Plan learn to hunt events now; pheasants a popular, budget-saving pick

MADISON — September 1 kicks off fall hunting, making it what the state’s hunting and shooting sports coordinator calls the ideal time to start planning learn to hunt events.

“While hunters are planning their own outings, they can also think about planning Learn to Hunts events,” Keith Warnke of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. “There’s still time to get applications in.”

An often-overlooked benefit of Learn to Hunts, and hunting in general, is the food harvested. From tender small game like rabbits and squirrels to flavorful gamebirds and hearty big game like deer, hunting puts lean, naturally raised protein on the table. “Hunters get exercise when they participate,” Warnke said. “On top of that, the food just can’t be beat.”

Deer, waterfowl and spring turkey Learn to Hunts are traditional favorites, Warnke says, adding a very popular, economical choice is the pheasant. Kelly Macguire, Poynette Game Farm director, agrees.

“Remember, if you’re hosting a Learn to Hunt pheasant, sponsors can get free pheasants from the DNR game farm for the event,” Maguire said.

She said the State Game Farm in Poynette supplies two birds per participant, up to 50 birds per event. The newly renovated facility produces an impressive 75,000 pheasants a year for release on public hunting grounds.

“It’s a great deal and helps our partners put on fantastic events,” Maguire said. She reminds those planning pheasant hunting events to submit completed, signed Learn to Hunt applications in order to get their pheasants.

For more information on all your Learn to Hunt needs, search the DNR website for keyword “LTH.”