Special hunter education camp offered at Gorham Scout Ranch

CHIMAYO – 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 free of charge.

The camp is open to youths ages 11 to 17 who are accompanied by a responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 at the Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Those interested in attending must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by noon Sept. 14 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Gorham Scout Ranch 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 test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff.

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, youths ages 17 and younger 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/.