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2024 One Shot Youth Essay Contest


Who has taught you the most about the outdoors? How would you teach someone else what the outdoors is all about?

Submission Deadline

Thursday, April 4, 2024 (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 20, 2024. (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 10, 2024.
  • 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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The deadline to submit an essay has passed.