November 20, 2019

The Stampede keeps growing.  Each year it fulfills a bit more of its purpose and more folks join TOWA.  This year we had the benefit of pre-event activities.  The boys from SELLMARK and F1 FIREARMS took advantage of a “hog hunt for four” donated by the Boar’s Nest.  Then, new TOWA member, Ms. Brooklee Grant took a stand along the Colorado River and she and I lit up a pack of coyotes squawked in with TOWA supporting member’s Burnham Bros. predator calls.  New TOWA member JACKSON KAYAKS treated folks to play in the Colorado River during the same time as the RAM Trucks “ride and drive”, and the RAM and SELLMARK shooting teams, along with numerous TOWA members and the general public competed in the SELLMARK TEXAS CHALLENGE SHOOTING COMPETITIONS.  The All-Around winner of the sporting clays, long range, and pistol competitions was TOWA student member Kolton Haverland shooting for the SELLMARK Team.  The BIG News for the Stampede is that in its third year it banked just under $2,000.  Whether the ROI is justifiable may only be measured by the enthusiasm of new members and the willingness of new supporting members to help the event grow – and it beats a poke in the eye when considering how many events have lost or broke even.  We’re on the right track.

The TOWA 2020 Annual Conference is being held in Bryan/College Station, March 5, 6, and 7 at the Stella Hotel.  This year’s theme is “The Outdoor Machine”.  The seminars will focus on craft improvement, as well as, explaining the relationships between manufacturers and active members.  Volunteers to speak (so far) include Mr. Whitetail Larry Weishuhn and TPWD photographer Earl Nottingham.  This year’s venue is a promising site to showcase the wares of supporting members and to welcome new TOWA members.  This is AGGIELAND – we’re on the right track!

You have until December 15 to send in EIC submissions.  As promised, the number of categories has been shortened.  There were 18 now there is 12.  Hopefully, this meets with unanimous approval, and hopefully, this provides and uptick in winnings.  Please note the categories below.  The category list will be amended on the TOWA website soon.  Nevertheless, the rules and entry fees for the current categories remain the same.

Category 1: Outdoor Photography People

Category 2: Outdoor Photography Wildlife

Category 3: Outdoor Radio

Category 4: Outdoor Television/Video

Category 5: Outdoor Illustrations/Graphics

Category 6: Outdoor Publication (Newspaper, Magazine)

Category 7: Outdoor Humor

Category 8: Outdoor Column/or Blog

Category 9: Outdoor Feature

Category 10: Outdoor News Reporting

Category 11: Outdoor Book

Category 12: Outdoor Web Page

Please send submissions to Herman W. Brune, 1079 fm 1890, Columbus, Texas 78934.  Thank You to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and RAM Trucks for being past sponsors for the EIC.

2019 is going to close out as a profitable and productive year for TOWA.  Please make plans to share and enjoy the TOWA 2020 Annual Conference in Bryan/College Station.

Thanks,

Herman Brune, President

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