Deep Portage offers great summer camps for kids ages 9-16.
Forkhorn: Youth Firearm Safety & Hunting Camps Ages 11-16
June 26-July 1, 2022
July 17-July 22, 2022
July 24-July 29 2022 (ALL-GIRLS)
August 7-August 12, 2022
Successful completion of this camp earns students their MN DNR Firearms Safety Certificate. By learning in a cooperative classroom, doing hands-on activities outside, and plenty of practice at our rifle range, you can be assured that your camper will come away with a high level of firearms safety, responsible hunting practices, and wildlife ecology skills. Although they will be busy with firearms safety training, campers will also have plenty of time for recreational and outdoor skills classes such as canoeing, fishing, survival, orienteering, rock climbing, and much more.
Note: For Summer 2022, due to increased demand in Firearms Safety we are recommending that only campers who need their Firearms Safety Certificate prior to camp sign up for Forkhorn I. Forkhorn I is not a prerequisite for Forkhorn II. If your camper has Firearms Safety prior to camp and wants to attend Forkhorn 1, we recommend waiting until spring to register and check availability. Thanks!
Upland Bird Camp Ages 12-16
July 31-August 5 2022
Upland Bird camp offers campers the opportunity to learn the basics of hunting upland game birds and improve their wing shooting skills. Classes cover: Upland bird biology from trained biologists, Daily wing shooting instruction on our 10 station sporting clay pigeon course, Dog training techniques. Ethical hunting techniques. Campers participate in an activity to learn how to respectfully gain permission on private lands.
Trained dogs are an important aspect of upland bird hunting so this course includes a field trip to Pine Shadows Kennel where students receive hands-on training with professional dog trainers to handle dogs in the field. Stations include: Flushing/pointing dog techniques in the field with live birds, Skeet shooting, Dog first aid basics
At one station, the Pine Shadows staff give each camper a puppy to hold onto for 45 minutes to teach them how to handle young dogs!
This is a great way to meet friends and learn about birds, dogs, and bird hunting. Each camper can expect to go about a case of shells by the end of camp on the shooting course.
*Students can get scholarships through the MDHA, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and local sportsmen’s/women’s clubs.
Izaak Walton League Camp All Ages, 9-14 Recommended
Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America, this summer camp does a little bit of everything. This is a family friendly camp; all family members and friends are welcome!
Outdoor recreation activities include: Fishing (fly fishing as well!), Canoe trip up the Boy River, Archery, .22 caliber rifle shooting, Climbing wall, Wilderness survival, Orienteering
Learning activities include: Wildlife ecosystems, Renewable energy systems, Bog walk, TEAM challenges, Arts and crafts, Campfire cookout dinner, Brick fired pizza dinner night!
This camp emphasizes natural resource conservation and sustainability and is a terrific camp to meet new friends and hang out with family!
For further information, (218)682-2325 or Deep-Portage.org