OUTDOOR NOTES: Adults and youth who want to learn the basics of deer hunting are invited to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deer day on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on the Wilkens farm near Mora in Kanabec County.
The free program, which is geared for adults who want to learn more about deer hunting, will be hosted by the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Family program. Youth, ages 10 and older, are welcome to attend if they are accompanied by a guardian.
Following presentations on deer and deer habit, participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn and practice field skills, including how to track deer; deer stand placement and safety; and shotgun, rifle, archery and muzzleloader shooting. Instructors will include DNR wildlife staff, DNR conservation officers, Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) volunteers and members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
“Deer day is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning the basics of deer hunting to get hands-on experience,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator.
Register by printing off a registration form on the BOW website at www.mndnr.gov/bow or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 to request a registration form. Registration is limited. Lunch will be served.
More information about BOW programs is available at www.mndnr.gov//bow.
Online firearms safety hunter course now available for adults
Minnesota residents 18 and older can now take the DNR safety hunter education course online.
The new training option includes a virtual field day that emphasizes responsible gun handling and hunting safety. Students who complete the course are issued a voucher that they can use to complete their certification immediately or attend an instructor led field day.
For a link to the course go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms_isa/index.html.