2014 Youth Hunter Award
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) hosts an annual Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt. LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries selects a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. The awards were presented at the organization’s 70th Annual Conference banquet on August 8, 2015 in Morgan City, Louisiana.
The contest is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Delta Waterfowl, Bowie Outfitters and the Harrison Law Firm.
Twelve year old Mya Gravois of Lakeland, La. is the 2014 Female Youth Hunter of the year. Mya is the daughter of Hank and Aleisha Gravois. Mya began the 2014 Season by harvesting a little old 13′ alligator that is currently on display at the Swamp Shop in Grosse Tete, LA. No doubt the Gravois Family has been feasting on fried alligator this year. She harvested the gator on Indian Bayou WMA. Mya then proceeded to bag a few cat squirrels on Sherburne WMA for their winter stews. She then completed the season by harvesting three deer with three shots. Mya not only has a lot of great memories from the 2014 Season but the Gravois family has a freezer full of delicious venison! Her hunting adventures certainly point out the wonderful outdoor opportunities that both boys and girls have to enjoy here in the Bayou State.
William Morrison of Natchitoches, LA is the 2014 Male Youth Hunter of the Year. Twelve year old William’s story actually began in 2012 on a spring turkey hunt on family land in Arkansas. The gobbler came strutting in but William’s gun only made a clicking sound when he pulled the trigger. His older brother killed the tom and while William was disappointed, he was very excited for his brother. He had no luck during the 2013 Season but on a turkey hunt in Louisiana in 2014 he connected with a gobbler using his new shotgun. Dad did the calling and his brother documented the hunt with his camera. William’s first turkey is now hanging on the wall and serves as a reminder that good things happen to those who persevere and keep trying. William is the son of William and Emily Morrison.