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Take aim at Take-A-Kid-Hunting weekend

Ever thought about sharing lunch with a youngster from the comfort of a warm log on a sunny fall day in the woods?

With the leaves turning gold, red and yellow, Take-A-Kid Hunting weekend provides the perfect opportunity for adults and kids across Minnesota to connect in the outdoors.

This Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, Minnesota residents 18 and older can hunt without a license by bringing along a youth younger than 16.

"It's a great time for experienced hunters to focus on their kids and help them hone outdoor skills," said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "But it's an even better opportunity for those who want to kindle an outdoors interest in their children to get outside together and talk, listen and learn."

Adults hunt for free but youth must possess a free small game license, which is available at any DNR license agent or online at Standard shooting and possession limits apply.

"Spending quality time in the woods with kids is rewarding," Kurre said. "As adults, it's easy for us to forget that someone somewhere helped us first discover the outdoors."

Information about additional youth opportunities is available at the DNR's website.