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Sandhill outdoor skills calendar

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center provides a variety of educational activities in the wide and wild world of wildlife recreation. Wildlife staff, volunteers and guest instructors conduct various workshops each year, primarily on weekends. Workshops use both an indoor classroom center as well as the outdoor world of the Sandhill Wildlife Area. Workshops introduce participants to the appropriate use of outdoor equipment, develop skills to feel more competent outdoors and introduce participants to others who share similar interests. Outdoor skills programs are enhanced by a shooting range, trails and opportunities for supervised hunting and trapping experiences. These workshops and clinics are designed to be hands-on learning experiences to improve participants' knowledge, skills and experience level.

Workshop Registration

The Sandhill Wildlife Area is open to the public year-round. Individuals and groups are welcome to register for any of our workshops on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nominal fees are charged per participant for most Outdoor Skills Center workshops and tours to cover the costs of educational materials, meals and special equipment. Checks should be made out to the "DNR Skills Center". Registration is based on receipt of an application and fees. We do not currently accept credit/debit cards or cash.

Those registering for workshops will receive a confirmation when the application is processed and will get a reminder of the upcoming event about one week before the event.

To register for a program, please contact Quinn Brownell at quinn.brownell@wisconsin.gov or 715-884-6335 to confirm availability. You will need to complete both forms below and include a check for the total cost of the program, including everyone in your party. Please include a check for the total cost of the program, including everyone in your party. Checks should be made out to the "DNR Skills Center". Please do not send cash. To find the registration fee per person for the desired programs, please see the flyer posted below. You or your party may only register for one program per application. Please fill out an additional application for each program if you desire to attend.

Required Forms

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Please mail both completed forms along with a check to: 

Workshop Registration
Sandhill Wildlife Area
PO Box 156
Babcock, WI 54413

For more information, please contact Quinn Brownell at quinn.brownell@wisconsin.gov or 715-884-6335.

Upcoming Workshops

Note: Check back often, as new workshop and events information will be added throughout the year.

Sandhill Trapping Permit

The application period for the 2022-2023 managed trapping season is closed. The next anticipated application period is August 2023.

Learn To Hunt Deer

The application period for the 2022 Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program is closed. The next anticipated application period is early June 2023.