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2017 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year

Lydia Capritto of St. Martinville and Cameron Dauzat of Effie were selected as the 2017 Louisiana Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year.

The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association. The awards were presented at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association banquet on Saturday, August 12, 2018 at the Clarion Inn in Gonzales, Louisiana.

The Youth Hunter of the Year program is made possible by the generous donations from South LA Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Capritto, 15 and the female winner, harvested a 21-pound turkey that featured a 12-inch beard and 1.25 inch spurs. She took the bird on March 18, 2017, in the Atchafalaya Basin during Louisiana’s youth turkey hunt weekend.

“This was the most memorable youth weekend for me as I celebrated (the take) of a 21-pound turkey,’’ Capritto said. “This would be my last youth hunt with my (father). Only four days later I turned 16 so it was bittersweet.’’

Dauzat, 12 and from Effie, took a small buck on an afternoon hunt with his father, David Dauzat, on Dec. 8, 2017, at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in central Louisiana.

What made the hunt even better, Cameron said, was that his father also harvested a deer.

“We couldn’t believe it,’’ Cameron said. “Two deer in one hunt. This was incredible and very rare. It really means a lot to me to kill a deer in the wild. But to kill two in one hunt is so special. It was worth all the time we spent scouting and sitting on the cold ground waiting for deer.’’

The 2017 Youth Hunter of the Year contest began with the 2017 turkey season and gets into full swing in September when the 2017 hunting season opens for dove and teal. For photos, contact Rebecca Triche at, 225-344-6707.

From L-R, Barney Callahan, Cameron Dauzat, Lydia Capritto, Rebecca Trice and YHA Chairman David Moreland  


    2017 YHA Female Winner, Lydia Capritto with her dad Matthew with her 21 pound turkey

   2017 YHA Male winner, Cameron Dauzat along with his father David and their two deer.

Please click on the links below to view Lydia Capritto and Cameron Dauzat’s winning essays.

Lydia Capritto

Cameron Dauzat