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Arizona Outdoorsman Magazine

Wickenburg Sun

2/28/02



Dreams do come true. Just ask the folks behind the computers at http://www.azod.com.

This group of outdoor enthusiasts have taken their favorite past times and turned them into an up and coming business on the verge of becoming the No. 1 outdoor magazine in the state.

During the past two years, Team AZOD has watched the popularity of its Web site rise to the current mark of more than 1.15 million hits per month, making it the No. 1 source for Arizona outdoorsman on the worldwide web.

With momentum and resources building, the team has made its next move, which is a run at a printed magazine. The magazine version of Arizona Outdoorsman is set to hit the stands Friday (March 1).

Arizona Outdoorsman (AZOD) is based out of Wickenburg, where founder Glenn Willis resides. Willis, along with co-founder Ken Coon of Buckeye, had the vision of the printed magazine when they initiated the Web site. In a state where more than 600,000 hunting and fishing licenses were sold in 2000, it was easy to see that the need for a quality state-orientated magazine existed.

After assembling a team of fellow enthusiasts, each specializing in different venues, the plan was set to motion. Willis began his search locally, with Kip Pollay coming on as the fishing editor and Louis Urquides heading up the hunting section. R.L. Gray later came aboard as the muzzleloader editor. The rest of the AZOD staff is spread all across Arizona.

The first issue of Arizona Outdoorsman will be available locally at Bashas' and Brinkman's Auto Supply (NAPA) Friday. AZOD members will also have them on hand at the International Sportsman's Expo through Sunday (March 3).

Anyone who visits one of the two AZOD booths can sign up to win a number of prizes -- including a Matthews bow, a two-person chartered fishing trip in San Diego, and much more.

Subscription forms will be available at the Expo or on-line at http://www.azod.com.

The premier issue will be March/April, and the team hopes to go monthly in the near future. The magazine will feature 40 articles and 60 pages covering a variety of outdoor topics including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, archery, guns, off-road, and more. Cost of the magazine will be $4.50 on the shelves or $20 per year.

AZOD would like to extend its thanks to some local businesses key to its current success.

"Bromm Chevrolet, Jones Ford and Anita's have been with us from our first year and we are very grateful for their support," said Pollay. "We also want to thank Chuck at NAPA, and Brad at Bashas' for giving us a place to put our magazines in our hometown, along with KSWG, KBSZ, and the Wickenburg Sun for their help."

Team AZOD plans to keep the Web site running as usual, even though they are going to print. The Web site will support the magazine and vice-versa. The common thread will be news and information based on the Arizona Outdoors.

The Internet generally contains up-to-the-minute news and shorter articles, where the magazine will run more in-depth features.

Team members ask that Wickenburg residents give the magazine a good look and support its homegrown product.
 

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Wickenburg Sun

2/28/02



Dreams do come true. Just ask the folks behind the computers at http://www.azod.com.

This group of outdoor enthusiasts have taken their favorite past times and turned them into an up and coming business on the verge of becoming the No. 1 outdoor magazine in the state.

During the past two years, Team AZOD has watched the popularity of its Web site rise to the current mark of more than 1.15 million hits per month, making it the No. 1 source for Arizona outdoorsman on the worldwide web.

With momentum and resources building, the team has made its next move, which is a run at a printed magazine. The magazine version of Arizona Outdoorsman is set to hit the stands Friday (March 1).

Arizona Outdoorsman (AZOD) is based out of Wickenburg, where founder Glenn Willis resides. Willis, along with co-founder Ken Coon of Buckeye, had the vision of the printed magazine when they initiated the Web site. In a state where more than 600,000 hunting and fishing licenses were sold in 2000, it was easy to see that the need for a quality state-orientated magazine existed.

After assembling a team of fellow enthusiasts, each specializing in different venues, the plan was set to motion. Willis began his search locally, with Kip Pollay coming on as the fishing editor and Louis Urquides heading up the hunting section. R.L. Gray later came aboard as the muzzleloader editor. The rest of the AZOD staff is spread all across Arizona.

The first issue of Arizona Outdoorsman will be available locally at Bashas' and Brinkman's Auto Supply (NAPA) Friday. AZOD members will also have them on hand at the International Sportsman's Expo through Sunday (March 3).

Anyone who visits one of the two AZOD booths can sign up to win a number of prizes -- including a Matthews bow, a two-person chartered fishing trip in San Diego, and much more.

Subscription forms will be available at the Expo or on-line at http://www.azod.com.

The premier issue will be March/April, and the team hopes to go monthly in the near future. The magazine will feature 40 articles and 60 pages covering a variety of outdoor topics including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, archery, guns, off-road, and more. Cost of the magazine will be $4.50 on the shelves or $20 per year.

AZOD would like to extend its thanks to some local businesses key to its current success.

"Bromm Chevrolet, Jones Ford and Anita's have been with us from our first year and we are very grateful for their support," said Pollay. "We also want to thank Chuck at NAPA, and Brad at Bashas' for giving us a place to put our magazines in our hometown, along with KSWG, KBSZ, and the Wickenburg Sun for their help."

Team AZOD plans to keep the Web site running as usual, even though they are going to print. The Web site will support the magazine and vice-versa. The common thread will be news and information based on the Arizona Outdoors.

The Internet generally contains up-to-the-minute news and shorter articles, where the magazine will run more in-depth features.

Team members ask that Wickenburg residents give the magazine a good look and support its homegrown product.
 
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