MADISON - State hunting coordinators urge hunting enthusiasts eager to host a Learn to Hunt session to plan now for a spring turkey session.
The Learn to Hunt program is designed for hunting novices of all ages and backgrounds to experience and to enjoy the sport of hunting. It is part of the R3 program, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. R3 stands for Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation of hunters, anglers, trappers and shooting sports participants.
"Specifically, Learn to Hunt helps those people who do not have a hunting mentor," R3 staffer Ryan Serwe said. "The goal is to make hunting an accessible activity for anyone interested."
But first, Serwe says, a Learn to Hunt event needs a host.
Hosting or acting as a mentor in a Learn to Hunt event is a great way for experienced sportsmen and women to pass on their knowledge and ensure the future of a strong hunting heritage in Wisconsin. Whether your goal is locally sourced sustainable meat, a closer connection with the land or the thrilling pursuit of wild game, the Learn to Hunt program has something for everyone.
"We have received a ton of feedback that indicates a rewarding experience for both mentors and mentees of these events," Serwe said. "These hunting opportunities give the participants great memories and friendships."
The Learn to Hunt program has evolved much over the past 20 years, with a focus on recruiting more adults, women and families as participants in these programs.
"In the face of a declining hunting population, it is crucial that we take steps to nurture a new foundation of hunters, and the Learn to Hunt program aims to do just that," Serwe said.