The Brainerd chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association recently sent eight boys to a week-long Forkhorn Camp where they learned firearms safety, deer biology and ethical hunting principles.
Attending the 2001 Forkhorn Camp at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack were Robbie Anderson, Staples, Zachary Barron, Baxter, Brady Berg, East Gull Lake, Scott Wielenberger, Brainerd, Craig Yaunick, Brainerd, Scott Schuety, Brainerd, Brandon DeCent, Brainerd, and Brando Yaunick, Brainerd. All the boys were sponsored by Brainerd's MDHA chapter as part of the non-profit organization's educational mission.
Forkhorn Camp includes the DNR's firearms safety certificate program and a curriculum that includes gun marksmanship and safety skills, and survival and orienteering skills.
As part of the application process, each boy stated why he wanted to attend Forkhorn Camp;
Robbie Anderson: "I want to learn how to be an ethical hunter and how to preserve deer and their habitat."
Zachary Barron: "I want to learn better hunting techniques, meet other hunters and share stories and tips with them."
Brady Berg: "I would like to learn hunting skills, and field to feast game care and preparation. I also want to get my firearms safety certificate."
Scott Wielenberg: "I want to improve my hunting skills and learn how to better manage land for deer. I believe in being an ethical hunter and I enjoy watching deer. I have been a member of the Mississippi Horizons Forkhorn group since it started."
Craig Yaunick: "I want to learn more about deer, deer habitat and deer hunting so I can be a more resourceful hunter."
Scott Schuety: "I want to learn about wildlife conservation and the environment and how to become a better hunter."
Brandon DeCent: "I would like to learn more about whitetail deer and their habitat and the specific, natural reasons why bucks lose their antlers. I would also like to learn how best to teach non-hunters that hunting isn't bad."
Brando Yaunick: "I want to learn how to be a good, respectful and resourceful hunter, and also learn more about deer and their habitat."
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