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Woodie Camp applications being accepted

Former Woodie Camp participant Noah Simpson releases a mallard. Applications for the camp are due by May 15. Submitted photo

Kids interested in the outdoors are invited to apply for the Minnesota Waterfowl Association's Woodie Camp in August.

The camp is developed with guidance from professionals of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is a week-long immersion into all things waterfowl.

"Basically, we want to expose campers to waterfowl in every way," said Brad Nylin, MWA executive director. "It all revolves around Waterfowl 365, or every aspect of waterfowl in a 365-day year."

Camp is held at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls. Fifty kids attend each year and "campers" traditionally come from all over the state of Minnesota. This year's camp will be held Aug. 6-12.

There is no cost to attend Woodie Camp and it's open to those ages 13 to 15 who have completed firearms safety. A simple application is required along with a short essay on why the youth would like to come to camp.

Once selected to attend a $150 deposit required which is returned upon completion of camp. The many supporters of Woodie Camp, like the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club the longest major suppporter, help in keeping the camp free.

Applications for Woodie Camp can be found on the MWA website and are due by May 15.

Contact Tony Rondeau at 218-770-2025 or for more information.