Youth and novice hunters age 10 and older are invited to sign up for free Learn to Hunt Pheasant programs sponsored by the Friends of Poynette Game Farm and Pheasants Forever. Two programs at two different locations are offered; Dec. 7-8 at the Department of Natural Resources MacKenzie Center near Poynette and Dec. 13-14 at the Wern Valley Sportsmens Club in Waukesha.

All food and equipment will be provided. Adults and family members are encouraged to attend. Program applications can be found at: www.friendsofwihunting.org (exit DNR) or 608-635-8120. Programs are limited to 20 participants and applications should be mailed to Friends of Poynette Game Farm, PO Box 606, Poynette, WI 53955 by Nov. 22, 2013.

The Dec. 7-8 program at the MacKenzie Center will focus on the basics of pheasant hunting in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Overnight lodging is provided in the MacKenzie Center dormitories.

The Dec. 13-14 program at Wern Valley Sportsmen Club will include a Friday evening classroom discussion followed by outdoor activities on Saturday.

Programs include classroom instruction on pheasant biology and management, dog training demonstrations, trap shooting, and a mentored pheasant hunt. The MacKenzie Center program will include a tour of the Poynette Game Farm.

Friends of Poynette Game Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pheasant hunting opportunities, promoting the strong tradition of upland bird hunting in Wisconsin and in supporting the game farm’s mission. In 2013, 75,000 pheasants from the Poynette facility will be released on more than 91 public hunting grounds across the state.

In addition to support for the pheasant stocking program, FPGF promotes pheasant and small game hunting as a family activity. FPGF organizers are passionate about their time spent hunting with family and friends.

“We have many fond memories of hunting trips and want new hunters to make memories of their own”, said Vic Connors, FPGF president.

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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