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 youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.

The camp is open to youths ages 11 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of June 16-18 at the Boy Scouts Camp Tres Ritos near Mora. Meals are free and participants will camp out on the property. Registration opens May 10. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5 p.m. May 19 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification, game care and basic survival skills. Participants will learn from department conservation officers about their jobs including wildlife investigations, decoy operations and working with wildlife.

The Department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Safari Club International Foundation.

To qualify for the camp, youths must have an online account with the department, register with an adult and complete a homework requirement before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths younger than age 18 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 www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.