Andy and Tami McDaniels

Andy and Tami McDaniels

Andy McDaniels is the Sportsmen’s Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s Vanishing Paradise Campaign. Andy works with hunters, anglers, outdoor media and the hunting and fishing industry throughout the United States. Andy also serves as the Conservation Director of Pro-Staff for Hardcore Decoys and He believes that conservation is the cornerstone of hunting and fishing, and he has committed himself to educating hunters and fishermen about the conservation issues that will affect our children and grandchildren. His effort on behalf of conservation and his outreach to hunters, anglers, congressional members, political groups, and citizen action organizations has been monumental. In 2003 and 2004 Andy was recognized for his work on State Wildlife Grants by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. His efforts on the Farm Bill garnered him the esteemed Charlie Shaw Conservation Partnership Award from the National Wildlife Federation in May 2008.

Tami is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a certified English teacher and freelance writer. She has published numerous articles on a variety of outdoor topics. Her most recent articles on outdoor subjects include 10 Indicators of a Quality Guide, The Anatomy of a Hunting Guide Website, Hunting Guides along the Corridor, and First Steps to Get Kids Hunting and Back into the Outdoors. In addition, she is the web content administrator for three websites. Her volunteer work includes managing web and social media sites, writing grants, organizing fundraising activities, and planning community events.

Areas of Expertise: Camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, conservation, and legislation

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The author with a nice redfish from his recent fishing trip.

Louisiana is a Redfish Heaven

The salty and brackish marshes of southern Louisiana produce outstanding redfish throughout most of the year, but the fall and winter months are the prime times to catch huge bull reds. While my friends in the northern part of the country are bracing for cold…

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Keen's Durand boots are a great choice for the modern hiker.

7 Top Hiking Boots Available Today

Boots are the hiker’s most vital piece of gear. Covering long distances with sore, bruised, or blistered feet is not a pleasant experience. When looking for the best hiking boots, it is essential that they be lightweight and durable enough to withstand the punishment of…

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Chances are your deer camp this season won't look exactly like this one in 1972. But if you recognize some of the equipment in this picture, it's time to upgrade.

A Comprehensive Equipment Guide to Deer Camp Excellence

Deer camp is a long-standing, time-honored American institution in which friends and family gather to hunt and tell stories of years past while making new memories that will be told and retold for years to come. Nothing says tradition like deer camp, and Cabela’s has…

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Review: KEEN’s Durand Boots Make the Grade

I was recently asked to field test KEEN’s men’s Durand Mid-height waterproof boots, and I really didn’t know what to expect. I have a reputation for being hard on boots—I often travel over some pretty rugged and diverse terrain. I was comforted by the fact…

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The Hapgood Pond Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest. Image by USDA.

5 Great Fall Family Camping Destinations

Fall is one of the best times to take your family camping. The cool weather and beautiful scenery will make memories that will last a lifetime. Spending time camping in the fall with your family offers some of the most stunning colors of the year,…

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