New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification free of charge.
The camp is open to youth ages 10 and over who are accompanied by a participating adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Aug. 9-11, at the beautiful Camp Wehinahpay Boy Scout Camp in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo.
Participants are responsible for their own camping gear for this opportunity, but Friday dinner through Sunday lunch meals are provided. Registration for this camp opportunity opened July 1. Participants must complete and return the registration form by noon July 12 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Safari Club International Foundation.
Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery equipment on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff. A fishing component also will be included, no license required.
To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending.