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Essay contest for young hunters

VERMONT The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department are seeking submissions for the second annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest. Bagged game is not a requirement. A photo isnt even a requirement. However, a short essay describing the young hunters time in the field is. Each youth must submit an essay on 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, and family values. Entrants are encouraged to send us their hunting photos along with their story. The top entry from each Vermont County will win a special prize from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Agency of Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie and Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche will assist members of the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club, 4-H Shooting Sports and department staff with selecting the winners. Winners will be announced at the 2009 Yankee Sportsman Classic Show this January. In addition, the top five entries will be compete for an Archery Only hunt for two, parent and child (or mentor and child), at Antelope Outfitters in Torrington, Wyo. The runner-up will receive a two-day hare hunt at Pine Grove Lodge in Pleasant Ridge, Maine. Hunt winners will be responsible for travel expenses and license and tag fees. Hunt winners must have successfully passed a hunter education course, and the archery winner must be able to draw a 35 lb. bow. Antelope Outfitters will select the Archery hunt winners. The hunt winners will be announced at the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club Awards Banquet April 4, 2009. The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club is committed to the conservation of Vermont's Big Game and the preservation of our hunting heritage. This is being accomplished through partnerships with various conservation groups and by providing scholarships to Vermont youths who wish to attend the Green Mountain Conservation Camp administered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. For more information, visit: vermontbiggametrophyclub.com. Photographs of young hunters should be sharp, and any game should be displayed in a tasteful manner. Submissions will not be returned. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Big Game Trophy Club reserve the right to publish photos and essays, and omit submissions that might be offensive due to excessive amounts of blood or damage to the animal being photographed. Submissions must include: hunters first and last name; address; age; telephone number; and location of hunt. The contest is open to youth aged 16 and younger, and submissions must be received by Dec. 19 by 4:30 p.m. E-mail submissions to Ann.Shangraw@state.vt.us or mail to: 2008 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 South Main St., Bldg. 10, South Waterbury 05671-0501.

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