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DNR offers waterfowl hunting clinics in Bay City and Cadillac

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer introductory waterfowl hunting clinics in Bay City Aug. 26 and Cadillac Sept. 2 as part of its Outdoor Skills Academy.

This “A to Z” class will cover everything new waterfowl hunters need to know to get started, including how to find a location, scouting, calling and gear. Instructors will demonstrate how to set up a waterfowl hunting site and decoys, calling and other techniques. All students will leave with firsthand experience that will increase their chances of success this upcoming waterfowl season.

Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City
3582 State Park Drive (inside Bay City State Recreation Area)
Saturday, Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $60, which includes a Daggs Custom Calls duck call and lunch

Instructors include Joe Duncan of Daggs Custom Calls and DNR staff members. Participation is limited to 18. For more information, contact Valerie Blaschka at 989-667-0717 or blaschkav@michigan.gov.

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, Cadillac
6087 E. M-115 (inside Mitchell State Park)
Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $35, which includes a Daggs Custom Calls duck call and lunch

Instructors include Kenny Daggs and Joe Duncan of Daggs Custom Calls; Matt “Master Blaster” Peterson of Flight Control Guide Service; and Michigan DNR Outdoor Skills Academy pro-staff. Participation is limited to 30. For more information, contact Ed Shaw at 231-779-1321 or shawe@michigan.gov.

Registration is required for both classes. Register online at the Michigan eStore.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into both Bay City State Recreation Area and Mitchell State Park.

The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more about the Outdoor Skills Academy at michigan.gov/outdoorskills.