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Well-known outdoor media personality featured speaker at APSU fundraiser

A well-known outdoor writer, radio commentator and fisherman from Clarksville will be the keynote speaker for an event later this month to benefit The Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University.

Wade Bourne will be the featured guest for The Society Social, the second annual fundraising dinner for the organization that was founded in 2009 to advance the Felix G. Woodward Library.

The Society Social will be held Thursday, April 22 at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
A well-known outdoor writer, radio commentator and fisherman from Clarksville will be the keynote speaker for an event later this month to benefit The Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University.

Wade Bourne will be the featured guest for The Society Social, the second annual fundraising dinner for the organization that was founded in 2009 to advance the Felix G. Woodward Library.

The Society Social will be held Thursday, April 22 at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

A moveable feast and social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery. During the social hour, attendees will be invited to peruse the gallery, which will feature an exhibit, titled “Gone Fishing.”

Bourne will begin his presentation at 7 p.m. One of the most recognized names in the outdoors, Bourne is the on-air host for “Ducks Unlimited TV” on the Versus Network. He's also an editor of Ducks Unlimited magazine and is a regular contributor to the Ducks Unlimited Web site. He is a full-time outdoor broadcaster and writer whose works appear regularly before national listening, viewing and reading audiences.

The author of two duck hunting books — “Ducks Unlimited Guide to Decoys and Proven Methods for Using Them” and “Ducks Unlimited Guide to Hunting Dabblers” — is the founder and host of the award-winning “Pros' Pointers Radio,” a syndicated hunting/fishing radio show that airs year-round throughout the U.S. on more than 300 stations.

Bourne currently is featured in a national safe boating media campaign produced by the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a 2005 inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and a 2003 inductee into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.

An alumnus of the University of Tennessee with a B.A. degree in English, he completed coursework at Murray (Ky.) State University for an M.A. degree in journalism. He was an Air Force pilot before beginning his career in outdoor communication.

Bourne lives on his family's farm in Clarksville with his wife, Becky, and two children. His Web site is http://www.WadeBourneOutdoors.com.

The purpose of The Woodward Library Society is to strengthen the resources of the University's library and to increase awareness of those resources. The Society is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the APSU Foundation. Membership is open, upon payment of dues, to any individual, business or organization sharing in The Society's purpose.

For tickets or more information, call Chrissy Booth in University Advancement, (931) 221-7130. -- Melony Shemberger