Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010
Mojave National Preserve held a successful Mojave Youth Quail and Chukar Hunt the weekend of October 23 and 24. This was the first in what is hoped to become an annual event to connect youth and their families with public lands, outdoor physical activities and natural resources in a safe, mentored setting. For several youths this was their first outdoor hunting experience and for many families, this was their first visit to the Preserve.
Seventeen youths and their families from throughout southern California were hosted at the Hole-in-the-wall group site for camping, outdoor cooking, education and an individually guided quail and chukar hunt. Each youth was guided by long-time hunters who volunteered their time to instill their experience in backcountry safety, gun safety, knowledge of quail and chukar biology and ethics. Generous support and volunteers from diverse organizations such as the Preserve, California Department of Fish and Game, Safari Club International, Santa Clarita Valley Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation, Quail Unlimited, Quail Forever and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep provided education material, hunt mementoes, food, cooks and guides for the youth hunters. Safari Club International brought out their Mobile Sensory Safari unit, a hands on mobile classroom for wildlife education.
This effort was in support of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, the Presidential Memorandum signed by President Obama April 16, 2010. This initiative supports and promotes innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.