Events at Metro Area Pheasants Forever

Clays for a Cause X

Clays for a Cause X

Date(s): Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Hours: 9:00 AM
Event: Clays for a Cause X

A fundraiser shoot, lunch, and silent auction which raises money for the purchase and restoration of public hunting land. All raised proceeds go directly towards land in Minnesota—and we've been able to raise over $100,000 combined with our last nine events, helping to create 1800 acres of permanently protected land. We welcome a variety of participants each year, many of whom are new to shooting sports. Register at the link below. This year will be our tenth event; we hope it will be our biggest and best event yet! Clays for a Cause 2023 will be held in Prior Lake at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, at 9 am. All proceeds will go towards purchasing and restoring a wildlife management area in Minnesota TBD. More information and a chance to register can be found on the event webpage here:


  • 9:00-9:45am - Registration Begins
  • 9:45-10:00am - Safety Talk & Course Etiquette
  • 10:00-11:30am - Sporting Clays Start
  • 11:00-12:00pm - Social Hour Starts - Enjoy a drink on Metro Area PF
  • 12:00-12:30pm - Lunch Begins
  • 12:30-1:30pm - Program Begins: Sponsor & Donor Recognition
  • 12:30pm - Silent Auction and Raffles close


  • $320/team (4 shooters)
  • $400/team (5 shooters)
  • $480/team (6 shooters)
  • $85/adult $50/youth (ages 12-17)
  • $30 lunch & silent auction only
  • *Cost includes 50-target shoot & lunch. Shells NOT provided.

View our scheduled chapter events and past events.

Upcoming Events

2024 Adult Learn to Hunt Upland Birds Program

2024 Adult Learn to Hunt Upland Birds Program

Date(s): Sep 7-8 2024
Hours: 9:00 AM
Event: 2024 Adult Learn to Hunt Upland Birds Program

The 2023 Adult Learn to Hunt Upland Birds Program aims to help you develop all the skills necessary to hunt safely and independently. In addition to hands-on learning, participants will be provided with online content that can be completed at home to maximize the experience. This program intends to provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere where adults with no prior hunting experience can learn to hunt and develop an appreciation and understanding of the hunter's role in conservation and the importance of being a steward of the resource and habitat. The course will also create an excellent opportunity for participants to meet other adult-onset hunters and experienced hunters who can be a resource beyond the program.

The program is comprised of two weekends plus one Saturday morning. The first is an instructional weekend held September 7th & 8th at the 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
  • Going afield together and actually hunting birds.

On Saturday, September 21st, you will be invited to hunt planted birds at the Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake, Mn. from 9 am until 1 pm. Lunch will be included. We will supply three birds per student all at no additional cost.

The second weekend is a wild bird hunt guided by trained hunters from our chapter with dogs. The date will be announced at class, but it will be in October after the 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 Minnesota); the exact location is TBD and will be determined closer to the event date. You are encouraged to get overnight accommodations and hunt again on Sunday if you'd like!

You will need to have completed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources's (DNR) Firearm Safety program in order to participate. This class can be completed online on the MN DNR website.

Saturday, September 7th: 9am-5pm
Sunday, September 8th: 9am-3pm
Location: MN Horse and Hunt Club, 2920 220th St E, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Planted bird hunt: Saturday, September 21st, 9 am - 1 pm.

Wild bird hunt: Participants will meet at 8 am; hunting begins at 9 am. Participants are encouraged to arrange lodging on Saturday night and hunt again with the group on Sunday!
Location: Outstate Minnesota, location TBD

2024 Sign Up

Women Learn to Pheasant Hunt Weekend

Women Learn to Pheasant Hunt Weekend

Date(s): TBD
Event: Women Learn to Pheasant Hunt Weekend

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

Meet and greet instructors and participants - bring your questions and gear!
Shotgun Basics: Choosing and fitting a gun, ammunition selection, and gun safety Sporting Clays shooting Hunt Prep: How to dress, where to hunt In the Field: Pheasant habitat, how to hunt habitat and hunting over dogs Chair massage available in the evening for an additional fee Sunday:
Gun Cleaning Sporting Clays shooting Shooting games including Annie Oakley
Date TBD:
Mentored group hunt at Caribou Hunting Preserve in Le Sueur, MN

Cost includes two nights of bunkhouse lodging and meals Friday evening through Sunday breakfast and a Game Farm hunt at later date. Please note any food allergies at registration. Feel free to bring a personal shotgun. Guns will be available for participants. All ammunition provided. Gun Safety certificate suggested.

The cost is TBD, which includes a year's membership to Pheasants Forever

Limit 14 Women.

Register at

Email with any questions.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Metro Pheasants Forever, Federal Ammunition, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Youth Learn to Shoot A Shotgun

Youth Learn to Shoot A Shotgun

Date(s): Sunday(s), May 19th, July 14th & Aug. 4th 2024
Hours: 12 - 2 PM
Event: Youth Learn to Shoot A Shotgun

Every summer, Metro Area Pheasants Forever provides a free opportunity to learn how to shoot a shotgun. We also teach 2nd-year participants to spend time in the field hunting safely. Learn to Shoot is our entry-level program and is most often the only way to take our Learn to Hunt program.  The MN firearms safety certificate is not required for Learn to Shoot. You must sign up for each session of this program if you want to attend more than one. We like students to attend all three sessions if possible to broaden their experience level with a gun in their hand.  We require students who want to continue to Learn to Hunt the following year to take all three sessions of Learn to Shoot first.

