Former Outdoor Channel Show Host Wade Bourne Passes Away at 69

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One of the country’s most notable, regarded and cherished open air writers kicked the bucket in the wake of anguish an obvious heart assault; many figures in the outside business are grieving Bourne’s sudden and surprising passing

As indicated by various media reports, Wade Bourne, a 69-year-old local occupant of Clarksville, Tenn., passed away out of the blue on December 15, 2016.

The previous Outdoor Channel TV program identity and notable open air communicator purportedly passed on from a clear heart assault endured while chopping down a Christmas tree on family arrive.

As a standout amongst the most perceived names in the outside business, Bourne was a co-have for Ducks Unlimited TV for various years, including the program’s opportunity on Outdoor Channel.

“A few people in the outside world can do, and some can instruct. Swim Bourne was a man who could do both,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks President and CEO Jim Liberatore. “He touched numerous outdoorsmen and ladies over our extraordinary country throughout the years and we are grateful he was one of us. He will be significantly missed.”

A productive essayist, Bourne likewise was proofreader everywhere for Ducks Unlimited magazine and a senior author for Bassmaster magazine. He was a broadly distributed independent author and picture taker with incalculable credits in magazines and on sites all over the nation. On the whole, reports show that he wrote more than 3,000 articles for various distributions and sites alongside six books.

Bourne additionally was outstanding on the radio with various syndicated affiliations heard on many radio stations the nation over. Those incorporated the In-Fisherman Radio, Wired2Fish/Hunt Radio and Pros’ Pointers Radio projects.

A 1965 graduate of Clarksville High School, Bourne went to Austin Peay State University and afterward the University of Tennessee where he earned a B.A. degree in English. The Tennessee local did coursework towards a reporting degree at Murray State University in Kentucky and was a pilot in the U.S. Aviation based armed forces before starting his open air correspondences vocation. He likewise was a long-term individual from the First Baptist Church in Clarksville, a place of love he frequently instructed a Sunday School class in for over 20 years.

Throughout the years, Bourne was given various high respects by his companions in the outside business. In 2003, he was enlisted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. After two years, Bourne was drafted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was given the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Furthermore, in 2016, he got the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award from the Professional Outdoor Media Association and the American Sportfishing Association.

After news of Bourne’s less than ideal passing started to spread, explanations and tributes started to pour in from associates all through the outside business.

“The waterfowling group has lost an incredible companion,” said Ducks Unlimited’s CEO Dale Hall in a DU news piece. “Swim was a skilled communicator, and he spent his profession imparting his affection for the outside to a large number of individuals. He was a superb minister for DU’s preservation mission also, speaking to the association with energy and demonstrable skill. We will miss his ability, excitement, and unmistakable voice. Every one of us in the DU people group impart our sympathies to the Bourne family.”

“Swim has been a senior author for Bassmaster, B.A.S.S. Times and different B.A.S.S. distributions for almost 40 years,” said Dave Precht, manager in-head of those productions, in a story on

“He had a present for narrating that made his how-to articles wake up,” Precht proceeded. “He was an educated and talented fisherman and seeker, and he was a honor winning essayist and picture taker.

“Swim’s consistent articles will be remembered fondly by every one of us at B.A.S.S., however significantly more, we grieve the passing of an awesome companion and kindred outdoorsman.”

In a Facebook post, surely understood national outside author Bob McNally called Bourne one of the best men that he has known in the outside business before including: “Pain for (the) loss of a companion like Wade Bourne is a hard thing to manage.”

Previous Memphis Commercial-Appeal outside writer and surely understood Mid-South radio character Larry Rea said on Facebook: “Every one of us who knew Wade are shattered by his passing, however we realize that he was a genuine Christian man of honor who never faltered from his God-given confidence. Gone, yet never, never, never, always remembered.”

Garry Mason, mentor of the Bethel University Bass Team and originator of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, likewise paid tribute to Bourne on Facebook: “Incredible Outdoorsmen don’t take after the trails of others, (they) pioneer their own trails while permitting others to take after. Swim was the best of men.”

Two-time world goose calling champion, call producer and supplier Sean Mann posted a Bourne tribute on Facebook: “An extraordinary, incredible man who left us much too early!”

What’s more, Alabama bass master Timmy Horton, the 2000 B.A.S.S. Fisherman of the Year and a long-lasting rival in Major League Fishing, included his own particular contemplations Facebook: “The open air industry lost an incredible one yesterday. It was such a joy to be met by such an amiable expert individual. When I was a youngster, I was a DJ at a nearby radio station in the place where I grew up and the highlight of my day was his fragments of In-Fisherman Radio … he was only a brilliant individual to be around.”

Bourne is made due by his better half, Becky; youngsters, Hampton and Haley; sibling Joe; three nieces; an incredible niece and nephew; and numerous companions in Tennessee and all through the outside business.

A support of observe Bourne’s life and legacy will be hung on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Tenn.


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