Hunt for Food
Local. Sustainable. Food
A recent and growing trend in the United States has been an 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. During that time, students are introduced to conservation in North America, learn about hunting and conservation, and study 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 course wraps up with an optional hunt. The first day allows participants to target shoot and there is a potluck dinner where the hunters can get to know their mentors. An overnight stay is a possibility for participants to get a "hunting camp" experience. 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.
Learn to Hunt for Food courses have focused on deer and wild turkey, but more opportunities (like small game) will be coming. With an ample amount of satisfaction from both participants and instructors, and as word about these courses continues to spread, there is an increasing demand by new individuals wishing to participate in an upcoming course, but mentors are needed.