T.J. Stallings

SEOPA has been a blessing to our organization. We have grown from a garage operation to a multi-million dollar company over the years. SEOPA has been a large part of our success. There is a bonus too. You will make friends at SEOPA that will last a lifetime.

Glynn Harris
Award-winning freelance writer and radio show host

I joined SEOPA in 1975 at the prompting of a writer-friend, having little idea of what the organization was about. At the same time, I also joined OWAA and while attending its annual conference in Macon, Georgia, I met some SEOPA members – guys like Bodie McDowell, Russ Dailey, Charlie Dickey, Tom Rollins et al who fanned the embers of my fledgling writing career into flames that continue to burn.

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Wade Bourne (1947-2016)
 Former full-time, freelance writer, broadcaster and photographer

“I joined SEOPA in 1975, and I can say with certainty that this was the best professional decision I ever made.  The relationships I’ve established at the annual conventions have led to magazine sales, radio interviews and sponsorships, TV features, and a steady stream of new ideas to upgrade my business. But more, SEOPA members have become my extended family: quality people, unfailingly supportive, forever my friends.”

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Alan Clemons
Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine

“When I began delving into the world of outdoor writing in 1994 one of the common refrains I heard was, ‘Have you heard about SEOPA?’ I heard it at the SHOT Show, from new friends, at events, and finally I joined. I figured if nothing else, it would be a great way to network and meet more people. SEOPA has opened doors for work-related projects, but more so it has helped create lifelong friendships I can count on in so many ways.”

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Mark Thomas
Marketing and Communications Expert

“SEOPA has been a huge part of my life-both professionally and personally.  At my first conference in Gainesville, Ga., I met my best long-time friend Tim Tucker.  We were buddies until the end.  Besides Tim, many people have taught me a lot about my craft and how to do my job better, but the real lessons were about life, loving what you do and what it means to be an outdoor enthusiast.”