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Sign up by July 15 for Buckhorn learn to hunt deer program

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Novice hunters can apply to participate in a learn to hunt deer workshop, and then attend a special deer hunt this fall at Buckhorn State Park.

The Buckhorn Learn to Hunt Deer Program is open for both youth at least 10 years old by Nov. 5 and adults who have not purchased a deer gun hunting license in 2010 or previous years.

Participants must attend the learn to hunt workshop on either Sept. 10 or 11, and then may return to the park for a two-day hunt Nov. 5 and 6 to help participants learn deer hunting techniques.

The deadline to apply is July 15. Applications are available from:  Learn to Hunt Deer, Buckhorn State Park, W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, WI., 54646-7338.  Information and the application is also available online.

"We're trying to give novice hunters a quality experience where they can have a chance at actually harvesting an animal and learn to do it safely," said Joe Stecker-Kochanski, Buckhorn State Park superintendent.

A license is not required for participants, and the hunt will be with shotguns for either antlerless or antlered deer. The hunt will take place on approximately 2,200 acres of Buckhorn State Park and Buckhorn Wildlife Area south of Necedah in Juneau County.

Each youth must be accompanied by a qualified chaperone. Applicants can select a qualified family member or friend as the chaperone or authorize the park to assign a chaperone. The chaperone is not allowed to hunt or carry a firearm, must be at least 18 years old, and have at least 5 years deer hunting experience.

Applicants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis and will be notified upon receipt of their application. A $25 fee for the workshop and hunt will be collected by Friends of Buckhorn State Park.

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