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The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division Deer Program have partnered on a program for anyone 15 years of age or younger. Participating youth will receive a certificate recognizing their hunting achievement and efforts to keep the hunting tradition alive in the Bayou State.

The program goal is collection of stories and photos of youth hunting activities. All hunting activities qualify including small game, waterfowl, deer, turkey, and hogs, etc.

The contest requires submission of a story about a hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt. LOWA and LDWF will select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories received.

LOWA and LDWF are encouraging youth to carry a notepad, pen and camera to take notes and photographs during their hunting trips. LOWA and LDWF expect the registry and Hunter of the Year competition to grow in coming years.

The 2014 Youth Hunter Registry and Youth Hunter of the Year Program began this past spring with the 2014 turkey season and continued through the 2014/2015 hunting season. Youths are encouraged to document their hunting activities in the Registry. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2016. For more information visit the LDWF website at or contact YHA Chairman, Dave Moreland by sending him an email below.

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