Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Hi Folks, this is Jim Kurz, KAMO State Secretary with some comments and news about KAMO. My friend Floyd and I drove down to Poynette about 200 miles, home to our 6th chapter this last weekend. (Our 7th chapter is in the Marshfield/Stevens Point area--check out our web site for contacts.) We mentored 2 kids out of 23 kids total on a deer hunt Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning, harvested 10 antlerless deer; the novice hunters could have shot a buck but it didn't happen this year.
The "Joe Hunt" is a big deal as you might imagine. Board and room was at the MacKenzie Center and took a lot of effort just for that. Also many landowners offered their land for hunting and that also took a lot of communication and scouting time by the Lake Wisconsin Chapter and by the Baraboo River Chapter.
While there some of us discussed why we can't get more chapters going across the state, when EVERYONE we discuss KAMO with think it's the greatest idea for kids they hafve ever heard of. What do you think we need to do? I think we need more people to actually pitch in their time and efforts and friends to make new chapters. We'll help.
Have received two phone calls from a group in Dane County that is willing to provide resource support to outdoors people in Dane County interested in starting a KAMO chapter there. It takes four people to get one going.
All I have to say is "Many were called, few were chosen".
Letter from parent. Sums up why KAMO exists, why mentors do what they do, and the results of long-term participation.
I wanted to share with you and all the other KAMO Mentors that Nathan got his 1st deer last night! No, it was not during a KAMO outing, but it NEVER could have happened without everything KAMO has done for him, AND myself. Hunter Safety on the Prairie for both of us, countless hours of mentorship, & leading by example!
He's had a great year duck and goose hunting as well.
Thank you so much for everything. I am quite certain as soon as he is able, Nathan will someday follow in your footsteps and be a mentor to other youth.