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Deadline extended for adult learn to hunt deer program

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- The deadline to participate in Wisconsin’s Sandhill Learn-to-Hunt program has been extended by one month from May 31 to June 30. People interested in participating must complete the Sandhill Learn-to-Hunt application and mail it to the address on the application.

Adults with an interest in hunting but aren’t sure how to begin are encouraged to consider a fall Learn-to-Hunt outing at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center in the Sandhill Wildlife Area managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Information about the center is available online.

Applicants will need to recruit a chaperone or mentor to attend the hunt with them. Chaperones help hunters with firearm safety, deer identification, scouting and field dressing, among other things.

The two parts of the program include a Sept. 22 workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center where attendance by hunters and chaperones is mandatory.  The second part of the program is Nov. 3 and 4 on the property; hunters will have an assigned hunting area.

The program is for persons ages 16 and over. Applicants must sign an affidavit indicating they have not hunted deer with a gun before. All participants must be enrolled in or have completed a Hunter Education course.

Chaperones also are needed, according to Keith Warnke, hunting and shooting sport coordinator.

“If you are a hunter and want to give back to the hunting heritage by getting a new hunter started, your skills are needed,” Warnke said.

The program pairs a novice hunter with an experienced hunter to learn about conservation, safety, ethics, deer hunting tactics and firearm safety during a one-day workshop, followed by novice hunters experiencing a two-day November gun deer hunt.

For more information, contact Warnke, at (608) 576-5243 or Joanne M. Haas at (608)267-0798.

The adult learn to hunt program has been in effect since 1990. Last year, one novice hunter from Maryland sent a note: “I was intrigued by hunting here, but daunted by all the gear and knowledge that seemed necessary. The Learn the Hunt program was a great crash course that made me feel like I had a chance in the woods. My mentor was a crucial part of that.”

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