Outdoor skills & stewardship

Winter series

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Learn about or sharpen your outdoor skills with these upcoming online webinars in our Minnesota outdoor skills and stewardship series.

Each webinar begins at noon on Wednesdays and last less than an hour. These offerings are shorter than in-person opportunities, require no travel and fit into busy schedules.

Contact Benji Kohn for additional information at [email protected] or 651-259-5178.

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Upcoming webinars

Nature RX

Did you know Friday, Nov. 26, is Free Park Friday at all 75 Minnesota state parks? Join Sara Holger, Whitewater State Park naturalist, to learn about the health benefits of getting outdoors in parks, forests and other natural settings. Discover tools and resources to explore parks and greenspaces near you and learn about outdoor recreation opportunities at Minnesota state parks.

 

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Lifetime licenses and other holiday gifts

The holiday season is just around the corner. Did you know that the Minnesota DNR has some great gift ideas? From snuggling up in a warm camper cabin to a lifetime of hunting or fishing. Join Azalea Fricke, license center specialist; Veronica Jaralambides, parks and trails; and Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator, as we discuss some fun ideas for adventure and bonding time!

 

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Ice safety for outdoors sports

Minnesotans love tocan get outside and enjoy the cold and snow! Many But many of these winter activities involve crossing ice, so Lisa Dugan, DNR recreation safety outreach coordinator, will join us to talk about ice safety this week. Whether you're skiing, snowshoing, ice fishing or snowmobiling, learning how to be safe out on the ice is essential for lots of Minnesota winter fun.

 

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Fly tying talk

Ever wonder how to tie flies used in fly fishing? Join Linda Radimecky, DNR park naturalist, to learn the basics of fly tying. Linda will discuss the equipment needed to tie flies, how to use the equipment and the basics of tying simple flies.

 

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Learning to hunt as an adult

Are you an adult interested in hunting, but don't know where to start? Join James Burnham, DNR R3 coordinator, and hunter Julia Schrenkler as they talk about resources for new adult hunters and tips and tricks to get you out into the woods and fields.

 

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Introduction to trapping furbearers

Ever been interested in trapping? Join Brittany Schaber, a Minnesota trapper, and John Erb, DNR research biologist and trapping educator, as we talk about what it takes to get started in trapping, where you can trap and some tips and tricks to be more successful.

 

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High school clay target program

Learn about the Minnesota Clay Target Program from Jason Kelvie from the USA High School Clay Target League. Jason will provide information on how to register your school program; divisions of competition; when the league starts shooting begins; and competing in high school clay target shoots and the state championships.

 

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Ice angling for panfish

Ever thought about extending your fishing into the "hard water" season? Join Scott Mackenthun, a DNR area fisheries supervisor, this week as he talks about the ever popular Minnesota panfish species – sunfish, crappie and perch. Whether you are brand new to ice fishing or have a lifetime of experience, join us for this presentation to learn angling tips and techniques to that you can put to good use. Scott will cover gear and equipment, and how to read lake maps and survey reports with the focus, all focusing on catching panfish and having fun on the ice.

 

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Dark house spearing

Imagine it's dark and you're holding a spear near a hole in the ice hoping to see a big ol' northern pike near your decoy. What’s next? Join James Burnham, R3 coordinator, and Amanda Johnson, with the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association, as they talk about the thrill of darkhouse spearing – the closest thing to hunting on hard water you can get.

 

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Winter squirrel hunting

James Burnham, DNR R3 coordinator, will discuss things to consider when hunting winter squirrels like tactics, strategies, gear, and ways to prepare them for the table.

 

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Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing basics

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to get outside in winter, enjoy beautiful landscapes and get some good exercise. Join us for a discussion with Carly Hawkinson, DNR park naturalist at Jay Cooke State Park, and Claire Wilson, executive director of The Loppet Foundation, as they share where you can go to learn about these winter sports and what else you need to know to get started.

 

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Introduction to winter camping

Ever wanted to extend your camping adventures further into the year? Winter camping is a fantastic way to get out and explore all that Minnesota has to offer. Jason Jech from the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center will join us to talk about some of the equipment needed, tips and tricks to help you enjoy your adventure and a few reasons why winter might be the best time to go camping!

