Beginning and novice hunters are invited a free hands-on clinic that will introduce adults and youth to ruffed grouse and pheasant hunting from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Dakota County Gun Club in Rosemount.

Upland Bird Day is a joint event of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Dakota County Gun Club, and Pheasants Forever. The event is open to men, women and children ages 10 and older who are accompanied by a guardian. The program is free but registration is required.

“Upland bird day is an opportunity to learn the basics of upland bird hunting,” said Linda Bylander, an outreach program coordinator for the DNR. “It is tailored to those who have not yet hunted upland birds or have limited experience.”

Participants will learn about grouse and pheasant biology and management before rotating through hands-on learning stations. Participants will learn how to hunt a field with or without a dog as well as how to how find hunting land. They will also shoot and pattern a shotgun, observe a field hunt and learn how to care for hunting dogs.

Registration is limited for this free class. To register, contact Linda Bylander at 218-833-8628 or

Information on other programs for women and families is available on the DNR website at or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

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