Bear hunt return feature shortlisted for award

by Editorial Staff | December 2, 2020
Spring Bear Hunt story

Ontario OUT of DOORS has been shortlisted for a 2020 Canadian Online Publishing Award (COPA) for Assistant Editor Steve Galea’s How the spring bear hunt was lost and won.

Galea’s piece in the Consumer Lifestyle Article/Series category is a 20-plus year retrospective on bear hunting in Ontario. It highlights the politics and tenacity it took to bring the spring bear hunt back to hunters. The story also features a downloadable special report published in 1998, for historical context.

Outdoors writer recognition

“Steve Galea has been an integral part of Ontario OUT of DOORS for nearly 25 years,” said OOD Editor/Associate Publisher Ray Blades. “I consider him one of the best and well-rounded outdoors writers in North America, and his continued tally of writing awards proves his peers agree with me, too.”

OOD is a finalist for the second straight year in the national awards. Last year’s submission for the Consumer Best Service Article/Series category was a piece by Matt Gurney titled Canadian gun laws and the media.

OOD was named Gold Winner for Best Digital Publication (consumer magazines and websites division) in 2015, and a finalist for Best Article or Series, and Best Blog or Column.

The 2020 COPA award winners will be announced in the New Year, likely through an online, virtual event yet to be determined.

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