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July 24, 2012

Hunting for Sustainability: A course for novice hunters open for enrollment

If you like to eat good food, support the environment and learn something about the state you call home, Hunting for Sustainability is the course for you.

Natural resources conservation, sustainability and hunting naturally fit hand in hand. In addition to learning about and trying hunting, the course includes sampling several different species of wild game all from Wisconsin. Hunting is critical to conservation and a large portion of conservation funding comes from hunters and anglers. Most importantly it gives you a participatory link with nature and your food.

Madison College, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, is offering this continuing education course that aims to show how hunting plays into conservation and healthy living. You'll also learn hunting skills, ethics, tools, and techniques from experienced hunters. And, you'll be able to participate in a mentored deer or pheasant hunting experience. Become a more sustainable omnivore. Learn from experienced hunters.

Hunting is an integral part of the fabric of Wisconsin life and a great source for locally produced food.

Our objective is to make sure it stays that way, but there are barriers in knowledge and equipment needed to get started if you weren't raised a hunter. This course is an opportunity for adults to get started with guidance from experienced hunters.

The program is the result of a few pilot events aimed at recruiting adult hunters. Learn to Hunt events have proven popular with kids and in particular with the children of hunters. But when we offer them to adults, interest is through the roof. In particular, young adults have jumped at the opportunity, so we realize there is a demand to learn to hunt.

Adults also have discretion in their free time, the financial ability to explore new hobbies, and many have outdoor skills and ethics which can be enhanced by learning to hunt.

Telephone registration is available through Madison College at (608) 246-6210 or by visiting (exit DNR)search for course number 37511. It will run on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the college's west campus on Mineral Point Road.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke - 608-576-5243

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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