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June 19, 2012

Opportunity is not just for kids

NECEDAH, Wis. -- Anyone 10 years old and older including novice adult hunters who have had an interest in hunting but weren't sure how to give it a try are encouraged to consider a Learn-to-Hunt deer outing at Buckhorn State Park along the Castle Rock Flowage in Juneau County.

Heather Wolf, Buckhorn State Park manager, says this is the 15th year the park has hosted a Learn to Hunt Deer Hunt program.

"We have had 693 participants over the years. First time hunters and their chaperones have learned together at the workshop and have enjoyed their time spent in the woods," Wolf said.

To participate in the November 2012 hunt, search the Department of Natural Resources website for "Buckhorn," and then click on the "learn to deer hunt" link on right column. Download the application form [PDF], complete it, and mail it to the address shown by August 10.

There are two parts to the Learn to Hunt Deer at Buckhorn. First, a workshop is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 or 9 at the LaValle Sportsman's Club. Attendance by hunters and chaperones is mandatory. Second, the hunt occurs Nov. 3 and 4 at Buckhorn State Park and adjacent wildlife area.

Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis and will be notified upon receipt of their applications.

A chaperone must accompany each applicant. Applicants may select a chaperone (i.e., family or friend) or authorize Buckhorn staff to assign a qualified chaperone. This person will not be allowed to hunt or carry a firearm and must be at least 18 years old. The chaperone must have at least five years of deer hunting experience. The chaperone is necessary to ensure novice hunters get the complete hunting experience in a safe environment. Chaperones help hunters with firearm safety, deer identification, scouting, and field dressing, among other things.

Successful applicants and their chaperones must attend a workshop in order to participate in the hunt.

A hunting license is not required and back tags will be furnished. This is a bonus deer and will not preclude the harvest of a deer during the regular season. The bag limit will be one deer of either sex. Only shotguns will be permitted; muzzleloaders and rifles are not permitted.

Chaperones also are needed, says Keith Warnke DNR Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator. "If you are a hunter and want to give back to the hunting heritage by getting a new hunter started, your skills are needed!" Warnke said. To volunteer to be a chaperone, contact the park at 608-565-2789

"Learn to Hunt events are a great way to break into hunting. Novice hunters paired up with an experienced hunter will learn about conservation, safety, ethics, deer hunting tactics and firearm safety during a one-day workshop," Warnke said. "Then, the novice hunters get a chance to experience a two-day November gun deer hunt."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Wolf - 608-565-2789 or Keith Warnke - 608-266-5243

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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