Teach Or Grow Your Bear Hunting Skills

The Wisconsin DNR and conservation partners encourage novice and experienced bear hunters to join the Learn to Hunt Bear program as participants and instructors.

The Learn to Hunt Bear program provides a unique learning opportunity and outdoor experience for novice hunters who otherwise need a pathway to hunting bears. The program includes multiple classroom and field sessions, culminating with a bear-hunting excursion. Participants will learn about bear biology, population management, habits and habitat, hunting techniques, regulations, and safety.

Anyone who has not previously participated in the Learn to Hunt Bear program or received a bear harvest authorization is encouraged to apply. Participants must be at least 10 years old and lack a pathway to experience bear hunting, such as bear hunting with family or friends.

The number of Learn to Hunt Bear programs offered varies annually and will influence the number of participants selected. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by June 1.

Interested participants should complete an application and send it to the DNR, postmarked by May 1. Find the application: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/Education/OutdoorSkills/bear

Become A Learn To Hunt Bear Instructor

In addition to seeking participants, the DNR is also looking for groups of experienced bear hunters interested in becoming Learn to Hunt Bear program instructors.

Potential instructors need at least five years of bear hunting experience and must consent to a background check. The DNR will work with instructor groups to develop a Learn to Hunt Bear program in their area. Interested groups should notify Emily Iehl, DNR Hunting & Shooting Sports Program Specialist, at Emily.Iehl@wisconsin.gov of their intent to host a program by May 1.