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Contact(s): Keith Warnke, Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator, 608-576-5243; Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-267-0798
February 7, 2012

Spring Learn to Hunt turkey events are a great place to start

MADISON - If you want to eat healthy while helping the environment and enjoying the outdoors, the state's hunting and shooting sport coordinator says participating in a Learn to Hunt event is one way to achieve a healthier lifestyle - and be involved in conservation at the same time.

In fact, Keith Warnke of the Department of Natural Resources says a spring Learn to Hunt Turkey event is the place to start.

"You'll be paired up with an experienced hunter, learn about conservation, hunting tactics and firearm safety," Warnke said. "Then you head outside to experience the excitement of turkey hunting in Wisconsin."

Learn to Hunt events welcome novice adult and youth hunters and in many cases are open for families. No license is required and, since novices will be hunting with a mentor, hunter education requirements are waived.

Sustainable food means healthy living

"Sustainable use of renewable resources for food is a perfect fit in an increasingly conservation-oriented world," Warnke said. "There is a strong and growing interest in lower impact living, food co-ops, farmer's markets and local food sources. Hunters and hunting have long been at the forefront of this movement."

Recently, however, the "natural path" of initiation into hunting - from parent/family member to child - has become more difficult.

"Kids and parents are busier today and live in urban centers further removed from their hunting land," he said. "The demands of work, school and other activities cut into the available time to hunt, let alone initiate new hunters."

But the interest remains.

"Whether the motivations are nature and conservation interests, camaraderie or sustainability, we are witnessing a growing interest in hunting from adults who missed the natural path as kids," Warnke said.

Find an event near you

The DNR hopes enthusiastic hunters and interested novices will take advantage of the LTH program and further Wisconsin's strong conservation and hunting heritage, he says.

For more than a decade, novice hunters have participated in these events to learn about hunting, be involved with a hunting mentor and start their own tradition.

Learn to Hunt events are usually free to novice hunters and take place over a weekend. To find an event near you, check the Learn to Hunt page of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke, Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator, 608-576-5243; Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-267-0798

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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