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Michigan offers women shooting, archery, hunting workshops in August

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

-- A variety of opportunities will be available for women to learn more about shooting, archery and hunting in August through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. The hands-on workshops, designed primarily for those 18 and older, teach women skills needed to take part in outdoor recreational activities.

"This August, women can learn how to shoot a shotgun, a rifle, a bow or how to hunt for deer," said program coordinator Sue Tabor. "Even if you've never held a gun or a bow before, here's a great chance to get your feet wet in a fun and friendly atmosphere."

August BOW programs are taking place in the metro Detroit, Grand Rapids and Saginaw areas.

For registration forms and more information call (517)241-2225, visit www.michigan.gov/bow or email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov.

Available classes include:

Introduction to Rifle Shooting
Aug. 6, 3 to 6 p.m.
Hosted by Detroit Sportsmens Congress
49800 Dequindre Road, Utica

The National Rifle Associations FIRST Steps rifle course, presents firearm safety with video and computer graphics in the classroom. Instructors discuss firearms actions and component parts, ammunition basics, basic shooting positions and firearms for recreational and sporting uses. A hands-on firearms display will be set up for students to handle and become comfortable with the unloaded firearms. Certified instructors are available to answer questions. Live fire will take place at an indoor range, using .22 rimfire firearms and supervised by certified instructors at all times. Ammunition, eye and ear protection will be provided. Participants are asked to not bring their own firearms to this class. Youngsters 10 and older are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cost per person is $30 (adults and youth) to cover ammunition and class materials. This class is available on a first come basis and limited to 24 participants.

Introduction to Shotgun Shooting
Aug, 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Hosted by Saginaw Field and Stream Club
1296 N. Gleaner Road, Saginaw

For beginners as well as those want to sharpen skills, the shooting clinic provides individual instruction. With an emphasis on firearm safety, participants learn and practice shotgun shooting technique, learn how to determine their dominant eye, proper stance and firearm fit. Attendees may bring their own shotgun to this class or one will be provided for their use. Only 20-gauge ammunition will be provided. Those bringing their own 12-gauge shotgun will need to provide their own ammunition. Eye and ear protection will be available. Cost per person is $30. Class size is limited first-come and limited to 24 people.

Introduction to Archery
Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon
Hosted by Detroit Sportsmens Congress
49800 Dequindre Road, Utica

No skill level is required for this workshop, which will cover safety, dominant eye, proper shooting form/technique, various archery equipment, maintenance and selection. The course will also provide hands-on practice shooting a bow with assistance by instructors. All equipment will be provided. Girls 10 and older are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cost for both adults and youngsters is $20 each. This class is first-come, first-served and is limited to 24 participants.


Introduction to Shotgun Shooting
Aug. 17, 5 to 9 p.m.
Hosted by Caledonia Sportsmans Club
10721 Coldwater Road SE, Alto

The Great Lakes Outdoors Foundation will provide one-on-one instruction in this class for beginners as well as those who would like to sharpen their shotgun skills. With an emphasis on firearm safety, participants will learn and practice shotgun shooting technique, how to determine their dominant eye, proper stance and firearm fit. Attendees may bring their own shotgun to this class or one will be provided for their use. Eye and ear protection also will be available. Cost is $30 per person, including ammunition.

Deer Hunting Workshop
Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hosted by Detroit Archers Club
5795 Drake Road, West Bloomfield

Learn the basics necessary during this workshop that covers both archery and firearms deer seasons. Participants learn about deer hunting regulations, rules and deer health, deer hunting equipment and scent control, scouting and habitat  where to find deer and places to hunt,  safety and hunting etiquette in the field and caring for and processing game after the harvest. The $20 per person cost includes lunch and all materials.

Introduction to Archery
Aug. 24, 5 to 9 p.m.
Hosted by Caledonia Sportsmans Club
10721 Coldwater Road SE, Alto

No skill level is required for this workshop, which will cover safety, dominant eye, proper shooting form/technique, various archery equipment, maintenance and selection. The course will also provide hands-on practice at an indoor range, shooting a bow with assistance by instructors. All equipment will be provided. Cost is $15 per person. This class is limited to 10 participants.

Womens Hunter Education Safety Course
Aug. 27 and 28
Hosted by Tuscola County Conservation Club
1060 Gun Club Road, Caro

This class is for anyone who has been interested in learning how to hunt  or to use a firearm. Women and girls age 12 and older are welcome. Participants must attend both days to take the hunter education safety standard test to receive their certificate. Beverages and morning snacks provided. Attendees need to bring their own sack lunch both days. Early registration is encouraged. The class is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $10 per person.

BOW is a noncompetitive program for women, in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

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