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Student Photo Gallery

Students are free to submit a photo of themselves, along with a brief description.  It can be a hunting experience or shooting experience. Alex brought home this nice six point buck with a 40 yard shot!
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Katie’s First Hunt

Katie’s First Hunt The alarm clock jolted me out of an amazing dream of huge whitetail deer grazing in front of me when it decided to scream ‘wake-up’ at 4:45 on the morning of opening deer hunting.  The evening before had been quite normal, a nice meal and then an endless supply of stories that…
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Luck Counts

Luck Counts Over the years, I have heard a countless number of experts say that skill and perseverance will get you a deer, and luck has nothing to do with it.  Obviously, these pros have never been around me. This last year’s archery season is proof that without some luck, you don’t get a deer. …
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Lost!

There are a whole lot of variables that must be executed properly in order for a person to get lost on a hunting outing in Minnesota.  The fortunate thing is that even if all the variables occur and you find yourself lost in the woods, you have a 90% chance of being found within the…
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To Case or Not to Case

In the 2009 session, the Minnesota legislature amended the law to allow firearms to be transported in motor vehicles without being cased, but only in certain situations.  The Hunter Education News (Fall 2009) issued by the Enforcement Division of the Minnesota DNR, stated it best: The 2009 Legislative session caught us all by surprise.  A…
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My First Deer

When a 2015 adult female student sent a photo of her first deer, she also provided this great recap of her successful hunt.  With her permission, we have included it on our site. This was my second hunting season after taking your Firearms Safety class in 2015 at the Minnetonka Sportsmen Club. My first year…
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Do we need the DNR?

Late one evening I was wondering to myself, “what would our wildlife be like without the controls of the department of natural resources?”  The easy answer, of course, is to say that nature will take care of itself and everything would be just great.  That, however, is not true for at least one major reason;…
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Is this a firearms accident?

Two men were injured when the pickup truck they were in left the road and struck a tree early Monday morning. A County Deputy reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday.  Both men are listed in stable condition at Baptist Medical Center.  The accident occurred as the two men were returning home after a frog-gigging…
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An Apology to Parents

(Note:  First posted in 2012.) I made a disrespectful error last night and I am giving my apology.  Last night was the first class of the season and was not only challenging for the students, but for us instructors as well. In hindsight though, it went quite well considering our new electronics and a new room…
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Read this before you go deer roping

[Here is a great story that has circulated the internet for years, but has never been proven to be true or a hoax.  It really doesn’t matter.] I had this idea that I could rope a deer. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured since they congregate at my cattle feeder…
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