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  • by Steve Sorensen | The Everyday Hunter®

Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Recognize Sorensen

Jamestown Gazette outdoor writer Steve Sorensen took home two top Excellence in Craft Awards from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) at its annual conference on May 5 in historic Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Sorensen won two first place awards and one second for work published in 2017. His article titled “Turn a Kid on To Hunting” (Jamestown Gazette, August 14, 2017) won First Place in the Youth and the Hunting/Shooting Sports Award category (sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation), and Second Place in the “Pass It On” Award (sponsored by the National Rifle Association).

Sorensen also took the First Place Whitetail Deer Award for “The Waterlogged Buck” (December/January 2017/2018 issue of North American Whitetail magazine).

POWA is the largest state organization in the nation for outdoor communicators. It awards creative work in writing, photography, art, broadcast, video, and the internet. In all, 327 entries were considered for 28 award categories. Awards were won by new members and long-time members, for work published in small weekly newspapers to big city daily papers, as well as local magazines to national magazines, radio and television in large and small markets. Members of POWA exhibit excellence across a wide spectrum of media.

Sorensen is a contributor to national and regional magazines and contributes to blogs for Legendary Whitetails and Havalon Knives. His newspaper column, The Everyday Hunter®, appears regularly in the Jamestown Gazette, the Olean Times Herald, and the Forest Press. He also speaks frequently at sportsman’s shows and church-sponsored sportsman’s banquets. In 2015 the Professional Outdoor Media Association presented Sorensen with the national “Pinnacle Award” for journalistic excellence.

Sorensen lives in Russell, PA with his wife Barbara, and miniature groundhog dog Remy. For more information about Steve, his writing and his speaking, go to For information about POWA, go to

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