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

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.


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


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


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. 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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.


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

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