From forest to food: Learn to Hunt for Food

Embodying conservation in hunting
From forest to food: Learn to Hunt for Food
Keith Warnke

Keith Warnke’s “Learn to Hunt for Food” program is not only a course for hunting aficionados but an embodiment of conservation, sustainable living and local food movements.

As the hunting and shooting sports coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Warnke initiated the four-week course in 2012 to teach the nitty gritty of deer hunting from the ethics of hunting to deer biology to hands-on skills. With the hunting industry in recent years facing declines in sales of licenses and a reduction in conservation funding, the program aims to slow down these trends by teaching conservation skills to more people. The program includes classroom instruction and field practice and culminates in a guided hunt led by experienced mentors. So far, it has attracted more than one hundred participants across genders, ages and nationalities. With the success of his deer hunting track, Warnke added a turkey hunting track and plans to bring back former students to assist in his courses.

What is social innovation?

According to Stanford University’s Social Innovation Review, social innovation is a “novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than existing solutions” and benefits primarily society as a whole rather than private individuals.

It includes these elements:

Increasing employment, productivity and economic growth

Justice, fairness, environmental preservation, improved health, arts and culture and better education

A social innovation:

Can be a product, production process or technology (much like innovation in general), but it can also be a principle, an idea, a piece of legislation, a social movement, an intervention or some combination of them.

Recognizes the fundamental role of cross-sector dynamics: exchanging ideas and values, shifting roles and relationships and blending public, philanthropic and private resources. Innovation blossoms where the sectors converge.

Can’t be understood, let alone solved, without involving the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

The M List
Madison Magazine‘s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its third year, the M List recognizes those making strides in the area of social innovation. Last year’s list of innovators were in the food industry. The original M List, in 2013, honored the technology sector. The 2014 M List honored “Foodtastic” entrepreneurs and innovators.

Click here to return to the 2015 M List.