Calling Young Hunters
by Watch Staff
May 09, 2008 | 659 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a new twist on a classroom classic, the time-honored student-essay contest goes high-tech in a competition sponsored by Daisy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Students age 10 to 18 are invited to create short video essays and post them online for the world – and for contest judges – to see.

Videos should be 60 to 90 seconds long, and communicate how safe, ethical hunting and shooting; spending time in the outdoors and/or conserving and appreciating wildlife and nature has positively impacted the videomaker’s life. Submitted videos will be hosted by the website.

One grand-prize winner and one parent or adult guardian will receive airfare, lodging and registration to one of the great annual events for hunters and conservationists hosted by the Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp and Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, March 5-8, 2009, in Fort Worth, Tex.

The grand-prize winner also will receive a Daisy Red Ryder and a $500 Cabela’s gift certificate.

Four additional prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Graphics, Best Audio, Most Awesome Outdoor Scenery and Best Use of Animation. Winners in these categories will receive a Daisy Red Ryder and $200 Cabela’s gift certificate.

“Young producers have complete creative control over message delivery, music and any text that may be included in their videos. The best overall video will receive the grand prize, but the four additional categories are designed to inspire extra creativity,” said Joe Murfin of Daisy.

Winners in the Daisy-Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation “Take Aim At Safety” Video Essay Contest will be selected Jan. 15, 2009.

“The Elk Foundation and Daisy have a longstanding partnership,” said

Bob Swanson of the Elk Foundation, “and we’re pleased to work together to get young people thinking about gun safety, hunter ethics and habitat conservation.”

Accepted video formats: WMV, FLV, 3GP and MOV. Additionally, videos can be uploaded to and embedded. All videos will be reviewed prior to going live on and must follow posted terms and conditions, including granting to contest sponsors the rights to use videos in future promotions. If under the age of 13, parent verification is required by law.

Visit for a portal to complete entry rules, prize descriptions and video uploading info. The contest ends Jan. 1, 2009.

To enter the contest, visit
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