Youth and adults can learn to hunt turkeys in April with experienced volunteers who will cover safe hunting techniques, how to call-in turkeys, hunting tactics and field dressing a bird. Overall participation in the hunts is restricted by the number of volunteers and private lands that are available.
Fall deer hunts for youths at various state parks and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout Minnesota. Partners include the MDHA, MSAA, BSW, Minnesota State Parks, Friends of Rydell and NWR. August deadline for applications for the lottery hunts in October and November.
Waterfowl hunting opportunities for youth and families with little or no hunting experience. Partners include Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. National Wildlife Service, Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club and the Fox Lake Conservation League. Deadline is in August.
Upland bird hunting opportunities for youth and families with little or no hunting experience. Pheasants Forever and DNR partner on these hunts. August deadline for hunts that take place in October.