Outdoor skills & stewardship

Fall series

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Check out our help and how-to guides for to hone your hunting and fishing skills.

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

Chronic Wasting Disease: What hunters need to know for firearms deer season

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects members of the deer family and it's spreading in Minnesota. Kelsie LaSharr from the DNR wildlife health program and James Burnham, DNR R3 coordinator, discuss what hunters need to know about this disease and what the DNR is doing to manage it.

 

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Prepping for firearms deer season

Opening day of firearms deer hunting is Saturday, Nov. 6. DNR R3 coordinator James Burnham and our guest conservation officer will go over last minute tips, reminders and strategies to be successful this deer season. Our panel of experts will also take any questions you have before you head out to deer camp!

 

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Deer hunting with a muzzleloader

Join DNR shooting sports education specialist Kraig Kiger and DNR conservation officer Phil George to discuss the upcoming Minnesota muzzleloader deer season. They will cover the basics of using a muzzleloader and other timely tips and techniques.

 

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Creating wildlife habitat in your woods

Join Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports education specialist, and Jodi Provost, an assistant wildlife manager, as they discuss creating wildlife habitat in your woodlands. They will cover some great resources and things you can do to attract more wildlife to your property.

 

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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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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

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.

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.

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.