New York State Outdoor Writers Association

Outdoor writers go on safari at Schroon Lake

As a native to New York’s Adirondacks, I often find myself being a stout promoter of the region. Therefore I was happy to play a role in bringing a bunch of outdoor media types to the Schroon Lake region for some turkey hunting, fishing and just plain fun. The Schroon Lake area served as a perfect setting for the recently…

DEC improving communications with outdoor media [video]

Communications with this state’s outdoor press has been a difficult proposition to say the least the last couple of years for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Press folks, when we needed information, had to contact Albany to arrange for interviews – even if we needed general information on something as mundane as stocking numbers or catch rates in Lake…

New York Outdoor News contributor Bill Hilts Jr. honored

Bill Hilts Jr., a frequent contributor to New York Outdoor News, received the prestigious – and rarely-given – Hans Paller Award at the recent New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association conference at Lake George, which marked the 50-year anniversary of the organization. The award is named in honor of the NYSOWA’s founding father, is the group’s highest honor and is…

Outdoor writers’ group celebrates 50 years

2017 conference-goers gathered at Gore Mountain for a photo.The New York State Outdoor Writers Association recently held its 50th fall conference and anniversary celebration in Warren County, the same place where members held their very first meeting back in 1967. The organization was formed by Hans Paller, a Massena, N.Y.-based outdoor communicator, and Bill Hilts, Sr., of western New York,…

New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest. Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and tagging that appeared in the April 15 issue of New York Outdoor News. The publication dominated the newspaper feature division,…