Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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WI: Prime time to launch Learn to Hunt turkey outing

Family-friendly way to introduce state’s heritage to new hunters
of all ages

The spring melt means it’s time for hunters and clubs to share
the fun and purpose of hunting with neighbors, relatives and
friends at a Learn to Hunt turkey event that can be easily
organized in a few steps.

“A Learn to Hunt event is a fun, safe and comfortable way to
introduce one of Wisconsin’s truest traditions to your friends,
relatives – even entire families,” said Keith Warnke, Department of
Natural Resources’ Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator.

“Hunting means many things in Wisconsin — family traditions,
wildlife management and a healthy way to live by eating
sustainably. Plus, it can be great exercise,” Warnke said.

The DNR has posted on its web site the processes and application
forms sponsors need to organize a Learn to Hunt event. Sponsors
will need to submit a completed application form to the local
wildlife biologist for approval, and ensure at least one of the
event instructors is a certified Hunter Education Instructor.
“Instructors emphasize firearm safety,” he said.

Warnke also says Learn to Hunt events provide the key
opportunity for a novice hunter to experience hunting “in a
one-on-one mentored situation.” Mentors names must be submitted to
the DNR for a background check at least two weeks before the hunt
is to take place.

Another key step in the process is getting the approval and the
signature of the landowner or tenant of the private property where
the hunt is proposed to occur.

“The focus of these learn to hunt events is to provide this
opportunity to those who otherwise likely would never have a
hunting experience,” Warnke said. “Organizers may want to contact
the local schools, civic groups and organizations such as Big
Brother/Big Sisters and the YMCA/YWCA.”

The DNR started the Learn to Hunt program in 1998 to provide
youth and adults opportunities to experience a hunt with an
experienced hunter. Hunts are combined with classroom instruction
and field work before an actual hunt. More than 3,000 novice
hunters in the past two years have gone to a Learn to Hunt

In addition to turkey, the program also includes small game,
pheasant, upland game, waterfowl and deer. A Novice and Youth
Hunting Opportunities bochure [PDF 260KB] is available on the DNR

“Hunters have shown they are willing to rise to many
challenges,” Warnke said. “I am confident they will eagerly embrace
the challenge of passing along these great traditions to the next


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