By Craig Robbins
With just a few days left until New York's special Youth Spring Turkey season, the 2013 Youth Spring Turkey Essay Contest is nearing Wednesday's deadline.
So far we have already received many great youth essays.
The contest is open for all youth in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties who are 12-15 years of age and who have a New York State hunting license and proper tags. The essay - with a topic of ''If you could pick one person to go hunting with, who would it be and why?'' - shouldn't be more than 400 words. Each essay should include full name, age, email address and phone number.
Essays should be sent in no later than Wednesday and the winner will be announced next Sunday.
The winner will receive a guided morning hunt (winner picks either day) for spring turkey with me during the Special Youth Spring Turkey Weekend April 20-21 a TruWoods camo jacket, and an Oak Ridge Game call of his/her choice.
The winner must have his 2012-13 small-game hunting license and spring turkey stamp, and be ready to get up at dawn. The winner will be contacted via email and/or phone. Essays should be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.