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January 18, 2012

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question: I am interested in organizing a Learn to Hunt event. How do I get started?

Answer: It's fairly easy. If you want to do one in March or April for a Learn to Hunt Turkey event, now is the time start planning. You'll find a lot of information on the DNR's Learn to Hunt web page, While it may sound like a lot to do -- gather your mentors, find novice hunters and get landowner permission - it is manageable if you take it one step at a time.

Start with the application process: Look for the revised application (form 2300-260). This form can be opened, filled out electronically and saved on your computer. Alternatively, the applicant can print a blank form and fill it out with a pen. Applicants must complete this form, print, sign and submit it to the local wildlife biologist for approval.

New this year: Applicants do not have to get the signature of private landowners on the application. However, local biologists still have to sign off on events held on department-owned lands. Applicants will, however, have to sign the application, as always.

By signing the new form, applicants will be assuming responsibility for ensuring they have permission for hunting as a part of the LTH event from the landowner of each of the listed of properties. The applicant must list the property landowners and addresses of where the hunt will be taking place. Removing the need for landowner signatures will remove a significant barrier for many LTH sponsors.

Completed applications (form 2300-260) go to the local wildlife biologist for his or her signature. Biologists please make a copy for the local warden. A copy of the application is not needed in central office prior to the event.

Please focus on recruiting participants who would not otherwise have the chance to experience hunting. Places to approach include: friends, neighbors, schools, churches and Girl and Boy Scouts. Also, note there is a ( where Learn to Hunt events can be posted. Look here for participants for your event.

Mentors: The event applicant will submit the list of mentors to the local biologist who will copy for the warden. The mentor list (LTH Mentor form 8500-167) can be completed electronically, saved, emailed to the biologist and warden, or printed and mailed to the biologist. We do not need a copy of this form in central office.

All mentors must complete the mentor background check form (4100-217) and send that to central office where the check will be performed. Mentors only need to complete this form once. Once they are in the database, we will re-run the background checks every five years.

All LTH participants must have a DNR customer number. To obtain a DNR Customer ID Number: Call 1-888-936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily to get a Customer Identification Number or to check if you already have one.

Learn to Hunt Insurance: The DNR has partnered with the Hunters Network of Wisconsin,, to find an insurance provider to write policies to cover LTH events. The details are:

Master General Liability Policy

  • Limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence / $3,000,000 aggregate
  • $1,000, medical payments
  • Additional liability coverage limit of $50,000 per occurrence / $50,000 aggregate limit

Annual premium: $252

With this, a liability certificate will be provided to the club, group or chapter organization that belongs to the sponsoring group. This coverage will be extended to the group, club or chapter organization for $100.

Waivers will be provided to the participants who meet Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources criteria.

Contact the Hunters Network for more information.

After the event, sponsors/applicants must send a copy of the application (Form 2300-260) and the list of participants (Form 8500-166) to the LTH coordinator, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, 53704. If sponsors want to request reimbursement for their LTH event, a completed copy of the reimbursement request (Form 2300-319) and a W-9 form must be sent to the same address.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012