Learn to hunt opportunities

Minnesota DNR learn to hunt programMinnesota has fantastic opportunities to connect to its tremendous land and water resources, including more than 12 million acres of state, federal and county land.

For some, learning to hunt can be as simple as asking a friend or family member to take them out the next time they go into the field. For others, a structured program is an appealing learning process and the DNR offers multiple opportunities to teach new hunters how to get out there and harvest their own wild game.

Mentored hunts with partners

There are many conservation organizations around the state that host mentored hunts for youth, adults and families. These organizations are dedicated to conserving the habitats that wildlife depend on, and connecting people to Minnesota's rich outdoors traditions. For additional information about the mentored hunting opportunities that these organizations offer, please reach out to the contacts listed below:

Adult learn to hunt


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.

Becoming an outdoors woman

Minnesota offers one of the biggest catalogues of activities in the country of this nation-wide program and covers everything from bow-hunting to ice fishing to dog sledding.

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02/24/20 - 02/28/21Bowfishing (seasons compiled)Statewide and an early season area
07/19/20CAMP ~ Bowhunter Education Classroom Class Palisade
08/01/20Bowhunter Education Classroom ClassAndover
08/02/20CAMP ~ Bowhunter Education Classroom ClassMaple Plain
Youth opportunities

A special deer season

A state-wide four-day hunt over a long October weekend so youth can get out ahead of the firearms opener to learn how to hunt deer.

Youth-only deer hunts

Many state parks and other public lands host special youth hunts before the regular deer season.

Youth hunting calendar

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09/12/20 - 09/13/20Youth Waterfowl HuntStatewide
Hunts for those with physical challenges

Capable Partners organizes many activities across the state to connect sportsmen and women with limited mobility to Minnesota’s outdoors.

Midwest Outdoors Unlimited provides outdoor recreational activities for Disabled American Veterans, disabled individuals and disabled youth.