 

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Introduction to maple syruping

Gathering maple sap to turn into maple syrup has been a time-honored tradition that results in a sweet treat throughout the year. Join Kao Thao, state park naturalist, and  Colleen Foehrenbacher from the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center for tips on collecting sap, boiling the sap and bottling the results.

 

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Archery bow hunting basics

Learn how to select a hunting compound bow and the bow accessories needed to hunt effectively in the field. Desiree Holmberg, volunteer with the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, will share her experience learning to archery hunt. This is a great program if you’re ready to transition from target archery to hunting archery.

 

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Past webinars

Click a topic below to watch past online skills presentations

Fishing

Bass

Fall fishing: Learn about tackle and techniques for fall bass fishing.


Introduction: Hear the finer points of how to catch more bass consistently all year around.

Catfish

River catfishing: Designed for those new to catfishing, this seminar will covers channel and flathead catfish equipment and rigging, baits and places to try from shore and boat.

Methods

Fly fshing 101: Learn about the basic equipment needed and get some tips on where to find fish.


Shore fishing 101: Successful and practical fishing techniques to help you catch more fish from shore.


Shore fishing 102: More practical fishing techniques and places to help you catch more fish from shore.

Muskellunge

Metro muskie fishing basics: Dive into the brain of one of the best muskie fishing anglers in the Twin Cities.

Walleye

Open water basics: Learn walleye fishing basics and fundamentals.

Sunfish

Bigger fish initiative: Everyone loves to catch sunfish. This DNR initiative is a way to keep our fisheries producing quality fish.

Trout

Finding trout: Learn about locating trout at all times of the year in Minnesota's lakes and streams.

Hunting

Bear

Biology & baiting: A discussion of why baiting is a necessary part of bear hunting and methods for attracting bears to a site.

Deer

CWD: Important information hunters need to know about chronic wasting disease and what the DNR is doing to manage this disease.


Expanded opportunities: A review of upcoming deer season dates, application deadlines and special hunts, information that could help you explore and expand your deer hunting opportunities.


Last-minute prep: Last minute tips, reminders and strategies to be successful this deer season.


Muzzleloader: The basics of using a muzzleloader and other timely tips and techniques for the muzzleloader deer season.

Firearms safety

Getting certified: A discussion of Minnesota hunter safety requirements, including how to get certified in firearms safety.

Methods

See the archery and shooting topics in the Outdoors listing.

Mourning dove

Getting started: Basic strategies and techniques to harvest mourning doves in Minnesota.

Pheasant

Getting started: Strategies, techniques and how to get started chasing longtails.

Small game

Basics: A look at what equipment is needed, how to get started and where to hunt.

Upland birds

Hunting with a pointing dog: What owner and dog need to know to become a team in the field.

Waterfowl

Basics: Tips and resources to get started in waterfowl hunting and an introduction to regulations and how they're set.

Wild turkey

Spring hunting: Information and tips to help you get into the field and find success.

Outdoors

Archery

Getting started: Learn basic archery terms and skills necessary to select a bow to fit your needs.


Transporting firearms: Learn about transporting your firearm or archery equipment across town or around the world.

Foraging

Springtime bounty: Learn about foraging for springtime wild foods.

Habitat

Create your own: Resources and things you can do to attract more wildlife to your woodland property.

Kayaking

Paddle the backwaters: Learn how to kayak the backwaters of the Mississippi River.

Opportunities

Bring Mom along: Learn tips for going fishing when mom's fish free during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend.


Helping kids fish: Resources to help you and your kids enjoy Take a Kid Fishing weekends.

Shooting

Basic firearms maintenance: Keep your firearms in tip-top shape.


Choosing a rifle: Learn about rifle actions and their uses so you can decide which rifle will meet your recreational needs.


Choosing a shotgun: How to select your first shotgun for hunting or target shooting.


Transporting firearms: Learn about transporting your firearm or archery equipment across town or around the world.

Wildlife

Going batty: Learn all about Minnesota bats and why they're great backyard visitors.