Young hunters can now enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year competition being sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

The contest, open to all hunters 15 years old or younger, 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.

Deadline to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30.

Click here to download the submission form that must be mailed with each entry.

Visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/youth-hunter-registry-program 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. Rather, the program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana.

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 randomly drawn gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or helfinroots@hotmail.com.