Forecasts fall considerably short of meteorologists' mark, cause needless shutdowns and closings

Columbia, South Carolina Airport at night

Alexandria, Virginia - Things were scheduled to start earlier then normal yesterday. Traveling to South Carolina for the Professional Outdoor Media Association Conference (POMA), the plans held for a morning arrival at Reagan National Airport followed by a one hour flight to Columbia. But that never happened. Instead there was snow.

Or was there?

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Harrah's sets up shotguns, rifles and more for POMA's 2012 Media Day shoot

On the shotgun range at the 2012 POMA Media Day Shoot at Harrah's in Tunica, Mississippi

Tunica, Mississippi - Wrapped in a soggy blanket that is the Mississippi heat, a few hundred members of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) headed off to the Willows Sporting Clays at Harrah's Casino for the 2012 Media Day shoot. That's where those of us who write about the shooting sports and great outdoors take a little trigger time with the latest and greatest from a variety of manufacturers.

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NRA part of Outdoor Organization since 2004 founding

NRA's J.R. Robbins and POMA CEO Laurie Lee Dovey

Tunica, Mississippi - Earlier this month, the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) presented representatives from the National Rifle Association with the Diamond Cornerstone Award.

The award, which was received by J.R. Robbins (Managing Editor of, recognizes the NRA's key role in POMA's growth and maturation into the premier outdoor industry communications organization.

"The National Rifle Association is the reason POMA exists," said POMA CEO Laurie Lee Dovey. "From the beginning, the NRA stood by and with POMA, supported our efforts, our beliefs and our members."

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Bill Miller Outdoors cooks up quail at 2012 POMA Top Chef cook off Tunica, Mississippi - Though the skies were dark and the rain was falling, there was no doubt as to whether yesterday's POMA Top Chef Challenge would take place. Under the overhang of Harrah's convention hall in Tunica, grills and goods supplied by Camp Chef set the stage for our Friday morning culinary bonanza.

Here's how it worked — competitors lined up at their stations. At their feet sat a cooler full of nutritional goodness. They were told about every available ingredient (including the standard pantry items of salt, pepper, flour, etc…) except for one — the mystery ingredient. Once the bell rang, the mystery was revealed and the spatulas began to fly.

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Crossbow on display at the POMA conference in Tunica

Tunica, Mississippi - You can't get a group of Outdoor Media professionals together without talking gear. That's why POMA officials always make sure to bring out the best gear on the market for their Product Showcase.

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Opening POMA at the Tunica River Park & Museumon the Mississippi River

Tunica, Mississippi - The 2012 Professional Outdoor Media Association conference opened last night at the Tunica River Park & Museum. Resting right there on the banks of the Mississippi River, the River Park takes you through the history of the river with a walk through their two story museum. There's also a present day provided by floating down stream upon the Tunica Queen.

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Spudz and Gun Slickers from Alpine Innovations on NRAblogOdgen, Utah - Wear glasses? Take pictures? Shoot video? Have a flat screen or a iPhone? Use a scope on that rifle? Then you better have a Spudz.

Spudz are those microfiber cloths wrapped inside a neoprene pouch. The cloth will clean your glasses, wipe your camera lense or erase all those finger prints that are piling up on your iPad. As one who uses a camera and an iPhone quite a bit at work, I'll tell you that I never leave home without it (apologies American Express).

As luck would have it, I ran into David Poppleton from Alpine Innovations at the 2011 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in Utah. Alpine is the maker of Spudz along with a comprehensive line of ancillary accessories. Let's just say that I spent a good deal of time thumbing through his collection of cloths.

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Media Day at the 2011 POMA Conference on NRAblog

Ogden, Utah - When it comes the life of a reporter, it's difficult to come up with a better day than Media Day. That's when you're allowed to test out some of the top manufacturer's firearms, bows and ammunition. And the Media Day for the Professional Outdoor Media Association's business conference in Ogden, Utah was no different.

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2011 Pinnacle Award winners on NRAblog

Ogden, Utah - This weekend at the 2011 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Business Conference in Odgen, Utah, POMA teamed up with Mossy Oak to name this year's winners of the Pinnacle Awards. Founded in 2006, the Pinnacle Awards recognize exceptional achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused communications, including writing, photography/illustration/art, broadcasting focused on wildlife conservation.

Pictured above are a collection of this year's winners including Tom Gresham, Andrew Chamberlain, Kevin Reese, Brandon Butler and more.

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