Have you always wanted to start hunting but don’t know where to start? With all the decoys, clothes, calls, and equipment sold at outdoors stores, the whole process can seem a little overwhelming! Fortunately, there are several opportunities for those with little to no experience in hunting that will breakdown everything to teach people how to hunt!

Events added as of August 11th! Keep checking back for more opportunities as they arrive! We will keep this post as updated as possible as we hear about the events!


Basics of Dove Hunting & Shooting Workshops

(multiple dates & locations)

Description: Get ready for hunting season by learning the basic of dove hunting! Anyone is invited to attend this free workshop focusing on the basics of dove hunting and shooting! Topics to be covered by ODNR Division of Wildlife personnel include dove life history, hunting techniques & equipment, basic dove field management, and dove field dressing & processing. Sturdy footwear is recommended as the workshop will include walking in a dove field.


  • Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range, 3450 Houston Rd, Waynesville, 45068
    • August 16th at 6pm
    • Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot trap at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range. Equipment provided.
  • Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Headquarters, 19100 Co Hwy 115, Harpster, 43323
    • August 28th from 6-8pm
  • Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area Headquarters, 3451 County Road 256, Vickery, 43464
    • August 29th from 6-8pm

How to attend: The workshops are all free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Pre-registration for the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range workshop is required by August 15th. Contact Brittany at (937) 372-9261 or by e-mail at brittany.kessler@dnr.state.oh.us to register for this workshop. Pre-registration for the Killdeer Plains and Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area workshops is required by August 27th. Contact Andrea Altman at (419) 429-8321 to register for these workshops.


  • Brittany Kessler (Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range workshop)
  • Andrea Altman (Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area & Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area workshops)
    • (419) 429-8321


Hunting for Food

Click the flyer for more information!

Description: Hunting for Food is a very in depth program designed for adults with no hunting experience. The program will teach the basics of deer hunting over four sessions in different locations. In session one, “Why Hunt?” attendees will learn the benefits of hunting as well as general knowledge on hunting and the outdoors. The second session, “A Day at the Range,” will teach how to shoot a crossbow and where to aim on a deer. Session three, “A Day in the Woods,” will teach more in depth the patterns of white-tailed deer and how to find a place to hunt. At the last session, participants will go on a mentored deer hunt at Maumee Bay State Park where they will learn about field dressing and how to prepare and store the meat.

Date/Time/ Location: Date, time, and location varies on session. Click the flyer to the right for this information.

How to attend: Spots are limited for this program. To apply for this program, you must have your application in by September 5 at 11:59pm. To apply, click here to visit the Maumee Valley NWTF website. A blue box on the right of the screen contains options of applying online or printing an application. Applicants will be separated into priority levels and will then be drawn from a lottery pool. To view the different priority levels, click here and scroll down. (Draw results will be posted on Maumee Valley NWTF website.)


  • Skip Markland
    • (419) 769-6983
    • wmrkland@frontier.com   
  • Gary Robison
    • (419) 410-5824
    • gdrobison81@gmail.com 


PF Extreme Upland Experience (for youth!)

Description: The “PF Extreme Upland Experience” is for all kids ages 12-18! There will be firearm safety, care, and handling demonstrations to teach youth how to properly use and handle a firearm. Instructors will also discuss attendees habitat education and dog handling (with demonstrations!) Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in a guided Pheasant hunt if they present a valid Ohio hunting or apprentice license!

Date/Time/Location: This is a four week program with meeting dates on September 30, October 7, 14, & 21. The events will be held at the Cooke Family Wildlife Park 4774 OH-13, Shiloh, OH 44878

How to attend: This program is FREE to all youth between 12-18 years of age. All youth must possess a current, valid hunting license or apprentice license to participate in the hunting portion. Sign up with begin on September 1st! Contact Jeremy or Lori…via phone or text message at (330) 641-2746 or by email at ashlandpf442@gmail.com to sign up.


  • Ashland County Pheasants Forever
    • (330) 641-2746
    • ashlandpf442@gmail.com


Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop

Description: This workshop is designed for youth 17 and under and their accompanying parent. The participants will rotate through different workshops during the day then leave for a guided afternoon duck hunt. The sessions will teach youth about gear, waterfowl ID, calling, decoy placement, camouflage, and where to duck hunt. Attendees will also get to taste duck ad learn about why wetlands are important to our ecosystem. 

Date/Time/Location: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 12pm- 7:08pm (sunset) at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

How to attend: Registration is required and is given on a first come first serve basis with priority given to youth with no waterfowl hunting experience. Click here to open the event brochure. Print and return the registration information to the stated address. Apply as soon as possible to secure your spot! (Selected participants will be notified.) 


  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
    • (419) 898-0014

About Sarah Schott

I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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