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January 14, 2014

MADISON -- Think of it as Thanksgiving in the spring with a meal-time theme for families and others enjoying the great outdoors and Wisconsin traditions.

Call it what you want. Keith Warnke calls it Learn to Hunt Turkey and considers the time when winter tightens its grip as the perfect time to plan your Learn to Hunt turkey event.

"Many adults who did not come from hunting families and are interested in hunting often have no idea how to start," said Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sports coordinator. "These Learn to Hunt events are a great way for them to learn in a controlled and safe environment with an experience hunter."

Learn to Hunt events truly are for interested novices who would not otherwise have the chance to explore hunting which, Warnke adds, is key to successfully preserving our conservation heritage.

"The composition of Learn to Hunt events has continued to evolve, with more females and adults participating in recent years," Warnke said. "Compared to 2011, last year's number of females participating in Learn to Hunt events increased by 53 percent."

Learn to Hunt events may be scheduled before, during or after the six spring turkey time periods. However, most are held in late March and early April. Interested individuals and clubs will want to get started now to complete the necessary steps.

The department has made it easy for sponsors to organize Learn to Hunt events with on-line applications, reimbursement opportunities, assistance in finding event insurance and event advertising on the DNR's website.

Sponsors will need to submit a completed application form to the local wildlife biologist for approval, and should make sure at least one of the event instructors is a certified Hunter Education Instructor. Mentors assisting in the event will need to submit an application to be a mentor. Following the event, sponsors must submit a report of event participants and may apply for a $25 reimbursement per participant to assist with event costs. In addition, Warnke says the program will help advertise events by posting them on the DNR's Learn to Hunt web page and the Hunter's Network Facebook page.

More information on the Learn to Hunt program is available on the DNR website, keyword "LTH."

For those of you interested in taking hunter education there are more courses being offered now than any other time of year, so go the and type "hunter safety" into the keyword search box to get more information

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke, 608-576-5243; Joanne M. Haas, 608- 209-8147

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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