Learn deer hunting basics at Aug. 9 clinic

OUTDOORS NEWS:   People can learn the basics of deer hunting at an event being offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Aug. 9.

In hands-on stations, participants can learn how to track deer, find hunting land, safely place a deer stand, learn to shoot shotguns, rifles and bows, and about deer habits and habitat.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning the basics of deer hunting and getting hands-on experience,” said Linda Bylander, coordinator of the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Family program.

The event will be noon to 5 p.m.at the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club near Forest Lake. Youth ages 10 and older are welcome to attend accompanied by a guardian.

Instructors will include DNR wildlife staff, DNR conservation officers, volunteers and members of the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club. Register by contacting Bylander, 218-833-8628, or [email protected]

Registration is limited and there is a $10 per person or $15 per family fee. To see a list of similar DNR programs, visit www.mndnr.gov/bow.

Apply for mentored youth waterfowl hunts by Aug. 11

Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply for the chance to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

“Mentored hunts teach youth about waterfowl habitat and techniques for safe and enjoyable hunting,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. National Wildlife Service, Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club and the DNR have teamed up to offer the hunts, which will take place in five areas:

Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes • Southern Twin Cities metro area locations • Morris Wildlife Production Area near Morris • Sherburne County private land between Fairmont and Windom • Private land in Fergus Falls.

Application forms must be received at the DNR central office by midnight on Monday, Aug. 11. Applicants will be drawn in a lottery, with preference given to novice hunters. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the hunt. Successful applicants must attend an orientation on Friday, Sept. 12.

More information and the application form can be found at www.mndnr.gov/discover by clicking on mentored youth waterfowl hunt.– DNR releases