It’s summertime, and for youngsters across Louisiana, it’s time for adventure. It’s also time to take a shot at banking some cash.

It’s time to enter the Youth Journalism Contest.

Sponsored by Louisina members of Safari Club International and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, young writers and photographers can earn one of four places — first, second and third with a honorable mention spot — in three divisions.

Entries are lagging this year in Junior Essay, open to boys and girls ages 7-13; Senior Essay for 14-18 year-old writers; and, a Photography Division that includes boys and girls ages 7-18.

The deadline for submitting entries has been extended to 5 p.m. July 24. Winners will notified by July 28, and will be invited to attend the LOWA’s annual banquet on Aug. 9 in Houma, where the winners be honored along with the Youth Hunter Contest winners.

For young writers, essays of 300-1,000 words must be an original, unpublished writing about a personal experience documenting hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking or other outdoor activity. The entry must be typed, preferably with double-spaced lines.

Photos must be original, unpublished black-and-white or color, must be sized 4x6 inches, 5x7 or 8x10, and center-mounted on an 8x10 board.

All entries must have name, age, school, home address, home telephone number and, if possible, email address attached at the top of the essay or photo.

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

More support for the Youth Journalism Contest comes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and The Advocate.

Send Youth Journalism Contest entries to: Joe Macaluso, Advocate Outdoors, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. ATTN: LOWA.

For more information, email: outdoors@theadvocate.com.

Another blow

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 had strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate, but when Senate leaders allowed 81 amendments, the move to strengthen our country’s fishing and hunting heritage was so watered down it failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance to becoming a law of our land.

Last week’s vote was the second time in two years this move was voted down.

This time it was D.C. “gridlock” at its worst, and it appears the Democrat Party-led push to allow those amendments accomplished the goal of those who didn’t support the act and didn’t want it to serve as a national policy guide on fishing, hunting, shooting sports, access to national lands and our rich fishing and hunting resources.

Because it had widespread support from major pro-fishing, pro-hunting and pro-outdoors organizations, it’s all the more reason to believe there are forces at work who do not want us to be able to continue our country’s rich fishing and hunting heritage. Shame on them.