Monday, June 15, 2009

Write Hunting Essay and Win Big Game Hunt!

Dick Dodds, owner of Elkhorn Outfitters*, and Jim Zumbo, television host of Jim Zumbo Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel, are reaching out to military families and are challenging youngsters to write a story and win a guided pronghorn antelope, mule deer or bull elk hunt this season!

In 1000 words or less, entrants must answer "What hunting means to me and my family." Each candidate should also describe his/her hunting experiences (if any) and are invited to include their parents' military service and what it means to them. Photos are accepted to accompany essay, but not required.

Youth 12 to 17 years old are invited to submit their essay. Participants must have a parent currently deployed on active duty, wounded in combat or honorably discharged in any branch of the United States armed forces. They must have completed a hunter education course and be available to hunt during the 2009 season.

Hunt Dates for 2009 will take place between August 31 - December 5, 2009. Three days of hunting are required for buck antelope or a 5-day hunt for buck mule deer and bull elk. Guided hunt, accommodations, and meals are included for the winning essays. Transportation to and from Craig, Colorado, meat processing and taxidermy is the responsibility of winners.

Essay submissions must include name, address, age, email and phone number and mailed to Hunt Essay Contest, 316 North Main Street, Greensboro, MD 21639 by no later than July 15, 2009. Essays may also be submitted electronically to Please include parent(s) branch of service and current military status to meet eligibility requirements. Winners will be notified by August 1, 2009. For more information, call 410-482-2419 or 281-824-1460.

*Elkhorn Outfitters is located in Craig, known as the Elk Hunting Capital of the World in beautiful northwest Colorado. To visit their website, click here.