The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), a national organization of grouse and woodcock hunters, supports scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. The local RGS chapter (Chain O’ Lakes) is offering a free New-Hunter Mentor Program Aug. 19-20 in Three Lakes, Wis.
“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, chair 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. Participants over the age of 12 are welcome.”
The course will last 2½ days. Experience gained in this program can be applied to hunting most other species. Topics 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.
Successful graduates of the course will receive:
- Six months free membership in the Ruffed Grouse Society (including two copies of the award-winning magazine)
- One free ticket to the Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet Aug. 31, 2017
- Patches for each of the three sections of the course
- A workbook loaded with grouse and woodcock hunting information
Register by contacting Willard Greenman at 715.617.4668. Registrations must be received no later than Aug. 5.