Youth Hunting Camp
Camp Iron Sights' Youth Hunting Camp is a very unique opportunity for boys and girls ages 14 - 22.
Earn your Hunter Education Certification and shoot a Black Bear on the same trip!
This camp is the full package for the young hunter. Whether you are new to hunting, or just enjoy it and want to improve your skills, Camp Iron Sights has a great program for you. And what better place then at Alaska's Oldest Hunting Lodge - Rainy Pass Lodge!
After flying in a bush plane (125 air miles to the lodge from Anchorage), you will spend the first part of your trip earning your Hunter Education Certification. When you pass, you will have your official certification from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game HIT Program. We are currently working on offering Bow Hunting Education as well.
The second half of the trip you will spend the evenings with an Alaskan Hunting Guide for a chance to harvest a Black Bear of your own.
What else Will they learn at Camp?
Marksmanship - Always begins with gun safety which is highly stressed from day one. From there we will Hone your skills with basic shooting practices as well as practicle techniques for field shooting in a variety of shooting positions and scenarios. Practice shooting a variety of pistols, rifles, shot guns; open sights and scopes with a variety of calibers. Don't forget our special long range shooting class with emphisis on proper shooting distances based on what you're hunting and your personal skill level.
Wildlife Conservation - Discussion on why hunters play such an important role in wildlife conservation and sustainability. Watch the movie "The Hunting Debate" with Wayne LaPierre the Executive Vice president of the NRA. Discuss the importance of bringing up our next generation of hunters to be ethical hunters and stuards of our wild resources and how they can get involved and give back. Along with this we will discuss the importance of our 2nd Amendment and how each of us can help to protect our gun rights.
Wilderness Survival - How to plan for a trip into the wild and what to do when things go wrong. Shelter building, fire starting techniques, and basic First Aid (Actual First Aid Certification may be available).
Game Care - After successful harvest we will practice proper meat care and have hands on lessons in skinning the animal to include: fleshing and detail work of turning the ears, noes, and lips as well as salting the hide to prepare for the taxidermist. We will also have lessons and discussions on why game meat is some of the healthiest meat you can eat. We'll have hands on lessons in cooking game meat in a variety of ways and maybe even share some secret recipes with you.
Other Wilderness Activities - Will include HORSEMANSHIP: saddling, safety and riding skills; WATER SPORTS: boating safety and skills of paddeling canoes and kayaks; Don't forget ARCHERY: safety, techinicalities of bows and arrows and of course lots of shooting practice.
You will also get a private tour of our on-site museum ( "A History of Hunting and Guns for over 400 years" ), provided by Alaska's lowest numbered Registered Guide who is still guiding: Buckey Winkley - Registered Guide #34 (Over 50 years of Guiding).
Along with other lessons and stories from: Steve Perrins - Master Guide #123 and owner of Rainy Pass Lodge (Over 40 years of Guiding).
As you can see this is the full package Youth Hunting Camp, located at Alaska's Oldest Hunting Lodge. We hope you can join us for this once in a life time adventure!