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Wisconsin offers learn to hunt workshops at Sandhill

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Young people interested in learning to safely hunt deer can register for learn to hunt deer workshops and associated youth deer hunts that will be held this fall at the Sandhill Wildlife Area and Outdoor Skills Center.

The special Sandhill Wildlife Area deer hunt will be held Nov. 6-7 and is open to youths 12 to 15 years old as well as people 16 or older who have never hunted deer with a gun before. Youths and adults must first complete a one-day workshop at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center that includes information on deer biology and management, instruction on compasses, scouting for sign, firearm safety, hunt rules and regulations and hunter ethics.

Youth workshops will be held Aug. 3, Aug. 5 and Aug. 7. Each youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older, who acts as chaperone and teacher.

The workshop for people 16 or older who have never hunted deer with a gun before will be held on Sept. 25. Beginner adults must also be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

To qualify for the program, all participants must either be enrolled in a Hunter Safety course or must possess a valid Hunter Safety Certificate. Students will be required to have a license by the time of the hunt. Previous participants are ineligible.

Chaperones should have some deer hunting experience and are expected to attend the workshop as well as the hunt with the student. Their primary role is to assist the beginner in developing the skills necessary to become a responsible hunter and outdoors person. The chaperone will not be allowed to carry a firearm during the hunt. The Skills Center can provide a chaperone volunteer if an applicant cannot find a person with deer hunting experience.

Applications for the  workshops are available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/reclands/sandhill/lth.htm .

Applications must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2010. Enrollment is limited to 168 students. Applicants will be randomly selected and successful applicants will be notified by June 21. A fee of $40 will be charged to enter program. Fee waivers are available for those unable to afford the fee.

Plans for a youth and novice deer hunt at Buckhorn State Park for this fall are being finalized will be available later this spring. That hunt is tentatively set for Nov. 6-7. The chaperoned hunt is preceded by a one-day learn-to-hunt workshop on either Aug. 21 or 22. People who have previously participated in one of the Learn to Hunt Deer Programs are not eligible to participate in the Learn to Hunt Deer Programs at another location.

For more information, contact Dick Thiel at (715) 884-6333 or visit
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/reclands/sandhill/lth.htm

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