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‘Face of hunting is changing’: Set Learn to Hunt Turkey events now

012415_dsore_s1004_pollpicMADISON – Winter is the time for anyone hoping to conduct a Learn to Hunt Turkey event for novice adults and families who want to learn to hunt this spring to begin planning their event, according to state wildlife officials.

“Many adults interested in hunting did not come from hunting families,” said Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sport coordinator. “But they may not know where to get started. Learn to Hunt  events are a great way for them to learn in a controlled environment with an experienced mentor.”

In recent years, Warnke has noticed more and more adults and women making up a larger and larger percentage of new hunters. “The face of hunting and conservation is changing,” he says, “to be effective at stopping the decline in hunters, we need to refocus our programs to serve growing demand.”

Most Learn to Hunt turkey events are held in late March or early April. However, they may be held any time before, during, or after the six spring turkey hunting periods.

WithLearn to Hunt  forms now online, individuals and sporting clubs hosting these events can direct their efforts toward finding productive turkey hunting land and selecting quality mentors.

How to become an event host

The procedure for hosting a Learn to Hunt event is simple.

After selecting a site, sponsors submit a completed application to the local wildlife biologist and instruct potential mentors to complete a mentor application. Make sure to have a certified Hunters Education Instructor present at the event. And don’t forget to apply for reimbursement of $25 per participant.

The DNR will post Learn to Hunt events on its website and on the Hunter’s Network Facebook page.

Need more? Visit the WIDNR website  and search keywords “LTH” or “hunter safety.”


  • Keith Warnke (608) 576-5243
  • John Motoviloff (608) 266-8597
  • Kelly Maynard, (608) 267-7438
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  1. Comment #2 | (UNDECIDED) | Survey.Monkey
    The best way is for the development of a hunter to come from a home based upon sound hunter ethics, knowledge of the outdoors and a respect for both man an resource. If such a basis – or close enough to develop a life-long appreciation for the outdoors and the resource – then such a program could be beneficial to recruiting new members. It also well understood, that for a growing segment of our population, this is the only path to hunting that will be available. All the more reason to insure it is unbiased and based on sound ethics and woods-knowledge.
    1/30/2015 3:42 PM

    Comment #1 | (UNDECIDED) | Survey.Monkey
    I certainly don’t think that they hurt. I think that sometimes there is a lot of pressure from family members to be successful right away and that hurts the chances of recruitment for both males and females.
    1/26/2015 10:47 PM

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