Learn to Hunt
Local. Sustainable. Food.
Spring Learn to Hunt events will remain canceled until further notice.
Learn to hunt programs combine classroom instruction and fieldwork before a novice goes hunting with an experienced hunter. They are a great way to introduce someone new to Wisconsin's hunting heritage.
How to host a Learn to Hunt
Help protect Wisconsin's hunting heritage and enjoy the thrill of helping someone experience their first hunt by hosting a Learn to Hunt. We've streamlined the process to make it easier for your group to host these events, including removing the requirement to get landowner signatures. We can help cover costs and we can help you find insurance.
Steps for hosting
- Pick a date and location.
- Get your application form and mentor list in at least a month in advance.
- There are two forms you'll need to fill out to get approval to hold the hunt. You can send them email or print and mail them via the U.S. Post office.
- Both finished forms should be sent to the local wildlife biologist in the county in which your class and hunt will be held.
- All mentors shall have at least five years of hunting experience.
- All mentors must complete a background check by completing form Form 4100-217 [PDF] and send it to the Learn to Hunt Coordinator, P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53704.
- Recruit new hunters to attend your class/hunt - We highly encourage groups holding classes and hunts to focus on recruiting participants who would not otherwise have the chance to experience hunting. Your Learn to Hunt can be posted on this webpage to recruit attendees. To do that, email the class dates, hunt dates, county, location and contact details of your Learn to Hunt to the Learn to Hunt Coordinator.
- Consider if you want Learn to Hunt insurance - Some clubs and groups have reported in the past they would like insurance for their Learn to Hunts. While DNR can't insure Learn to Hunts because there is not a formal certification program in place for training and hosting Learn to Hunts, we have partnered with the Hunters Network of Wisconsin to find an insurance provider that will write policies. Call John W. Klinzing at 608-310-3924 for any questions about the availability and details of this insurance option.
Report out after the Learn to Hunt is complete
Consider seeking Learn to Hunt reimbursement from DNR
Sponsors also may want to apply for the Learn to Hunt reimbursement program for reimbursement of up to $25 per student.