Young hunters and anglers have a little more than a month to get entries in the Youth Hunter Awards and the newly created Youth Angler of the Year Awards program.

And, if that’s not enough, youngsters can get in on the cash awards for the Youth Journalism Contest.

The latter, the YJC, is the oldest of the three programs conducted by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

All three come with sponsorship from folks like Louisiana’s members of Safari Club International, with help from the South Louisiana Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Angler Magazine and Bowie Outfitters among others.

Youngsters 15 and younger will have until June 30 to submit their stories and photographs for the Youth Hunter (YHA) and the Youth Angler (YAA) programs. A boy and a girl will be selected from each program.

The YHA and YAA guidelines are easy: Write an essay, and enclose photos to go along with your essay.

Entries must be original. Although typed, double-spaced entries are preferred, handwritten entries will be accepted.

YHA entries should be about a memorable hunting trip, and the quarry doesn’t matter. It can be about a hunt for any legal species, preferably in Louisiana.

“The goal of this program is to collect stories and photos of young hunting activities,” YHA chairman David Moreland said. “All hunting activities qualify, and participating youths will receive a certificate recognizing their hunting achievement and efforts to keep the hunting tradition alive in the Bayou State.”

For more information on the YHA, call Moreland at (225) 978-6552 or email:

The Youth Angler Program is looking for stories about memorable fishing trips in Louisiana. Essays could include, but are not limited to, the who, when, where, how and why of the trip.

“We want descriptive details that develop the story, and essays will be judged for the heart of your story, not just on the writing style or grammar and spelling. Write an essay that makes us feel like we were right there with you,” YAA chair Wendy Billiot said.

Send YAA entries to: LOWA Youth Angler Registry Program, c/o Capt. Wendy Billiot, 2715 Bayou Dularge Road, Theriot, LA 70397. For more information, email:

There are three Youth Journalism divisions, all open to boys and girls. Junior Essay is for young writers ages 7-13; Senior Essay for ages 14-18; and, the Photography Division takes in all aspiring shutterbugs ages 7-18.

The deadline for submitting YJC entries is Friday, July 3, but don’t wait that long to submit your entries.

Winners will notified by July 22 and will be invited to attend the LOWA’s annual banquet set for Aug. 9 to pick up their certificates, and their checks.

Write 300-1,000 word essays. You’re limited to one entry; it must be an original, unpublished writing about a personal hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking or other outdoor activity experience. The entry must be typed double-spaced, please.

Photos must be original, unpublished black-and-white or color, 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.

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

All winners will be acknowledged at the LOWA’s annual banquet set Aug. 9. Winners will receive banquet tickets for themselves and two guests.

More details and past winners can be found on the LOWA website: