California DFG Offers Wilderness Navigation Course

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The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a wilderness land navigation clinic to help hunters improve their outdoor skills. The two-day course will be held March 13-14 at Tejon Ranch, south of Bakersfield in Kern County.

The clinic is designed for hunters of all skill levels. Students will learn navigation techniques through the use of maps, compasses and field exercises. The clinic will include instruction on magnetic declination, the workings of a baseplate compass, map reading, staying oriented naturally, taking bearings, using magnetic bearings and reading map coordinate systems.

The cost is $65 for adults. Students 16 years old and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Course materials and equipment will be provided, but participants should bring a lunch.

This is the most basic of a series of land navigation clinics offered through DFG's Advanced Hunter Education Program. Completion of this clinic is a prerequisite for enrollment in other courses. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Participants can register online at

Registered participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with a map to the facility, a list of items to bring and a workshop agenda. Free camping accommodations are available at Tejon Ranch. Tejon Ranch encompasses more than 270,000 acres and is located along Interstate 5, approximately 30 miles south of Bakersfield and 60 miles north of Los Angeles.