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Daisy, Elk Foundation Announce Video Essay Contest


MISSOULA, Mont.—A new twist on a classroom classic, the old essay contest goes high tech in a new competition sponsored by Daisy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Students age 10 to 18 can create short video essays and post them online for the world—and contest judges—to see.

Visit for a portal to complete entry rules, prize descriptions and video uploading info. The contest opens May 5, 2008, and ends Jan. 1, 2009.

Videos may be 60 to 90 seconds long. Student videos should communicate how safe, ethical hunting and shooting, spending time in the outdoors, or conserving and appreciating wildlife and nature has positively impacted their lives.

The Web site will host submitted videos.

Contest winners will receive prizes from the Elk Foundation, Daisy and Cabela’s.

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, the Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, March 5-8, 2009, in Fort Worth, Texas. The grand-prize winner also will receive a Daisy Red Ryder and Cabela’s gift certificate worth $500.

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

“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.

Bob Swanson of the Elk Foundation said, “The Elk Foundation and Daisy have a longstanding partnership 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.

To enter the contest, visit .

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Missoula, Mont., the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. The Elk Foundation and its partners have permanently protected or enhanced over 5.2 million acres, a land area larger than Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia combined. More than 500,000 acres previously closed to public access are now open for hunting, fishing and other recreation. To help protect wild elk country or learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit or call 800-CALL-ELK.

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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