Outdoor Writer Selected for Promoting Outdoor Sports
The New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association honored Steve Piatt with the “Pass It On Award” at its annual conference on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The NYS Outdoor Writers’ Association realizes the importance of passing on a love of the outdoors, conservation, and involvement in outdoor sports. The future of these activities depends on creating an interest and involving other people.
Bass Pro Shops has always had a strong role in conservation and supporting those that pass on our outdoor heritage. They have initiated this Pass It On Award for writers that have played an important role in maintaining a love of outdoor sports and conservation. NYSOWA continues this by annually recognizing an outstanding individual.
This year NYSOWA honors Steve Piatt with the 2016 Pass It On Award for stepping up and making a different with the next generation of sportsmen. Ever since there has been a youth hunt for turkey or deer, Steve has spent those weekends in the woods with kids. Each spring and fall he’s actively looking for a kid to take hunting.
Steve actively searches for youngsters who do not have a mentor in the family to give them the experience of turkey or deer hunting. When he didn’t have a kid to take hunting, he mentioned it in his column for New York Outdoor News. One such youngsters has been hunting for two years with Steve.
When Steve takes out a junior hunter, it’s not just a hunt. It’s a total experience. They scout the night before, go out for a pre-hunt dinner and then the youth will stay at the house. They are up early the next day and hitting the woods. There’s a celebratory breakfast at a local hotspot and then photos are taken and framed and given to the youth. It’s a memorable adventure – something they will remember for the rest of their life. He looks forward to these hunts like nothing else and regularly gives up his own hunting spots so the kids can get a deer or turkey.
He publishes anything he gets about kids in the New York Outdoor News newspaper. He supplies hundreds of free papers to the Hunter Safety Training classes in the area. Steve has also actively published articles about hunting that helps youngsters and has advocated for youth hunts and similar programs.