Wisconsin Urges Hunters to Pass on Their Stories
There are two key things Wisconsin hunters can do to help preserve the outdoor traditions that are the core of the state's heritage, according to a hunter education specialist,
"Show someone who has little or no experience with hunting what it is about this outdoor tradition that you enjoy," said Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the Department of Natural Resources.
"And while you're at it," Lawhern adds, "tell your stories. I've never met a hunter who didn't have a great story to tell. These great stories can also show the novice hunter how this activity can translate into family time – or time with buddies – or just simply enjoying nature.
"People can read, watch videos and television shows about it. But until they experience hunting with someone who knows what they're doing, they're not getting the full story."
Hunters are a key part of wildlife management in Wisconsin, Lawhern notes, and it is critical to Wisconsin's natural resources and economy the value and enjoyment of this outdoor activity is passed on to others – especially the young, but the not-so-young, too.
"It all comes down to dedicating time – an afternoon, two hours, a morning. This is where you will make the most significant investment of your time and energy," Lawhern said, adding most people say they have never been asked to go hunting. "Make it your mission as a hunter – and as a hunter education instructor, if you are one – to take one new person hunting or shooting this year."
"The research shows it takes a hunter to make a hunter," he said. "Don't let age stand in the way either. It doesn't matter if the person is young, old or between – just do it."