From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
-- The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division Deer Program invite young hunters to participate in the 2008 Youth Hunter Registry.
This program is 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.
To participate, simply fill out the form that is available at the department's website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/biggamehunts. 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.
Participating youth may also be recognized in the Big Game Records Newsletters that are available at the same LDWF website.
Young hunters are also encouraged to enter the 2008 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. 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.
This new program is sponsored by the Bayou State Bowhunters Association, the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Jakes Program and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.
Recipients of the 2007 Youth Hunter of the Year Award were Anna Helm of Sunshine and Chris Campbell of Shreveport. Each received a plaque recognizing their achievement at the August Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting.
Helm and Campbell were recognized again at the LOWA Conference in Morgan City on Oct. 18. The two youth hunters were presented gift certificates from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge. Seth Johnson of West Monroe (who participated in the registry program) was selected by random drawing to receive a gift certificate. Johnson killed his first deer in Winn Parish during the 2007 deer season while hunting with his dad.
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.