Led one of the Northwest’s most venerable sportsmen’s clubs for the past dozen-plus years.
Expanded the largest outdoor show between the Rockies and the Cascades, while also booking it months in advance.
And reducing last year’s expenses to run the show to the lowest in a decade.
Plus attracting new audiences.
That’s just a little of what Wanda Clifford accomplished as the executive director of the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, operators of the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show in Spokane.
Clifford, who has also been with INWC for over three decades, retired last Friday and Marie Neumiller, a local taxidermist and Safari Club member, has taken the reins.
Eli Francovich at the Spokane Spokesman-Review has a great article on both women.
For WDFW’s Staci Lehman, who is also based out of the Lilac City, it shows how the area “has been pretty proactive in getting women into a field that was traditionally male-oriented and dominated.”
According to the newspaper’s article, these days five members of INWC’s 18-strong board are female.
“This is a good example of how hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation is no longer the old boys club but becoming more available to all demographics and walks of life,” said Lehman in a recent email to Northwest Sportsman.
That changing environment will come as no surprise to readers of this magazine. This past December saw our 10th annual Real Women of Northwest Fishing feature, meant to highlight the stories and abilities of our region’s lady anglers.
Down in Portland, Liz Hamilton heads up the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, and Rachel Voss at the state’s Mule Deer Foundation has been busy in recent years working the halls of power in Olympia (and at this very moment is likely thinking about spring turkey hunting).
Over the years we’ve highlighted some of the good work the INWC puts into critter habitat, raising pheasant chicks for release and helping build shooting platforms for disabled hunters. One of my favorite pieces was by Jim Nelson on how he and other members collected roadkill and processed it for local food banks.
I had assigned a freelance writer in Spokane to interview both Wanda and Marie, but given current events that has been postponed.
In the meanwhile, I encourage you to check out Eli’s story on them.