Outdoor Observations

Bill Parker

Michigan Editor

DEER TALES. Got an intriguing story about finally shooting that
big buck of your dreams? How about a small buck, or a doe? Got an
entertaining tale about the one that got away, or a heart-warming
story about sportsmanship and hunter ethics?

If you do, we want to hear from you.

And if your story happens to be a favorite of the judges, you
could win a subscription, or a subscription extension, to Michigan
Outdoor News.

We’ve been holding a youth writing contest for eight years and
it’s been such a success we decided to expand our lineup and
include a writing contest for adults.

The Michigan Outdoor News Deer Hunter Writing Contest is open to
anyone age 18 and older (school-age kids may enter our Youth
Writing Contest). We’re looking for stories from the 2007
deer-hunting season (archery, firearms, or muzzleloader).

The top two stories, based on writing style, uniqueness of the
story, and photo support, will be published in MON and the first
place winner will receive an Outdoor News Print of the Year; the
second place winner will receive a one-year subscription (or
extension) to MON.

The rules are simple: Stories must be limited to 750 words or
fewer; photo support is highly suggested, although not mandatory;
and entries must be typed or word-processed. Emailed entries are
encouraged (in MS Word format), and all submissions must be
received by Jan. 1, 2008.

For all the details on this exciting new contest, check out our
ad on Page 24.

LAST CALL. While we’re on the topic of writing contests, I’d
like to remind youths in grades 6 through 12 that the deadline for
entry in the 8th annual Michigan Outdoor News Youth Writing Contest
is Nov. 16. You don’t have to wait until the deadline to submit
your entry!

Top finishers in two divisions – Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior
(grades 6-8) – will receive cash awards and plaques and will be
entered in the national youth writing contest, sponsored by the
Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Winning prose and
poetry entries in each division will win $100 and a plaque. Second
place winners in prose will win $50 and a plaque.

Complete entry instructions can be found on Page 26 of this
edition of MON.   

SEASON DATE CORRECTION. In our quest to bring you current and
timely information, we sometimes run into a roadblock. In the 2007
Michigan Outdoor News Sportsman’s Calendar, we printed the
incorrect date for the late firearms antlerless deer season.

The season, which is open in 28 deer management units in
southern Michigan and eight DMUs in the northeastern Lower, begins
Dec. 17, not Dec. 1 as indicated on the calendar.

The MON Sportsman’s Calendar was printed before the state
finalized its season dates. When the NRC approved the late season
last summer and announced the starting date of Dec. 17, it was too
late to make the correction.

We apologize for any confusion this may have created.

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