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Learn how to hunt deer and upland birds at DNR class
The basics of hunting deer and upland birds are topics for an Introduction to Hunting class scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club, with registration open to anyone 10 and older.
“This is an opportunity to learn hands-on about deer and upland bird hunting,” said Linda Bylander, outreach program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This class combines our popular deer day and upland bird day into one six-hour class.”
Participants will learn about safe use of tree stands and blinds, hunting afield and finding hunting land, how different types of firearms are used for hunting, and general hunting safety and regulations. The day also includes a demonstration of a pheasant hunt and field dressing.
The registration fee is $10 per person or $15 per family, and registration will be limited to 80 participants. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More information and a registration form are available at www.mndnr.gov/education/bow or by contacting Linda Bylander at 218-203-4347


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Member Snapshot

Anna Sidie-Slettedahl is the newest member of WHF. She works at USFWS as a Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, and was one of five women featured as hunters in a recent USFWS bulletin. Thank you, Anna, for being part of our group and sharing your interview.
Main motivation for hunting: To challenge and empower myself, and prove to myself that I’m capable.
What hunting means to me: I am a new hunter. Although I have been exposed to hunting culture my whole life, and have built my career out of a love for wildlife and the outdoors, I have never actually taken up the sport of hunting until recently. A few reasons for this come to mind. Simply, I was not confident in myself. I didn’t think I was strong enough to pull a bow string back, I was afraid of firearms, and I was basically afraid of failure in this “man’s” sport. Another reason is because I never had any female role model hunters.
Since starting my position with WSFR about 2 years ago, my curiosity in hunting has been sparked again. I have reexamined the importance of hunting and fishing in conservation. I have been exposed to programs that I didn’t know existed; programs to help educate me on the culture of hunting and trapping, to help educate me on firearm safety and to improve my shooting skills, and to introduce me to hunting for food, and to women who hunt and fish that are willing to take me under their wing.
Just recently, I went on a mentored pheasant hunt and harvested my first bird. It was an emotional moment for me, and life changing. It was terrifying, but exhilarating, and it planted a seed of confidence. I am now getting out my bow that I have had put away for so many years, and practicing again. I am building relationships with these women mentors, and am learning all I can from my friends who are hunters. I am building that confidence that I thought would never exist. I am now planning turkey, squirrel, and archery deer hunts, and could not be more excited (and nervous!).

Who are “we”?

A group of Minnesota women and girls who love to be outdoors. We thoroughly enjoy fishing and hunting and want to bring those time-honored sports to other like-minded individuals and families. Our mission is “to increase hunting and fishing participation by Minnesota women of all ages and backgrounds through education, inspiration and empowerment”.

Join us as we explore our beautiful state and all it has to offer. Join us, as fellow volunteers, in bringing the sports of fishing and hunting to others who will cherish their time afield and pass their enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to future generations.

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