BOW Offers Hunter Safety Course to Women

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring an all-women?s hunter safety class in conjunction with the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac.

The two-day class, scheduled for Jan. 25-26, is open to any female, 18 years and older, who wishes to attain a hunter safety certificate necessary for hunting. All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, l960 must have this certificate or proof of a previous license to purchase any Michigan hunting license.

The class will meet each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will receive a hunter safety certificate. The class is presented free of charge, but participants should bring their own sack lunch. Class size is limited to about 30 participants and preregistration is required by calling Rick Torres, park interpreter and class instructor, at 231-779-1321.

"These classes are a good way for women to familiarize themselves with firearms and how to handle them safely, even if they don't intend to hunt," said Lynn Marla, DNR BOW coordinator. "This is important information for single mothers, for example, who may not be interested in hunting, but whose children may be going out to shoot with relatives."

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is a hands-on, outdoor skills program for women who wish to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer. For information on other programs scheduled for women throughout the state, contact Lynn Marla, BOW Coordinator, at 517-241-2225 or marlal@michigan.gov.