August 7, 2012
POYNETTE, Wis. - The Friends of Poynette Game Farm are hosting Learn to Hunt Pheasant programs this fall as a way to involve youth and family groups in the long-standing tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin.
The friends group will run four free programs at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette this September and December. The programs are focused on youth and novice hunters over 10 years of age.
"The two-day Lean to Hunt programs focus on the basics of pheasant hunting in a fun and relaxing atmosphere," said Bob Nack, Poynette State Game Farm manager for the Department of Natural Resources.
Nack said adults and family groups are encouraged to attend. Free programs include classroom instruction, dog training demonstrations, trap shooting, tours of the Poynette game farm and a mentored pheasant hunt.
Dates and audiences for the pheasant programs include:
Applications are due August 24, and programs are limited to 20 participants. Overnight lodging is provided at the MacKenzie dormitories. Learn to Hunt application forms and other Friends of Poynette Game Farm information can be found at: www.friendsofwihunting.org (exit DNR), or by calling 608-635-8120. Friends of the Poynette Game Farm can also be found on Facebook. Applications should be mailed to FPGF, PO Box 606, Poynette, WI 53955.
The friends group supports the mission of the DNR State Game Farm and is dedicated to providing pheasant hunting opportunities and to promoting the strong tradition of upland bird hunting in Wisconsin. More than 50,000 pheasants from the Poynette facility are annually released on more than 70 public hunting grounds annually. These pheasants provide the only pheasant hunting opportunities for the average WI hunter. One of the friends group's goals is to increase the number of pheasants released on public hunting grounds through public awareness and fund raising.
"We have many fond memories of hunting trips and want new hunters to make memories of their own," said Vic Connors, FPGF president.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, DNR State Game Farm Manager, 608-635-8120