Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2010 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 04/11/2011

April 11, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Visit the LDWF website at for information on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest.

Youth hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2010-11 hunting season are encouraged to participate.  This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana. The deadline to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30, 2011.

The two winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference this summer.  Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Additionally, all participants who register their 2010-11 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters (winner to be selected by a random drawing).

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Announces Winners of 2010 Youth Journalism Contest

Release Date: 07/29/2010

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) will honor the winners of its 2010 Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) at its 65th annual conference held in Covington on Saturday, August 7, 2010. An annual event, the contest focuses on building literacy among outdoor youth while promoting involvement in the outdoors.  

Winning entries will be available at the LOWA website, The Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International (SCI) also publishes the winners in their newsletter.

Students share personal experiences in hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, hiking, or any other activities where they engage with nature and the environment. Judges look for literate and enthusiastic work along with photography that captures the essence and spirit of Louisiana.

Prize monies are donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Baton Rouge Advocate provided advertising and press releases in the promotion of the contest. First through fourth place winners receive award certificates and cash prizes. The categories are Photography (18 and under), Senior Essay (14-18), and Junior Essay (13 and under). 

For more information about LOWA and its membership guidelines visit their website at

 The winning submissions are also available, along with contact information on the students by contacting Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA Youth Journalism Chairman at   Special thanks to the judges (and their teams) of the contest:  Senior Essay-Wendy Billiot, Theriot, La.;  Junior Essay-John Flores, Patterson, La.;  Photography-Deb Burst, Mandeville, La.

 The 2010 YJC photography winners and their photos:

 1st place:
Flight of the Egret
Jacob Thompson, Age 18
Oak Forest Academy
Amite, LA

2nd place:
Louisiana Reflections
Brittany Gosserand, Age 16
St. Michael the Arc Angle High School
Baton Rouge, LA

3rd place:
Louisiana Stream
Emily Winter, Age 12
Home School
Gonzales, LA 

Honorable Mention:
Gator Camouflage
Dylan Duvio, Age 15
John Curtis Christian
Kenner, LA

The 2010 YJC Senior Essays 14-18 age group:

1st Place:
Nature's Spectacle
Catherine Parsiola, Age 18
Berwick High School

2nd Place:
Louisiana Education:  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic.& Fishing!
Joshua Bellau, Age 14
John Curtis Christian School

3rd Place:
Photo Challenger
Jacob Thompson, Age 17
Oak Forest Academy

Honorable Mention:
My Outdoors
William Guilbeau, Age 14
Academy of Environmental Sciences


The 2010 YJC Junior Essays 7-13 age group:
1st Place:
Magpie Lessons
Madeleine Juneau, Age 12
Glasgow Middle
Baton Rouge

2nd Place:
Deer Stand Education
Ashley Davis, Age 13
Lee Road Jr. High

Third Place:
Will I Ever Get To Go Fishing Again
Alexis Lang,  Age 10
John Curtis Christian School

Honorable Mention:
Duck Hunting At Dawn
Joe Stassi, Age 12
Dutchtown Middle


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