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DNR offers waterfowl hunting clinic in Cadillac Sept. 24

The Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy in Cadillac, Michigan, will offer a waterfowl hunting clinic Saturday, Sept. 24.

The class will start at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center at 10 a.m. and will run 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 first annual Outdoor Skills Academy waterfowl clinic. 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.

Participants will start the day in the classroom and then move to the hiking trails around the center. The trails, which comply with federal Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, are easy to walk. 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 for the clinic is available on the Michigan e-store at Michigan.gov/estore.

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

The Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center is located in Mitchell State Park at 6087 E. M-115 in Cadillac. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.

Learn more about the Outdoor Skills Academy at michigan.gov/outdoorskills.