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YOUTH OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMP OCT. 11-12
Event will include hunting, fishing, furharvesting, nature photography, bird identification, and wildlife
habitat workshops

PRATT Open to all youth 12 through 18 years old, the Kansas Hunting, Fishing, and Furharvesting
School and the AOK Bird Identification, Nature Photography, and Wildlife Habitat Youth Workshops will
be held Oct. 11-12 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp, near Junction City. The workshop is sponsored by the
Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) and Audubon of Kansas (AOK).

The event is designed to help kids become more comfortable in the outdoors, enhance their
understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, and learn skills that will help them enjoy
nature throughout their lives.

The course schedule includes the following classes:

bulletfishing participants will take a guided fishing trip to Milford Reservoir. Students wil learn why fish
congregate in particular locations and how to catch different species;
bulletbig game/rifle marksmanship students will learn how to hunt deer, elk, and antelope and be introduced
to rifle shooting;
bulletwingshooting/hunting this class offers an opportunity to learn to call ducks, place decoys, and gain tips
for locating upland game birds;
bulletwild turkey hunting students will learn about fall and spring hunting techniques and how to locate and
call wild turkeys. Instruction will be provided by members of the National Wild Turkey Federation;
bulletfurharvesting participants will learn the basic methods of harvesting furbearers and preparing and
marketing their pelts;
bulletarchery for beginning or advanced students, this course will teach proper technique for compound
bow shooting;
bulletwild game preparation and cooking students will learn how to properly prepare and cook wild game
and fish. Recipes will be shared;
bulletbird identification through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction, students will learn to spot
and identify native Kansas birds. Participants should bring binoculars.
bulletnature photography nature and wildlife photographers will share their skills. Students must bring their
own cameras and film; and
bulletwildlife habitat the science of wildlife habitat conservation will be emphasized. Students will study
different wildlife habitat types and animals associated with them.

Participants in the wingshooting and rifle marksmanship classes will be shooting under the watchful eyes
of experienced coaches. The turkey hunting and furharvesting students will spend much of their time in
the field learning about the behavior and ecology of the animals. All students will attend general sessions
on outdoor ethics and responsibilities.

All youth involved in shooting sports must be accompanied by an adult. An adult may accompany as
many as three youth. Cost for the school is $75 per person for instruction, meals, and overnight lodging
in heated cabins. All equipment will be provided except binoculars and cameras.

Several scholarships are available. Adults may also enroll in the workshops. Everyone interested should
register as soon as possible to guarantee placement.

For applications to the school, write Charles Lee, K-State Research and Extension Wildlife, Room 131 Call
Hall, KSU, Manhattan, KS 66506-1600 or phone (785) 532-5734, or phone Ron Klataske at Audubon of
Kansas, (785) 537-4385, email aok@audubonofkansas.org. A brochure and online registration are also
available at www.audubonofkansas.org.

 

 

 

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