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Attention Louisiana Youth Hunters

September 12, 2010 12:00 AM

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and the Deer Program of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invite you to participate in the 2010 Youth Hunter Registry.  This program is for youth hunters 15 years or younger.  Participating youths will receive a certificate recognizing your hunting achievement and for keeping the hunting tradition alive in the Bayou State.  You are the future of hunting. 

Simply fill out the form that is available at the department's website,, click on deer hunting, big game hunts.  We want to hear about all your hunting activities and want to see your pictures also.  The program is for all hunting activities, small game, waterfowl, deer, turkey, hogs, etc. Participating youths are also recognized in the Big Game Records Newsletters that are available at the same website.

You can also enter the Youth Hunter of the Year contest for 2010.  The contest requires that you submit a story about your hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  The Outdoor Writers and LDWF will select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories that are 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 the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

When you go hunting take along a notepad and pen to take notes about your hunt, what you saw and heard, people you met, etc. and also be sure to take photographs.  We look forward to reading your stories and seeing your pictures.  Hunt hard but hunt safe.  Remember, the program is not about recognizing what you killed or how many, it is about enjoying a true hunting experience with family and friends.  But, if you do kill a big buck or shoot a limit of mallards, it's alright to do a little bragging about yourself!

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