The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled a multi-day, small-game-basics workshop for young hunters and those who want to learn to hunt.
Credit Dawny Pack
Staff in the departmentís Pinetop regional office will conduct their annual small-game hunting camp in Game Management Units 1 and 3B to provide youth with the basic skills they need to successfully pursue tree squirrels. The program format will also provide an overview of hunting opportunities for other small game species found throughout the state. Youth ages eight and older are invited to participate.
The camp, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Arizona Elk Society, will begin the evening of Sept. 30 and conclude the morning of Oct. 2, and includes meals, instruction and field time with hunting mentors. The program format is aimed at developing responsible, ethical and successful hunters who recognize the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation.
"This intensive camp is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to enhance their hunting knowledge and skills here in Arizona, while also teaching them the values of stewardship and wildlife conservation," says Wildlife Manager Supervisor Mike Godwin. "The workshop is about hands-on learning, asking questions and being with others who are also interested in hunting."
The camp will be held at the Los Burros Campground, located on Forest Road 224 that runs between Vernon and McNary. The program will cover hunting opportunities, firearm safety and game care.
Other activities include air-rifle and archery instruction and 3-D shooting, first aid basics, and more. Instructional sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and participants will hunt in the field with mentors on Saturday.
For more information or to sign up, contact the departmentís Pinetop office at (928) 367-4281. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
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