OK, all the young hunters and anglers out there.
Besides hunting turkeys and heading for the first bluegill run or latching onto a monster redfish — or maybe trying to find the elusive springtime speckled trout — what are you going to do with the time off you have around the Easter holidays?
How about picking up a pen or venturing out to photograph Louisiana at a time when Mother Nature graces us with her most joyous and most vivid colors. Have you seen the Louisiana purple irises and the bright white spider lilies in bloom? What a glorious photo just waiting to be captured.
Reason being, it’s time to enter any or all three of the youth-only contests sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, and you could take home cash and have big-time bragging rights.
The any or all begins with the oldest of the three, the Youth Journalism Contest, followed by the long-standing Youth Hunter Awards program, and, new for this year, the Youth Angler of the Year Awards.
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 You’re limited to one entry; it must be an original, unpublished writing about a personal hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking or other outdoor activity experience.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Photos must be original, unpublished black-and-white or color, 4x6 inches, 5x7 or 8x10, and center-mounted on an 8x10 board.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: email@example.com.
Safari Club International sponsors this contest.
June 30 is the deadline for Youth Hunters awards. It’s open to boys and girls 15 and younger who’ll share their hunting experiences with a story and photographs of their hunt. Call Dave Moreland at (225) 978-6552.
Wendy Billiot heads the Youth Angler of the Year program for boys and girls ages 15 and younger. You must share your fishing memory with a story and photos. Billiot said stories will be judged on story matter first and spelling and grammar second. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A boy and a girl will be selected in both the Hunter and Angler programs.