Cost: FREE 

Participant Requirements: Must be 12 – 18 years of age for Learn to Shoot.

Learn To Shoot

Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, May 19th / Noon to 2 pm
  • Sunday, July 14th / Noon to 2 pm
  • Sunday, August 4th / Noon to 2 pm

Location: Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club

Youth Learn to Hunt Program

Youth Learn to Hunt Program

Date(s): Sunday(s), May 19th,Jul. 14th, Aug. 4th  2024
Hours: 12:00 PM
Event: Youth Learn to Hunt Program

Every summer, Metro Area Pheasants Forever provides an opportunity to learn how to spend time in the field hunting safely.  This is an "invitation only" program. The vast majority of students who get to take Learn to Hunt are graduates of our entry-level program: Learn to Shoot.  We do make exceptions depending on the age and experience level of the individual. If you wish to apply, you need to talk to Steve Gnoza, Learn to Hunt director. Learn to hunt is a three-session program; you must attend two out of three in order to qualify for the hunts, but attending all three is highly recommended. A Minnesota gun safety certificate is required for all participants in Learn to Hunt. There are also hunt program videos to watch as part of this class (homework!) You can find these interesting videos on the YOUTH page under the Learn to Hunt description.

Participants attending and completing both program dates will qualify for a free pheasant hunt at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club and the opportunity to spend the day hunting wild pheasants in Marshall, MN with food and hotel lodging provided at no charge.


Participant Requirements: Must have a firearm safety certificate and be 12 – 18 years of age

Learn To Hunt

Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, May 19th / Noon to 2 pm
  • Sunday, July 14th / Noon to 2 pm
  • Sunday, August 4th / Noon to 2 pm

Location: Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club

Free Mentored Pheasant Hunt (for grads of "learn to hunt")

Date & Time:
Sunday October 6th, 2024

Location: Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club

Free Marshall Mentored Wild Pheasant Hunt

Date & Time:
October 2024, Date/Time TBD


  • One night’s lodging
  • Meals
  • DNR conservation officer hunting presentation and discussion
  • Trap shooting
  • Mentor guided hunt
  • Bird cleaning demonstration

See more details on the YOUTH page !

2024 Sporting Clays Fundriaser for the Kids!

2024 Sporting Clays Fundriaser for the Kids!

Date(s): Thursday, June 06, 2024
Hours: 12:00 PM
Event: 2024 Sporting Clays Fundraiser for the kids

We are back in 2024! Our shoot is going to be on Thursday, June 6th at Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, as always. It will be a fantastic afternoon!  Please help us raise more money for Metro Area Pheasants Forever's wonderful youth shooting program. Over ten years, hundreds of kids have shot thousands of shells and targets thanks to the money raised by this event. Metro PF is deeply grateful to Mike and Tina Setran, to Tom and Ann Garlinghouse, and all the other volunteers who have so faithfully put on this event year after year. Our great thanks also go to all of you who continue to come and participate. Your dollars make a difference! We wish you good health as we move ahead in 2024.

50-clay fundraiser shoot and lunch raises money for the Metro Area Youth Wing Shooting Program.

This is a rain or shine event.  Please bring appropriate clothing, 2 boxes of shotgun shells, and eye & ear protection.  Firearms rentals are available at the club.

All proceeds dedicated to Metro Area Pheasants Forever:

  • 5-Step Shooting Program
  • 2020 Shawn Garlinghouse Legacy Youth Hunt

Please RSVP to Mike Setran at 612-200-7002 or

Past Events

Metro Wingshooting System

Metro Wingshooting System

The Metro Chapter Wing Shooting System is specifically designed to pass on the fun and excitement of wing shooting for youth by building FIVE SIMPLE STEPS FOR SUCCESS. Each step moves seamlessly to the next and culminates in hitting more targets. The system is easy to use AND easy to remember! Each student will learn to shoot a shotgun properly. Our five-step system will teach students their dominant eye, establish foot position and an appropriate leaning, mount a shotgun, point at a target, concentrate on a target and ultimately break it. The system is designed to give the student the basics, so they feel comfortable carrying and shooting a shotgun before entering a field to hunt. In addition, our program provides the foundation for a student to advance his or her skills in a shooting sports program. See more details on the YOUTH page of this website. Dates/Times Sunday, May 19th / Noon to 2 pm Sunday, July 14th / Noon to 2 pm Sunday, August 4th / Noon to 2 pm

Youth page

Adult Hunt Training

Adult Hunt Training

These are weekend experiences for adults who want to learn to hunt upland game. There is a fee associated with these events that partially cover the cost of each weekend. These weekends are geared for people who have little or no experience hunting.



We raise money for land and for kids!

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