2016 Pinnacle Judges
The 2016 POMA Pinnacle Award submissions were again judged by experts in their fields. POMA would like to thank the judges, who volunteered their time to review and judge entries. We appreciate their time and talents.
Ryan Kirby: Most men grow up and choose a craft…and some men…a special few…are chosen by a craft long before they are grown. Like a hammer to a carpenter or ball to an athlete, from the time Ryan Kirby first picked up a paintbrush, there was no question what his craft would be. Kirby was born an artist. And once old enough to venture deep into the woods of the family farm, his subject quickly became wild things. Wild sunsets. Wild rivers. Wild animals.
From the wilds of Alaska, to the Rocky Mountains, to the Heartland of his home state of Illinois, Kirby has traveled far and wide to see fur, feathers, trees and water differently than the rest of us…and the same. The same adrenaline that’s pulsed through the veins of hunters for generations is what makes Kirby tick. Only his purpose for being there is different. He is an artist - charged by God to preserve on canvas His wild places and wild things.
Dale D. Humburg, Columbia, Missouri is a Senior Science Advisor for Ducks Unlimited (DU). He began his waterfowl education with his dad in a duck boat in 1955. Academic training from occurred concurrently with field experience gained with the Iowa Conservation Commission as a seasonal employee and during his graduate studies (1969–76). His professional career continued as an upland research biologist until he became a wetland and waterfowl research biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Humburg served as the division chief for MDC’s Resource Science Division.
After thirty years with MDC, Humburg retired in 2007 to begin another career with DU as the organization’s chief scientist until semi-retirement (again) in July 2014 and is serving as a senior science advisor with DU. Current responsibilities primary involve implementation of the 2012 Revision to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Humburg is a wetland owner and manager, and fifty years after being introduced to duck hunting, is passing on lessons learned from his dad in the duck boat to his grandchildren.
Wade Bourne: Wade Bourne’s name is one of the most recognized in the outdoors. Bourne is a full-time outdoor writer/broadcaster whose works have appeared regularly before national reading, listening, and viewing audiences over the past four decades.
Bourne is founder and host of the award-winning Wired2Fish/Hunt Radio, a syndicated fishing/hunting radio show that airs year-round throughout the U. S. on approximately 280 stations. He is a veteran contributor to the nation’s leading outdoor magazines, with more than 3,000 articles published. Bourne has authored six outdoor-related books.
Bourne has hosted/co-hosted Ducks Unlimited TV (Outdoor Channel, Pursuit Channel), and the weekly hunting/fishing adventure series Advantage Outdoors TV on The Nashville Network (TNN). He is a 2003 inductee into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame and a 2005 inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
G. Good is an avid outdoorsman, whose love of hunting and fishing was ingrained in him at an early age. He is currently the Business Operations Manager of one of the largest defense companies in the United States. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. His professional accomplishments include positions as Cedar Tree Books Publishing House Program Manager and Washington Post’s Business Editorial Board. He resides on 40 acres of picturesque mountainside in Pennsylvania.
John Geiger is senior editor of Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine. He is passionate about clearly communicating the skills, thrill and tradition of hunting, fishing and outdoor pursuits. He heads the magazines' Gear Sections, Gear Issues and is the editor of Crossbow Revolution Magazine.
Jim Casada is a son of the Smokies who grew up in Bryson City, N. C. and says “a corner of my soul still belongs to the high country.” He taught at Winthrop University before taking early retirement to devote all his energies to writing. As an academician, he wrote several books, roughly a hundred articles, and reviewed numerous books for scholarly journals.
He is a long-time member of a number of outdoor writers’ groups and has served as president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the South Carolina Outdoor Press Association, as well as being a founding board member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Casada has won upwards of 170 awards from regional and national organizations for his writing and photography. He has authored and edited dozens of books, writes weekly columns for two newspapers and holds masthead positions with several magazines. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Sporting Classics and contributes a regular column for Covey Rise magazine. Casada is Editor of the “Outdoor Tennessee” series published by the University of Tennessee Press and the “Firearms Classics” series from Palladium Press. His work has appeared in virtually every major outdoor-related magazine and over the course of his career he has had more than 5000 articles published.