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ODWC offers youth wildlife camp

Youth interested in wildlife, fisheries or law enforcement can learn the basics by attending the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's fourth annual Wildlife Youth Camp. The camp is conducted each year by wildlife professionals including game wardens and biologists.

The camp, scheduled June 9-14 at Camp McFadden near Ponca City, is open to Oklahoma youths ages 14 to 16. Additionally, applicants must have been enrolled in school during the 2001-2002 school year. Participants will attend courses in firearms handling, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife and fisheries biology, water safety, self-defense, rifle and shotgun training, waterfowl hunting, and archery.

The camp is free of charge but will be limited to 35 participants. Applicants should be interested in fish and wildlife management or law enforcement and must submit a 75-word essay explaining why they want to attend the camp; why they believe they should be selected and what they expect to learn while attending. They must also submit a letter of recommendation from a person of their choice other than a family member.

The application deadline is April 15. To obtain applications, contact the Wildlife Department's Law Enforcement Division at P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152, or by calling 405/521-3719. Applications may also be available from local wardens or from the Wildlife Department's Web site www.wildlifedepartment.com<. Simply print off the application, fill it out and mail it in with the essay and letter of recommendation.