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Sandhill outdoor skills calendar

The Trumpeter Trail and Bison Byway are Open

Each spring, summer and fall, the Trumpeter Trail opens to motorists, allowing visitors to take in the uplands, flowages, woods and streams throughout the property, all in one visit. Visitors are invited to explore Sandhill Wildlife Area on foot year-round, even through the colder months.

The Bison Byway is a spur of the Trumpeter Trail allowing visitors to see more of the bison enclosure, then turn around, and make their way back to the Trumpeter Trail.

North Bluff Tower is closed due to safety risks. We apologize for the inconvenience and any disappointment you may be experiencing. Your safety is of the utmost importance. We are evaluating solutions and appreciate your patience. The hiking trail up north bluff is open, and we encourage its use, however, please stay off the tower.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center provides a variety of educational activities in the wide and wild world of wildlife recreation.

Friends of Sandhill Events Calendar  [exit DNR]

Wildlife staff, volunteers and guest instructors conduct a variety of workshops each year, primarily on weekends. Workshops use both an indoor classroom center as well as the outdoor world of Sandhill Wildlife Area. Workshops introduce participants to the appropriate use of outdoor equipment, develop skills to feel more competent outdoors and introduce participants to others who share similar interests. Outdoor skills programs are enhanced by a shooting range, trails, orienteering course and opportunities for supervised hunting and trapping experiences. These workshops and clinics are designed to be hands-on learning experiences to improve participants' knowledge, skills and experience level.

Workshop Registration

The Sandhill Wildlife Area is open to the public year-round. Individuals and groups are welcome to register for any of our workshops on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nominal fees are charged per participant for most Outdoor Skills Center workshops and tours to cover costs of educational materials, meals and special equipment. Checks should be made out to the "DNR-Skills Center." Registration is based on receipt of an application and fees. We do not accept credit/debit cards or cash.

Those registering for workshops will receive confirmation about one week prior to the event.

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Upcoming Workshops

Sandhill Trapping Permit

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-23 managed trapping season in Sandhill. The deadline to apply is Sep. 10, 2022.

2022 Sandhill Trapping Permit Application [PDF]

Learn to Hunt Deer

The application period for the 2022 Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program is closed. The next anticipated application period is early June 2023.