Enter Blogger Contest to Win Fly-Fishing Tour of Yellowstone!

Who's ready to fish the storied waters of Yellowstone National Park this summer? Here’s your chance!

TU Blogger Tour 2012Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network have come together to bring you the 2nd Annual Blogger Tour. A blog-writing contest will bring two lucky bloggers along for three days of fishing for wild and native trout inside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

The Blogger Tour for 2012 will focus on invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake and the park's progressive native fish recovery plan. The two winning bloggers could get the opportunity to be aboard a commercial-grade netting boat as contractors pull invasive lake trout from the depths of America's most iconic body of fresh water.

The two winning Bloggers will also get the opportunity to fish for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Arctic grayling and westslope cutthroat trout, as well as brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout throughout the waters of the world's first national park. Bloggers will also get to speak to fisheries experts from the National Park Service who are working to recover and restore native trout species within the park's boundaries.

[object Object]Additionally, they'll hear from Trout Unlimited (TU) volunteers working to raise money for lake trout research in Yellowstone Lake, and from representatives of the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF), which is launching a major campaign to assist with lake trout removal in Yellowstone Lake.

The Contest Writing Topic: To enter, bloggers should compose blog posts about Yellowstone National Park and the importance of keeping its fish and wildlife populations intact and healthy. These posts can include first-person anecdotal experiences, travelogue-style writing or, if the blogger has never been to Yellowstone, a post about what it might be like to visit the park for the first time.

The post must include the following sentence to be considered an official entry:

"This is my submission for the Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network – Blogger Tour 2012 contest."

All entries must be written and posted between May 14 and May 31, 2012. No regurgitated or reposted material will be considered. Winners will be announced throughout the day on June 4, 2012.

::::The Prizes::::

Top Two Blog Posts — Grand Prize Details:

Two Grand Prize Winning Bloggers are invited to attend the Blogger Tour of 2012 in Yellowstone National Park. Upon arrival, your food, lodging and transportation will be provided by TU, YPF, Simms and the Outdoor Blogger Network.

Additionally, the top two Winning Blog Posts will earn their authors a suite of prizes from Simms, TU and YPF. View a detailed list of prizes here.

Sweepstakes Bonus: From the entries, one Blogger will be picked as a sweepstakes winner (drawn randomly), also netting the author a host of prizes from the three organizations.

Participation Bonus: The First 30 Essay submissions will receive a TU Membership and YPF Hat! When entries are submitted, they are numbered and the first 30 entries will automatically win a gift.

Details Wrap Up: All blog post submissions will be judged by TU, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network.

Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network will all be actively promoting this essay contest from their websites and social media avenues. The submission links can be submitted and viewed from any of the four websites.

To post your submission for the Blogger Tour 2012 Essay Contest at the OBN, Simms, Yellowstone Park Foundation and TU website (you only need to submit it once and it will simultaneously show up on all the sites) please enter it into the Linky System: Click on "Click here to enter," below, to access the entry form.

Good Luck, and We Look Forward to Reading Everyone's Entries!

Fine Print: Winners from last year’s TU/OBN tour to Montana’s Centennial Valley are not eligible for the Grand Prize.

Winning bloggers must be able to get to Yellowstone at their own expense—upon arrival, your food, lodging and transportation will be provided by TU, Yellowstone Park Foundation, Simms and OBN. Winning bloggers must arrive at a designated location in or near Yellowstone by the evening of July 24, 2012. They’ll spend the next three days touring, and the tour will “adjourn” on July 28. Bloggers will be expected to produce several posts from the tour, including some content on the lake trout issue in Yellowstone Lake and the NPS native fish recovery plan. For more information, e-mail Chris Hunt at TU.

By entering this contest, your submission represents an agreement to these terms.

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