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Hunter Safety Instructor Class Planned for Women


Hunting- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program today announced the creation of the first-ever, all-women’s hunter safety instructor class. The class will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Frankenmuth Conservation Club.

"There is a great need for more women to become certified hunter safety instructors," said Lt. Sherry Chandler, recreation supervisor for the DNR Law Enforcement Division. "We are looking for enthusiastic women who are interested in helping expand the horizons and hunting opportunities for youngsters and non-hunting women."

Hunter safety instructors must be at least 18 years of age and must have prior hunting experience or have taken a hunter safety course. Participants will spend time outdoors, practicing safe firearm handling skills on the shooting range and learning about tree stand safety. The classroom session covers hunting rules and regulations, state game laws and ethics. Participants must pass a written exam and complete a one-year mentoring program to become a certified instructor.

The class registration fee is $25. Each participant will receive a special long-sleeve shirt and several "tools for teaching." Lunch also will be provided. The Frankenmuth Conservation Club is located at 8415 East Curtis Road in Frankenmuth.

The Michigan Recreational Safety Training Instructor Application and the Hunter Education Instructor Class for Women registration form must be completed and returned to the DNR Law Enforcement Division, P.O. Box 30031, Lansing, MI 38909. These forms also are available on the DNR Web site.

"The BOW program is very excited to offer this opportunity and we plan to make it fun-filled and informative," said BOW Program Coordinator Lynn Marla. "Hunting and outdoor recreation are just a part of our state’s great quality of life. I encourage women interested in hunting to join us."

Many other outdoor programs for women are scheduled this year across Michigan. To learn more about this program or additional opportunities, contact Marla at (517) 241-2225 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Source: Michigan DNR


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