First, and I know I speak for a lot of us who have gained both exposure and some new perspective in recent months, OBN is simply an ideal "clearing house" for outdoor blogs and information. As a professional in the conservation arena, and a freelance writer and blogger, the OBN has probably doubled my digital Rolodex. Second, since I've become a member of OBN, I've managed to win a William Joseph chest pack, and be selected to review a Redington youth fly rod and a new Crosman pellet rifle (reviews coming soon, folks–the weather has been TERRIBLE). The folks at Redington are allowing me to donate the rod (normally, they ask that review models be returned) to a local Trout Unlimited chapter for fundraising, and the gun is mine to keep (ground squirrels, beware). These are the tangible benefits of being on OBN member.
|A nice brookie like this might be in your future|
if you're able to attend at TU conservation tour
for OBN members this coming summer.
It'll be a laid-back, informal adventure in a wonderful part of the country, particularly if you like to fish the backcountry (as I do). We'll take good care of you, and likely handle all expenses upon arrival. Again, more details to come.
So, thanks again to Joe and Rebecca for launching OBN and sticking with it. While I'm sure they're getting a certain amount of personal satisfaction out of it, I know the real beneficiaries are those of us who blog and share the stories of our sporting adventures. Keep up the great work, you two... we're all very grateful.