DNR waterfowl hunting clinic set for Sept. 24

CADILLAC — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Outdoor Skills Academy in Cadillac is offering a waterfowl hunting clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24.

According to the DNR, this “A to Z” class on how to hunt waterfowl will cover everything students need to know to get started, including how to find a location, scouting, calling and gear.

The class will start at 10 a.m. at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center, located in Mitchell State Park at 6087 E. M-115 in Cadillac. The class will last four to five hours. The cost is $25 and will include lunch.

Matt “Master Blaster” Peterson, of Flight Control Guide Service, champion waterfowl caller Joe Duncan and DNR Conservation Officer Bill Hashkin will teach this inaugural Outdoor Skills Academy waterfowl clinic.

Participants will start the day in the classroom and then move to the hiking trails around the center which comply with federal Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Once outside, instructors will demonstrate how to set up a hunting site, setting up decoys, calling and more. Students will leave with the firsthand experience that will increase their chances this upcoming waterfowl season.

Registration is required prior to the class. Registration is available on the Michigan e-store at Michigan.gov/store.

For more information, or to register for the clinic by phone or email, contact Ed Shaw at (231) 779-1321 or shawe@michigan.gov.

A DNR Recreation Passport is required for entry into Mitchell State Park.