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Full camp for Estevan Wildlife Federation

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Mackenzie Hientz

(L-R) Cyrus Rooks and Lincoln Garton use a net to catch fish at the Boundary Dam during the Estevan Wildlife Federation's summer camp on August 7.

The Estevan Wildlife Federation (EWF) had their annual conservation camp August 7 to 10, and it attracted a full roster of 42 youth between the ages of 11 and 15.

Many activities at the camp taught participants about wildlife, habitat and the outdoors, and techniques for hunting, fishing and conservation.

The first day of the camp offered a presentation from Estevan Search and Rescue. The youth learned more about that organization and what to do in that situation. There was also a Department of Fisheries demonstration, where youth learned about different types of fish and their habitat. Other activities in the day included cross bow lessons and owl pellet dissection.

In the evening, the youth participated in actives that included outdoor cooking, fire lighting, a turkey shoot, spider web techniques, night vision lessons and spear fishing.

The following day, participants enjoyed activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking and orienteering.

The day also featured a couple of demonstrations. Ken Chipley showed the participants what to do before going on a hunt and how to plan for it. There was also a Saskatchewan trappers demonstration.

Shooting activities were featured on August 9. The youth learned how to properly use hand guns, 22's and muzzle loaders. They also participated in paintball, archery and trapping classes.

Wrap-up activities happened on August 10.

The camp's sessions took place at the EWF's clubhouse and surrounding area at the Woodlawn Regional Park's Boundary Dam beach site.


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