The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking hunters and trappers to share stories about their first memorable experiences in the field or while introducing new people to hunting or trapping.
The contest features three categories: junior youth for grades 6-8, senior youth for grades 9-12 and adult for ages 18 and older.
The winning essays will appear in the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Cabela’s.
Essays should be 500 words or less, nonfiction, original and told from a first-person perspective. Include one or two photos of the author and/or subjects of the essay in the appropriate context. Photos need to be at least 1 MB in size. Include the photographer’s name with each submission.
Youth ages 17 and younger must include permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Submit essays and photos to with the subject line, “Essay Contest,” or by mail to Game Management, Attn: Essay Contest, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 15.
Call (518) 402-8883 or visit for information.