CIMARRON – 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 April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5pm, April 7, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis.
The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Philmont 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 also can test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles, shotguns, and bows and arrows on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff.
To qualify for the camp, youths must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department, register with an adult and complete a homework requirement 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/.