State Parks, Hunting and Shooting Planning at Colorado Commission Meeting

Colorado is a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors, be it hunting, fishing, shooting, or enjoy one of the state parks. There are some big items on the table before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commision. Learn more about the upcoming meeting.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet September 6 – 7 in Glenwood Springs

CPW_SiteLogoDENVER – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss allowing leashed dogs on select trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, prohibiting fishing at the ponds within the dog off-leash area at Chatfield State Park, restricting watercraft to vessels propelled by hand on the Chatfield State Park ponds (excluding the main reservoir), removing the boating seasonal closure at Jackson Lake State Park, and defining and allowing incidental commercial use at state parks without a cooperative or special use agreement.

The Commission will also consider proposed regulations concerning the fee structure for the recently created Cameo Shooting and Education Complex, proper display of OHV permits, Colorado Springs Urban Deer Management, Northwest Region Fires Update, and the 2020 – 2024 Big Game Season Structure at its September meeting in Glenwood Springs.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. on September 6 at Colorado Mountain College’s Morgridge Commons Meeting & Conference Center, 815 Cooper Avenue, in Glenwood Springs.

The September 6 meeting will include a Commission Forum: Envisioning Colorado’s Future State Parks that will be broadcast on Facebook Live from 2 – 5 p.m.

The meeting will reconvene at the same location at 8 a.m. on September 7 and will adjourn at 1 p.m.

Additional agenda items include:

  • Proposed fishing regulations for 2019
  • Continued discussion on application fees, preference points fees, and implementation of the Future Generations Act
  • Harvest limit proposals for the November 2018-March 2019 mountain lion season
  • GOCO Update
  • Financial Update
  • IPAWS Update
  • Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program – Recommended Projects
  • Executive Session

A complete agenda for this meeting can be found on the CPW website.

The commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation. Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the CPW website. This opportunity keeps constituents informed about the development of regulations and how the commission works with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff to manage the parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency. Find out more about the commission on the CPW website.

The next commission meeting will take place November 15 and 16 in Burlington.


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Elk and Deer Hunting Changes – Public Comment Needed New Mexico

We’re gearing up for the elk and deer hunting seasons to fill the freezer with organic meat, and there are public meetings about the hunts scheduled in New Mexico. In Colorado, there is a decline in elk herd population throughout the southern half of the state. In the New Mexico public meetings, they’ll include a proposal for increased elk hunting in areas.

You need to attend their public meetings to get the low-down on where and why. If you cannot attend a meeting there is a link at the bottom of the article which tells where you can learn more about the proposals. There are also links to the email addresses you’ll need to contact with your feedback.

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Deer, elk and elk private lands use system changes topic of public meetings

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the deer, elk, and elk private lands use system rules.

The department is proposing changes in deer, elk and the elk private lands use system (E-PLUS) across the state, including; splitting the deer archery season into 2 distinct seasons (September and January), adjusting licenses, adding new hunts, increasing elk harvest in some areas and establishing criteria to better administer the E-PLUS program.

To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:

  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
  • Santa Fe: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave.
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.

The proposals can be viewed on the department website, www.wildlife.nm.us. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-Deer-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-Elk-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or in person at one of the meetings listed above.


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HEY YOU! Leave Those Cute Fawns Alone

Awe! They’re so cute! Those cute, little, spotted deer fawns, aren’t they the most adorable things ever? I love seeing the newborn animals during the springtime when I’m outdoors. It means the resource is being renewed and we’ll have more wild animals for future years. Although it’s fabulous to see them, view them, and continue on, New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish has shared the ever needed reminder — LEAVE THOSE BABIES ALONE!

Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone

SANTA FE – Spring in New Mexico is an exciting time for wildlife. This is the time of year when most babies are born. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reminds the public to leave alone any deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs or other wild animals they may find.

Most young-of-the-year wildlife that people discover are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby.

Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, Orrin Duvuvuei, department deer and pronghorn biologist, warned.

