Youth Angler of the Year Essay Contest

LOWA Youth Angler Essay ContestWell, it’s been two years in the making, and it’s finally here. In conjunction with the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Angler, and the La. Outdoor Writer’s Association, the first ever Louisiana Youth Angler of the Year Essay Contest is being launched TODAY via this blog (coming soon to other newspapers and magazines in a city near you!). Oh yes, I’m jumping the gun a wee bit, but I am the chairman of this little committee, and I’m so excited that we are finally offering this great contest as an incentive for fisher kids to aspire to be outdoor writers and to reward those who are already on that path.

If you know a fisher kid in La. who is 15 or younger, be sure and pass this information on to them. All they have to do is go fishing, or have gone fishing, and write a great essay about the trip. It’s great if they can also include a photo that goes with the story, but not required. We will be judging more on the heart of the story than on grammar and such, but they should submit their best work. Click here for the Registration form.

If you have an in with a local newspaper, please ask them to reprint this information, and then email me and I will email them a 1/4 page ad version of this they can just slip right into their newspapers or magazines. I want to have entrants from across the state. I want to read essays until my eyes pop out!!!

And rumor has it (since I know the chairman of the committee personally) that the prize is a lifetime fishing license! Oh yes, indeed! All I can say is if you are a fisher kid, and when you get to the age of having to buy a license every year, you will be so glad you have this lifetime license!!! Not only that, you will receive your award on the night of our big LOWA awards banquet in August 2015 (location TBA) and we will pay for 3 banquet tickets for the winner. Other folks can attend, but they have to register for banquet and pay in advance.

Well, that’s all I have for now because other things have been keeping me hopping busy down the bayou here lately.

Spread the word and encourage those fisher/writers! Contact me if you have questions, or need more information!

Okay, kids – go fishing, take a couple photos of you fishing and/or holding your catch, and write an essay! I’ll be “write” here waiting for you!

Download, fill in, print and sign the registration form below (full instructions included). You will need a PDF reader to do this. (If you’re having trouble saving, right click, select “Save Link As”)


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  1. That is a great contest. Get the kids outdoors, teach them life lessons and how to survive/fish and reward them with a great gift. Love it.

    1. That’s how we’re hoping the parents who see this ad in their local newspaper will feel. Doing our best to get the word out every way we can!

  2. I’ll be passing this on to at least one of my grandsons. He is passionate about fishing. He is really good. Today is his 12th birthday and he asked for a Fly Rod and Reel and a fly tying kit. Now to convince him this essay wouldn’t be “homework”. LOL

    1. What a cool kid! AND he wants to learn to tie flies! Well, he might just be a great contender for the Youth Angler of the Year award. Tell him, if he wins, we have a really great time at our banquets. Lots of great raffle items, including a couple big guns, rods, reels, etc. Of course, I would expect to see you there, too! I really hope he wants to participate. He has until the end of June to go on a memorable trip and write about it!

  3. blu has a lifetime sportsman license for Illinois.
    Wonderful thing really.

    Stef, got other fly guys in family? It is a blast.

      1. There’s more fly fishing than you’d think here in Texas. Out west and in the hill country, where there are cold, clear rivers, they release rainbow trout and the guys have a blast. I think the people who can tie some of those fancy flies are just amazing.

        Great contest! I hope you’re getting lots of entries.

        1. I hope it will be a great incentive for our fishing youth. The Youth Hunter Award was established a few years ago, and they always have good results. And to see those kids receiving their awards at the banquet, and the pride on the faces of family members is just priceless. We make a big deal of it, and have them pose for photos, etc. Last year, a brother and sister won male and female hunter of the year. Their family and extended family took up an entire row of 12 banquet seats!! We’re doing this to encourage parents who hunt and fish to include their kids and carry on the heritage. It seems with all the video games, kids are getting outside less and less; hopefully this will encourage a few of those who are on the fence about fishing to accept the invitation to go. Besides, we have such a great time at our banquets–clean, G-rated family fun!