BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) named two children from the Baton Rouge area as winners of its 2019 Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year contest Thursday, July, 9, 2020.
The contest is joint effort of the LDWF and the non-profit Louisiana Wildlife Federation to promote youth hunting and conservation in Louisiana.
Hagen Reitzell and Douglas Frey both 8 years old won Female and Male Youth Hunters out of dozens of applicants for harvesting their first deer with their fathers in 2019.
Reitzell, the Female Youth Hunter of the Year from Zachary, took down a 135-pound doe as her first deer on her family’s property in East Feliciana Parish on Nov. 1, 2019.
“I cried and I was very happy,’’ Reitzell said. “My mom and sister came to see it. It was so much fun. I want to (harvest) a buck next season.’’
Frey, the Male Youth Hunter of the Year from Gonzales, harvested a button buck in Allen Parish on Oct. 12, 2019.
“It was one of my best hunts because it was my first deer. It was also special because I did it with my dad,’’ Frey said.
“Growing the sport of hunting is one of our primary goals at LDWF,’’ said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The stories of Hagen and Douglas are wonderful examples of Louisiana families passing down the sport of hunting from generation to generation. We are pleased to partner with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in recognizing our state’s young hunters and hope they all have success as they pursue this great sport.’’
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“This program is eye-opening about young hunters enjoying the outdoors and it’s great to have an opportunity to recognize them and encourage our hunting heritage,’’ said Barney Callahan, a Louisiana Wildlife Federation board member.
Both Reitzell and Frey will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters.
The 2020 Youth Hunter of the Year contest application will be announced later this year.
The contest is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC, Bowie Outfitters – Baton Rouge, and Outdoor Roots.
For more information on the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, go to lawildlifefed.org.