BABCOCK - Two unique deer hunting opportunities to be held this fall at Sandhill Wildlife Demonstration Area will provide opportunities for youth to learn to hunt and one for beginning adults.
A one-day learn-to-hunt workshop is open to both youth ages 12-15 and adult beginners.
The youth program is open to young people with varying levels of hunting experience while the program for adult beginners (16 years or older) is intended for individuals who have no previous experience hunting deer with a firearm before. All participants must complete a Hunter Education course before the hunt portion of the program.
This unique program includes a workshop that will educate participants in the following topics:
* Deer biology and management.
* Hunting rules and regulations.
* Sportsmanship and ethical hunter behavior.
* Basic firearm safety and marksmanship.
The workshop will culminate in a one-day hunt on Nov. 2. All participants and chaperones are required to attend the workshop.
The second opportunity, a two-day antlerless-only hunt, is open to youth ages 12-15 and experienced adult hunters. This hunt is Nov. 9-10, and does not require a pre-hunt workshop, but participants will be required to review the hunting rules and regulations for Sandhill before the hunt.
This two-day, antlerless-only hunt is being held to achieve deer population goals within the 9,150-acre Sandhill Wildlife Demonstration Area near Babcock.
"We have now experienced five consecutive years of mild winters at Sandhill as described by the Winter Severity Index, and deer numbers will need to be reduced to maintain over-winter densities of 25 deer/square mile," said Darren Ladwig, wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The deadline to apply for either the learn to hunt workshop or the two-day antlerless-only hunt is June 30. Applications are available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching for Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center and at all Department of Natural Resources Service Centers.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR