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For information about learning to hunt bear, contact:
Keith Warnke
Learn to hunt coordinator
PO box 7921 Madison WI, 53707
608-576-5243

Bear hunting experience for novice hunters

Beginning in 2005, the Wisconsin DNR began offering Learn to Hunt Bear opportunities. The Learn to Hunt Bear Program (LTHB) is another tool to expose novice hunters to the hunting experience and recruit new hunters into the sport. The Learn to Bear Hunt Program represents the opportunity of a lifetime for a novice hunter.

Working in partnership with many dedicated bear hunters and local conservation organizations, successful Learn to Bear Hunt events have been held across the northern half of Wisconsin in the past several years.

The goals of the program are:

  1. To provide a bear hunting experience to novice hunters who would not otherwise get that chance to hunt bear other than through the Learn to Hunt Program.
  2. To provide a safe and memorable first-time introductory bear hunting experience to novice hunters with experienced and qualified mentors.
  3. To teach novice hunters about the habits of bear, how to read bear sign, check baits, track and handle hounds, use proper shooting techniques and safely handle firearms.
  4. To provide an opportunity for experienced bear hunters to contribute to overall conservation efforts by giving something back to the hunting heritage through recruiting the next generation of safe, legal, ethical and responsible hunters to carry on the bear hunting tradition.

Learn to hunt bear participants

Several Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens and wildlife managers, in partnership with local mentors, will be hosting a limited number of Learn to Hunt events across northern Wisconsin.

If you are interested in being a participant in a Learn to Hunt Bear event please review the guidelines [PDF]. To apply to be a Learn to Bear Hunt participant, print, complete, and mail the  2014 Learn to Bear Hunt Application [PDF]. Applications must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.

Learn to hunt bear mentors

One thing is clear when it comes to recruiting the next generation of hunters - it takes a hunter to make a hunter.

We need qualified mentors to assist conducting Learn to Hunt Bear events. Mentors are the most important ingredient to the future of bear hunting in Wisconsin. If you have 5 years of bear hunting experience and want to share your hunting experience with a novice hunter, please review the guidelines [PDF], complete the Form 4100-217 mentor application [PDF] and mail it anytime.

Last revised: Thursday April 10 2014