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There are still openings for Woodie Camp this summer, 13-15 YO kids please apply

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  1. h2ofwlr

    h2ofwlr Elite Refuge Member

    Jun 19, 2001
    In the land of 100,000 drained wetlands

    The 29th Annual Woodie Camp will be held August 6 - 12, 2017 in Fergus Falls, MN at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Camp is open to youths who will be 13-15 years old (during the camp) and have passed a Certified Firearms Training Course.

    Each summer since 1989, young waterfowlers from around the state have gathered at the Minnesota Waterfowl Association's Woodie Camp. MWA volunteer instructors developed the Camp with guidance from professionals of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Originally called "coot camp" the name was changed in 1990 (much to the relief of young waterfowlers) to reflect the newly designed MWA "Woodie" youth movement.

    The increasing focus on youth has MWA tailoring a program to meet their needs. The camp addresses the lack of outdoor opportunities for young people. It promotes a sense of responsibility for the tremendous opportunities for lifelong enjoyment and recreation in the great outdoors.

    Providing all youths (ages 13-15) with access to the camp is of particular interest to MWA. Any individual wishing to participate is encouraged to apply. With an emphasis on environment and wildlife, all we ask of our campers is the desire to be educated in the art and science of waterfowling.

    Minnesota Waterfowl Association prides itself on Woodie Camp's low student to instructor ratio and the quality of its instructor pool. The majority of instructors have been with the camp since its inception. In addition to its professional instructors, MWA chooses its camp counselors from among the brightest undergraduate wildlife majors. The counselors serve as assistants to the instructors providing an important daily link between staff and youth.
    The camp is held over a seven-day period. It is structured to provide a cooperative learning environment and to foster teamwork among campers. The campers receive training on environmental topics as well as practical skill developement (see lists at right).

    MWA's Woodie Camp is located in Fergus Falls at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center (PWLC). The PWLC in nestled on the south reaches of the city of Fergus Falls, along the border of the Prairie Pothole Ecoregion. This rolling 325-acre tract is blanketed with northern tall grass prairie and speckled with 28 wetlands. The center strives to fulfill a primary mission of waterfowl production and wetland protection. The fulfillment of these goals affords a superb stage for environmental education. The PWLC is unique in that it's the first residential environmental facility operated by the USFWS. MWA is excited to be able to take advantage of this great resource.

    A $150 deposit is required of applicants who are selected. The money is returned to you upon the successful completion of Woodie Camp. Other than the deposit there is no cost to any camper other than arranging for one's own transportation to and from camp. This is due in part to the generous financial support from the Fergus Falls Fish & Game Club, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and MWA's local chapters and charitable gambling locations, and too many others to mention, all proud sponsors of Woodie Camp. All campers are required to have passed a Certified Firearms Training Course.

    Environmental Topics
    *Wetlands Ecology

    *Waterfowl Biology

    *Habitat Types

    *Water Quality

    *Waterfowl Banding

    *Native Prairie Ecology

    *Grassland/Wetland Plant Identification

    *Wood Duck Boxes/Nesting Structures

    Practical Skills
    *Waterfowl identification

    *Duck & Goose Calling

    *Decoying (over water and land)

    *Dog Training

    *Laws & Ethics

    *Hunter Safety & First Aid

    *Gun Maintenance

    *Individual Shooting Instruction

    *Night Time Navigation

    *Hunting Preparation

    *Game Care and Preparation

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