The Donald R. Kemp Youth Hunting Club is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation based in Las Cruces, NM. The belief of the club is to provide training in the outdoor sports to area youth that may not have the opportunity otherwise.
|We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm in the N.M. Game and Fish Department classroom, located at 2715 Northrise Drive. The club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 who have successfully completed the N.M. Hunters Education Course (please call for space availability). A newsletter and calender are posted every month for the members to keep up with all the latest happenings. Yearly dues are $45.00.
(other cost may be associated)
We work with members on safety and marksmanship in a variety of different weapons such as rifle, muzzle loader, shotgun, and archery. The club provides training guns and ammo as well as archery equipment for those without their own.
Our main focus is to get kids in the field and let them have an opportunity to hunt and fish. We work with ranchers and guides throughout N.M., Ar., and TX. Each of the last 17 years, we have been able to put together over 40 hunts and fishing trips. These hunts have included elk, deer, antelope, quail, pheasant, chukker, dove, crane, geese, javelina, oryx, and exotic game in TX.
Over the years we have put on several great enents to give kids and their parents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. We have put on a two-day 3D archery tournament which host over 100 participants followed by our annual Bass Fishing Classic in which local fishing guides take two kids on their boats and compete in a bass fishing tournament at Elephant Butte Lake. We also hosted, as time and weather permited, an adventure camp in the mountains of Southern New Mexico where participants learn camping, orienteering (GPS), and fly fishing, as well as several tricks on becoming better hunters with all legal sporting arms.
In past years we put together teams of youth to compete at the state and international Youth Hunters Education Challenge(YHEC). Each participant has to be proficient in orienteering, sporting clays, archery, small bore rifle, Muzzle loader, wildlife Identification, and knowledge of the state rules and regulations.
Safety, responsibility, and accountability are always our main concerns.