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      Outdoor author recognized for writing with passion for 30 years

      A local author has seen some big success with his latest book about deer hunting.

      Richard Smith has been writing about the Upper Peninsula wilderness for more than 30 years. Deer Hunting-fourth edition recently won first place in a competition sponsored by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association. Smith says his books combine two of his passions: writing and the outdoors.

      "It feels great. I've gotten lots of compliments about the book since it's been published; it just reinforces the compliments I've gotten, and I put a lot of time and effort into it to make it the best book possible as well," said Smith.

      In addition to hunting and writing, Smith is also a wilderness photographer. He's is currently working on his 25th book.