The perfect crew… when your passions and professions come together, powerful things happen
“Better late than never.” might be a good way to describe Julie Schuster’s hunting experience. Growing up in rural Minnesota, she spent plenty of time outdoors in the woods and on the water as a youngster, but wasn’t seriously introduced to hunting until years later when her husband invited her along on an elk hunt in Colorado. Just an observer on that first trip, she soon celebrated success of her own by taking elk and antelope, and the rest is a part of her growing history as an avid hunter. She has since expanded her interests to archery and black powder. Julie enjoys hunting deer, turkey, dove, quail, pheasants, hogs, bear, mountain lions, and just about anything else when given the opportunity. She will not hesitate to step into a bass boat or heft a fly rod on a mountain stream, further rounding her experience as a consummate outdoorswoman. Her recent travels took her to Africa where she was successful in hunting a warthog, gemsbok, blue wildebeest and Kudu.
Julie worked as Promotions/Marketing Manager at the Nashville location of the nation’s largest outdoor supplier, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, for 9 years where she stayed up with the latest in the hunting and fishing industries. Not only is she a capable writer, but also an outdoor photographer. Her articles have appeared in publications across the country. For four years, each Saturday morning from 5-6am, she was a radio co-host on Outdoor Trail Magazine found on 104.5FM, the Titans Network out of Nashville. Julie recently worked for Gaylord Entertainment as the Sales/Marketing Manager for the Bass Pro Shops Land & Wildlife Expo held at Nashville’s Opryland Resort & Convention Center. She is the former Advertising Manager for the Flying B Ranch in Kamiah, Idaho; North America’s most versatile Orvis-endorsed outdoor hunting & fishing lodge.
Julie was a Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commissioner from 2009-2014 and is a passionate supporter of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Serves as a board member for Spiritual Outdoor Adventures TV Show and Kid’s Hunting for a Cure; KHFAC leads kids, many with terminal illnesses, on organized hunts to raise money for cancer research and to teach them that they can make a difference. She is also very active in Franktown Healing Hearts Hunting & Fishing Club. Julie was recently appointed to the National Ducks Unlimited Conservation Programs Committee.
Julie is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Forever, the NRA, and a Diamond Life Member of The National Wild Turkey Federation.
Julie and her husband Darrell live in Pegram, Tennessee.
Born and raised in the hills of Tennessee, Johnny Allred spent a lot of time Daniel Booneing it as a kid. "I was instilled with the passion of hunting and trapping by my father when I was young." This passion has never left him. Johnny was a past-winning guide for the coveted Tennessee Governors One Shot Turkey Hunt. He has many credits to his hunting and shooting abilities and has been one of Tennessee’s top ranked outdoor archers. Johnny has successfully guided hunters for almost every North American species of big game…and how many people can say they were charged by a mountain lion while elk hunting? He was also the big game guide on the number one rated outdoor show The North American Sportsman. Johnny can still be seen on many hunting shows and hunting publications, as he guides hunters in search of game from elk to turkey. He has harvested almost every species of small game and big game indigenous to the fifty states with archery equipment.
Johnny has been a Pro-Staff member for Commando Hunting Products, Knight and Hale Game Calls, Mathews Archery, Longleaf Camo, and Strut & Rut Energy Shot.
Johnny, his wife Lisa and daughters Brooke and Magen live in Culleoka, Tennessee. He has also instilled the sporting lifestyle into his girls, and both are avid hunters.
"I could not believe a state could be so green as Tennessee during spring turkey season" said Richard Logsdon after moving to Nashville from Austin, Texas in 1984. While on an elk hunting trip in Colorado the year before, Richard met an up-and-coming country music singer by the name of Gary Morris. Morris offered him a job which led to a 30 year career in the music business. Having studied art and design at Utah State University, Richard has designed tour merchandise, logos, advertisements, illustrations, CD covers and touring stage sets.
"I have always been passionate about hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. It is the perfect job for me to incorporate my creativity and artistic ability with an organization that benefits Tennessee wildlife, the preservation of its habitat, and our outdoor heritage."
Richard lives in Franklin, Tennessee and is a life-time member of The North American Hunting Club and the NRA.
Amanda Woodlee grew up in Warren County and is part of a large family that has lived in Middle Tennessee for generations. She moved to Nashville to study law and now resides in downtown Murfreesboro. On weekdays, you will find her combining southern charm with business logic and showcasing the strong work ethic she inherited from her parents. She likes the fact that she gets to work for an organization that is focused on conservation and make a difference for the state she loves. On weekends, she’s riding down the road on a tandem bicycle or shopping at the farmer’s market. She treasures time spent with her 6 year old daughter, Emma Kate. Amanda and Emma frequent parks and hiking trails. Amanda is a certified health nut and frequently gives sermons in favor of the hunter-gatherer diet to her coworkers.
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Lacey Lane of McKenzie, Tennessee, just might be the most important woman in youth pistol shooting sports today. She oversees the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) in the Volunteer State.
SPP State Directors are the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s “point person” for the Scholastic Pistol Program in the state. As frontline representatives, State Directors focus upon providing coaches with up-to-date program information, maintaining open lines of communication with gun clubs sponsoring scholastic pistol teams, working with State Wildlife Agencies to develop cooperative agreements, partnering with established youth organizations, and actively pursuing support for the Scholastic Pistol Program from the various NGB state associations.
With somewhere around 135 SPP shooters hailing from Tennessee, Lacey's kids make up 11.7% of the 1,150 participating nationwide, and at this year’s SPP Nationals, taking place at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, her squads account for 31.6% of those competing for the national titles.
Working with young shooters comes naturally to Lacey since she grew up in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) when it was first founded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Today it’s the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation which serves as the national governing body of both SCTP and SPP, and is running the National Team Championships this week in Sparta.
With several years background competing in the programs, and armed with a degree in Natural Resources Management and Wildlife Fisheries from the University of Tennessee, she signed on with TWRF after they created the position of Tennessee State Director for SPP last November, putting the responsibility for promoting the state’s youth handgun shooting sports participation squarely on her shoulders.
Considering the prominent role her home state plays in SSSF’s youth shooting sports, and the ease with which she interacts with the staff and volunteers tasked with overseeing the national match, most of which are male and in many cases significantly older, it’s pretty clear that Lacey’s shoulders can handle the burden.
Sammy Lee Criswell
May 20, 1951 - April 28, 2016
We lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Sammy was a dedicated TWRF volunteer for many years. He was a proud U.S. veteran who has sacrificed greatly for our country. Sammy always had the time and the heart to help us out on our events and programs. His passion to help preserve hunting, fishing and outdoor experiences for future generations has made a tremendous difference for us. We acknowledge his help and dedication with gratitude. We will all miss our dear friend, and a great human being.
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