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Marlin 1983 hunter safety essay contest winners.

Last year, thousands of young hunters across America put aside their rifles and shotguns long enough to pick up a pen, and seriously contemplate and answer the topic of Marlin's ninth annual Hunter's Safety Essay Contest; "What it means to be an ethical hunter."

The resulting essays, reflecting the knowledge and concern these students had absorbed in their state-certified hunting courses, as well as in the field, flooded the desks of Marlin's judges. The overwhelming task of choosing two winners from so many excellent entries was at hand.

Difficult as it was, the judges were able to come to a consensus, and Marlin Firearms Company is now proud to honor the senior and junior winners for 1983; 17-year-old Tim Rice of Neodesha, Kansas, and 13-year-old Jason D. Cypher of Virginia City, Nevada. Sharing the honors were their hunter safety instructors, Charles E. Rice (Tim's father) and David B. Stickles, respectively.

The generous prizes awarded to each of the young hunters included $3,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, an engraved Model 39a lever-action rifle and a persoalized wall plaque. Furthermore, the governors of their home states participated in the presentations, issuing each winner a state proclamation recognizing his achievement. The boys' instructors each received an engraved Model 39a, and a wall plaque identifying him as "Hunter Safety Instructor of the YEar."

No sooner had the 1983 contest come to a close, than Marlin set things in motion for its tenth version of this annual event. As always, the contest is open to all youngsters aged 19 and under, who have successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in a state-certified hunter safety course. The senior divisin includes those aged 14 through 19; junior contestants are 13 years old and under.

All entrants receive a special Marlin Pledge Kit, which contains a pledge certificate, bumper sticker, wallet card and shoulder patch. The comapny then selects its state senior and junior winners, and presents them and their instructors with $50 gift cetificates for L.L. Bean outdoor merchandise, and personalized awards. The national winners are then chosen from this group of finalists.

Marlin Firearms sponsors this inceasingly popular event with the goals of encouraging the education an firearms safety of Americas's youth, and throughout its years of doing os has awarded the many deserving winnes with over $90,000 worth of bonds, certificates and rifles. To participate in the 1984 contest, students must complete and send in their entries no later than November 15. Entry forms are available from state hunter safety coordinators, certified instructors, or by writing directly to Marlin Firearms Co., Dept. GA, 100 Kenna Drive, North Haven, CT 06473.
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Author:Jacobson, Gretchen
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Jul 1, 1984
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