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Oklahoma Wildlife Youth Camp applications due April 16

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- A lifetime of hunting and fishing is full of memories and lessons about life, nature and ethics, and youth who enjoy the outdoors can take that one step farther by pursuing a career in wildlife conservation.

Teenagers can apply now to attend the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservations annual Wildlife Youth Camp slated for July 11-16 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, 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. Some participants even move on to rewarding careers with  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 turn 14 prior to June 11, 2010, and be no older than 16. Applicants also 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.  A letter of recommendation by someone outside their family and a photograph from a recent outdoor-related event or activity are also required.

The camp will be open to a maximum of 35 youth and applications will be accepted through April 16, 2010. More information and applications, as well as photographs from previous youth camps are available at  http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/youthcamp.htm.

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