My Experience With YOU

This is a letter from one of our dads about his experience with YOU.

I wanted to take the time to write in today to share my experience and appreciation for Y.O.U. (Youth Outdoors Unlimited).

As a boy, I didn’t grow up hunting, spending a lot of time in the outdoors. I did have the occasional camping trip every few years. Just those few times, I fell in love with being outdoors. As I continued to grow older, those same camping trips continued with friends and family, but yet I still felt a piece was missing. I got married, had kids and felt my kids should at least have some of those experiences I had as a kid, being in the outdoors. We had gone on the once every couple years camping trip, and for the most part, my wife and 4 kids love doing it. I was comfortable with my knowledge of camping that I could make it an enjoyable experience for my family. But if you talked about firearms and hunting I only could listen and not add anything to the conversation, because I was clueless. I had never been hunting before and didn’t know the anything about it. I wanted to do it, but was fearful because of my lack of knowledge. Then in 2018, I stumbled across Y.O.U. while reading through the hunter regulations. Mentored events, no experience needed… Sounded like just what I needed.

The first event I attended with one of my sons was the Robbins Butte Dove Hunt in September. For the hunt, Y.O.U. made it really easy, bring your own ammo, borrow a firearm if you need to and go hunt.
I remember very vividly the week leading up to the hunt, I was excited and nervous for what was to come. We got up early that Saturday morning, and met up with two friends and their sons, I told about the hunt. That day my son shot his 1st 20 gauge and bagged 2 doves. Because of Y.O.U. mentors and volunteers, I didn’t have to worry about what to do next; they showed us how to clean and harvest the meat, even how to cook them. From that event, it was now in us to continue to pursue this hunting privilege.

Fast forward to present day, and I have attended 4 events with my two sons and Y.O.U (Dove Hunt, Squirrel Camp, Predator Camp, and Javelina Camp). Each camp, we have learned so much valuable information from the mentors, not just in hunting, but tips while being outdoors, handling of firearms. We have gone from owning no firearms to owning 3 rifles, 1 handgun, and 1 shotgun. Y.O.U. has helped put confidence in me as a father, that I can learn from these camps and continue to help my sons and hopefully down the road other people’s children on the wonderful experiences of hunting and being outdoors.
This past Javelina Camp, one of my sons got his first big game kill, and it was all made possible by Y.O.U., it’s mentors, and volunteers. The memories made that day will last forever, and as a person with no knowledge before, I truly am appreciative of an organization like Youth Outdoors Unlimited.

Thank You Youth Outdoors Unlimited for your passion and giving of yourself to invest in the children of the future.
David B.
Litchfield Park, AZ

YOU Custom Rifle by Erik Gutherie Video Two

#2 video of the Youth outdoors unlimited raffle rifle build. Don’t forget to post your questions in the comments and share this video with family and friends.

Posted by Erik Guthrie on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Youth Outdoors Unlimited Custom Rifle by Erik Gutherie

Erik Gutherie owner of Arizona Custom Rifle Assembly is making a custom rifle for Youth Outdoors Unlimited.  Here is the first video and parts list.   We will be adding additional videos as he makes this sweet custom rifle for us.


1) Remington 700 short action- donated by the guys and gals at Healy Arms – This action will be trued up or some people like to call it blueprinted.  The bolt will also be trued up so that all contact surfaces fit properly.

2) Dan Lilja #4 contour 3 groove with a 1:8 twist barrel with a three port mini mag muzzle break – chambered in 6.5 Creedmoore.  This is an awesome piece of steel lapped to finish.

3) Timney 510 trigger set at 3 pounds

4) HS Precion 2000 Pro Series stock

5) Harris swivel bipod

6) Bottom metal will include a detachable mag, magazines from mag pul

7) Warren one piece picatini rail scope base

Please share this video. It is the start of a series of videos on the Youth Outdoors Unlimited rifle build thanks again I hope you enjoy them.

Posted by Arizona Custom Rifle Assembly on Saturday, June 23, 2018


Dylan’s Turkey

Today I received a message from Randy Hoskins. 

“Hi Donna, this is a photo of Dylan and his 2018 turkey.  Thank you guys so much for volunteering and everything you do for the kids.  Your team rocks.   It is so nice that kids who want to hunt opportunity to be around people, kids and adults, who support them instead of ridiculing them for hunting

I also like the positive interactions be the Game and Fish personnel and the kids., it helps to build positive relationships.

We had an opportunity to bring Lilly Hunt as a first-time turkey hunter and she also had a great time.  Thank you for your time and dedication, it’s very cool.  I am also sending a video of his 2018 turkey and a picture of his 2017 turkey.   He told me he wanted a bigger one this year than last year.  The video is bad but these are the memories your team is helping to build.  He told me this was the best hunt he has ever had.”

