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Due to exceptionally dry conditions, the Department of Wildlife Resources has implemented a complete ban on any open burning (e.g., campfires, grills) on all DWR properties west of Interstate 95, effective immediately and lasting until further notice.

2023 One Shot Youth Essay Contest


The Hunt. Describe your experience: how it made you feel and the impact on your future?

Submission Deadline

Thursday, April 6, 2023 (11:59 PM)

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must be in one of two age categories: 12 years old and under or 13–17 years old.
  • Essays must be 500 words or less. If your essay exceeds 500 words, your submission will be disqualified.
  • Essays will be scored by a statewide panel of outdoor writers and the Top 5 winners will be awarded complimentary hunts at the Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt on April 22, 2023. (A parent/guardian must accompany the child during the hunt.)
  • No DWR or WFV immediate family or staff, or past winners, are eligible.
  • Winners will be notified on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
  • Essay must have full contact information included.
  • Information in the essays become the property of DWR and WFV and may be used in future publications.

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