“For about a week after birth, young wildlife exhibit hiding behaviors to avoid detection and increase their chance for survival. You might think it has been abandoned, but in reality, the mother is typically a few hundred yards away,” Duvuvuei said. “In most cases, the best thing to do is just leave it alone and quietly leave the area.”

Returning a young wild animal to its natural environment after it’s been carried off by a human can be very difficult and may not work in many cases, Duvuvuei said.

If you see young wildlife, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not approach. Its mother is likely close by and aware that you are in the area.
  • Leave the area quickly and quietly.
  • Observe the animal from a safe distance. Typically wildlife babies that appear to be dry have bonded with their mothers, and you can safely take their pictures from this distance, but don’t linger in the area or touch the animal.
  • If you think the animal has been abandoned, if possible mark the location using a GPS and contact the department by calling (888) 248-6866.

For more information about living with wildlife in New Mexico, please visit the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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Recreational Access to Wild Landscapes by RMEF and BLM

An earlier post seems to have shared with a broken link to information about sportsmen and public land access, so I’m trying it again with this news about Recreational Access to lands. Let me know how it goes!

National Program Critical for Recreational Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A funding mechanism with a long name provides long-lasting benefits for hunters, anglers, hikers and others seeking improved access to America’s wild landscapes.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to leverage more than $1 million in appropriations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Priority Recreation Access program to open or improve access to nearly 55,000 acres of public land across four states.

Congress recently boosted LWCF to $425 million—a $25 million increase over 2017 but it did not permanently reauthorize the program which is set to expire September 30.

“LWCF is absolutely vital if we want to continue to permanently protect and provide access to habitat for elk and other wildlife,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation calls on Congress to permanently reauthorize this crucial program.”

RMEF’s most recent LWCF project was the conveyance of a 93-acre tract of land, known as the Cow Island Trail project, to the BLM that improves access to more than 6,000 acres of adjacent public land in north-central Montana’s Missouri River Breaks region.

“Expanding access to public lands for hunting and fishing is one of the BLM’s top priorities,” said Brian Steed, BLM deputy director for policy and programs. “Partnering with RMEF allows us to utilize critical funding to secure access to parcels like the Cow Island Trail project, which in turn broadens access now and ensures it for the future.”

Below is a list of RMEF-BLM projects utilizing LWCF-Priority Recreation Access funding.

RMEF Project (Amount in LWCF Funding)
Cache Creek, California ($321,000)
Cow Island Trail, Montana ($97,500)
La Barge Creek, Wyoming ($192,000)
Tex Creek IV, Idaho ($400,000)

LWCF helps conserve wild and undeveloped places, cultural heritage and benefits fish, wildlife and recreation. Its funding comes from royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. The royalties bring in $900 million annually, most of which is diverted to other federal programs.

“It takes great partners like the BLM to provide improved access opportunities for sportsmen and women but it also takes funding. These LWCF-Priority Recreation Access funds are absolutely critical in both conserving prime wildlife habitat and opening or improving access to it,” added Henning.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.


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Sportsmen and Public Receive Access to Additional Lands

Here in the wild west, sportsmen take public land for granted until they’re in an area where there isn’t much. We even experience it here in Colorado; the front range (eastern half of the state) has mostly private land and the western slope has a lot of open space. Out east they’re continually asking for more access. That’s why this proposal is a bit of good news.

NRA Applauds Effort to Open Up Public Lands to Sportsmen

Thanks Sec. Zinke for Seeking to Expand Hunting Opportunities

NRA PR LOGOFairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for his effort to give America’s outdoorsmen and women greater opportunities to hunt and fish on public lands.

Sec. Zinke announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new hunting and fishing opportunities in 30 national wildlife refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would take steps to simplify regulations to more closely match state hunting and fishing regulations. If finalized, the proposed changes would be implemented in time for the upcoming 2018-2019 hunting season.

