Learn to Deer Hunt Workshops Offered at Sandhill

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Applications are available for the Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center Learn to Hunt Deer Workshops for youth and beginner adults. The Skills Center is located at Sandhill Wildlife Area which lies 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids near Babcock, Wisconsin.

The one-day workshop includes learning about the life cycle of deer and how the DNR manages them, instruction in the use of compasses, scouting for sign, first aid and firearm safety, deer hunting rules and regulations, and the importance of hunter ethics. Those who complete the workshop are allowed to return for a special hunt on November 6 and 7 at Sandhill.

The youth workshop is offered to young hunters, 12 to 15 years old, who are learning to hunt deer. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years or older, who acts as chaperon and teacher. Youth Workshops will be held in August. To learn workshop dates, pick up an application.

A one-day beginner adult workshop is offered to people 16 or older who have never hunted deer with a gun before. Beginner adults must also be accompanied by an adult chaperon. The Beginner Adult workshop will be held on Saturday, September 25.

To qualify for the program all participants -- youth and beginner adults -- 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.

Chaperons 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, effective outdoor hunting recreationist. The chaperon will not be allowed to carry a firearm during the hunt and will not need a deer hunting license. The Skills Center can provide a chaperon volunteer if an applicant cannot find a person with deer hunting experience.

Applications for the Learn to Deer Hunt Workshops will be available throughout April and May at DNR Service Centers. They may also be obtained from:

DNR - Sandhill Deer Hunts, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413-0156

The deadline for applications will be May 31, 2004. Enrollment will be limited to 200 students. Applicants will be randomly selected and successful applicants will be notified by June 25. A fee of $25 will be charged to enter program. Fee waivers are available for those unable to afford the fee. Be sure to visit the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center Web site for information on other activities.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000 acre Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Wildlife Area.