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July 13, 2010

Skills shown in Learn-to-Hunt classes good life lessons

MADISON - The skill set found in successful hunters is not limited to the duck blind or tree stand, but also can be witnessed in some of the greatest chefs, professional musicians and prize-winning photographers.

At the foundation of all these activities are things such as dedication, persistence, patience, knowledge and physical skills. Music, for example, long has been referred to as one of life's great disciplines. It takes development of many skills to accomplish with any degree of success. Hunting is the same.

Hunting is one of life's great disciplines. I am a better cook, better photographer, better camper, better hiker, knowledgeable about orienteering, better conservationist and simply a very happy person because I hunt. Hunting gives me the desire to learn more about our natural world. It creates opportunities where I can share time with family and friends...or be alone. It's also one way I have of being and feeling self sufficient.

Success at hunting first stems from taking the time to learn: knowledge of the animal being hunted, their life cycle, habitat, mating ritual, behaviors and anatomy. This includes the knowledge of the equipment being used to pursue the animals, and the skills necessary to perform safely and responsibly. And being prepared - preparing a plan and following it.

And two ways to learn these life skills are at a Learn to Hunt class or Hunter Safety Education class.

Safety education classes can fill up fast, so it's best to check online for a course well before the season you wish to hunt. To find a course, check the Safety Education Courses page of the DNR Website and click on the "upcoming courses" button.

For the novice hunter -- that's anyone between ages 10 and 100-plus with two or less years of hunting -- consider the popular Learn to Hunt program. This program couples the novice hunter with mentors.

Applications for participation are available on the Department of Natural Resources website at For questions, please contact the Learn to Hunt Coordinator, (608) 444-1244 or e-mail questions to:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Lawhern (608) 266-1317

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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