Registration is open for Mojave youth bird hunt

Registration is open for a special junior bird hunt that will take place later this fall on the Mojave National Preserve. Conducted by the National Park Service, Water For Wildlife, and Rob Blair’s 7IL Ranch, the hunt will be held during the special youth season set for Oct. 5-6.

The special two-day youth hunt is only for the Mojave Preserve and only hunters 16 and under who have a junior hunting license are allowed to hunt. The whole preserve is open to all junior hunters, but the special drawing hunt is an instructional event where junior hunters are paired with veteran hunters and dogs to assist the youngsters and help them find and retrieve any birds taken.

There are also a host of other activities included for junior hunters successful in this special drawing run by the Park Service. The kids and their families will all be camping in the Black Canyon Group Campground at Hole-In-The-Wall. Meals will be provided for Saturday’s breakfast and dinner but those attending must provide their meals for the rest of the weekend. In addition to hunting, the kids and their families will learn field care of birds, learn about the habits and habitat of Gambel’s quail and other desert wildlife, park rangers will provide talks and guided tours, and the Safari Club International will have its sensory trailer on hand.

Space is restricted to the first 50 junior hunters who register and late entrants are placed on a waiting list. Junior hunters can sign up on-line at this web address: http://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/youth-quail-hunt.htm. There is also a link to the quail hunt page of the front page of the Preserve web site.

For more information, contact the Mojave National Preserve at 760-252-5100, Rob Blair of the 7IL Ranch at 760-928 2564, or Cliff McDonald with Water for Wildlife at 760-449-4820.

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