This Saturday, September 24, Take a Kid Hunting Weekend in Minnesota. Minnesota residents 16 and older can hunt small game without a license when they are accompanied by a youth younger than 16.
Note that open seasons, limits, and regulations must still be followed. Check the small game hunting page for more information.
“Small game hunting helps teach the basics and goes a long way toward getting ready for hunting bigger game like turkey or deer,” said James Burnham, recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Not to mention that squirrels and rabbits can provide delicious, local food.”
Hunting small game provides a lower stress environment when kids are learning how to search for game sign, proper firearms handling, and accessing hunting properties. It can be more active than some types of hunting that involve lengthier periods of time sitting still and being quiet.
“Plus, you get to get in a good walk and have a decent conversation, so it’s less time just sitting and waiting for something to happen,” Burnham said.
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