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Contact information
For information about the Learn to Hunt program, contact:
DNR Customer Service
Call Center Staff Available 7 Days a Week (7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Call Toll Free 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463)

Learn to HuntLocal. Sustainable. Food.

Learn to hunt programs combine classroom instruction and field work before a novice goes hunting with an experienced hunter. They are a great way to introduce someone new to Wisconsin's hunting heritage.

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How to host a Learn to Hunt

Help protect Wisconsin's hunting heritage and enjoy the thrill of helping someone experience their first hunt by hosting a Learn to Hunt. We've streamlined the process to make it easier for your group to host these events, including removing the requirement to get landowner signatures. We can help cover costs and we can help you find insurance.

Steps for hosting

  1. Pick a date and location.
  2. Get your application form and mentor list in at least a month in advance.
  3. Recruit new hunters to attend your class/hunt - We highly encourage groups holding classes and hunts to focus on recruiting participants who would not otherwise have the chance to experience hunting. Your Learn to Hunt can be posted on this web page to recruit attendees. To do that, email the class dates, hunt dates, county, location and contact details of your Learn to Hunt to the Learn to Hunt Coordinator
  4. Consider if you want Learn to Hunt insurance - Some clubs and groups have reported in the past they would like insurance for their Learn to Hunts. While DNR can't insure Learn to Hunts because there is not a formal certification program in place for training and hosting Learn to Hunts, we have partnered with the Hunters Network of Wisconsin to find an insurance provider that will write policies. Call John W. Klinzing at 608-310-3924 for any questions about the availability and details of this insurance option.

Report out after the Learn to Hunt is complete

After the hunt, sponsors must send a copy of the application (2300-260) and the list of participants (Form 8500-166 [PDF]) to the Learn to Hunt Coordinator, P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53704.

Consider seeking Learn to Hunt reimbursement from DNR

Sponsors also may want to apply for the Learn to Hunt reimbursement program for reimbursement of up to $25 per student.

Upcoming Learn to HuntsHunt for Food

Hunt for food - Deer

Dates County Location Contact
Class 9-20-2018
HUNT Sept 21st-23rd
Vilas/Oneida/Iron
Things That Fling/Northern Highland American Legion State Forest
Chris Thielman
Phone: 715-360-4819
Email: Christopher.thielman@wisconsin.gov
Class Aug 22nd, 24th & 25th
HUNT Nov 3rd
Wood
Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wayne Hall
Phone: 715-884-6331
Email: wayne.halljr@wisconsin.gov

Learn to Hunt Pheasants with Dogs

Dates County Location Contact
Class 9-22-2018
HUNT 9-23-2018
Dodge
Field & Stream Sportsman Club
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov
Class 9-22-2018
HUNT 9-23-2018
Columbia
MacKenzie Center
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov
Class and Hunt
10-6-2018
Kenosha
Bong Recreational Center
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov
Class 11-2-2018
HUNT 11-3-2018
Waukesha
Wern Valley Hunt Club
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov
Class 12-1-2018
HUNT 12-2-2018
Dodge
Pumpkin Center
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov
Class 12-1-2018
HUNT 12-2-2018
Columbia
MacKenzie Center
Jeffrey Weishoff
Phone: 608-212-7572
Email: Jeffrey.Weishoff@wisconsin.gov

Learn to Hunt programs

Learn to Hunt information

Last revised: Thursday June 28 2018