Nature Column: Bring the kids to the deer/small-game camp
The Mohave Sportsman Club, Mohave County's largest outdoor recreational club, is hosting its first juniors-only muzzleloader deer hunting and small-game camp in the Hualapai Mountains.
The camp will begin on Friday, Dec. 18, and run through Sunday, Dec. 20. Everyone is invited to come out and share a fun-filled weekend.
Here is how it works: All young hunters are welcome to attend this camp, which will feature free food; instructions on where to hunt deer, rabbits or quail; and skinning and/or plucking game brought to camp.
The first 30 kids will receive a free fluorescent hunting hat and vest, courtesy of the MSC.
There is plenty of room at the camp site, which is located on Anita Waite and Sherwood Cohen's beautiful Cane Springs Ranch. To reach the campsite, go west on BLM road 7163, which is located just north of mile post 106 on Highway 93 (south), then go about 4-1/2 miles.
There is plenty of room for those that want to camp with us, so parents are encouraged to bring their tents, trailers, etc., and stay at the site if they want.
Page McDonald will be in charge of all of the cooking during the camp, and she promises to have a hot breakfast for the kids and their parents each day.
She will also have a good lunch prepared each day, and hot dinner meals will be served after dark each night for those who come by.
On Saturday night starting at 6 p.m., we'll have a special campfire program that will feature a short presentation by Waite.
Also giving a short informational talk will be Lanie Antolik, the Unit 16A wildlife manager, and Erin Butler, who will talk about hunting opportunities in Mohave County.
The camp is made possible in part due to a grant the MSC received through the Arizona Game and Fish Department from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
As an incentive for the parents to bring their kids to this camp, every parent who signs their child up will receive an entry into a drawing for a free overnight striper fishing trip at Lake Mead next summer.
The lucky parent and their child will enjoy an overnight stay at Martin's El Campo De Pescado in Meadview, and we'll go out and, hopefully, catch a bunch of good-eating striped bass.
Another sponsor for this camp is Lake Havasu City resident Tiger Thompson, owner of Cactuflage (www.cacuflage.com), who is donating a set of his camos to a lucky youngster, whose name will be drawn after the hunt.
Volunteers are also needed to assist on this camp, and you don't have to be a member of the MSC to help out. If you want to help, give me a call at (928) 681-4867 and we'll get you signed up.
Remember, this camp isn't just for the 30 lucky kids who have muzzleloader deer tags.
It is open to all kids who want to hunt or learn about hunting.
This is going to be a fun time for all involved, and I encourage you to bring your son or daughter by and enjoy the camp.