June 25, 2016

Blogger Tour 2012 Essay Contest

Who’s ready to fish the storied waters of Yellowstone National Park this summer?

Here’s your chance!

Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network have come together to bring you the 2nd Annual Blogger Tour opportunity. A blog-writing contest that 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 west slope 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 and hear presentations from NPS experts who are working to recover and restore native trout species within the park’s boundaries. Additionally, they’ll hear from TU volunteers working to raise money for lake trout research in Yellowstone Lake, and from representatives of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, 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 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, Simms and OBN.

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

From Trout Unlimited:

  • A Rod-and-Reel combo
  • TU membership
  • TU hat
  • Kirk Deeter’s Little Red Book of Fly Fishing

From Simms:

  • Headwaters™ Stockingfoot:  Simms’ Headwaters™ Waders continue to raise the bar in the bang-for-your-buck category. Whether you’re outfitting clients for a week on the Smith River or looking for a GORE-TEX® product that guarantees durability and longevity, Headwaters™ excel across the board—without sacrificing an ounce of quality
  • Headwaters™ Pro Waist Pack: The redesigned for 2012 Headwaters™ Pro Waist Pack provides quick-draw access to fly boxes, tools, and all your on-the-go fishing needs. This indestructible 315 HT 100% Nylon Auto Airbag fabric pack features a lighter design with improved ergonomics, capacity, and interior access all housed in an ultra sleek design that eliminates line snags from your fishing equation.

From Yellowstone Park Foundation:

Runner Up Prizes For the Top 10 Posts:

1st place Runner Up:

2nd Place Runner Up:

3rd Place Runner Up: 

4th Place Runner Up: 

5th Place — 10th Place Runner Ups:

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 UnlimitedSimms, 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.

Contest Runs from Monday May 14th and closes May 31st a midnight (mst)
Winners will be announced June 4th throughout the day. 

To post your submission for the Blogger Tour 2012 Essay Contest at the OBN, Simms, YPF 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 by clicking “Click Here To Enter” :

Good Luck and We Look Forward to Reading Everyone’s Entry

Fine Print: Winners from last year’s TU/OBN tour to Montana’s Centennial Valley are not eligible for the Grand Prize. (But may write again and win any of the 10 Runner Up Prizes)

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, Simms, Yellowstone Park Foundation 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.

Keep Track of the Fun and Promotion by Following Everyone on Facebook:
Trout Unlimited Facebook
Simms Facebook
Yellowstone Park Foundation Facebook
Outdoor Blogger Network Facebook 

About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    Wow! What an awesome deal! Trust me folks, it’s well worth the effort to write your heart out for a chance like this! Kudos to TU, OBN, Yellowstone and Simms for making year 2 bigger and better! I can’t wait to read everyone’s entries!!! :)

    • 2

      Thanks Owl! I’m excited to read all the entries too, and although you were a grand prize winner last year who got to do the trip, you can still write this year to win any of the top 10 prizes =) Could you use some new Simms boots? A new fly bag perhaps? Book? There’s all sorts of fun up in those prizes ~ Plus….I love your writing so don’t hold out on us now!

      • 3

        Nah, I’m not going to enter this one. I had my turn. :) But I do hope lots of folks enter this one! OBN – you and Joe – do more than just give stuff away and bring us great deals and stuff….you really get people thinking, talking and blogging! Fishing “out west” last year was an awesome gift – someone else’s turn to win now. :)

  2. 4

    I mirror Owl’s comments. My experience in Montana, made possible through last year’s TU/OBN contest, was something I’ll always remember. New places, new water, new friends. Absolutely fabulous.

    And to top it all, coming and going between Denver and Centennial Valley, we passed through the wonderland that is Yellowstone. Iconic waters and amazing scenery. I envy those who will participate in this adventure. (Dang fine print). Thanks OBN, TU, and now Simms and the Park Foundation for providing the opportunity.

    Have at it, bloggers. Let the creativity commence!

  3. 5

    Wow, this is a great contest! I’ll definitely be putting something together this week or next and trying to win one of those awesome prizes. Thanks TU, Simms & Outdoor Blogging Network!

  4. 6

    This trip is going to be epic… Here’s what I can guarantee: You’ll see the Tetons, you’ll see Yellowstone Lake. You’ll see the Yellowstone Falls. You WILL catch fish. You WILL see elk and bison. You PROBABLY will see moose and bears. You very well could see a wolf.

    And, you’ll experience why Yellowstone is so special that it was the first landscape to ever be set aside as a national park. If you win… you’ll have an amazing time… I guarantee it!

  5. 8

    Another fantastic opportunity for the OBN bloggers!!! I know what a great adventure it was for last year’s group of winners! Back to the pen and paper… How I love Yellowstone!!

  6. 9

    My epic trip of a lifetime. Thanks Chris & TU, OBN and Simms.

  7. 10

    Amazing opportunity. Even though I entered, I hope Howard wins.

  8. 13
    Chris Simonds says:

    I am hoping to enter, but am not an “established” outdoor blogger. Can you let me know how I can become eligible to enter?

  9. 15

    To whom it may concern- I updated my post to include the required sentence. I’d hate to be disqualified over a technicality.

  10. 16

    nice contest, im not a blogger but I will tell my husband to join. I hope he wins.

  11. 17
    Patrick Cooney says:

    This is an incredible opportunity, and I appreciate the focus on conservation of our fisheries and wildlife. It is amazing to see such dedicatipn from so many bloggers to the long term survival of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

  12. 18

    Yellowstone is on the top of my list of places to visit and I’m sure I would be in heaven if I could make that trip. This is a great opportunity and thanks to all for making something like available to us. Outstanding. I’m sure I would never, ever want to come home!!!


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