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Host Learn To Hunt Pheasant Program

Youth and novice hunters over 10 years of age who would like to learn more about pheasant hunting in Wisconsin can attend one of four free learn to hunt pheasant programs that will be held this fall.

The Friends of Poynette Game Farm is hosting the events at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, adjacent to the game farm in Poynette. The two-day programs focus on the basics of pheasant hunting in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Overnight lodging is provided at the MacKenzie center dormitories. The programs include classroom instruction, dog training demonstrations, trap shooting, tours of the Poynette game farm, and a mentored pheasant hunt.

Dates and target audiences for the learn to hunt pheasant programs include:

Sept. 7-8 - Open to females with no pheasant hunting experience.

Sept. 14-15 - Open to any individual with no pheasant hunting experience. Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to participate.

Sept. 21-22 - Open to individuals 18 years or older with no pheasant hunting experience. Bring a friend.

Dec. 7-8 - Open to any individual with no pheasant hunting experience. Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to participate.

The Friends of Poynette Game Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pheasant hunting opportunities to the average pheasant hunter and to promoting the strong tradition of upland bird hunting in Wisconsin.

The group supports the mission of the Department of Natural Resources State Game Farm in Poynette. In 2013, more than 70,000 pheasants from the Poynette facility will be released on more than 90 public hunting grounds.

The friends group recognizes the strong tradition of upland bird hunting in Wisconsin and believes that supporting the pheasant stocking program and increasing the number of released pheasants will keep the pheasant hunting tradition alive, according to Vic Connors, FPGF president

In addition to support for the pheasant stocking program, the friends group promotes pheasant and small game hunting as a family activity.

"We have many fond memories of hunting trips and want new hunters to make memories of their own", says Vic Connors, Friends of Poynette Game Farm president. FPGF

More information including lean to hunt program applications can be found at: www.friendsofwihunting.org (exit DNR) or 608-635-8120. Programs are limited to 30 participants and applications should be mailed to FPGF, PO Box 606, Poynette, WI by Aug 24, 2013.


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