Minden Fourth Grader Wins Free Fishing Day Poster Contest

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Imagine a sunset over a small fishing hole, dad and daughter walking home along a country road after spending the day together catching fish. Fourth grader Kiersten Boyd of Piñon Hills Elementary in Minden vividly captured this image with her winning entry in Nevada’s 6th Annual Free Fishing Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

Fourth and fifth graders from around the state put crayons, markers and colored pencils to paper to vie for the honor of being the artist of the 2008 Free Fishing Day Poster. NDOW judges had a difficult time choosing a winner from the 164 entries which all depicted their unique vision of this year’s theme, “Take Me Fishing.”

Free Fishing Day takes place on June 14 this year and Boyd’s artwork is the feature of the poster promoting this statewide event. In addition to her parents having bragging rights, she also receives a framed copy of her artwork and a fishing rod and reel. She and her family will also be treated to a guided fishing trip on a lake or river in northern Nevada once school is out for the summer.

Runners up in the contest were Kaitlyn Marie Loghry, a fifth grader from Roger Corbett Elementary in Reno and Carly Johnson, a fourth grader also from Piñon Hills Elementary in Minden. Both will receive a fishing rod and reel for their efforts. Boyd, Loghry and Johnson’s artwork will also be featured on next year’s back cover of NDOW’s Fishing Regulations publication.

Free Fishing Day is a statewide event that allows families to get out and experience fishing on their favorite water without having to purchase a license or trout stamp. Please visit www.ndow.org to find out more about Free Fishing Day events taking place locally on June 14.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.
Phone: (775) 688-1915
Date: 4/30/2008