Youth Hunter of the Year Contest Back for 2023

Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries team up to present the awards for the first time since 2019

(October 26, 2023, Baton Rouge, LA) Do you know a young hunter who had a special hunt in 2023? Maybe they harvested their first deer, duck, or squirrel? Or maybe their hunt was special because they got to spend time in the Louisiana outdoors with family and friends. Regardless of the outcome of their special hunt, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) want to know about it because they could be the 2023 Youth Hunter of the Year.

LWF and LDWF are teaming up to honor one boy and one girl Youth Hunter of the Year for 2023. Nominations are now being accepted for boys and girls who are Louisiana residents and were 15 years or younger at the time of the hunt. The hunt does not have to take place in Louisiana, but it must have happened within the 2023 calendar year (January 1 – December 31, 2023).

To enter the 2023 Youth Hunter of the Year contest:

  • Complete and submit nomination form found at
  • Submit a short story written by the nominee describing the hunt
  • Submit a photo(s) of the hunt

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hunter must be a Louisiana resident
  • Hunter must be 15 years old or younger at the time of the hunt
  • The hunt must take place between January and December 2023
  • Short story should be written by the youth 
  • The hunt does not have to result in the harvesting of an animal
  • One entry per youth hunter
  • Previous winners are not eligible

Our two winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a $100 gift card from Bowie Outfitters. The winners will also be recognized at LWF’s Annual Conservation Achievement Awards banquet in April. Everyone who enters will be included in a drawing for a $100 Bowie Outfitters gift card.

Special thanks to our Contest sponsors: the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew J. Harrison, Jr. with Harrison Law, LLC, and Bowie Outfitters – Baton Rouge.

Visit to learn more and enter. Deadline to Nominate a Youth Hunter is Friday, February 2, 2024.

Past Winners

  • 2015 – Earl Darby, Kamryn Paige Hatton
  • 2016 – Seth Gottardi, Kindal Tonn
  • 2017 – Cameron Dauzat, Lydia Capritto
  • 2018 – Even Alderson, Kynlee Buras
  • 2019 – Douglas Fry, Hagen Reitzell

Contact: Jimmy Frederick, LWF Communications Director,, 225-344-6707, Cell 225-317-2046

About Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Established in 1940, Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 21 affiliate groups representing a broad constituency of hunters, anglers, birders, boaters, campers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.