Contact(s): Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sport coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org; 608-576-5243.
MADISON -- If nothing else, the latest Pokeman Go craze is getting people outside and moving more than ever.
"That's great!" says Keith Warnke, hunting and shooting sports coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Now that you're outside, let's add some real maps and exploration of genuine landscapes to capture dinner. This real outdoor adventure is something any Learn to Hunt coordinator can use to encourage a novice hunter to try it."
A Learn to Hunt event plays off the rural setting that makes Wisconsin a hunting and outdoor enthusiast paradise.
"It's real, you can touch it," Warnke said. "And a Learn to Hunt event is a way to keep people outdoors, teach new skills, and provide bolster support for hunting. If they'll come out to play a game, let's get them out to do something new, fun and real."
Now is a great time for clubs and chapters to start brainstorming about what they did last year and building on it. "How about hosting a learn-to-hunt-for-food class, which has been piloted in states including Wisconsin during the last decade," Warnke said. "There is great interest in hunting for food and classes fill up quickly."
Learn to Hunt for Food classes serve a larger movement nationwide, where hunting can be a big part of a sustainable lifestyle and healthy eating. "These classes are especially popular among millennials," Warnke said.
Warnke encourages anyone interested in learning to hunt to attend a Learn to Hunt event. "Bring your friends and family with you!"
"Thanks to the diversity of our landscape and wildlife, Wisconsin has a lot of opportunities for learn to hunt programs. Deer, small game, waterfowl, turkey and pheasant all provide exciting options, especially for first-time hunters," Warnke said.
And if you want a digital connection to your hunting experience download the DNR's free Pocket Ranger Fish and Wildlife Guide app. The app features include GPS mapping to find places to hunt, a safety communications tool, severe weather alerts and more. The "Nearest Me" feature helps explorers find places including state wildlife management areas, shooting ranges, state forests, and more.
For more information on all your LTH needs - hosting or attending, go to the DNR home page and search keyword "LTH."
People who missed a live chat on the Learn To Hunt program with DNR staff Tuesday, Aug. 16 at noon, can review the chat record on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, search keyword "expert" and select " Deer: Be a mentor, learn to Hunt Program and Hunt to Eat" to learn more about these programs.