Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

November 25, 2008 16:09 ET

O.F.A.H. announces new team for Ontario OUT OF DOORS

Familiar faces take the lead as magazine moves to new ownership

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2008) - Ontario OUT OF DOORS (O.O.D.), the province's leading outdoors magazine, will begin operations under the ownership of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) in December 2008, and three faces that are very familiar to the outdoors community are ready to take the helm.

John Kerr, one of Ontario's most respected outdoor writers and a passionate angler and hunter, will assume the position of Editor-in-Chief. John has been a fixture on the outdoors scene for more than 30 years, and brings a steady and familiar hand to the publication. He began writing for O.O.D. in 1976, and has filled various roles since, including Assistant Editor, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. He has also penned a column for the Toronto Sun newspaper. John spends as much time in the field as possible, fishing year-round and hunting deer and waterfowl each fall.

Ray Blades, another fixture at O.O.D. will continue in his current role as Associate Editor. Ray joined the magazine in 1996 to create the highly popular websites FishOntario.com and HuntOntario.com. Ray has been a regular contributor to the magazine, focusing on outdoor gear and specialty supplements, and has played a key role in administration, financial planning, public relations and brand development. When not working, Ray can be found on one of the province's many trout streams, or hunting for woodcock and grouse.

O.O.D. Art Director Tamas Pal brings nearly a decade of experience in magazine design, photography and illustration with him to the O.F.A.H. Tamas joined O.O.D. in 2004, and is the talent behind the recently overhauled look and feel of the magazine. Like his colleagues, Tamas spends much of his free time hunting and fishing across the province.

"The O.F.A.H. is delighted that three strong, experienced and well known outdoors enthusiasts will lead Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine as it moves to the O.F.A.H.," said O.F.A.H. Executive Director Mike Reader. "With John, Ray and Tamas in place, we know the magazine is in great hands, and with a strong team of contributing writers and editors, O.O.D. will continue to offer readers the best hunting and fishing publication in the province."

O.O.D. represents a significant expansion of the communications reach of the O.F.A.H., which currently owns the popular The Angler and Hunter television series, and the O.F.A.H. website, www.ofah.com and positions the organization as the undisputed voice of anglers and hunters.

With 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario. For more information visit www.ofah.org.
IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, MEDIA, POLITICS, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 270
    E-mail: lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org