News release: Minnesota DNR offers ways to learn about new outdoor activities this fall

September 5, 2023

Registration open for new sessions of the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series

With summer waning, fall outdoor activities are around the corner. Anyone who wants to experience the outdoors in a new way can boost their fishing, hunting, habitat and outdoors know-how with webinars from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Fall is a time to savor the outdoors and for those doing the same activities year after year, I’d offer that our webinars are a great first step toward broadening your outdoors horizons,” said Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator.

The webinars are part of the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series that started in March 2021, with new webinars this fall on topics that will appeal to people interested in nature, including anglers and hunters. The live webinars are at noon on Wednesdays and last an hour or less. All webinars are live-captioned, recorded and made available on the Minnesota DNR website, and the recordings are popular with those who can’t make the live events.

Fall webinar topics include hunting deer with a crossbow, woodcock hunting, sandhill cranes, planning a bird hunting road trip, fall turkey hunting, fall fishing tips, ciscos in Minnesota lakes, knife care, elk in Minnesota, the No Child Left Inside Grant Program, planning a wilderness canoe trip, plant diseases like galls on goldenrod, and emerald ash borers.

In this week’s webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 6, Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports specialist, and Morgan Sussman, DNR public information coordinator, will share their experiences as successful crossbow hunters. They will talk about how crossbow equipment differs from traditional archery equipment, related hunting strategies, and ways to get ready to try crossbow hunting this fall.

In the following webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 13, Lindsey Shartell, DNR northeast regional wildlife manager, will discuss everything about the American woodcock. She will cover where to find woodcock in Minnesota, how to hunt them, using dogs, appropriate guns, ammo and more.

The webinars are free, and participants must pre-register. More information, including fall session topics and how to register, is available on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the Minnesota DNR website.

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