Looking to learn a new outdoor skill? Or maybe you need to brush up on an old one? The Minnesota DNR this summer is offering free online webinars on various topics, including shore fishing, firearms safety, muskie fishing, archery and how to catch catfish.
The DNR started the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series in March with a turkey hunting seminar to share how-to knowledge relevant to current Minnesota outdoor seasons and activities. Most of the webinars center on fishing or hunting skills, and some have covered other outdoor activities like kayaking or foraging.
The webinars are at noon on Wednesdays and last less than an hour. While DNR will be resuming more in-person classes over the summer, these webinars are short, require no travel and can reach those with limited free time.
Recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters and anglers is one way the DNR is acting on its strategic plan to connect people to the outdoors. The webinars are a way to broaden access to knowledge and information about outdoor opportunities available in Minnesota, primarily related to fishing and hunting. That knowledge has traditionally been shared among family members or friends.
Webinars are scheduled every Wednesday through the summer. Each takes place at noon. The courses are free, but participants are required to pre-register. Summer series topics are as follows and registration pages for the webinars are available on the DNR website at dnr.state.mn.us/fishwildlife/outreach/index.html.
June 9 — Take a kid fishing.
June 16 — Shore fishing 101, simple tips and techniques.
June 23 — Introduction to catfish angling.
June 30 — Basic firearms maintenance.
July 7 — Shore fishing 102, down by the river.
July 14 — Getting started in archery.
July 21 — Finding trout in Minnesota streams and lakes.
July 28 — Bear hunting and biology.
Aug. 4 — How to get certified in firearms safety.
Aug. 11 — Rifle basics.
Aug. 18 — Mourning dove hunting.