By Kyle Jillson | October 22 2012 13:48

Tenth grader hopes northwestern sheep will do well in fall art contest

Kentucky tenth grader sends Dall Sheep into NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Fairfax, Virginia - Alysha Gaskill from Dry Ridge, Kentucky sent this Dall sheep, titled King of the Mountain, into this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

Drawn with pencil and demonstrating great shading technique, it's apparent that Alysha put a lot of time into her entry. A fifteen year old in the tenth grade, Alysha's entry has been placed in Category IV (for students in grades 10-12).

She'll be going up against some steep competition in this group of high schoolers. The top category has some extremely talented artists enter each year. How will Alysha do? We'll find out shortly into November when our judges get to see all of this year's great entries and select 2012's winners.

The deadline to enter this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest - November, 5 - is just two weeks away. If you're interested in entering, there's still plenty of time to create your artwork and have a chance to win some of the $7,000 we're giving away in prizes.

Any student in 1st through 12th grade is eligible to enter. You can draw, paint, etch, use charcoal, or any other medium you want. We just ask that you make sure the animal depicted is legal to hunt or trap in North America. Entries must be postmarked by the November 5th deadline and should be sent to NRA Headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030) in order to be eligible for judging.

This year we'll be returning all by January 2013 as long as there's a self-addressed stamped return envelope included.

Still have questions about entering? Check out the Youth Wildlife Art Contest website at or email us at

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