The Mississippi Valley Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited is looking for young hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin for its second annual Learn to Hunt Program this September. Local chapter committee members plan to host young hunters on their properties for their first hunting experience. Priority will be given to students who would not otherwise have a hunting opportunity, but anyone can apply and up to eight hunters will be chosen. There will be an orientation workshop on Saturday, September 15, followed by the hunt on Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23. The program is designed to operate within the Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt Program. Area youth 10-18 years of age are eligible. Applicants do not need a deer license, and do not need a hunter's education certificate. Parental or legal guardian consent is required, and a parent or designated chaperone needs to accompany the youth throughout the program. There is no cost to participants. All supplies, including the use of a gun and blaze orange clothing, will be provided. Processing of deer that are harvested will be paid for by the WTU chapter.
Last year's Learn to Hunt Program was very successful. Six first-time hunters harvested a total of four deer, and all the hunters saw deer during their hunts.
The application deadline is August 18. Interested parties may pick up an application from the State Bank of Arcadia, the Whitehall Times, or Bushy's Meat Market in Independence. For information or to obtain an application contact Scott McConnell at 715-797-3788, Stan Godfrey at 608-687-3080, Joe Kabus at 608-687-3504, Chuck Gauger at 715-538-4280, or Bruce Salzmann at 715-985-3121.