DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a six-month workshop to teach the skills needed to hunt, dress and cook white-tailed deer to people with little or no hunting experience in archery.

This workshop includes summer archery practices, a fall workshop, and hunting opportunities throughout Iowa archery season. All sessions are led by instructors who have the experience to teach the skills needed to become effective archers and bowhunters.

“For those interested in the challenge of bowhunting as a way to source protein, this program offers the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to do it all yourself,” said Jamie Cook, Hunter Education Coordinator with Iowa DNR. .

Participants will spend the summer mastering compound bows provided by the Iowa DNR. As the summer progresses, they will also learn basic strategies for hunting deer, such as proper equipment, where to hunt, safe shooting practices, and tree stand placement.

During the fall, the focus is on how to dress, clean and cook deer from professional butchers and local chefs.

The course will take place in Ames, Altoona, Council Bluffs and Iowa City and is for participants 21 and older. Applications will be accepted starting May 10 for all locations. Once accepted, participants will be invited to register for the course. The cost of the course is $150 which includes essential course supplies and loaner archery equipment. Applications will be accepted until July 8.

For more information and to begin the application process, visit 2022 Field to Fork Application: Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

The program is provided through a partnership with Raised at Full Draw, The Iowa Bowhunters Association, Turkeyfoot Folks School, and other local partners and archery retailers. This is part of a national effort to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters due to the general decline in hunting and outdoor recreation.

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