Family-friendly activities in the Minnesota Deer and Turkey Classic Wild Trails Kids Zone including a BB Gun range, and a trout pond.
Be one of the first 30 kids each day to stop by the National Wild Turkey Foundation (NWTF) booth during the show — and you will receive a slate call!
Here’s your chance to meet a dedicated group of sportsmen and women who participate in the ancient art and sport of falconry. Association members will be in the Wild Trails Kid Zone during the 2024 show to share their passion for birds or prey with live birds on site, and provide information to help us come together to enhance conservation and ethics for the current and future generations of falconers. Birds will be tethered on perches and handled by association members.
Got Youth? The Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic Aims to Entertain ‘Em!
The Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic has several focal points: impressive antlers, top-notch seminars, and world-class hunting experts and celebrities. But one over-riding theme remains core to the event’s mission: Educating and entertaining the next generation of hunters.
Youth hunters are the future of deer hunting and other outdoors sports, and the Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic has another impressive lineup in its Wild Trails Kid Zone. The 2024 event runs Friday, March 08 through Sunday, March 10 at the Canterbury Park Expo Center.
“This is a show for the whole family, especially kids,” said Eric Meyer, show manager. “We’re very excited about all the free youth activities in our Kids Zone again this year, and they’ll be going strong all three days.”
A1 Archery is sponsoring the Kids Archery Shoot, and staffers from the shop will be on hand giving first-time shooters a bow-and-arrow tutorial. Under instructor supervision, youth shooters will have the opportunity to grab a lightweight bow and pop some balloons and take other short-range shots.
A1 staffers will teach beginning archers how to distinguish if they have right or left eye dominance and just have fun. A1 usually has some hunting videos for kids on hand, too.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is giving a Slate Call to the first 30 kids who visit the organization’s booth each day of the show. The NWTF gang also will supervise a youth BB gun shoot where kids can test their shooting skills by plinking some targets. Pick up some information on NWTF’s youth program, Jake’s, while visiting.
Across from the NWTF booth, kids and adults alike should check out the World Slam of Turkeys display to identify all six subspecies of North American wild turkeys. Pick up an information sheet on the natural history of these remarkable game birds, then take a quiz to test your learning.
Speaking of shooting, kids of all ages have enjoyed the rubber band shoot sponsored by Trail Life USA. Fire up some rubber bands, test your skills, and make some noise clicking targets.
Aspiring pro anglers among young attendees should visit the trout pond. A small donation to the nonprofit Fishing for Life is encouraged for trout fishing and all fish are released back into the pond.
The Minnesota Falconers Association will be on hand with live birds for 2023, and youngsters can stump themselves at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association booth where staffers will display an Animal Skull Identification Challenge.
While there, kids should consider signing up for one of MDHA’s popular forkhorn camps during spring and summer 2024.
Finally, Outdoor News will offer information and the chance for youth 18 and under to join the Junior Pro Team.
Check the event map for all the booths and exhibits for the Wild Trails Kids Zone.
Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic is looking forward to a great turnout for these free activities again this year.
Hours for the 2024 Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic are Friday, March 08 from 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 09 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A‑1 Archery is proud to offer introductory archery at the Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic! Instructors will give a hands on experience shooting a bow at a target and learning proper form and technique. We will teach archers how to distinguish if an archer has right or left eye dominance and have a ton of fun! Join us for a great time!
We’ll also have an interactive and educational opportunity for kids to take a quiz focused on identifying the “world slam” of wild turkeys, as well as identifying furs and skulls from various animals.