A free waterfowl hunting workshop for beginners on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in Winslow will focus on Canada geese.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for novice waterfowl hunters and those who want to try waterfowl hunting for the first time. All ages are welcome.

Parents who already hunt waterfowl are welcome to bring children, but the material is tailored for beginners. The workshop will include limited duck hunting information.

“We have found that lots of participants are most interested in goose hunting,” DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps said. “Canada geese are definitely the easiest place to start hunting waterfowl, because they are abundant, they frequently use private land, and they are easy to identify.”

Presentation topics will include hunting regulations, waterfowl identification, equipment and techniques. Hunting equipment, including blinds, waders, clothing, decoys and gadgets, will be displayed and discussed. Presenters also will explain how to hunt geese with minimal equipment.

Conservation officers and DNR Fish & Wildlife personnel will answer questions. Lunch will be provided. Some of the workshop will be outdoors, rain or shine. Participants should bring a lawn chair, weather-appropriate clothing and a jacket or raincoat.

Registration is required by calling (812) 789-2724.

Sugar Ridge FWA is at 2310 E. State Road 364, Winslow, IN 47598.

For more information, call Adam Phelps at (812) 334-1137.

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