Preserve the FUTURE
Raised Hunting is dedicated to being a difference maker in the outdoor industry. We believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations. While TV may reach millions of families our Raised at Full Draw (RAFD) Bowhunting camps are designed to touch the heart and soul of those kids.
Raised at Full Draw (Bowhunting camps) is a non-profit organization designed to promote archery, hunting and outdoor education. The goal of these camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. An environment where they get to practice immediately the skills they are being taught. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively and learn all of the other attributes of ethics morals and values they come along with spending time outdoors. We want the kids to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly we want them to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.
Camp will follow the curriculum of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) book which is titled “Todays Bowhunter”. The daily schedule will consist of stations for each chapter in the book and nightly activities that will directly relate to the lessons that where taught earlier in the day. Campers that need or want a bowhunter education certificate, will have the opportunity to leave camp with a (NBEF) certification that is recognized internationally.
Each of our RAFD camps are unique to the location where they are being taught. The Montana camp is held on the Cobb Ranch, just outside beautiful Augusta, Montana. 17 miles into the mountains, below snow capped peaks, and in the heart of a dense pine forest, you will find one of the most spectacular and rewarding camps ever offered.
Camp is focused on a variety of species. Due to the plentiful and diverse ecosystems and species offered in western states this camp works extensively, but not exclusively on spot and stalk techniques. Along with treestand and ground blind setup, safety and survival is taught to prepare our young new hunters for any and all types of conditions and situations We also cover in detail the art of finding your game after a shot, when and where to take that lethal shot.
The 3-d course consists of a minimum of 20 targets varying in species from bears to bulls, carp to canine. The targets are strategically located to teach the best skill sets in hunting. Shooters will be faced with all sorts of situations, uphill, downhill, in cover and in the wide open, but always in an effective range for a quick clean kill. If your looking for the funnest hunting camp you have ever imagined, you are looking for Raised at Full Draw!
Take I-15 to exit 290 (US89/MT 200) Stay on MT200 until you reach the junction for MT-21. Follow it for 21 miles. Turn left on Hwy 287 to Augusta. Go thru town to Benchmark Road. Signs will be posted! At the fork, go straight ahead and camp will be a couple of miles down that road.
If you get lost or are unsure; please call Ladonna at (406) 868-3589.
Sign up for the waiting list below.
Each of our RAFD camps are unique to the location where they are being taught. The Illinois camp is held on the Gardner camps, just outside beautiful Quincy, Illinois. With 330 acres of land located in the Mississippi River bottoms, the camp is a natural stopping place for many migrating birds and has plentiful deer and other wildlife.
Treestand and ground blind setup, safety and survival is taught to prepare our young new hunters for any and all types of conditions and situations. We also cover in detail the art of finding your game after a shot, when and where to take that lethal shot.
The Iowa camp is hosted in the rollings hills of southwestern Iowa, better known as “the land of the giants”. With lush agriculture lands and mature hardwood bottoms, the Iowa camp is a deer and turkey hunters dream come true place.
The Iowa camp is focused on whitetail deer and the wild turkey. In this camp we we work extensively on treestand safety and the proper use of ground blinds. We also cover in detail the art of finding your game after a shot, when and where to take that lethal shot.
Each of our RAFD camps are unique to the location where they are being taught. The Iowa camp is hosted in the rollings hills of southwestern Iowa, better known as “the land of the giants”. With lush agriculture lands and mature hardwood bottoms, the Iowa camp is a deer and turkey hunters dream come true place.
We look forward to having you at the Raised At Full Draw Camp this year! The following information will ensure that you will have everything you need at camp this year: ***LABEL ALL GEAR WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME!***
Medications –(no glass please!) – these will need to be checked in with the camp nurse at check-in
Tent (with stakes and rain fly, for stormy conditions)
Sleeping bag and pad, pillow
Personal items: clothing, extra socks, etc. (enough for 4 days)
Warm jacket for mornings and evenings
Sturdy, CLOSED-TOED shoes for being outside
Towel and Bathing suit for showering
Insect repellant, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
Archery equipment (If your own bow is being brought, please have your accessories, finger tab or release, arrows with field points (no broad heads) and case)
Personal Game Calls
Please contact the RAFD if you do not have any of the items listed on the “what to bring” list of proper gear. We may be able to help you out, but we will need to know as soon as possible in order to accommodate.
All medication must be checked in with the camp nurse when campers arrive on Thursday. Please indicate any special instructions at that time. In certain cases, the camp nurse may be in contact with you prior to camp if the camper’s registration indicated that special accommodations may be needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RAFD prior to camp.
Any camper with dietary restrictions that may need to bring their own food must check those items in at check in on Thursday. Those items will be stored securely in the kitchen area.
You can register online and mail in payment by completing the online registration, but if you would prefer complete paper registration please print the following documents and mail in with payment.
2548 Elderberry Ave.
Winterset IA 50273
Check in will be from 11:00am to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Campers should be sure to stop at the check-in table when they arrive at camp. All medications and special accommodations will be reviewed at this point. Parents are allowed and encouraged to stay and help their child set-up their tents and campsite (we want your child to feel comfortable).
All meals, drinks and snacks will be provided beginning with lunch on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. Campers can be picked up anytime after noon on Sunday. An awards ceremony and lunch will be provided at noon and parents are welcome and encouraged to join.
Electronics (video games, iPods, etc.) Cell phones will be allowed, but will be checked in at the beginning of camp, and checked out for limited use (to check in with folks) at specified times during camp.
Alcohol, tobacco, or drugs of any kind, Knives, Firearms, Short shorts, Low-cut or cropped tops
Outdoor showers are provided, even though enclosed, kids may feel more comfortable showering with a bathing suit on(this is the only place bathing suits will be permitted).
RAFD camp does not have a dress code, however, if we feel that clothing is inappropriate in any way, we may ask the clothing be changed, if the camper disagrees they can be asked to be excused from camp.
No bullying, name calling, or foul language.
Respect your peers, volunteers and property.
Use the buddy system. Stay in groups of at least 3 people.
No boys and girls in tents together.
No boys in the girls shower area, and vice versa.
No game calls (camp often provides things that make noise, ie. Turkey calls etc…) after lights out.
Lights out at 10:30 pm unless camp programs run later.
All campers are expected to behave in a respectful manner while at camp. If at any point a child has broken the camp rules or demonstrates unacceptable behavior, they may be sent home from camp. Please alert the RAFD staff and volunteers of any issues that may arise. We understand that kids may get homesick, but we will not allow phone calls to home except during specified times, or in case of an emergency. Volunteers will be available around the clock, if needed. Some of the key rules to be aware of are below:
Co-ed tents, making out
Fighting or harassment of any kind
Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use
For all other infractions volunteers are trained to discipline in a “three strikes” manner.
Strike 1: Volunteers will document the situation and talk to the camper. Inform them that what they did was wrong and why. In some cases, the camper may be asked to sit out of an activity for a period of time.
Strike 2: Again, the volunteer will document the incident. At this time, the camper and volunteer may draft a behavior agreement where they discuss the problem and list ways to correct the problem as well as the consequences of further misconduct. This document will be signed by both the camper and the volunteer.
Strike 3: The camper’s parents will be notified that the child must be picked up as soon as possible and not return to camp. We need to be very respectful of the land we are camping on, therefore we ask that campers clean up after themselves and after each other, primarily around their camping area