This photograph appeared with James Smedley’s award-winning piece, Thrill of the Hunt, which appeared in the Sault Star Nov. 16. Provided

Long-time Sault Star district correspondent and outdoor writer James Smedley has landed more praise for his work.

Smedley, whose stories and photographs have been recognized with many industry awards throughout the years, recently shone at the Outdoor Writers of Canada 2020 Annual Awards, copping a first-place finish in the Ducks Unlimited Conservation Award Category for the feature, Thrill of the Hunt, which appeared in the Sault Star Nov. 16.

“Throughout the hunt we shared several meals with our neighbours and a few days after the butchering we gather again for a feast of moose tenderloin,” reads the feature’s concluding paragraph. “It’s the first of many meals we will savour and we raise our glasses in thanks for friends and family, and the opportunity to hunt and harvest some of the best free range, steroid free, red meat available — born and raised in the Northern Ontario wilderness.”

Smedley, a native of Sault Ste. Marie who now resides in Wawa, said he appreciates the tributes.

“Writing is a fairly solitary profession and it is always heartening to be recognized by my peers,” he told the Sault Star. “It was a fulfilling experience to hunt these magnificent creatures and to tell the story of the successful hunt.”

Smedley’s photography was also feted.

In the Scenery, Landscape and Plants category, he took second place for Chopper over Superior and third spot for Moving Water, both of which appeared in Northern Ontario Travel.

Smedley also stood out in the Outdoor Activities category, taking second spot with Shore Angling Daughter, published in Northern Ontario Travel. His third-place submission, Fire Woman, appeared in Algoma Country Travel Guide.

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