Hunter Skills Camp Announced!

Registration begins today, March 4th, for Sheriff Jayson Richardson’s Youth Hunting Skills Camp.  Initial signup will begin at 12:00 noon in the Sheriff’s App.

Hunter Safety Courses provide a ton of great information, but sometimes much is left to be desired when it comes to skill and performance. Sheriff Jayson Richardson has put together a team of Sponsors and Deputies who share a common interest in getting our youth involved in the great outdoors, and to send them out to hunt….Safely, Ethically, and Successfully!

The Sheriff’s Youth Hunting Skills Camp will be provided, free of charge, to youth ages 10-16 (by the date of camp.) To register, each student must have completed an approved Hunters Education Class prior to attending this Camp. Note, the camp itself is not a Hunter Safety Course, but rather a follow-up camp to help area youth hone in skills they have previously learned.  Students will be asked to attend both days of camp, outside of any emergency or illness. Drop off time each day will be at 8:00am, and students may be picked up by 5:00pm on both days. Lunch and light snacks will also be provided.

Students will learn and practice many skills to prepare them for a safe and efficient hunting adventure. They will practice shooting, proper breathing, stances, cleaning firearms, adjusting scopes, and much more.


Q:  When is the Camp?

A:  Camp will be held on April 13th and 14th, 2022.

Q:  Where is the Camp?

A:  At the DeSoto Sheriff Training Facility, 120 Sprocket Lane in Grand Cane.

Q:  How many students will be attending?

A:  We will be accepting 40 students on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Those applying after registration is full will be placed on a waiting list in the event someone backs out.

Q:  When can I sign my student up for Camp, and what is the deadline for signup?

A:  Signup will begin on March 4th at 12pm (noon).  All applications must be sent in no later than March 14th by 8am.

Q:  How do I sign my student up for the Camp?

A:  You will need to download the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s App to sign up.  The App can be downloaded for free in the Google Play and Apple App Stores on both iPhone and Android.  Just search for “DeSoto Parish Sheriff”  The form can be located in the App by clicking on “Forms & Tips” and selecting “Hunter Skills Camp Form.”  Signup will not begin until 12pm on Friday.

Q:  Is this an overnight Camp?

A:  This is not an overnight camp.  Students are expected to attend both days. They can be dropped off each day at 8am and picked up by 5pm each day.

Q:  Can anyone come to the Camp?

A:  Only students ages 10-16 by the date of camp, who have previously completed a Hunters Education Course, will be permitted.

Q:  When will you be offering another Hunter Safety Course?

A:  The DeSoto Sheriff’s Office hosted its last Hunter Safety Course in the Fall of 2021 and we will not be offering a course prior to this camp.  Please watch our Facebook page for future course date announcements.

Q:  Do students need to bring their own firearms/ammunition to Camp?

A:  All weapons used during training will be provided by the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. No personal firearms or ammunition of any type will be permitted.

Q:  Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

A:  You may send any additional questions to, or call 318-872-3956 and ask for Ext. 251 (during normal business hours).

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