I will give a free five-day hunt (including food and lodging) to one Facebook Fan who sends me the best 600 word explanation of why they want to come to Whitehall and hunt with me. This essay must be submitted by September 1, 2010.
To be considered, the winner must be at least 10 years old. If the winning essay is by a minor he/she must be accompanied by a parent (or responsible adult). The winner, if 16 or older, must have passed a hunter safety course in their state, province or country. A hunter-safety certificate is a requirement, even if the participant has been “grandfathered in” by their state’s regulations. Only the winner may take game, although the parent may observe and will also be fed and housed. Hunters and observers need to bring appropriate clothing.
Essay subjects may be on anything covered in my three books, Backyard Deer Hunting, Crossbow Hunting, or Practical Bowfishing or my videos, Marketing Creative Content and Cleaning Road-Killed Deer: The uncut, unedited video. Topics, such as muzzleloading hunting which will be covered in new books and videos published prior to September, will also be considered.
No entry fee is required. The winner and his/her essay will be published on this site on September 4, 2010.
The winner must provide their own transportation to Atlanta, Georgia. I will drive them to and from their flights. Hunters may choose to hunt with crossbow, muzzleloading gun, cartridge gun, slug shotgun or pistol. I will provide the hunting tools, instruction, guide them on the hunt and instruct in the recovery, processing and cooking of their game. Their game, or equivalent amount, will be frozen and given to them to take home.
Although the probability of success is reasonable, this is not a guaranteed hunt. Success probabilities are greatest in archery, muzzleloader and early gun seasons and generally decrease thereafter.
Winners must pay for their flights to and from Atlanta, any excess baggage fees on their game and purchase their licenses. Georgia hon-resident licenses are inexpensive and usually run about $160. They may be purchased on-line from the GA Department of Natural Resources Website by setting up an account. This account will also allow residents and non-residents to apply for quota hunts including deer, waterfowl and alligator.
Winners will be well looked after. They will stay with me at Whitehall and be extended Southern Hospitality. This is intended to be a learning experience.
The first step is to go to the right hand column of my home page of www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com and check the line “Become a Fan of my book on Facebook.” You will then be taken to a Facebook page where you may sign up. Essays need to be type written and mailed to Wm. Hovey Smith, Whitehall, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082.
Mail-in book orders with checks may be sent to the same address. Check the website www.hoveysmith.com for current prices. A special price of $20 for Practical Bowfishing will be extended for prepaid mail-in orders. No purchase is necessary to participate in the contest.
Become a Fan, write a good essay and have a good chance of going on a hunt. Within the next few years, I will have a video competition, but no videos will be accepted for this contest.