Gazette Contributor Wins Top Honors

Brad Isles, Awards Program Chair and POWA Chairman of the Board, presents “The Best of the Best” award to Steve at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association annual awards banquet May 19, 2019.

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Steve Sorensen

On May 19, Jamestown Gazette outdoor writer Steve Sorensen won the top “Excellence in Craft” award from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association for an article titled “The Ultimate Hunting Goal: Building Lifelong Hunters.” His article was published in the September 2018 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting.

To be eligible for this award, Sorensen had to win first place in one of 28 “Excellence in Craft” categories. He won the “Pass It On” award for the article which most effectively promoted passing on love and appreciation of the outdoors. From those 28 first place winners, “The Ultimate Hunting Goal” was recognized as “The Best of the Best,” an award sponsored by the National Rifle Association.

“The Ultimate Hunting Goal” is about a mentorship program in the Allentown, PA schools called “Camp Compass” led by teacher John Annoni. The program mentors students in hunting and conservation, giving them first-hand exposure to the significant role hunters play in wildlife conservation in North America.

“To be recognized at this level,” Sorensen said, “being a good writer isn’t enough. You also need great material. John Annoni, the inner-city school teacher who has developed the most innovative program connecting public school students to the world of hunting, provided an important story I simply relayed to the readers. I couldn’t have done it without this outstanding teacher, and it’s a privilege to know him.”

Sorensen writes regularly for several national and regional magazines, and contributes to various blogs that cover hunting topics including Havalon Knives, as well as his own “Mission: Hunter.” His newspaper column, The Everyday Hunter®, appears bi-weekly in the Jamestown Gazette. He also speaks frequently at sportsman’s banquets throughout the United States.

Previously Sorensen won the “Best of the Best” award in 2017. In 2015 and 2018 he won the national “Pinnacle Award” for outdoor journalism from the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Also this spring, Sorensen won awards from the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association for the year’s best magazine article and the best newspaper column. For more information about Steve, his writing and his speaking, go to

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Steve Sorensen
Steve Sorensen of Russell, PA is an award-winning outdoor writer whose column, The Everyday Hunter®, offers hunting tips, strategies, and insights on how to think about hunting. His byline has appeared in the nation’s top hunting magazines including Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Deer & Deer Hunting, Pennsylvania Game News, Fur-Fish-Game, North American Whitetail, Bear Hunting Magazine and more. He contributes regular website content to Legendary Whitetails and Havalon Knives and is a field editor for Deer Hunters Online. Steve is also in demand as an event speaker, presenting programs on do-it-yourself Alaska moose hunting, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and eastern coyotes, with new programs coming. E-mail him at to invite him to speak at your next sportsmen’s dinner (or to tell him where your best hunting spot is).