Sunday, March 18, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 2/16/18

DNR names team supervisor

MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources has named Keith Warnke as the state’s new R3Team supervisor.

Warnke will oversee the development and coordination of a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers. That initiative is a priority within the DNR and conservation agencies nationwide. 

Warnke will remain in the Madison DNR office, where he has worked as the hunting and shooting sports coordinator since 2011. 

Warnke also guided the state’s big game program for seven years. His first full-time job with the DNR included hunter recruitment programs during the 1990s.

Warnke’s previous work experience includes time conducting common loon research, working as a farmland wildlife research legislative aide and leading the state’s upland wildlife program. Warnke graduated from UW-Madison and the University of Minnesota.

“As a Wisconsin native, I respect and believe in the state’s outdoor traditions and believe these can touch every citizen, either directly or enjoying the outdoors with family and friends,” Warnke said. “And that direct connection can be through sustainable natural resources to be enjoyed generation after generation and eating healthy foods harvested from the state’s landscape and waters.”

Time to plan spring events

MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt coordinator said the early winter weeks in February and March are ideal times to plan spring turkey Learn to Hunt events for youths, adults and families interested in nature and eating healthy.

Keith Warnke, the DNR’s R3Team supervisor, said those planning their own spring hunt outings can be effective mentors for those interested in learning about safe and effective hunting, and its role in conservation and harvesting healthy foods.

“Setting aside time to teach the next generation of hunters is of utmost importance for the future of our wildlife conservation programs and unique hunting culture in Wisconsin,” Warnke said.

Warnke said it is common to organize Learn to Hunt events for youth, but another group often is overlooked. Adults and families who have a strong appreciation for Wisconsin’s resources, its wild spaces and eating healthy.

“We know that young adults and families living in urban and suburban areas really value sources of local, sustainably-raised protein,” Warnke said. 

For more information about Learn to Hunt, search the DNR website,, using the keyword “LTH.”

From staff reports

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