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This year, contestants were asked to answer the question “Why I fish or hunt.”

Here are five great essays from the next generation of American Sportsmen.

First Place, Ages 13 to 18
ABRAHAM DEKAT, 17
Midwest City, Oklahoma

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Surviving My Dad
Nothing is more dangerous than a handyman on a mission.
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First Place, Ages 19 to 22
SETH BICHLER, 19
Rice Lake, Wisconsin

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The Old Bear
When you’re face-to-face with a wounded predator, you find out what you’re made of in a hurry.
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Honorable Mention
ERIC M. MOORE, 21
Conesville, Ohio

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The Small Things
Sometimes it takes going halfway around the world to appreciate the hunting you had at home.
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Runner Up, Ages 13 – 18
TRAVIS MYRON WHITE
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

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Monster of the Night
Runner Up, Ages 13 – 18
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Runner Up, Ages 19 – 22
PRESTON SUTTER
Alpharetta, Georgia

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Bobwhites and Frank Sinatra
Runner Up, Ages 19 – 22
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