Hunt for Food
Local Sustainable Food
The United States has seen a recent uptick in people who are conscientious about their food sources because of commitments to personal health, ethical treatment of animals and environmental awareness.
Learn to Hunt for Food courses include multiple class periods that introduce students to conservation in North America, hunting and conservation and the biology and life history of species. Students also get hands-on experience shooting and learn how to properly handle firearms.
The course touches on how to find places to hunt, such as using the DNR's public access lands atlas. Participants are taught proper scouting techniques, how to butcher game species and how to prepare and cook wild game — all through hands-on activities. There are also many food tasting opportunities.
The first day allows participants to target shoot. On the second day, the hunter and mentor head into the field. After the hunt, the mentor and hunter are encouraged to return to the "hunting camp," share their stories and participate in field dressing and butchering any harvested game. There is also a potluck dinner where hunters can get to know their mentors. The course wraps up with an optional hunt. An overnight stay is a possibility for participants to get a "hunting camp" experience.
Learn to Hunt for Food courses have focused on deer and wild turkey, but more opportunities (like small game) will be coming. As word about these courses continues to spread, there is an increased demand to participate in upcoming courses, but mentors are needed.