DubuqeueLand Pheasants Forever

Hunting and Conservation Camp

Details for summer 2017: Hunting & Conservation Camp for Boys (HACC) is conducting 2 camps: June 21 - 23 and July 26 - 28. Outdoor Journey for Girls (OJ). is conducting 3 camps: June 14 - 16, July 11 - 13, and August 2 - 4. If interested in attending 1 of these camps, please email Bob Moldenhauer (prepbymoldy@yahoo.com). NOTE: The programs fill very quickly. Participants are taken on a first come first serve basis.

The Hunting and Conservation Camps are sponsored through a partnership with Pheasants Forever and the Iowa DNR. They allow the participants to experience many activities that are available in the great outdoors of Iowa and to become aware of the great diversity. The activities are led by experts in their field, which allows the participants to leave with a new-found confidence in old and new skills. Past activities have included:

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Dog Training and Selection
  • .22 Rifle Shooting
  • Pheasant Hunting
  • Muzzleloading
  • Archery
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Furharvesting
  • Waterfowl Hunting
  • Game Care and Handling
  • Gun Cleaning
  • Turkey Hunting

The camp is 3 days and 2 nights. There are usually 2 sessions with one in June and the other in July. In 2005, one camp was June 28 - 30 and the other was July 28 - 30. The DubuqueLand Pheasants Forever usually sponsors up to 6 participants. As sign-up gets closer, information will be posted on how to request to be registered as a participant as well as being a mentor.

Camps are for young adults ages 12 - 15 who enjoy the outdoors and would like to learn more about Iowa's great diversity. A youth can only attend the camp once.

Location - Springbrook Conservation Education Center
The Springbrook Conservation Education Center is located about 55 miles northwest of Des Moines at the Springbrook State Recreation Area. The diverse habitats of the area make it an ideal setting for the experience.

Lodging is in dormitories with 7 paricipants and one adult per room. Linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, towels) are provided. Shower facilities and restrooms are in the dorms. All buildings are smoke free and air conditioned. All food is included and prepared on-site by or concessionaire. You will not be hungry!

Mentors help the camp flow smoothly and truly make a difference in what the young men learn from these camps. The camps would not be successful without the help and support of the mentors. The responsibility of a mentor is to be part of a group during the day, make sure the group gets to each activity, and, at night, supervising seven young men. But the most important responsibility for the mentor is to make sure everyone is having an enjoyable experience! Mentors get an all expense-paid "vacation" while enjoying the great outdoors with youth from all over the state.

Testimonies from DubuqueLand 2005 participants

  • I really enjoyed this camp and wish I could come again. I learned a lot of things and made new friends. This is a new experience for me because I got to shoot a muzzleloader. I want to thank the Pheasants Forever and the DNR for sponsoring my trip and "thank you" so much.

  • I had a lot of fun. I shot a muzzleloader for the first time. I put one in the bullseye sport. I had a lot of fun shooting clay birds. I caught 3 fish when we went fishing, two small bluegill and an about 11 inch bass. I saw tons of deer. I took pictures of them all. All the deer were doe. I liked the night hikes a lot, we used black lights on flourescent orange powdered bird seed.

  • I had a lot of fun and it was an experience that I will never forgot. I will name a few of the activities that A Jay helped us in. He taught us how to look on a trail and find animal prints. My favorite thing was the muzzleloader class. I appreciate the money you spent to help us!!!

  • I would like to thank you for sending me to the Hunting and conservation camp. I really like shooting the muzzleloaders which was a new experience for me. I also liked shooting the shotguns and learning about bird banding. I really enjoyed this experience here.

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