Pheasants Forever will introduce a brand new program “Spirit of the Hunt,” Aug. 22 in Poynette.
The new program encourages several members of a Pheasants Forever chapter to agree to “group mentor” up to two new hunters over a two-year period.
Jenny Krause, PF Wisconsin Outreach Coordinator, said that this allows a chapter to use the various skills of different members. Some may have expertise in waterfowl hunting, while others are seasoned turkey, deer, squirrel or pheasant hunters.
In addition, this spreads the responsibility out over several people, realizing that volunteers only have limited time available.
The Spirit of the Hunt will be introduced at a PF Mentor Training Day, Saturday, Aug. 22, at the MacKenzie Environmental Center in Poynette.
The day, sponsored by PF and the Department of Natural Resources, is also open to any hunters who would like to become a mentor to new hunters, or who is currently serving as a mentor in a learn-to-hunt program and would like to learn about new techniques.
Keith Warnke, DNR hunter recruitment and retention coordinator, and Kelly Maynard, assistant coordinator, will present information on new ways to reach adults, and what works and what does not.
There is no cost to attend, and mentors do not have to be members of Pheasants Forever. Participants are asked to register, by August 7, by contacting Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (608) 852-6873.
There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.
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