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Alex Burton, 26, lives on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, he developed a deep passion for the outdoors at 6 years old, when his aunt took him on hiking trips. He’s been hooked ever since. He’s now an avid hunter, angler and bushcrafter who is instilling the same passions into his three young children. After starting his own outdoor blog last year he stumbled into his first paid writing job at Wide Open Spaces. He has been there a short time but has grown fast and recently received a promotion. Although he’s still fairly new to published writing, he hopes to continue growing in the outdoor world. His dream is to be able to write full time to spend more time with his family and the outdoors.
Roger Catchpole is an entrepreneur, outdoors writer and dedicated wingshooter. He grew up hunting partridge and pheasants on his family estate in rural Suffolk, England. He holds degrees in conservation biology and marketing from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Catchpole runs Sportody, the world’s fastest growing outdoor sports review platform, and returns to England frequently to partridge shoot and manage his country estate — Stowlangtoft Estate. Catchpole is a talented and well respected outdoor adventurer and is a contributor and opinion leader for leading U.S. outdoor lifestyle magazine Covey Rise as well as the UK’s premier hunting magazine The Shooting Gazette. Catchpole focuses his writing efforts on wingshooting, upland hunting dogs and fine shotguns. He lives in Boston with his wife, Michelle, and an English cocker spaniel, Austin Powers.
Joel Robert Hayes is a Minnesota native, but grew up on the prairie of Western Oklahoma. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, his family instilled in him a love of outdoor activities and a deep respect for the land. After graduating from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Hayes found himself on the banks of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and then in the hill country near Austin, Texas. Besides hunting deer and wild hogs in Texas, or walleye fishing in Canada, Hayes has completed three Ironman triathlons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, stood atop Macchu Picchu in Peru and competed in the Colorado River 100 canoe race. He remains an avid hunter and general outdoorsman, enjoying camping and hiking with his wife. He is also an aspiring cook and a source conscious one, promoting the practices of local foraging, hunting and fishing. He shares his tales contributing monthly to The Outdoorsmen Magazine and on the blog he shares with his wife, KnivesandCorks.com.
Genie Jennings is a contributing editor for Women & Guns Magazine and active in promoting and protecting the shooting sports. A sports fisherman since pre-school years, she has recently embarked on perfecting her art of flyfishing. She lives in Maine with her husband, teaching alpine skiing in the winter, gardening, fishing and traveling in other seasons. Breast cancer interfered with her life last summer and changed her perspective, if not attitude, about the use of time and energy. There is not enough for the important things, so the clutter of outside demands must be quieted and, where possible, eliminated. One of the important things is becoming as physically capable as possible, which involves things such as studying how the body functions and practicing yoga. She delights in describing herself in the third person.
Nick Lowrey grew up, for the most part, in eastern South Dakota. He went on his first pheasant hunting trip with his father at 6 years old and never looked back. He was also introduced to the fly rod at an early age. Lowrey joined the army after high school and served as an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division. Following his military career Lowery enrolled at South Dakota State University and chose journalism for his major — mostly because he needed to pick something to qualify for the G.I. Bill. It was a natural fit though, and two years into his degree program Lowrey started a monthly outdoors section in the school’s student newspaper. He graduated in 2013 and went to work for the state’s largest daily newspaper as a general assignment reporter. In the spring of 2014 the Capital Journal offered him
a job as the paper’s news editor and editor of its new outdoors magazine South Dakota outdoors. Lowrey jumped at the chance. He has lived in and covered the outdoors in Pierre, South Dakota, since April 2014.
Growing up in Montana, Laura Lundquist loved the outdoor life and wide-open spaces from an early age. But it would be several more years and a number of careers before she realized how much she wanted to tell Montana’s stories. After earning two engineering degrees, studying conservation genetics and working as a pilot for the military and commercial airlines, she made it back to Montana and eventually to the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2008. She worked five years as an environmental reporter in Idaho and Montana, garnering state and regional awards before making the jump to freelancing in March 2015. So far, her freelance stories have appeared in Montana Quarterly, American Forests and the Society for Environmental Journalists Journal.
Marshall Nych’s habitat is a family farm in western Pennsylvania. An elementary school teacher and deputy wildlife conservation officers for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, he has a knack for working with wildlife. When Nych isn’t misguiding the youth of Mercer County, he is writing outdoor humor. He regularly writes for Bucktail Outdoors, Countryside magazine, International Game Warden and Pennsylvania Outdoor Journal. His award winning work has appeared in more than 15 publications. He typically writes of misadventure. Many of his misfit and miscreant characters are serving sentences on his website – www.marshallnych.com. Although Nych has fished 15 states and four countries, his best catches remain his wife, daughter and son.
A native Yankee, Marion J. Patterson grew up poking around the pukka brush. Climbing trees, slopping in brooks, watching clouds and devouring outdoor adventure stories morphed into a career in education with public school systems – movement and earth sciences and language arts. Today she and husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways encouraging people to create wondrous yards. The focus of the company is to blend spirit, mind and body for a healthy holistic lifestyle. Patterson, a returning member to OWAA, has several previous magazine credits, currently blogs and writes for The Gazette (Iowa), assists with ecological assessments, conducts healing energy workshops, leads labyrinth walks and works with adults pursuing their education at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her favorite teaching venue is as videographer and “assistant instructor” at Lakeside Labs of the University of Iowa – Frog Camp! Go Outside and Play!
Jo Schaper has an unusual slant on outdoor writing: Hammer and paddle rather than hook and bullet. From Missouri, with degrees in geology and writing, Schaper’s articles and photography focus on rocks, water, the non-living landscape and getting people interested in the same. She has written for Bob Whitehead’s Outdoor Guide since 1998, and includes the Missouri Conservationist, Missouri Life, Show-Me Missouri, GeoTimes, The Kaleidoscope Weekly and the Springfield News-Leader among numerous freelance credits. She served as assistant editor and primary reporter for River Hills Traveler from 2007 to 2014, until sidelined by an auto accident. She founded www.missouriworld.net in 1996 and maintains websites on Missouri geology, springs, caves and caving. Her current venture is www.josjournal.com, and she is working on Rock Talk, a layperson’s guide to geology. She is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, member of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators and loves to hike and float Missouri’s streams.