By Kyle Jillson | October 19 2012 13:43

Need some clarification on the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest? This should help.

2011 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest winner Sylvia So

Fairfax, Virginia - The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest has been getting a bunch of questons this year. We started wondering how many more of you out there need clarification on something but haven't called or emailed us yet?

To help with any lingering clarifications you may need, we've put together a Frequently Asked Questions guide based on the most common inquiries. With the deadline coming up in two and a half weeks, this list should help you stay on track with creating your entries instead of pondering rules - always a good thing. If you still have something you'd like to ask, please call (703-267-1588) or email us.

What animals are eligible?

Your entry should depict a North American game bird or game animal – any animal (or bird) that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada. (The judges look more for “fur-bearers and feather-bearers” – so fish.)

We have a list of eligible animals online at which can help inspire your entry.

Can my entry have multiple animals, or should it just have one?

Multiple animals are okay. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your artistic portrayal creates a realistic view of two animals that might be found in the kind of habitat you’re depicting – a whitetail deer and a squirrel, for example, would be okay, but a Rio Grande turkey and an arctic hare might be a little less realistic to find in the same ecosystem (outside of a zoo!).

Can I enter? I don’t live in the United States.

Sorry – only students in the United States in grades 1 through 12 can enter.

Can I enter my painting on canvas?

Sure! While the rules say that “submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board” and that “preferred sizes for the 8½"x11" or 11"x14",” it’s okay if the artwork is on canvas, or watercolor paper, or whatever surface is appropriate. (And it doesn’t have to be 8½"x11" or 11"x14" – bigger or smaller are okay, too.)

Do I have to send the original, or can I send a photocopy?

You do have to send the original artwork – copies will not be accepted.

Got a question you’d like answered about the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest? Email us at

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