"I recently attended the YO's Apprentice Hunting Camp with my 12-year-old son. Though he'd already completed his hunter-education course at home, he learned more about shot placement at the camp, as well as the basics of fire-starting, orienteering with map and compass and shelter-building. He also was able to take an axis deer doe after a long hunt and stalk on foot with one of the YO's experienced guides. He then learned how to dress and quarter the animal. It was an unforgettable experience for both of us.
"Beyond the Apprentice Camp, the YO also has a seven-day Advanced Hunting Camp for more experienced youngsters, aged 13-17. This camp places greater emphasis on such field skills as tracking, stalking, trophy-judging, blood-trailing, game preparation (including cooking) and caring for the hide. It includes overnight hiking and camping. Students also hunt on foot for a trophy animal from among nine different species on the ranch, including blackbuck, axis deer and aoudad sheep.
"The regular Hunting Camp costs $1,145 for seven days and is held in June and July. The Advanced course, held in June and August, is $2,795 and includes meals and accommodations in floored tents. In late September, the YO offers a five-day 'ladies-only' camp that's designed to introduce women to the joys of hunting. The cost is $995 and includes either an exotic doe or a Corsican ram.