Anyone interested in learning to bird hunt can do so free of charge next month. The local chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is offering a new-hunter mentor program Aug. 19-20 in Three Lakes.
RGS a national organization of grouse and woodcock hunters which supports scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species.
“Our new-hunter mentor program offers those interested in bird hunting in the Northwoods a chance to learn this exciting activity directly from experienced, certified mentors,” said Dan Anderson, chairman of the local Chain O’ Lakes RGS chapter. “The national organization has a successful program that we use as an outline, and locals with many years of experience hunting our area, including use of trained hunting dogs, teach the course.”
The course is open to participants over age 12 and will consist of two half-days Aug. 19-20. Experience gained in this program can be applied to hunting most other species. Topics will include:
- Gun safety, marksmanship and shooting
- Dog handling
- Field and mapping skills
- Habitat awareness
The finale will be a hunt this fall with an experienced, certified grouse hunting mentor.