Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Tres Ritos

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

The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered adult. It will be conducted the weekend of June 22-24, at the Boy Scout’s Camp Tres Ritos near Mora. Meals are free and participants will tent-camp on the property. Registration for this opportunity opens May 23. Those interested in attending must complete and return the registration form available at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 12 p.m. on June 4, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Camp Tres Ritos and 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 learn from department conservation officers about their jobs including wildlife investigations, decoy operations, working with wildlife and test their marksmanship skills with bow and arrows. All equipment will be provided.

To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youth 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 Department’s Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.