Adult learn to deer hunt program

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.

Three phases

  • 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

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