Young hunters asked to share memories for contest

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking submissions of youth hunting memories for its annual contest. The department says submissions should show a memorable hunting experience and explain why hunting is important to the young hunter. Entries will be judged on creativity and qualities like a strong display of hunter ethics, good landowner relations, an appreciation for wildlife, strong hunting skills, and a connection to family. This year hunters 9 and under are asked to submit a drawing or painting. Hunters from 10 to 12 should submit a photograph, while those 13 to 16 are asked to submit a YouTube video at least three minutes long. Entrants may also include a short essay. The deadline is Jan. 1.