The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking submissions for the seventh annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest. This year’s contest has been updated to include a variety of entry types including a drawing, painting, photograph or video.
Submissions should demonstrate why hunting is important to the young hunter and should demonstrate a memorable hunting experience. Entries will be judged based on creativity as well as a strong display of hunter ethics, good landowner relations, an appreciation for wildlife, a respect for hunting heritage, a strong hunting skillset, and a connection to family.
“This year we decided to move beyond a simple essay contest to include visual and multimedia submissions,” said Chris Saunders, hunter education coordinator for Fish & Wildlife. “We’re asking young hunters to creatively commemorate their time in the field on a hunt. Bagging game is not a requirement, as the most unforgettable hunts are the often ones where no game is harvested.”
Hunters nine years old and younger are asked to submit a drawing or painting. Hunters 10 – 12 years old should submit a photograph, while hunters 13 – 16 should submit a YouTube video three minutes or less in length. Entrants may choose to include a short narrative essay along with their art submission.
One winner from each age group will be announced at the Yankee Classic Sportsman Show in Essex Junction in January and will receive a prize from the Fish & Wildlife Department.
Submissions should be sent via email to Nicole Corrao at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to 2013 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT 05620. For more information, go to our website at: tinyurl.com/YouthMemories2013. This contest is open to all Vermont hunters aged 16 and under. Submissions must be received before January 1st, 2014.
Contest Rules: Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.com and sent to Nicole Corrao as a link. Please disable comments on all youtube videos. All video entries must be three minutes or less in length. Drawings or paintings must be the original work of the youth hunter alone. Photo entries may be of the youth hunter or by the youth hunter. Limit one entry per person. All entries are considered property of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and will not be returned. This contest is open to all Vermont hunters aged 16 and under. Submissions must be received before January 1st, 2014.
Media Contact: Nicole Corrao, 802-318-1347