DNR Seeking Hunting Instructors For Hunter Safety And Learn To Hunt Programs



DNR Seeking Hunting Instructors For Hunter Safety And Learn To Hunt Programs


If you have hunting experience, please consider becoming a volunteer instructor for either Hunter Education, Learn to Hunt or both! / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

Are you a safe, ethical hunter with at least five years of hunting experience and a passion for passing this historic Wisconsin tradition on to future generations? We need your help to teach Hunter Education and Learn to Hunt programs.

Wisconsin’s Hunter Education program has a standard, internationally approved curriculum that focuses on the basics like firearm safety and specific hunting scenarios. Hunter Education is required for all Wisconsin hunters born after Jan. 1, 1973.

The Learn to Hunt program is a Wisconsin-specific program intended to teach novice hunters additional skills beyond those covered in the Hunter Education program. These classes are a great opportunity to share your first-hand knowledge and experience with the next generation of Wisconsin hunters.

Learn more about each of these great programs on our outdoor skills webpage.

Through both programs, the DNR can offer a variety of opportunities to help facilitate hunting for people of all ages, experience levels and backgrounds while ensuring that hunting in Wisconsin stays safe and relevant for future generations.

These critical programs are only possible with the help of volunteer instructors across Wisconsin. If you have hunting experience, please consider becoming a volunteer instructor for either Hunter Education, Learn to Hunt or both!

Know a lot about hunting but not a lot about teaching? No problem – we can help train you. Reach out to your local outdoor skills trainer for more information about becoming a certified volunteer instructor, including information about training opportunities.



Start Your Career In The Outdoors
With The Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hiring park managers and park rangers at some of Wisconsin’s premier natural properties across the state. These roles are a great entry point for people looking to start or advance their careers in the popular and rewarding field of outdoor recreation.

The DNR is currently hiring park rangers at the following properties:

  • Governor Dodge State Park (multiple openings)
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit

The DNR is currently hiring park managers at the following properties:

  • Amnicon Falls State Park
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit
  • Richard Bong State Recreational Area

To apply, visit Wisc.Jobs and search “Park.”

Park rangers are the face of the Wisconsin state parks, forests and recreation areas. They are primarily responsible for customer service, facility and grounds maintenance, and education within state-designated parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Park rangers are often the first employees visitors to these properties see and are integral in helping the public foster a lifelong appreciation for outdoor recreation, nature and conservation.

Park managers provide direction, oversight and hands-on management of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. The DNR looks to park managers to direct staff, maintain safe, welcoming properties, and meet a wide variety of customer expectations.

Park managers and rangers are both key in helping create inclusive, welcoming places for a diverse population of visitors to safely enjoy and study nature. Successful employees in these positions enjoy promotional opportunities to further their careers and create meaningful experiences for millions of annual visitors.

Both types of positions are full-time employment and will have access to an excellent comprehensive benefit and compensation package that includes paid time off. In addition, employees who work full-time in a public service job like these roles may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Wisconsin is home to 50 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes, and so much more. Learn more about Wisconsin’s state properties on the DNR website.

Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR




Looking For A Place To Fish This Fall?

Wisconsin has no shortage of places to fish, and fall is a great time of year to catch a variety of species. Looking for tips on where to go? Try some of these locations: 

  • Lake Michigan is a great fall fishing destination, offering many world-class angling opportunities within a 60-minute drive from Milwaukee.
  • You can expect to find Chinook and coho salmon making their annual spawning runs in the fall. Try casting a line in the tributaries of Lake Michigan. Check out the latest Lake Michigan Fishing Report to learn what is currently being caught.
  • Try trolling or casting for trout and salmon where the rivers flow into Lake Superior. As waters cool, brown and rainbow trout as well as Chinook and coho salmon will be congregating around river mouths. 
  • Trying to catch walleye or smallmouth bass? Cast a line into Chequamegon Bay or the bay of Green Bay. These popular species are very active in the fall. 
  • Looking for panfish? Try fishing for black crappie along the outer edges of weed beds in inland waters. 
  • If it’s musky you’re after, hit one of the more than 700 lakes, rivers and streams known for their musky populations. Focusing your efforts around weed beds, rock bars, drop-offs, points and shorelines with submerged wood. Check out the DNR’s website for a list of musky fishing locations.

Still undecided? Take a peek at our Where to Fish webpage for more information about all the angling opportunities across Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is also home to many DNR fisheries areas. Head online to find one near you.

No matter where you end up casting a line, make sure you follow all license requirements and regulations.

Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR