Waterbury, Vt – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announces it is seeking submissions for the fifth annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest. Young hunters need only to submit a short essay, or artwork, describing his or her time in the field on a hunt.

The essay should describe why hunting is important to them and must include a story of one of their hunting experiences. Criteria that will be judged include ethics, landowner relations, appreciation of wildlife, respect for our hunting heritage, hunting skills, and family. Entrants are encouraged to send in their hunting photos along with their story.

Entries will be categorized by age; 9 years of age and under, 10-12 years of age and 13-16 years of age. One selected entry from each category will win a set of special prizes from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Beagle Outdoor Wear. The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 21 at the Yankee Classic Sportsman’s Show in Essex Junction.

Submissions are property of the department and cannot be returned. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reserves the right to publish photos and essays. Submissions must include the hunter’s first and last names, address, age, telephone number, and location of hunt.

The contest is open to Vermont hunters 16 and younger. Submissions must be received by December 31, 2011 by 4:30 pm. Email submissions to Ann.Shangraw@state.vt.us or mail to:

2011 Youth Hunting Memories Contest
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
103 South Main St., Bldg 10 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-0501

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