Founding Members

Tony Mandile

Tony has wandered the waters and woods for more than 40 years in pursuit of game and fish. His travels have taken him to fish or hunt in 39 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. He has been a full-time outdoor writer/photographer for 18 years and his 26-year active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America included three years on its board of directors. He served as a contributing editor for Arizona Hunter & Angler magazine for 10 years, and nearly 7 years as Outdoor Life’s Arizona Editor.

His work has appeared in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Petersen's Hunting, Petersen's Fishing, Deer Hunting, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, California Game & Fish, Washington-Oregon Game & Fish, Arizona Highways, North American Hunter, Pennsylvania Angler, American Hunter, Rocky Mountain Sportsman, Western Outdoors, Bowhunting World, Southwest Sportsman, Safari, Arizona Wildlife Views, other outdoor, conservation and travel publications, and even on a Visa credit card. Tony co-authored the recently released book, How To Hunt Coues Deer.

            Tony is chairman of Western Outdoor Writers’ subcommittee for Membership Screening.

Burt Carey

Burt has nearly 30 years of media experience and is entering his 14th year as editor of three Primedia publications, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, California Game & Fish, and Washington-Oregon Game & Fish magazines, where he has purchased more than 3,400 magazine feature stories and 10,000 photographs from free-lance writers. His by-line has also appeared in Gun World, Bow & Arrow Hunting, Guns & Gear, Fishing & Boating Illustrated, and Mule Deer magazines, and on

            A Marine Corps veteran, Burt has had more than 1,200 articles and photographs published in military and international civilian publications, including Marines magazine, Stars & Stripes Pacific and Seoul Times. He has served in various staff positions on the Observation Post, Okinawa Marine, and the Camp Lejuene Globe newspapers. His military media work includes stints as a radio show host, development of training videos, and as Public Affairs bureau chief at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, and III Marine Amphibious Force Liaison, Subic Bay, Philippines.

His memberships include the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.

Burt is leading the WOW organizing team.

Lynn Burkhead

Lynn believes that God must have wanted him to be a duck hunter. How else do you explain flushing more than 500 ducks off the water on your very first hunt? Twenty years later, he's still chasing waterfowl each autumn with his Labrador retriever by his side. Along the way, he's added big-game bowhunting, chasing spring turkeys, and catching striped bass, rainbow trout redfish on a fly rod to his list of outdoor pursuits.

            A veteran outdoor communicator with a decade of newspaper and radio experience, Lynn serves as an associate editor for and senior editor for In addition, the University of North Texas graduate has recently landed his byline in such publications as Texas Sportsman, North American Whitetail, and Bowhunter.

            Lynn serves on the By-Laws Committee and subcommittee for Individual Members.

Paul Kienzle

Ardent outdoorsman, Paul Kienzle, provides legal counsel for Western Outdoor Writers. He works from his Albuquerque office, partnered with attorney Duncan Scott.

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