Families and youth can apply now for an opportunity to hunt with experienced upland bird hunters on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The mentored hunts for pheasants and grouse are being offered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Forever and the Ruffed Grouse Society. The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 2
"Those new to bird hunting can learn techniques, equipment needs and the skills to be safe and successful in the outdoors," said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.
In the youth hunt, participants must be 12-17 years old as of Oct. 18, have earned a firearms safety certificate and possess a small game license if required (hunters under 16 can hunt small game without a license). Youth must have a parent, guardian or adult authorized by a parent or guardian accompany them as a mentor, without a firearm. The adult must also go with the youth during the pre-hunt orientation.
In the family hunt, all participants can hunt, but they need to be 12 and older, have little to no pheasant hunting experience, and have the appropriate safety certificate, stamp and license.
Applications and more details about the hunt are available online at mndnr.gov/discover or by contacting Kurre at 651-259-5193 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful applicants will be notified via mail or email by the end of September.