Adult Learn to Hunt Programs

Two Great Learn to Hunt Opportunities for Adults

These programs were created for the non-hunter who wants to learn and experience hunting pheasants. One of these programs is exclusively for women and is taught by women. The other is not gender specific. Both cover the basics of hunting with an emphasis on learning to properly and safely shoot a shotgun. Both programs require a DNR certified hunter safety certificate to hunt wild birds at the end of the program. MN DNR website.

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Adult Learn to Hunt aims to develop all the skills necessary to hunt safely independently. Students will be expected to watch online videos at home (homework!) to maximize the experience.  This class is actually two weekends. Plus on Saturday morning. The first weekend is September 9 - 10 at MN Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake, MN.

Here is just some of what you will learn and do this weekend:

  • 5 step shooting program review
  • Loading  and shooting different types of shotguns
  • Learning instinctive shooting methods
  • Shooting clay targets
  • Clothing basics for upland hunting
  • Cleaning birds
  • Finding birds afield
  • Intro to hunting behind both flushing and pointing dogs G
  • Going afield together and hunting birds.

On Saturday, September 30th you will be invited to come to Horse and Hunt Club and shoot pen raised pheasants followed by lunch. The cost for birds and lunch is included in the initial fee for the class. 

The second weekend is a wild bird hunt guided by trained hunters with dogs in the middle of October, after pheasant opener. You will learn, in the field, about habitat, cover types, game bird biology, and the do's and don'ts of public land hunting. This will be in pheasant country (outstate) exact location is TBD. You are encouraged to get overnight accommodations and hunt again on Sunday.

You do need to complete the MN DNR's Gun Safety program in order to participate. It is an online class. Go to:


Learn to Pheasant Hunt Workshop for Women

Friday, August 25 –  Sunday, August 27, 2022

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Join the Bird Bustin' Babes, passionate outdoor mentors, as they share their skills and knowledge in a hands-on, action-packed weekend learning about shooting and pheasant hunting.


Friday, August 25

  • Meet and greet instructors and participants - bring your questions and gear!

Saturday, August 26

  • Shotgun Basics: Shotgun types, how to find a gun that fits, ammunition selection and gun safety
  • Clay target shooting
  • Hunt Prep: How to dress, where to hunt
  • In the Field: Pheasant habitat, how to hunt habitat and hunting over dogs

Sunday, August 27

  • Gun Cleaning
  • Dogs & Dog Training
  • More clay target shooting, including Annie Oakley and other games

Date TBD

  • Mentored group hunt at Dakota Hunting Farms in Hecla, SD
  • The hunt will be held on a later date following the weekend workshop. Date will be determined during the weekend workshop based on participants' availability


Weekend workshop (August 25-27) will be hosted at the Lynn Lake Lodge (13551 427th Ave, Webster, SD 57274) in Webster, SD.

Game farm hunt (held at a later date, to be determined) will be hosted at the Dakota Hunting Farms (40687 110th St, Hecla, SD 57446) in Hecla, SD.


The cost is $300 and includes food (meals Friday evening through Sunday breakfast), two nights of bunkhouse lodging at Lynn Lake Lodge, all clays & ammunition, game farm hunt (held at a later date) and a year's membership to Pheasants Forever. Please note any food allergies at registration. Feel free to bring a personal shotgun. Shotguns will be available for participants. All ammunition provided. Firearm Safety certificate suggested.

Limit 14 Women. $150 is refundable upon cancellation prior to 10 days before the beginning of the event.

Email Sandy Austin or Tina Dokken with any questions.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors, Metro Pheasants Forever, Federal Ammunition, 

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Here are some short videos attached as homework. Please watch the videos before you come. You will enjoy them!

Five-step shooting program review

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Loading shotguns: pumps, double barrels & autoloaders.

Basic instinctive shooting.

Clothing basics

Cleaning pheasants

Hunting safely in the field

Crossing a fence safely

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Finding birds in the field

Hunting with pointing dogs

Hunting with flushing dogs

Getting a license, talking to conservation officers

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Safety going afield review

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