With Fall bowhunting and muzzleloader seasons here at last, you won’t want to miss a hunting workshop near you that will help you get the most out of the season. Check out this list of hunting workshops hosted by Fish & Wildlife divisions countrywide.
STEP OUTSIDE Youth Dove Hunts
October 4 & 11 (Washington)
October 18 & 25 (Monroe)
Dove hunting is a great way to introduce hunting to young adults. Sponsored by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, these hunts work in cooperation with landowners, volunteers, business and organizations to provide an educational hunting program for youth. Registration for this hunting workshop is open to hunters under 16 years old, but they must be accompanied by an adult of at least 25 years old or a parent with a valid state hunting license. Participants are encouraged to wear eye protection and ear plugs at the dove hunts.
Wild Game, From Field to Table
October 8, 2014
Love the hunt, but not a fan of the taste? As part of their Outdoor Adventure Talks series, the New Hampshire Fish and Game is presenting a FREE seminar with master game chef Denny Corriveau, Founder of the Free Range Culinary Institute about how to prepare the best-tasting game dishes. Chef Corriveau removes the mystery surrounding cooking wild game, and will show you important techniques that will greatly improve flavor. Part of this seminar includes a hands-on cooking demonstration. You don’t want to miss this hunting workshop!
Calling All Whitetails/Firearms Season Tactics
October 15, 2014
Another edition of the NH Fish and Game Outdoor Adventure Talks series, this FREE workshop will help you prep for this year’s firearms season. Dean Vanier, a Knight Rifles Pro-Staffer and founder of North Woods Hunting Products will reveal all of the whitetail’s superior defense mechanisms and how to read them. Vanier has over 35 years experience scouting whitetails, and will explain when, where and how to use calls and scent to attract deer as well as more information about the three phases of the rut.
Rockport Pheasant Farm Open House
October 25, 2014
10AM – 3PM
If you’d like to know more about how over 50,000 ring-necked pheasants are raised for New Jersey’s “put and take” hunting, head to Rockport Pheasant Farm’s Open House. This 492-acre facility is operated by the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife, and includes a state-of-the-art incubation and brooder building. The open house offers a self-guided tour with Rockport staff on hand at each station to explain the process and answer questions. Pheasants from the farm are released throughout 24 different Wildlife Management Areas in New Jersey.
Family Elk Hunting Workshop
October 26, 2014
9AM – 4PM
New to elk hunting? Or just a little rusty on the basics? This FREE family-friendly workshop presented by the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is meant for beginners and those wanting to get back into hunting. Focusing on elk, the workshop will cover topics such as biology and behavior, field dressing, hunting strategies, and regulations. Staff will also help participants understand how to choose the right hunting rifle, how to scout, and how to use maps to find hunting territories. There will be a live fire component where participants will be able to try firing a variety of hunting rifles. Scouting will include live demonstrations of how to read animal tracks and follow a blood trail.
The workshop caps at 24 adults and 6 youths over the age of 9, which makes this a great opportunity to interact with other hunters and ask questions. A hunting license is not required to attend the hunting workshop. Lunch will be provided. Make sure to reserve your spot!
Squirrel Hunting for Beginners
October 28, 2014
6:30PM – 7:30PM
Hosted at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock, this FREE workshop is a great way to introduce kids and first-time hunters to the sport. Squirrel hunting does not require any special or expensive gear, and the season is open for 9 months, making it the perfect sport to hone hunting skills. In this workshop, participants will learn how to hunt for squirrels, firearm safety, where to look for quarry, and savory squirrel recipes. Who knows? You may be the next Mac English! Register at the Nature Center, by calling 501-907-0636. This event is presented by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.