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Learn to hunt with the DNR

Published by Central Office August 13, 2019

Contact(s): Emily Iehl (pronounced "eel"), R3 Coordinator, emily.iehl@wisconsin.gov, 608-445-8168

Students learn basic gun safety, sportsmanship, ethics and about hunting rules and regulations in Learn to Hunt classes.  - Photo credit: DNR
Students learn basic gun safety, sportsmanship, ethics and about hunting rules and regulations in Learn to Hunt classes. Photo credit: DNR

MADISON, Wis. - Try your hand at hunting through the Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt program.

Learn to Hunt combines classroom and field instruction for beginners before pairing participants with an experienced hunter. Participants will learn hunting rules and regulations, sportsmanship and ethical hunter behavior, and basic gun safety.

"Providing opportunities like this for people who would not otherwise have the chance to explore hunting is key in preserving Wisconsin's hunting heritage," said Emily Iehl, DNR Learn to Hunt Coordinator. "As more people move to cities and suburbs, it's important to share hunting as a way to remain connected with wild spaces and as a source of local, sustainably-raised protein."

Help protect Wisconsin's hunting heritage and enjoy the thrill of helping someone experience their first hunt by hosting a Learn to Hunt. The streamlined process makes it easy for your group to host these events. The DNR can help cover costs and assist you in finding insurance.

"Many organizations plan Learn to Hunt programs for kids," Iehl said, "but adults and families are an often-overlooked group of people eager to learn a new way to appreciate nature," said Warnke.

Those interested in hosting a Learn to Hunt should provide a completed authorization form and mentor list to a local wildlife biologist at least 30 days before the date of the hunt. To become a Learn to Hunt mentor, individuals must have at least five years of hunting experience and complete a background check. You can find appropriate forms and additional information on steps for hosting on our Learn to Hunt web page.

"Many adults and kids who do not come from hunting families are interested in hunting but don't know how to get started," Iehl said. "Our Learn to Hunt program is a great way to get started in a controlled environment with an experienced mentor."

Upon completion of a Learn to Hunt program, hosting organizations may apply for the Learn to Hunt reimbursement program of up to $25 per student.

Visit the DNR website for more on the Learn to Hunt program.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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