Special hunter education camp

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Jennifer Morgan, (505) 222-4722

jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 16, 2016:

Special hunter education camp offered at Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo

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.

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 Sept.. 16-18 at the Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration opens Aug. 24. Participants must complete and return the registration form available atwww.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5 p.m. Sept. 2 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The department is hosting the camp in partnership with Gorham Scout Ranch and 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 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 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 program, (505) 222-4731 orwww.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.