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Holly Heyser named editor of California Waterfowl

The California Waterfowl Association has named Holly Heyser the new editor of its award-winning magazine, California Waterfowl.

“Holly Heyser will be joining us at the end of June and assuming the role as editor, as well as handling press releases, helping with Facebook and many other public relations-related tasks,” said Scott Mueller, vice president of fund and membership development.


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“She will make a wonderful addition to the Fund and Membership Development team and will help to get the word out about all of our award winning programs through our magazine and other media outlets.”

Cal Waterfowl, which has more than 18,000 members, focuses on three key areas:

  • Hunting heritage – protecting and promoting hunting, particularly through youth education.
  • Waterfowl and wetlands – supporting sustainable populations of waterfowl through habitat conservation and improvement.
  • Public policy – monitoring and lobbying on legislative and regulatory issues concerning hunting and conservation.

Heyser is a life member of, and volunteer for, the organization. In 2009, she won California Waterfowl’s Artemis Award, which honors women whose efforts support hunting.

Heyser has nearly 25 years of journalism experience, working as a reporter and editor at newspapers including the Orange County Register, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Virginian-Pilot and the San Jose Mercury News, covering local, state and national politics. For the past seven years, she has taught journalism at California State University, Sacramento, her alma mater.

She began hunting in 2006, and duck hunting is her greatest passion. For more than four years, she maintained a blog about hunting called NorCal Cazadora, writing extensively about her hunting experiences, hunting ethics and public policy issues affecting hunting. She now writes a monthly column for Shotgun Life, an online magazine, and is an occasional contributor to Fair Chase Hunting, the blog of Orion: The Hunters’ Institute.

She is also the primary photographer for Hank Shaw’s James Beard Award-winning blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, as well as the photographer for Shaw’s upcoming cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated (Ten Speed Press, October 1, 2013).

“This is a dream job for me,” Heyser said about her new position. “I know it’s very rare to get the chance to put all of your skills to work in an area that’s your greatest passion. I love duck hunting, and I love Cal Waterfowl, so I can’t wait to get started.”




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