Iowa Hunter Education Camps


Hunter Education Camps are a great way to introduce youth to life-long skills that are important to many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities in a safe, controlled, hands-on environment. Camp instructors are DNR conservation officers, biologists and other personnel, county conservation board staff, volunteer Hunter Education Instructors, and members of NGO groups such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Whitetails Unlimited, Izaak Walton League, etc.

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Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license.

Outdoor Journey for Girls (OJ) is a three-day, two-night workshop aimed at introducing outdoor skills to girls ages 12–15 in a supportive, learning environment where they have opportunities to try things “hands-on”. The outdoor skills include:

  • canoeing & water safety
  • fish & wildlife id
  • archery
  • firearm safety
  • basic shooting
  • furbearers
  • furharvesting
  • fishing
  • preparing the catch
  • conservation and management
  • outdoor gear & survival
  • orienteering & compass reading
  • game care

Participants can earn their Hunter Education certification. OJ is sponsored by Iowa Women in Natural Resources and the Iowa DNR, with Iowa Pheasants Forever chapters and other conservation organizations providing full or partial scholarships for most attendees. For more information on OJ, visit, or e-mail:

Hunting and Conservation Camp for Boys (HACC) is designed to introduce a variety of outdoor skills to young men ages 12-15 in a supportive, learning environment where they have the opportunities to try things “hands-on”. Participants are allowed to experience outdoor skills such as:

  • shooting (shotguns, rifles, archery, and muzzleloaders)
  • trapping
  • dog training
  • hunting (waterfowl and turkey)
  • gun care/cleaning
  • game calling
  • conservation

Participants can earn their Hunter Education certification. HACC is sponsored by Iowa DNR and Pheasants Forever (PF), with PF providing full or partial scholarships for most attendees. For more information on HACC, visit: or contact Springbrook Conservation Education Center at 641-747-8383 or e-mail:

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an international workshop aimed primarily at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. The three day, two night workshop is for you if...

  • you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • you are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
  • you know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.
  • you are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Attendees set their own schedule by choosing four of the following workshop options:

  • Introduction to Firearms
  • Basic Fishing
  • Survival Skills
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Kayaking
  • Wild Edibles
  • Basic Shooting
  • Intro to Archery
  • Basic Motor Boat Skills
  • Birdwatching
  • Deer Hunting
  • River Fishing
  • Basic Camping
  • What’s SUP?
  • Geocaching
  • Fly Tying
  • Leave No Trace
  • Wild Game Cooking
  • Canoeing

BOW is sponsored by the Iowa DNR. For more information on BOW, visit, call Rachel Ladd at 515-729-6037, or email

Mentored Outdoor Experience (MOE) is a Friday-Sunday workshop designed to allow inexperienced deer hunters the opportunity to obtain the knowledge to allow them to fully appreciate their activity, as well as participate in a controlled deer hunt with a mentor.

The program starts at 6:00pm on Friday with an educational program that evening and on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon we will start hunting on the park with more programs Saturday evening and hunting on Sunday.

The program is $150 which covers all the meals, lodging, instructors and materials for the hunter. An additional $28.50 is required to purchase a deer license, which will be done Saturday morning.

After harvesting your deer, you can have it processed by our local locker that will pick it up at the program, donate it to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, or take it home to be processed. More information can be found at

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