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Register now for April 14-15 Michigan BOW CCL handgun course

From Michigan Department of Natural Resources

-- Michigan’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering a handgun class for women interested in obtaining a concealed pistol license (CPL). The class to be held April 14 and 15 at the Caledonia Sportsman’s Club includes a basic class for the beginner as well as the course required by state law to obtain a Michigan CPL.

No previous shooting experience or skill level is needed to attend. Participants must be at least 21 years old and are required to attend both days of the two-day course, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For registration forms and information call (517)241-2225 or email Online, visit

All handguns, ammunition, eye and ear protection, lunch and beverages will be provided both days. The total cost per person is $175. Class size is limited to 25 women, and those who want to attend must pre-register.

Certified firearms instructors from the Great Lakes Outdoor Foundation will teach basic firearm safety and cover fundamentals of handgun shooting, types of handguns and ammunition, followed by instruction on the shooting range where each participant receives individual coaching. 

During the second part of the program, focusing on the training course required by law to obtain a CPL, participants will learn more about firearm safety and personal protection as well as how to select the proper handgun for personal protection and concealed-carry accessories. A Michigan attorney will discuss legal requirements, and three hours of range time will be required.

BOW is a noncompetitive program 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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