2015 Youth Essay Contest to Focus on Mentoring Junior Hunters

Media Contacts:
Lt. John Nores, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (408) 591-5174
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Wildlife Officer Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. This year’s contest invites entrants to share their thoughts about their mentors as they learn to master the tradition of hunting.

“Mentoring is fundamental to the development of the next generation of future ethical, responsible and safe hunters,” said CDFW Hunter Education Program Administrator Capt. Robert Pelzman. “A good teacher not only knows the way, but shows the way to others and inspires them to continue on the right path. We are looking forward to hearing about some of these amazing leaders from the perspective of the young sportsmen and women they inspire.”

The contest is open to all junior hunting license holders, as well as youths under 18 who have earned a hunter education certificate. Entrants should submit an essay of 500 words or less, focusing on how their mentor or instructor has influenced their views on conservation, sportsmanship, ethics and/or the challenge of being a model hunter in modern times.

The California Wildlife Officer Foundation will recognize one grand prize winner with a lifetime California hunting license, valued at more than $600. Second and third place winners will also be selected and prize packages will be awarded.

Entries should be submitted via email to Lt. John Nores at john.nores@wildlife.ca.gov and must be received on or before Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at 5 p.m. Applicants must provide their date of birth and a contact telephone number.

Essays will be reviewed and scored by CDFW wildlife officers and other CDFW representatives. The winners will be notified by telephone.

For additional information, please contact Lt. John Nores at (408) 591-5174.

AWARD CEREMONY: The grand prize will be awarded during a special ceremony at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) show in Sacramento on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. The contest winner must be present with a parent or guardian.

To find information about becoming a Hunter Education Instructor to help “Pass on the Tradition” to others, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered.