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Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Wehinahpay

SACRAMENTO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification for free.

The camp is open to youths ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Aug. 3-5, at the beautiful Camp Wehinahpay Boy Scout Camp in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo. Participants are responsible for their own camping gear, but meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch will be provided. Registration for this camp opportunity opens July 9. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by noon, July 16, 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. They will get a chance to test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery equipment on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff. Participants also will learn and practice fishing skills, no license required.

To qualify for the camp, participants must have an online account with the department, and provide their Customer Identification Number account, register with an adult and complete the required homework before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

For more information please contact the Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.