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[BN] Outdoors named best Outdoors Page by Great Lakes writers group

Outdoor writer Bill Hilts Jr. and the sports staff at the Buffalo News combined to earn "Best Outdoor Page" honors from a Great Lakes writers group.

The News earned the Ducks Unlimited/Honda Best of Newspaper/Best Outdoor Page for 2016-17 as the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers announced its Awards in Craft winners at its annual conference in Lake Of The Woods, Minnesota last week.

The page submitted featured an outdoor column on spring perch fishing tips from the pros that was printed on April 27, 2017.

Hilts earned first place in the Best of Newspaper/Hunting category for his Outdoors Column entitled “Youth Turkey Hunt Can Offer Lifetime Lessons” from April 19, 2017.

Hilts also took first place in the Best of Photography/Outdoor Recreation category with his photo of a muzzleloader shooter taking aim with the Alabama Hunt Club (Dec. 14, 2016).

Dave Barus (aka Forrest Fisher) of East Aurora was also honored with a first place award in the Best of Website/Fishing category (

Barus also received a second and a third place award.

Below is a look at the April 27 [BN] Outdoors page.

You can view the April 27 stories in the links on the right.

Visit [BN] Outdoors each week for award-winning Western New York outdoors coverage.

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