When I was an aspiring young hunter, there were no deer to pursue. Rabbit, squirrel, and quail took center stage. We learned how to clean and cut small game first. Many of today’s young hunters begin the sport in quest of deer. They have no idea how to field dress such a large animal.
Apparently, the Indiana DNR thinks, as I do, that some folks need a little education before taking to the woods this fall.
Registration is open for a free DNR program in three cities that will teach participants how to hunt whitetail deer in Indiana.
Hunt, Fish, Eat starts Aug. 8 in Terre Haute, Aug. 20 in Indianapolis and Sept. 5 in Fort Wayne. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment.
Hunt, Fish, Eat is an opportunity for new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a delicious source of fresh, local meat.
Curriculum will focus on laws and regulations, firearms and safety, locating a hunting spot, tracking and field dressing your harvest, and handling and preparing your venison for the table.
Each session will include an opportunity to sample venison recipes from instructors, as well as examine a variety of hunting gear and resources.
Participants should attend all sessions. All equipment will be provided.
For more information and to register, go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/7548.htm
A promotional video is at http://youtu.be/nb7GVIidKRg.
You could begin by hunting squirrel. The season comes in Aug. 15. When I was a young lad, squirrel was the most exciting season. Deer were something hunted in a faraway place.
I love the challenge of hunting gray squirrels, in southern Indiana, with a .22 rifle.