What is it?
A multi-year, course-based program to introduce adults interested in the outdoors to hunting deer. Courses cover regulations, stewardship, and equipment; scouting for sign with mentors; skinning and processing a deer; range days to develop firearms proficiency; and culminates in a mentored hunt.
- 101 – First year: Introduction to deer hunting with a one-on-one mentored hunt.
- 102 – Second year: Intermediate level with longer exposure to off-season scouting, shooting and equipment use. Hunt can be mentored one-on-one, or solitary with mentor nearby.
- 103 – Third year: Hunter is on their own with mentors at a centralized location – like a deer camp.
Where does it happen?
Hunts are held before the firearms deer opener and take place as special hunts on public and private land. Five locations:
- Itasca State Park (new for 2019)
- St. Croix State Park
- Minnesota Valley NWR
- Three Rivers Park District-Mentor Appreciation Hunt