By Kyle Jillson | September 7 2012 14:42

The first entries are beginning to arrive for this year's art contest

Carolyn McClean of Pantego, Texas enters a fox into the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Ten year-old Carolyn McLean of Pantego, Texas is just one of the great contestants who have entered this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Her Vulpes vulpes fulva, or red fox, is lurking through a forest showing the earliest signs of fall, much like here in the Washington D.C. area. A piece colored carefully with crayon, this fifth grader brings the nimble fox to life - and stays within the lines.

We won't know how Carolyn's fox measures up to the rest of the Category II (for fourth through sixth grade contestants) entries until the judges go to work in November, but we wish her the best of luck.

The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to all 1st through 12th grade students. Just make sure that your drawing/painting/etching/other depicts an animal that's legal to hunt or trap in North America. Entries will be returned by January 2013 as long as there's a self-addressed stamped return envelope included.

And make sure your entry arrives here at NRA Headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030) by the November 5, 2012 contest deadline.

Still have questions about entering? Check out the Youth Wildlife Art Contest website at www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp or email us at artcontest@nrahq.org.

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