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Hunter R3 - Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Agencies, Tribes, IHEs, School Districts, Conservation
Organizations, and Individuals to Train and Educate Hunters

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Grants to Wisconsin agencies, tribes, IHEs, school districts, conservation organizations, and individuals for projects and programs that train and educate new hunters and mentors. Priority will be given to programs geared towards females, adults, and families. The primary purpose of this grant is to ensure the education, training, and development of safe and ethical hunters and mentors.

Grant Program Priorities:

  1. Proposals that implement systems with documented success at producing new adult hunters who would not otherwise become hunters will receive top priority.
  2. Next priority will be proposals that test or trial new ideas and systems to train, develop and educate new adult hunters and those that effectively re-train mentors to commit to new hunters for a period of years through multiple introductions and educational experiences in hunting.

Other priorities may be determined by the WDNR Secretary and the Sporting Heritage Council.

Eligible items:
  • Salaries, wages, and benefits for employees
  • Consultation services
  • Purchased services (Examples: printing, mailing, room rental)
  • Other purchased services (Example: Surveys)
  • Supplies
  • Equipment (Note: if purchasing equipment for the project, using equipment already owned, or accepting donations of equipment use, please consult with Hunter Education and Shooting Sports grant manager for information on the equipment depreciation and hourly use policy.)
  • Hourly equipment rental charges
  • Other (Note: List cost that are needed to implement the project but are not captured in the items above)

To assist the expansion of statewide, inter-organizational efforts to train non-traditional audiences of potential hunters, WDNR offers a private-public partnership reimbursement grant program. The primary purpose of the Hunter R3 grant program is to provide cost-sharing grants to Wisconsin governmental units, colleges, universities or technical schools, school districts, Wisconsin tribes, conservation organizations, and individuals to ensure the education and development of safe and ethical hunters. It is necessary to work with partners to find a solution to ensure future generations of hunters will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become safe and ethical hunters. However, WDNR needs strategically developed, tested programs and results on which to base future program priorities. The Hunter R3 grant program will focus on developing and pilot-testing various programs and evaluating effectiveness of those programs. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148117

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Term of Contract:

Grant funding may be awarded for projects with multiple year duration. Typically, grant agreements are for a two-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Wisconsin counties, towns, villages, and cities
- Wisconsin Universities, Colleges and Technical Schools
- Other Wisconsin governmental units, as defined in s. 66.299, Wis. Stats.
- Wisconsin Tribes
- Wisconsin School Districts
- Most if not all, conservation organizations (i.e., local rod and gun clubs, sporting organizations, local chapters, and national organizations)
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline Sept. 15 of odd number years (example: 2021)

This grant program is administered as a reimbursement program. This means you must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from DNR. No grant advances are possible. It is possible for grantees to request partial (quarterly) reimbursements of the WDNR during the life of the project.

This program is a cost-share program between the state and grantee. Grant awards can be up to 75% share of total eligible project costs.

Applicants must have a DUNS number.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications and supporting documents to:

For more information on Hunter R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) grants, please contact:
Emily Iehl (LE/8)
Hunter R3 Coordinator

Sarah Brenner
Hunter R3 Grant Program Manager

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