water foul campKINGMAN, Ariz.  – The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be hosting a free Youth Waterfowl Camp in January.  Game and Fish has partnered with the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona Outdoor Sports, and the Friends of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, to hold the event. The inaugural event was held in January 2013, but due to mechanical issues at the refuge, it was not held in 2014. The camp will be at Pintail Slough located in Golden Shores within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Jan. 2-4, 2015. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to noon, Dec. 19. The waterfowl hunt is limited to 18 junior hunters from 12-17 years old. No prior hunting experience is necessary to participate, but the youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult. The camp will include instruction on waterfowl identification, hunting techniques, and cleaning waterfowl followed by an actual hunt in the Pintail Slough duck blinds. While the camp is free, all youth need to have a hunting license and those 16-and-over also need the federal and state duck stamps. “This is a great opportunity for parents to get outside with their kids and enjoy the outdoors,” said Officer Brittany Oleson. Those interested should contact Cierra Zach at czach@azgfd.gov to obtain an application form. You may also contact the Game and Fish Region 3 office at (928) 692-7700 to request an application. Participants will be selected through a random draw. There is a required $40 refundable deposit that must be included with the registration form to reduce the possibility of no-shows. Those selected will be contacted by phone or e-mail. The deposit is refunded the first day of the camp or to those cancelling by 5 p.m., Dec. 26. Those not selected will remain on a waiting list.

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