Many people look forward to summer all year, but it’s a bit of a downtime for hunters, given their seasons don’t begin until around Labor Day or later. No hunter wants to be rusty when hunting season rolls around. One of the easiest ways to maintain shooting form is to spend some time at one of the state’s shooting ranges (a comprehensive list is at dnr.state.mn.us), shooting skeet or trap, or firing away at targets. Later in the summer, game farms open their doors to people who want to target pheasants in a relatively controlled setting. In addition to helping hunters work off the rust, game farms are good for getting hunting dogs back into field shape.

JOE ALBERT