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Upland Bird Camp

Registration for Summer 2024 now open!

Scholarship Recipients: All scholarship recipients are required to verify their scholarship award upon online registration by providing contact information (name and number/email) from the individual that awarded them the scholarship. Deep Portage will be working with the sponsors to double check scholarships weekly to verify they are correct. Any incorrect scholarships will be immediately revoked, returned back to the sponsor, and your $100 camp deposit will NOT be reimbursed.

Dates: July 28-August 2 (overnight)

Ages: 12-16

Tuition: $550
Prerequisite: MN
 Firearms Safety Certification (call or email if camper has out-of-state FAS) 


Upland Bird camp offers campers the opportunity to learn the basics of hunting upland game birds and improve their wing shooting skills. Classes cover: 

  • Upland bird biology from trained biologists,

  • Daily wing shooting instruction on our 10 station sporting clay pigeon course,

  • Dog training techniques. 

  • Ethical hunting techniques

  • Campers participate in an activity to learn how to respectfully gain permission on private lands.


Trained dogs are an important aspect of upland bird hunting so this course includes a field trip to Pine Shadows Kennel where students receive hands-on training with professional dog trainers to handle dogs in the field. Stations include:

  • Flushing/pointing dog techniques in the field with live birds

  • Skeet shooting

  • Dog first aid basics

  • At one station, the Pine Shadows staff give each camper a puppy to hold onto for 45 minutes to teach them how to handle young dogs!


This is a great way to meet friends and learn about birds, dogs, and bird hunting. Each camper can expect to go about a case of shells by the end of camp on the shooting course. 

*Students can get scholarships through the MDHA, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and local sportsmen's/women's clubs.

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