Saint Paul, Minn. – October 31, 2007 – Pheasants Forever (PF) nationalboard member and outdoor writer/photographer Berdette Zastrow of Columbia,South Dakota, recently received a pair of honors in the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) 2007 Awards in Craft competition.
Held at the AGLOW national conference in Niagara Falls, Zastrow received a first place award in the “Best of Hunting” newspaper category. Her story, “A 48-Year Tradition,” appeared in the Hook & Bullet section of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader on November 8, 2006. The story chronicled the Bowar/Halbkat family and their South Dakota west river mule deer hunts ove a four decade period.
Zastrow also received Third Place in the “Best of Craft” photo contest fora pheasant hunting photograph also published in the Argus Leader. The photo accompanied a story promoting Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest 2007, held in Des Moines Iowa. Deb Boughton of New Brighton, Minnesota,purchased a South Dakota pheasant hunt at the Minnesota Ladyslipper Chapter of Pheasants Forever banquet the previous April. The winning photo included Deb and her husband, Ed, and their hunting dogs during the hunt.
Zastrow was recognized with an antelope statue and monetary rewards for her work. “It is both gratifying and humbling to receive awards from my peers,” Zastrow said. “There are many good writers and photographers in AGLOW,making the awards very appreciated. Outdoor writing is not work, it is fun. Hopefully, young people and others read about our outdoor traditions and will want to participate so these traditions can continue.” An accomplished writer and hunter, Zastrow also helped found Outdoor Women of South Dakota and instructed classes for “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshops.
The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) is a professional organization of outdoor communicators including writers, editors,broadcasters, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, corporate representatives and others. AGLOW, established in 1956, is among the largest regional organization of its kind. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant,quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF hasmore than 115,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.
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