“Sec. Zinke and I both grew up hunting and fishing and want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have those same outdoor opportunities,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “Our young people need to get out in nature more and unplug from the digital world. Sec. Zinke’s effort to open up more of our public lands for outdoor recreation will benefit not only our youth, but all Americans for generations to come.”

The Department of the Interior’s proposal outlines expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 136 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, it would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public can hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.

Note: The Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days. The notice will be available at www.regulations.gov, docket no. FWS-HQ-NWRS-2018-0020, and will include details on how to submit your comments. An interim copy of the proposed rule is now available at https://www.fws.gov/home/pdfs/Proposed_2018-2019_Hunt_Fish_Rule_signed.pdf.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and Twitter @NRA.


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NEW Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO Announced

RMEF Announces New President and CEO

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board of Directors this week announced Kyle Weaver as the new President and CEO, effective June 30, 2018.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as the leader of the most respected wildlife conservation organization in the country, one that does so much for elk, elk habitat and America’s hunting tradition,” said Weaver. “Moving forward, as a team, we will elevate the delivery of RMEF’s mission, including our lands and access work as well as advocating for our hunting heritage.”

Weaver comes to RMEF from a long and successful career with the National Rifle Association, where he rose from an entry level position to ultimately serve as an NRA Officer and Executive Director of General Operations. His oversight included educational, safety and training programs, grassroots fundraising, as well as hunting and conservation programs. He brings extensive experience with board relations, volunteer management and fiscal responsibility and oversight, along with program building and implementation.

“My entire career has been dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting our rights in the outdoors as hunters and conservationists. I am excited and welcome this opportunity. I look forward to using my full energy to serve our donors, members, volunteers, partners and sportsmen and women everywhere in furthering RMEF’s conservation mission,” added Weaver.

“We are excited to have Kyle join us and look forward to his leadership as we build on the success of RMEF,” said Philip Barrett, chairman of the RMEF Board of Directors. “We want to thank DBA Executive Search & Recruitment for leading this extensive nationwide search process that yielded an incredible field of candidates.”

Larry Potterfield, a long-time friend of Kyle, lifelong hunter, author, decorated business leader and founder and CEO of Midway USA, added, “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plays a critical role in the conservation of one of America’s great wildlife resources. Its long-term success is critical for the preservation of the species and the rights of hunters. Kyle Weaver is the perfect choice to lead this great organization into the future.”

A passionate and avid hunter, Weaver has supported RMEF for well over a decade and is a life member.

Currently, the RMEF president and CEO position is held by Nancy Holland, who stepped into the role in February from her board position to facilitate the transition to the new leadership.

“I am excited for Kyle and RMEF, he brings a strong business acumen and a commitment to conservation. A powerful combination to move RMEF forward and further establish its leadership role in the conservation community,” said Holland. Upon completion of this transition, Nancy will return to her role on RMEF’s Board of Directors.

Kyle is a graduate of Longwood University in Virginia, where he attended on a collegiate baseball scholarship. Weaver is a founding board member and current Chairman of the Fathers in the Field mentoring ministry.

He, wife Ashley and their family will be relocating to Missoula.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.


 

CPW Kills Bear Suspected of Attacking Girl

CPW officers kill bear suspected of injuring girl in Sunday morning attack

CPW_SiteLogoGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed a bear overnight, believed to have been the bear responsible for injuring a young girl in an early Sunday morning attack in East Orchard Mesa.

CPW officers will transport the bear’s carcass to the agency’s Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a full necropsy.

Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight, actively monitoring them and continuing the investigation, when they observed the bear walking up to a residence approximately a half-mile away from the location of the attack. Officers killed the bear before it entered the trap.

Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

“The necropsy, along with DNA results will provide the confirmation, but we are confident we have the right bear,” said Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham. “However, we will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution.”

CPW will release the results of the necropsy when they become available.

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears, and all wildlife, to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food.


CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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Outdoor Icon Kristy Titus Becomes Nightforce Optics Brand Ambassador

Kristy Titus is an icon in the outdoor, gun, and hunting industry so it’s no surprise that an outstanding company such as Nightforce Optics would embrace her as an ambassador. This week we also need to congratulate her on being elected to the NRA Board of Directors. What accomplishments!

Nightforce Optics Welcomes Kristy Titus as Brand Ambassador

Lavonia, GA, U.S. – Nightforce® Optics proudly announces an exclusive partnership with professional hunter and precision rifle shooter Kristy Titus as a brand ambassador and pro staffer for their premium sport optics including riflescopes, spotting scopes, and accessories.

“Regarded as a leader in shooting sports education, Kristy Titus is outspoken in her stewardship of wildlife and habitat conservation,” said Nightforce Optics Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers. “Combine that inner drive of hers with her rising status as a competitive shooter, her vigorous support of the Second Amendment, including her notable election to the National Rifle Association Board of Directors, and she’s the perfect choice to represent Nightforce to our diverse audience of shooting enthusiasts. It’s not every day the chance to partner with someone of Kristy’s talent comes along,” he said, “so when it does, you jump. We’re extremely proud to welcome her to the Nightforce family and are excited to support Kristy in her efforts to educate people, affirm her passion for big-game fair chase hunting, and compete in precision rifle matches with our brand.”
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Titus brings skills and product insight to Nightforce through her unique upbringing. Raised leading a pack of string mules into the backcountry of Oregon, she experienced the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself western big game hunting, and began her career of volunteerism with The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. As a life member, Titus serves as a featured member of RMEF’s “Team Elk” television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and supports local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts across the U.S.

“Few people run gear as hard as competitive shooters and backcountry hunters, and finding someone who works as hard as Kristy is a tall order,” said Myers. “We’re outfitting her with the Nightforce ATACR™ series of riflescopes and look forward to seeing her put them to the test in the field. Her commitment to elevating her standings in precision rifle shooting is particularly exciting, so keep an eye on her ranking,” he said.


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Nightforce recognizes that since women represent the largest growth segment in our industry, Titus’ influence is important. “Because of her approachable style and expert instruction, she easily relates to both men and women,” Myers said. Many people in the shooting sports community already know her through partnerships with Shoot Like a Girl, “NRA’s Women Tips & Tactics” on NRA TV, and even as the long-range precision marksmanship instructor at the Well-Armed Woman National Leadership Conference.

Other conservation organizations that enjoy Titus’ dedication include the Safari Club International (SCI), where she served as a President of the High Desert Chapter and went on to lobby members of Congress for legislation and policies to improve hunting and conservation efforts. Titus is also an ambassador for the National Wild Turkey Federation, a life member of the Wild Sheep Foundation, and member of the Mule Deer Foundation.

Look for Titus and Nightforce optics in her digital video series “Pursue The Wild” airing on RMEF’s ElkNetwork.com, YouTube, and Amazon TV. The reality show follows Titus on her journey as a backcountry big game hunter, competitive shooter, shooting instructor, and mentor to fellow hunters. It features her “Tips from the Wild” and “The Wild Kitchen” segments while promoting her beliefs in public lands stewardship and conservation.

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Laura Evans, marketing communications, at media@nightforceoptics.com.

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About Kristy Titus
Kristy’s greatest hope is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to tackle the most demanding outdoor activities and shooting sports. She conveys her relentless passion for the outdoors through her hunting and shooting adventures, sharing expert tips on topics that range from calling in bull elk to marksmanship tactics, healthy game recipes, and fitness. Kristy is an outspoken Second Amendment advocate that has dedicated her life to teaching and promoting firearms, conservation, and hunting. Recently elected to the National Rifle Association Board of Directors she is an NRA Life Member. She currently serves on the NRA Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee and is aBasic Pistol Instructor, Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer. Learn more at www.youtube.com/user/PursuetheWild, http://kristytitus.com/, www.facebook.com/KristyTitus, and www.instagram.com/kristytitus/.

