OK: Deadline to apply for Wildlife Department Youth Camp set for April 15

A lifetime of hunting and fishing is full of memories and
lessons about life, nature and ethics – and Oklahoma youth who
enjoy the outdoors can take that one step further by pursuing a
career in wildlife conservation. Teenagers can apply now to attend
the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s annual Wildlife
Youth Camp slated for July 10-15 and learn about rewarding careers
that focus on managing wildlife for the future.

The youth camp, which is held at Oklahoma University Biological
Station at Lake Texoma and open to Oklahoma residents, introduces
youth age 14-16 to careers in wildlife-related fields and increases
their awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma’s wildlife
resources.

“The free camp allows youth to gain first-hand knowledge of careers
in wildlife and fisheries management as well as law enforcement,”
said Robert Fleenor, chief of law enforcement for the Wildlife
Department. “Some participants even move on to rewarding careers as
employees of the Wildlife Department.”

Courses planned for the week include rifle and shotgun training,
muzzleloading, wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement,
fishing, fisheries management, ropes and rappelling, swimming, and
turkey and waterfowl hunting, management and enforcement.

To attend youth camp, applicants must be Oklahoma residents and
must turn 14 prior to July 10, 2011, and be no older than 16.
Applicants must write a 75-word essay describing why they want to
attend the camp, why they should be selected and what they expect
to learn. Additionally, they must provide a letter of
recommendation by someone other than a family member and a
photograph from a recent outdoor-related event or activity.

The camp will be open to a maximum of 40 youth, and applications
will be accepted through April 15, 2010. More information and
applications, as well as photographs from previous youth camps are
available by logging on to
http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/youthcamp.htm

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