Thanks Randy 

A Story by Robert Hullihen IV

It was Friday morning around 3:10 am and we just got out of bed to get ready to get the day started. After getting dressed and making sure I had what I needed for the day, my dad his friend Phil and I got into our vehicle and made our way to the main camp. We got to the main camp at 3:45 in the morning the three of us got something to drink and eat before we got our day started. I was set up with a mentor which I was thankful that I got to meet and had the chance to go out with. 

Around 4:10 am Chris (mentor) and I went to some of the spots he knew of. Where he had seen a turkey in previous years. We went to three spots before sunrise. We sent out calls at all three spots and got no calls back. We got to the fourth spot we walk approximately 50 feet and he instantly heard a gobble. We walk back to the truck to get my shotgun and calls, we sat down and started to call. There was a tom in the roast who was gobbling back at our calls. The sun came up and the tom came out of the roast and we heard it land on the ground. We sent some calls out but he didn’t answer we sent some additional calls out to see if we would get anything to respond. We weren’t getting anything back so we sat there for an hour waiting for something. We sent a call out before we were about to get up and go find a new spot. Then we got five calls back so we sat there waiting to see if we could get a turkey close enough for me to get a shot off at. My mentor seen two toms with six hens coming in from the top of the hill, then going back on the other side of the hill. We called for half an hour and they just kept going back and forth. Finally, he couldn’t see the toms anymore so we decided to creep up on the hill to see if they were still there we heard them gobble so we crawled up to the top of the hill. The turkeys were 70 yards away they were just walking back and forth. We called for 20 minutes but we couldn’t get them to come in any closer. My mentor walked back and started to call from where we were first at and then the toms moved in closer. They slowly started to move forward they got as close as 40 yards and they stopped. I was laying down so they couldn’t see me so I decided to line up my shot and I slowly squeezed the trigger. The next thing I see is just a big cloud of smoke I stand up to see if I hit the tom and the tom didn’t see me and just started to walk away. I thought I missed the shot, my mentor came over. We walked over to where the tom was at and we couldn’t see any sign of me hitting the tom. We look to the side of us and seen the tom flap its wings we rushed over to the tom to see what had happened to it. When we got to it we found out that I hit the tom and that it only had a few seconds to live after I hit it.

Chris and I got it back to his truck and put the turkey in the bed of the truck. We set off back to camp. We both were happy because this was the first turkey either of us has gotten with someone (my first turkey ever). The whole time I was thinking did this really happen did I really get a turkey. When we got back to camp, Chris and I checked in, we got the turkey weighed, the beard measured and I got the turkey cleaned.


A Thank You From Joe Wambach

Can’t thank you enough for all you do for the young hunters of Arizona.   After 3 outings we finally got our bird! The mentors over the years had given us good coaching and advice. That, combined with some good hunters luck, helped us to bag our first bird. Such a great father/son moment. We were both so excited. A memory we will both cherish for a lifetime.

Thanks to the YOU, NWTF, and RMEF for continuing to sponsor these important events. Can’t say enough good things about the all men and women involved taking the time to mentor boys and girls in the field while teaching conservation, respect, and good Sportsmanship. Seems rare these days.

Much appreciated!
Joe Wambach




2018 Juniors Turkey Camp

The 2018 Juniors Turkey Camp was a success.  Our youth saw and heard turkeys.  11 of our youth hunters harvested turkeys.   We had a total of 283 people in the camp, including staff, mentors, and volunteers.  We had 105 new people in the camp.   We had 103 total hunters and 46 of them were brand new to hunting and to camp.  

Thursday and Friday were extremely windy days and cold.  Friday was cold with a snowstorm in the early evening, which disappeared by Saturday afternoon.  Sunday was a beautiful day.  

We would like to thank all of our mentors and volunteers.  We could not do this without you.  We would also like to thank our sponsors, Arizona Elk Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Navajo County Search and Rescue,  Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Region 1. 

2018 Junior Javelina Camp

Can you believe this is the 19th year this camp has been held?  Wow, amazing.  This year’s Junior Javelina, Small Game and Predator Camp was such a great success.  Kids hunted in Units 17B, 18B and 20C, and the camp was set up on the Date Creek Road.  Arizona Game and Fish personnel, along with other great mentors were there to help in camp and mentor our children in the outdoors.  22 children were there to hunt and 8 successfully harvested a javelina.  One lucky kid even won a Ruger American 7mm-08 youth rifle.  Check out the pictures below of this camp. 

If you want to participate in this camp next year or if you want to be a part of this great effort.  Fill out the form on our contact page and we will get back with you.  We can’t put on these camps without the help and support of volunteers, Arizona Game and Fish officers, mentors, our partners, and sponsors.  We appreciate each and every person who helps.