About Nightforce
As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products
including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged,
reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built
with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last for generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established an industry benchmark for the highest performing products. Nightforce optics have accompanied elite soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.


Attendee Opportunity to Shoot Like A Girl at NRA-AM

I’ve mentioned Shoot Like A Girl many times before as an opportunity for ladies to get the feel of firearms and archery equipment at a virtual range. This year the SLG trailer will be inside the exhibit hall at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Dallas, Texas. If you’re going to be there, stop by. Ladies, go inside and give the system a try. Men, you can by Shoot Like a Girl gear outside the trailer.

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For the First Time Shoot Like A Girl Inside the Exhibit Hall at NRA Annual Meeting

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 8.24.30 AMAthens, AL – April 30, 2018 – Shoot Like A Girl will be at booth 12358 inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX for the NRA Annual Meeting May 4th – 6th, 2018. This is their 5th year of bringing Shoot Like A Girl’s, state-of-the-art, semi-trailer mobile range to the NRA Annual Meeting, but the first time it will be inside.

This new location will expand the opportunity for the company to interact with like-minded ladies, passionately advocate for law-abiding citizens, and promote the importance of introducing women to shooting sports. Since the company’s inception, over 17,000 women have shot with Shoot Like A Girl leading to an overall economic impact to the shooting sports industry of more than 73 million dollars.

Shoot Like A Girl offers women in attendance at the NRA Annual meeting the opportunity to participate in a revolutionary introduction process, called the Test Shots™ and Test Flights™. In this process, they shoot a pistol, AR platform rifle, and compound bows in a safe controlled environment in a short amount of time guided by NRA Certified Instructors and archery coaches. The trailer features a military grade firearms simulation system and a live archery range. Shoot Like A Girl also features a gun counter, where all of the participants at NRAAM can review and compare a wide variety of firearms. There are many models on display from the corporate partners including revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, and rifles provide women the ability to explore available options.

The meeting attendees will be able to purchase Shoot Like A Girl logo wear and licensed products at booth 12358.

Special Note For Media:

Media is invited to Shoot Like A Girl’s mobile range during the NRA Annual meeting for live or filmed interviews. Come see and capture the excitement of the fastest growing demographic in the industry! Please make media appointments with Jeanine Sayre at jeanine.sayre@shootlikeagirl.com or 256-206-2460.

About Shoot Like A Girl:

Shoot Like A Girl is the industry leader in growing the number of women in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence with the support of their corporate partners: Cabela’s, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Tikka, Charter Arms, Colt, GLOCK, Magpul, Savage, Peltor Sport, Truglo, Alps Outdoorz, Lyman, Trijicon, Thermacell, Mossy Oak, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Beman, Federal Premium Ammunition, Hoppes, Elite Archery and Scott Archery, Mathews, Hoyt, Neet Archery Products, S & S Outdoors, Loyal Dog Food,and Upper Canyon Outfitters.

To learn more about SLG2, visit Shoot Like A Girl online, or visit on Facebook and Twitter.


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Special Hunter Education Camp – New Mexico

If there is one thing you can do to more readily comprehend hunters and hunting it is to complete a hunter education course. I volunteer and teach others not to create more hunters, but to create an awareness of conservation, wildlife, hunting, safety, laws, and more importantly ethics. After that, if one wants to take to the field to pursue wild animals, I support that! Listed below is a wonderful camp for youth. Have you attended a class or camp yet? — What about your kids?

Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Thunderbird near Mimbres

nmdgf-logo-color_originalMIMBRES – 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 and over who are accompanied by an adult. It will be conducted the weekend of May 18-20, at the beautiful Camp Thunderbird in the Gila National Forest. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration for this camp opportunity opens April 16. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 12 p.m., April 30, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 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 Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.


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LG and her new New Mexico friends study their hunting licenses for the Hunter Safety trail course.