Outdoor skills & stewardship

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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

Youth fishing leagues

Do you know a youth who can’t get enough fishing? DNR fisheries manager and bass fishing expert Eric Altena will share ideas and resources to help you grow that passion and connect with Minnesota’s increasing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.

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Muskie management in Minnesota

TJ Debates, DNR fisheries supervisor, talks about one of Minnesota’s largest apex predator fish, the muskellunge. We will talk about how the DNR manages muskie, where muskie live and some tips on how to catch them.

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Minnesota’s outdoors playground – Cuyuna Country

Come learn about Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, the state’s first recreation area, which is centrally located in Minnesota and offers premier mountain biking, SCUBA, fishing, boating and much more.

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Aquatic invasive species

Like spending time in some of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes and 6,564 rivers? Join us as we talk with April Rust, aquatic invasive species training coordinator, to learn about the challenges presented by invasive species, why it’s important to prevent their spread and ways you can help protect Minnesota waters.

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Foraging wild edibles along the North Shore

Join Kurt Mead, interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park, to learn about some of the wild edibles you might be passing by as you explore northern Minnesota. What can you forage for? What is the best time to pick wild berries? Where should I look for them? How to identify the different edibles? Any special preparation secrets? Kurt will try to answer all your questions!

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Smallmouth bass river fishing

Smallmouth bass in rivers can be an exciting change from the norm. These feisty fish are accessible to many and can produce some unique opportunities many Minnesota anglers may not realize. Even with the increased popularity of bass fishing in Minnesota, anglers often overlook rivers in their search for bass to catch. Join Eric Altena, DNR fisheries supervisor, to learn more about where smallmouth bass hang out in rivers, why people love pursuing them and how to get more of them on the end of your line.

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Alternatives to lead fishing tackle

Kelly Amoth and Steven Yang, program coordinators at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Get the Lead Out program, talk about the danger lead fishing tackle poses to loons and other wildlife. They will also share information about lead-free tackle alternatives on the market and success stories of fishing with lead-free tackle.

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How to harvest wild rice

Wild rice is Minnesota’s state grain and one of our most tasty native and wild edibles! Please join us as Nicholas Snavely, DNR assistant wildlife manager in Sauk Rapids, shares with us everything you need to know to get out and harvest your own wild rice later this summer.

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Paddling basics

Find out how to get started in paddling with an expert from Three Rivers Park District. Get an introduction to canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Learn some basics about paddling, available classes, great places to paddle, and where you can rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards.

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Managing your family’s lake shoreline

for access and fish: Are you confused about what to do with your lakeshore so that it protects water quality and fishing, but still provides access for your family to enjoy the lake? Join us for a discussion with DNR aquatic plant specialist Shane McBride and fisheries landscape coordinator Heather Baird as we cover the regulations and best practices for managing your lakeshore.

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New deer hunting regulations

Looking to put some meat in the freezer this deer season? Todd Froberg, big game program coordinator, updates us on what is new for deer hunting regulations in 2022, population numbers and new CWD areas.

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Hunters as citizen scientists

DNR researchers are tasked with monitoring the populations of many game species to help wildlife management efforts, including efforts to set hunting seasons and regulations. But they can’t always collect the data themselves. In this webinar, you’ll learn about two science-based surveys in which hunters are integral to contributing the data needed to help monitor deer and turkey populations through time.

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Clay target shooting for beginners

Sheri Brengman, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman program volunteer steering committee member and instructor, will talk about the basics of trap shooting and other clay target shooting games. Learn the terminology, structure, and etiquette so you’re ready to head out and give it a try yourself!

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Early goose season

Minnesota has a very healthy Canada goose population, especially in areas near cities and urban centers. Special hunting seasons that target local geese have been established by the DNR. Dave Trauba, DNR wildlife manager, will discuss early season hunting opportunities for geese and provide tips on where and how to bag a goose this time of the year.

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Hunting ammunition options and tips

Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports coordinator, will lead a talk on hunting ammunition. We will discuss options for different game, development of alternatives to lead and other tips to consider when purchasing ammo.

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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.

Common fish

Catching rough fish: Have you ever wondered about all those fish that are termed “rough fish?" Find out why they're not so rough as well as why and how to catch them.

Methods

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


Fly tying: Learn about the equipment needed, how to use it and the basics of tying simple flies.


Darkhouse spearing: Learn about spearing large fish through a big hole in the ice – the closest thing to hunting on hard water. Please check spearing regulations.


Ice fishing for panfish: Winter time is the right time for sunfish, crappie and perch. Get tips, techniques and pointers.


Lure help: A look at a few fishing lures and how to use them so you can catch more 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.

Steelhead

Superior streams: Learn about fly fishing for spring steelhead surrounded by some of the state's most rugged beauty on Minnesota's North Shore.

Sturgeon

Management and tips: Learn about the recovery of this anciet fish species and the basics of how to fish for sturgeon in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.

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.

Walleye

Open water basics: Learn walleye fishing basics and fundamentals.


Walleye basics: Pro angler and bait shop owner Nancy Koep covers the basics of walleye fishing.

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. Firesticks may not be legal in 2022. Check all regulations before using this technology.

Firearms safety

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

Instruction

Adult learning: Resources for new adult hunters along with tips and tricks to get them out into field and forest.

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.

Squirrel

Winter hunting: Cold-weather tactics, strategies, gear and ways to prepare harvested squirrels for the table.

Trapping

Introduction to trapping: Learn how to get started trapping fur-bearing animals and where you can set traps.

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

Archery hunting basics: Learn how to select a hunting compound bow and the bow accessories needed to hunt effectively in the field.

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

Maple syruping: Tips on collecting sap, boiling the sap and bottling the results.


Springtime bounty: Learn about foraging for springtime wild foods.


Wild rice: Minnesota has more natural wild rice than any other state and the DNR manages many lakes for wild rice? Find out why and how we do this and discover some success stories.

Gifts

Holiday gifts: Gifts from the DNR to get people outdoors.

Habitat

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


Sharp-tailed grouse: Learn about sharp-tailed grouse behavior, biology, where they range in Minnesota and their habitat needs.

Kayaking

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

Nature

Nature RX: Tools and resources to explore parks and greenspaces near you and learn about outdoor recreation opportunities at Minnesota state parks.


Plants for pollinators: Native plants, pollinators and an award-winning podcast are all part of this discussion about bees and butterflies.

Opportunities

Becoming an Outdoors Woman: Learn about upcoming in-person classes for women and families to learn about and participate in outdoor activities.


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.


Outdoor adventures: Learn about 4-H's comprehensive outdoor education program that includes shooting sports and wildlife, 4-H ATV safety, wildlife biology, fishing, conservation, and outdoor skills.

Shooting

4-H shooting sports: Learn about a program designed to promote life skills through a safe learn-by-doing program.


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


Choosing a caliber: Learn what caliber you should choose for the game animal you’re hunting.


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.


High school trap shooting: Learn about Minnesota's clay target high school league and how your school can participate.

Wildlife

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

Winter activities

Camping: A discussion of the equipment needed, tips and tricks to help you enjoy your camping in the winter.


Ice safety: Learn how to be safe out on the ice for lots of Minnesota winter fun.


Winter fun: Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing basics.