Anyone with an interest in trying out a new hobby in the outdoors is encouraged to apply for a Learn to Hunt Deer course at Sandhill Wildlife Area.
Sandhill’s Learn to Hunt Deer course emphasizes important lessons taught in hunter’s safety with hands-on instruction, teaches valuable lessons through a workshop, and ends with a mentored deer hunt for participants.
Subject matter for the workshop is as follows:
- deer biology;
- Wisconsin deer management;
- hunting rules and regulations;
- sportsmanship and ethical hunter behavior; and
- basic gun safety and marksmanship.
This program is not limited to youth participants – while the youth program is limited to kids between the ages of 12-15, the beginner adults (16 years or older) category is for individuals who have never hunted deer with a firearm before. All participants must complete a Hunter Education Course prior to the hunt portion of the class.
Applications are now available at dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Sandhill outdoor skills center” and must be submitted by June 30, 2018. Applications can be submitted on the website or submitted via US mail to Wayne Hall, C/O Sandhill Wildlife Area, PO Box 156, Babcock, 54413. Successful participants will be notified by July 15.
Specific dates of the hunt and workshops are published on the application. It is important to note that all participants and chaperones are required to attend the workshop.
For questions regarding the hunt, contact Wayne Hall, DNR wildlife biologist, at 715-884 -6331. Sandhill Wildlife Area is located on County Highway X just outside of Babcock. For more information regarding Learn to Hunt classes in Wisconsin, search keywords “Learn to Hunt.”