Seventeen University of Illinois students turned out for a free two-day hunting workshop at the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Memorial Camp and Allerton Park in September, and 11 experienced hunters from seven organizations helped the students to build their skills, including participating in a squirrel hunt. The workshop was part of a statewide program developed by the Illinois Natural History Survey with support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; the goal is to encourage more Illinoisans to participate in hunting, an activity important to both the economy and ecosystems of Illinois.
The two-day workshop included presentations and hands-on activities covering:
- Hunting history and ethics
- Game animal behavior and ecology
- Safely using firearms and archery equipment
- Purchasing and using proper clothing and gear
- Hunting laws and licenses
- Butchering, storing and cooking harvested game
- Scouting and accessing land
- Target shooting exercise
- Live hunt with an experienced hunting mentor
Because so many U of I students expressed interested in the September workshop, program coordinator Jared Duquette plans to schedule a second workshop at Allerton Park in spring 2018.
For more information about the program, including a schedule of upcoming waterfowl and terrestrial game workshops, visit https://publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/. If you have any questions about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.