MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Learn to Hunt Deer program at Sandhill Wildlife Area this fall.

Learn to Hunt programs combine classroom instruction and fieldwork before a novice goes hunting with an experienced hunter. The unique opportunity is available to youth and adult hunters without previous hunting experience and includes workshops this summer covering the following topics:

  • Deer biology and management
  • Hunting rules and regulations
  • Sportsmanship and ethical hunter behavior
  • Basic firearm safety and marksmanship

The youth program is for children between the ages of 12-15 years with varying levels of hunting experience and includes three required workshops on Aug. 18, 20 and 21, 2021. The adult beginner program is intended for individuals age 16 or older without previous experience hunting deer with a firearm and includes a single workshop on Aug. 21, 2021. The workshop fee for both the participant and chaperone is $40.

The program will end with a one-day hunt on Nov. 6, 2021, at the 9,150-acre Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock in Wood County. All participants and chaperones must attend the Learn To Hunt workshops and complete a Hunter Education course prior to the hunt portion of the program.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program is July 15, 2021. Please click here to fill out an application.

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