dickerson is a fishing and outdoors writer from Vermont, a professor at Middlebury College and for 12 years directed the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. His most recent book is titled “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia” (http://wipfandstock.com/store/Downstream_Reflections_on_Brook_Trout_Fly_Fishing_and_the_Waters_of_Appalachia). He has lived most of his 51 years in small-town New England fishing its trout streams and small bass ponds — and sometimes its big lakes and rivers. In addition to the fishing page at his personal website (www.matthewdickerson.net/Fly-Fishing/Fly-Fishing.html) he also maintains “Trout Downstream” (www.troutdownstream.net/). Dickerson has written for several print and online magazines, and for 17 years wrote a biweekly column in the Addison County Independent. He has published two historical novels and has three forthcoming fantasy novels. So far, he has caught trout on a fly in 25 states.

Dennis Guldan has published Bird Dog & Retriever News since 1992. For about 20 years the publication came out in print, but is currently reinventing itself online. You can read back issues online at http://www.BDarn.com, where it’s archived about 20,000 pages. Guldan comes from an electrical engineering background. He’s not qualified to be a writer and publisher, but that doesn’t seem to bother readers. Bird Dog & Retriever News is a news/how-to publication about the upland, waterfowl and dog marketplace. It features calendars of events for gun and dog shows, in addition to field trials and hunt tests. It also feature new products and books, regional and industry news and great articles. It is always looking for new contributors. Guldan is originally from Marshfield, Wisconsin and now lives in Minnesota.

A resident of New Jersey for many years, Bruce Edward Litton has been active in the outdoors all his life and began his writing career at the age of 16, getting published in a number of outdoor magazines and newspapers, including the world’s most widely circulated fishing magazine at the time, Fishing World. He is currently a contributing writer for The Fisherman, a biweekly syndicated fishing columnist for Recorder Newspapers, and a blogger at http://www.littonsfishinglines.blogspot.com. He also writes on non-outdoor related topics in publications like The New Jersey Monthly. In addition to freelance writing, he is an avid photographer and at work on a book about why fishing matters, inspired by his son, Matt, who got him fishing seriously again 10 years ago and back to writing about it.

John McAdams was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he started hunting at an early age with his father and grandfather. Since then, he has hunted all over the United States as well as in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. A 2007 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, McAdams served in the Army from 2007 until 2014 and had combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His passion for the outdoors led him to create TheBigGameHuntingBlog.com in November 2012. Additionally, he writes for WideOpenSpaces.com. As a strong supporter of conservation as well as gun rights, McAdams is a member of Safari Club International, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. McAdams currently lives in Washington with his wife where they both enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities available in the Pacific Northwest.

Taylor Pardue came to hunting later in life. No one in his family hunted, so when he turned 16 he took it on himself to get his hunting license and learn to shoot and hunt. He attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in wildlife biology. He is now finishing a second degree in communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He worked as a newspaper reporter for Civitas Media between his first and second college degrees. He worked as a reporter and photographer for two papers simultaneously, has written and worked with the Quality Deer Management Association, and is an avid waterfowl and small game hunter. Pardue currently works as a freelance writer and photographer. He is a frequent contributor to North Carolina Sportsman magazine and writes short-story fiction on the side.

Bernard Williams was born and raised in Mississippi with a farm pond in the backyard. He bass fished for 20 years and fell in love with crappie fishing. He’s a software engineer by trade and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science. He hated technical writing during college years but his career choice made it necessary to enhance his writing skills. In other words, writing technical documents is his job. He started writing about his fishing techniques and it ballooned into a part-time job. He had no idea eight years ago he would be getting paid to write outdoor articles. He’s written numerous outdoor articles about all aspects of crappie fishing. He’s a field tester for Pure Fishing, Minn Kota, Garmin and others. He loves testing and writing about new and improved  products. He’s a staff writer for Crappie Angler & Crappie World and also writes a blog for the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

Brad Zahar looks forward to working with OWAA and meeting many of its members. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he’s spent the last few years working as a sportscaster in local television in Alabama, West Virginia and Virginia. During that time his desire to write and provide stories about the outdoors has grown exponentially. An avid bowhunter and fisherman, Zahar has recently taken up fly-fishing, along with pheasant hunting, while working to train and hunt with his family’s German shorthaired pointer. He’s also hoping to start doing some freelance writing and video production this winter with hunting and fishing for his blog, BradZahar.com which he hoped to have fully up and running by the end of October.

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