Families can learn together at DNR’s ‘Deer Day’ Aug. 14

OUTDOOR NOTES– Families who want to learn the basics of deer hunting are invited to attend the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources “Deer Day” program.  Women, men, and youth 10 and older accompanied by a guardian, are welcome to attend this free event.

Also, people age 16 and older who are taking the online firearms safety course can complete their field day requirement at this event. The event, hosted by the DNR’s Becoming An Outdoors Family Program, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Wilkens’ Farm near Mora.

Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator, will lead off the day with a presentation on white-tailed deer. Afterward, participants will move through a series of hands-on stations where they will learn 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 Outdoor Family volunteers and members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

Register by contacting Bylander by phone at 218-833-8628 or by email at [email protected] Lunch is included with the program. A complete list of programs available through the Becoming An Outdoors Woman and Family programs is available online at www.mndnr.gov/bow.

Youth hunting the focus of DNR booth at Game Fair

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will showcase youth hunting opportunities at its informational booth during the 30th annual Game Fair.

The outdoor show is Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21 at the Armstrong Kennels Ranch, six miles northwest of Anoka. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.

This fall the DNR is offering 12 special youth deer hunts. The DNR is also coordinating several special youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting events. For more information on youth outdoors opportunities, Mike Kurre, Mentoring Program coordinator, will be at the DNR booth on Friday, Aug. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.