SILVER CITY — 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 10 to 18 who are accompanied by a responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 15-17 at Camp Thunderbird in the Gila National Forest. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration for this camp is now open. Those interested in attending must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by noon Sept. 1 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the New Mexico Youth Conservation 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 on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff.
To qualify for the camp, youths must have an online account with the department, register with an adult and complete the required homework 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 Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.
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