Outdoor Skills Network
Have you ever wanted to try hunting, or harvest your own food? The Outdoor Skills Network is your one-stop resource for events offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a network of partners who conduct hands-on events to teach you the basics about hunting, fishing, trapping, safety, wildlife, and other outdoor skills.
Interested, but not ready to go hunting yet? Don't worry, we still want you to come on out and see what the outdoor experience and wildlife conservation is all about. Hunting is just one portion of these events. Many of these camps are also open to people wishing to learn more about wildlife biology, ecology and their habitats; target shooting; archery; wildlife viewing; camping; social gatherings and more. If you are interested, just contact the camp host and let them know. We are always seeking out mentors and volunteers as well.
Did you know?
- There are more than 800 species in the state of Arizona - more than any other inland state.
- Arizona Game and Fish Department, charged with the management of the state's wildlife, receives no state tax revenue. It is through a user-pay public-benefit model that funds wildlife management and conservation in Arizona and much of the United States.
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Event types and descriptions are merely guidelines to help you choose what is best for you -- they are not prerequisites.
Introductory - No hunting or pursuit of wildlife, shooting lessons, instructional, typically 1-day activity
Beginner - Basic take of wildlife, 1-day event, pass shooting, species include dove, ducks, squirrel.
Developing - Pursuit of wildlife, overnight events, remote locations, species include quail, rabbit, predator, javelina, turkey.
Intermediate - Pursuit of more challenging species, deer, elk, stalking, remote locations, overnight, lots of field time.
Experienced - coming soon, minimal mentoring, base camps and “meet ups”
Note Some events will require that registrants have taken a Hunter Education course.