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Becoming a Hunter
Last Updated: 11/12/2013
Hunting season in Wisconsin is a big deal. Across its forests, prairies, grasslands and wetlands, Wisconsin is home to a wealth of wildlife, and some of the country’s best hunting. Hunters are passionate about their time in the great outdoors, combining recreation and conservation, and bonding with friends and family over the campfire at night.
What about those of us who didn’t grow up immersed in hunting heritage? Can we still get involved in the fun?
Short answer: Absolutely.
If you’re new to hunting, but eager to learn, you’ll find plenty of opportunities around the state. Whether you’re interested in bow or gun hunting, there are clubs and centers where you can meet experienced hunters, pick up the skills you need, and put in the practice necessary to be safe and successful. Here are a few of your options:
- McMiller Sports Center in Eagle has numerous outdoor ranges, including rifle ranges and a novice trap range, available year-round.
- Green Bay’s Family Shooting Academy has a great indoor range, as well as classes and special events.
- The Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club, on 110 acres overlooking Lake Mallalieu in North Hudson, is open to the public all year.
- The Chippewa Bowhunters Club in Chippewa Falls and Blackhawk Bowhunters in Verona both have impressive facilities, and emphasize education and camaraderie.
Wherever you go, if you introduce yourself as a novice and ask for guidance, you’ll be sure to get a lot of great advice, as well as make some new friends. If an experienced hunter is willing to take you under his or her wing, you can even obtain your hunting license through the Department of Natural Resources’ Mentored Hunting program, instead of a completing the traditional Hunters Safety Course.
Otherwise, if you’re 40 or younger this year, you’ll need to complete a DNR-approved safety course in order to get your hunting license. The DNR offers at least one Hunters Safety Course in each county every year. With at least 10 hours of material to cover, courses usually take place over a series of weeknights or for a full weekend.
When you’ve honed your skills and earned your license, you can still benefit from your fellow hunters’ experience by using a guide service for your hunt.
In the meantime…you can start to learn more about hunting right away with TravelWisconsin.com.This entry was posted in Hunting and tagged Hunting