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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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The Joy of Shooting

Way too often, the general population forgets that firearms are well suited for things other than being weapons.  Simply put, firearms can be used for recreational enjoyment and for building camaraderie.  Over this past Labor Day weekend, I was fortunate enough to join a group of people for an afternoon at the local range that…
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The Old ‘94

The reputation of my old Model ‘94 Winchester 30-30 lever action lives on.  Over the years in which I have used the old ’94 for deer hunting, it’s reputation as being a point and shoot rifle has been well established and this last season the old ’94 once again proved it has mystical powers of…
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The Safety

The safety on any firearm is an important device, not just a push button near the trigger.  It is a mechanical device intended to prevent the unintentional discharge of ammunition intentionally placed in the firearm’s chamber.  This does not mean that a safety’s purpose is guaranteed, so you should never rely on a safety to…
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