At a time when many states are watching hunter numbers fall, Minnesota is experiencing a fairly stable hunter population. One reason may be the Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps sponsored by Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).
Now entering its 28th summer of activity, MDHA’s Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps certify youngsters 11-17 years of age in firearms safety, bow hunter education and advanced hunter education. Campers also learn about woodsmanship, ethical hunting, wilderness survival, wildlife biology, hunting techniques, canoeing and much more.
“Forkhorn Camps are about instilling into our children an appreciation for our natural resources,” said MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson. “Yes, we teach them how to shoot guns and bows and muzzleloaders safely. But we also teach them other valuable skills like how to use a compass, how to find a lost companion in the woods and how to ask a landowner for permission.”
This summer, MDHA has expanded to a total seven environmental learning center locations across Minnesota offering 28 camp sessions which include two “girls only” sessions.
To apply with MDHA’s Morrison County Chapter for a Forkhorn Camp Scholarship, youths are asked to submit a one- to two-page letter on their favorite deer hunting experience and what it has meant to them. Send it to Craig Swanson, Morrison County MDHA, P.O. Box 92, Little Falls, MN 56345.