Wisconsin Offers Beginner Deer Hunting Workshops

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Youths and beginner adults who have never hunted deer before can learn the basics of deer hunting and deer ecology by applying to participate in "Learn to deer hunt" workshops that will be held this year at the Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock.

The one-day workshop includes information on deer biology and management, instruction on compasses, scouting for sign, firearm safety, hunt rules and regulations, and hunter ethics. Those who complete the workshop are allowed to return for a special hunt on Nov. 4-5 at Sandhill.

The youth workshop is offered to young hunters, 12 to 15 years old. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years or older, who acts as chaperon and teacher. Youth workshops will be held on Saturday, August 4, Tuesday, August 7, Thursday, August 9, Saturday, August 11, Monday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 16.

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, Sept. 22.

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.

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 hunter and sportsperson. The chaperon will not be allowed to carry a firearm during the hunt.

Applications for the Learn to Deer Hunt Workshops will be available throughout April and May at DNR Service Centers or on the Sandhill Outdoors Skills Center page of the DNR Web site. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2007. Enrollment is limited to 180 students. Applicants will be randomly selected and successful applicants will be notified by June 30. A fee of $35 will be charged to enter program. Fee waivers are available for those unable to afford the fee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dick Thiel – (715) 884-6333