Cow Elk Hunt on New Mexico Ranch

November 28-November 30th
El Capitan Ranch – Capitan, New Mexico

Denver Sables helped arrange a cow elk hunt at the El Capitan Ranch in New Mexico in November. Five hunters and 5 cows down for delicious eating all winter ! Go, girls!!
This was the third year the Sables have hunted Elk as a group. Join us for many more fun activities ( hunting and non hunting ) all year.

AWLS Thank You

July 1, 2018

I wanted to write and say thank you so much for that fun and educational experience! I met a lot of experienced teachers who I can turn to now as I work to integrate more nature conservation into my Language Arts class. I also went home with some practical resources to get me started planning. Not to mention, it was just a really fun adventure! I learned about perspectives that differ from my own and opened my mind to other ways of thinking, specifically about oil drilling, hunting and trapping. I was unaware that sportsmen’s dollars go towards wildlife management, environmental conservation and many educational programs.

The information and resources provided by AWLS will enable me to continue to refer to this information for many years and it will provide unlimited accessibility to multiple approaches to environmental protection combined with the benefits of hunting.

I will be very excited to share my experience at AWLS with other teachers in my school. It will be fun to implement what I learned and to be able to share ways in which they can use some of the ideas that were presented at AWLS.

Again, thank you very much for the opportunity! I look forward to communicating with you more throughout the year.

All the best,

J. B.

AWLS Reflection


June 26, 2018

AWLS Reflection

The American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) is a very powerful teacher education program for wildlife, conservation, hunting, and firearm safety. The lectures on wildlife and stream ecology were very informative and opened my eyes to how just one simple change can affect the whole ecosystem and the surrounding habitats. In addition I found out how conservation is funded, and to be honest we could and should do more. At AWLS I also gained information about aquatic insects as well as how to create my own flies for fly-fishing. In addition after receiving firearm safety I was able to shot an air pistol, a 22 gauge revolver, a 22 gage rifle, and a 20 gauge shotgun while shooting skeet. To be honest, that was my favorite part! I also learned how to shoot a bow accurately and became NASP certified so that I can now teach archery to my students.

One of the most memorable fieldtrips was a trip that we took to Pinedale. There we received a presentation from both the Division of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. It was fascinating to see all of the natural gas wells that are already established and then finding out that thousands more have already been approved. The item that caught my attention the most from this filed trip was the affect that the fracking is having on the natural wildlife, especially the pronghorn. With all of the fracking the migration pattern of the pronghorn are being affected and biologist along with high school students are teaming up to help create a suitable habitat for the pronghorn to mate and migrate to for the winter. By the way, pronghorn are only in the United States and have had the same migration pattern for thousands of years.

While at AWLS I was also able to build relationships with teachers from different states and with different backgrounds to expand my resources. These new connections will allow me to bring more wildlife information into my classroom and broaden my students understanding of the world right outside their doors.

I would highly recommend AWLS to any teacher that would like to learn more about wildlife and conservation. This was a very informative experience that I will never forget. I cannot wait to see what my students think as I incorporate my learning into theirs.

K. C.