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Staff Report - Published: November 20, 2012

WATERBURY ó The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for submissions for the sixth annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest.

Hunters age 16 and under can submit a short essay or an artwork describing their time in the field on a hunt.

The work should indicate why hunting is important to the young hunter and must include a description of one of his or her hunting experiences. Criteria for judging include creativity, hunting ethics, appreciation of wildlife, the hunterís relationship with landowners, respect for our hunting heritage, hunting skills and family. Entrants are encouraged to send in hunting photos with their stories.

Entries will be categorized by age ó 9 and younger, 10 to 12 years and 13 to 16. One selected entry from each category will win prizes.

Submissions must be received by Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced April 20 at the inaugural Youth Hunting Awareness Day held at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton.

The department reserves the right to publish photos and essays, and the submitted works will become property of the department.

Submissions must include the hunterís first and last name, address, age, telephone number and location of the hunt. Submissions can be emailed to ann.shangraw@state.vt.us or mailed to 2012 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.



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