The Arizona SCI Chapter recently sponsored the annual junior deer camp in Units 36A and B south of Tucson. The hunt is one of many collaborative efforts between the Arizona Game and Fish Department and various sportsmen’s groups, gun clubs and conservation organizations that offer first-time hunters an opportunity to learn about hunting in a safe, mentored environment.
This is the Chapter’s eighth year sponsoring the junior hunt. Approximately 40 kids registered to participate in the camp this year, and each was partnered with Chapter members and other experienced hunters who acted as guides. Several mule and Coues deer bucks were taken including one Coues deer having an incredible green score of 106. Several representatives from Game and Fish were on hand to answer questions and take samples from harvested deer that were tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.
As part of the event, the Arizona Chapter provides the entire group with all meals, and hosts a potluck Saturday night dinner. A total of more than 100 friends and family members joined the group for the potluck dinner.
“Glass more than you move” is the advice given to hunters when it comes to locating deer in the desert mountains of southern Arizona.
The SCI Arizona Chapter provided all of the meals during the three-day junior deer camp.
The junior hunter’s tags permitted them to take either a mule deer (shown) or Coues deer buck.
Biologists from Arizona Game and Fish aged the deer that were brought into camp.
Freezing rain and chilly mornings had many deer moving the second day of the camp.
New and experienced hunters shared a long weekend in the Junior Deer Camp hunting mule and Coues deer.
There were almost as many girls as boys in camp, as women represent one of the largest growing segments in the shooting sports.
Officers from Arizona Game and Fish were on hand to answer questions and help the junior hunters learn to be safe, responsible hunters.
A Game and Fish officer removes the lymphnodes from a mule deer buck to check for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Dutch oven deserts cooked over a campfire were a popular treat with both the kids and adults in camp.
Many kids tagged out early making it possible for others to sometimes have more than one guide helping to glass for the elusive bucks.
Worn out from several days of climbing mountains, this young hunter takes a mid-day break.