The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced that on April 1st, instructors will be allowed to hold traditional, in-person Hunter Safety Courses. This also includes archery education. The DNR's Recreational Safety and Outdoor Section will collaborate with volunteer instructors and partners to reopen. Instructors may start to enroll traditional classes on Monday.
Safety protocols will be in place such as a maximum of fifty participants in each class and outdoor instruction when possible. Door County DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says this year will be visually different.
Kracha mentions that hunters should be able to find out where and when courses are being offered on the Wisconsin DNR website once they start being scheduled. While he doesn’t know any details yet, Kracha does believe there will be courses held in Door County. There also is a fully online option that was available to more than just adults.
The warden also talked about the rising popularity of the internet field-days. This is passing the test online and then finding a field-day course to spend approximately four hours working on firearm safety techniques. With limited field courses in the state last year, Kracha said he was amazed how far people would travel from to take the course in Door County. He said some would even make a vacation out of it.