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By: Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sport coordinator
Have you thought you might like to hunt, but weren’t sure how to get started? Sign up for a Learn to Hunt event.
Learn to Hunt events combine classroom instruction by a certified Hunter’s Education Instructor and field work before the novice goes hunting with an experienced hunter. Learn to Hunt attendees learn about subject species’ biology, conservation, firearm safety, and hunting tactics before participating in the hunt.
Learn to Hunt events welcome novice hunters 10 years of age and older. No license is required for Learn to Hunt events and, since novices will be paired with a mentor, hunter education requirements are waived. Learn to Hunt events are usually free and take place over a weekend.
Not just for youth
Wisconsin has an extremely strong hunting heritage. However, many people interested in hunting are not fortunate enough to have access to family or friends to share those hunting traditions.
One of the goals of the Learn to Hunt program is to provide people with the training and experience to take up hunting. While the majority of participants have been youth, adult interest in these events continues to grow. Adults are finding these events offer a nontraditional pathway into hunting, giving them tools to build their own family hunting traditions.
Get started now- find an event near you!
Many local conservation groups and hunting clubs are sponsoring a variety of Learn to Hunt events this fall. Currently several events are scheduled for pheasant, waterfowl, mourning dove, and squirrel. Check the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “LTH” to find the list of upcoming Learn to Hunt events.
Now you know how to get started hunting, it’s time to act. Find an event near you and make that contact. You won’t be disappointed.