Why Hunt?

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A Guide for Lovers of Nature, Local Food, and Outdoor Recreation

A publication of the Aldo Leopold Foundation with support from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bast Durbin Advertising along with several other conservation organizations and businesses, the guide is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in nature and its well-being. A unique examination of hunting this guide explores the ecological, economic, and social benefits of hunting through the lens of conservation. Learn how individuals from all different backgrounds have found ways to connect to the land through hunting and discover ways you can expand your own land ethic and demonstrate your own connection to nature through hunting.

“An invaluable resource for the curious and the skeptical, this guide offers not only practical advice but also insight into why some of us choose to hunt…and why you may have more in common with us than you imagine.”  —Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore

Several new hunters share their diverse, and sometimes alternative, pathways to hunting as well as lessons learned. The guide also provides resources and opportunities for those interested in getting started. Whether you’re curious about hunting, new to it, or a current hunter looking for resources to share with others that help explain your interest in hunting, this guide is for you.


Interested in Distribution?

Bulk orders are being accepted for organizations and businesses interested in helping distribute this useful resource. Click below to view the media kit. Questions and order inquiries can be directed to Alanna Koshollek at gro.d1534545191lopoe1534545191lodla1534545191@anna1534545191la1534545191.


Upcoming Related Events

June 14 – Wild Game Sampler & Talk: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner
Award-winning journalist Lily Raff McCaulou will discuss her memoir, Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner. Join us beforehand to sample of a wide variety of Wisconsin fish and game, including duck, venison, bluegill, trout, and turkey courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR.

Sep 8 – Firearm Safety for Beginning Hunters
Designed primarily for adults who are new to hunting, this course provides the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to be a safe and responsible hunter.

Oct 5-7 – Learn to Hunt Deer
This multi-day course will include time for classroom instruction and discussion regarding the ethical dimensions of hunting, as well as opportunities to hunt for deer under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Events sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

In the News

Buddy Huffaker and Emily Iehl discuss “Why Hunt?” on WPR’s The Morning Show
Hunting has a long tradition — it’s not just about pursuing animals, for many, it’s more about being out in nature and feeling a connection to the land.