Classes offer intro to turkey and pheasant hunting

Several Michigan state parks will host introductory classes to help newcomers get started with turkey hunting, pheasant hunting and archery.

Archery 101
This introductory archery course, suitable for ages 5 and up, will consist of a brief educational portion, a “get to know your bow” segment and some active target shooting practice.

Proud Lake Recreation Area, July 1
Proud Lake Recreation Area, July 15

Pheasant Friday
Join representatives from Pheasants Forever and learn about firearm safety and this organization’s effort to restore pheasant habitat. Participants will get a hands-on opportunity to shoot a BB gun with expert instruction in a safe environment and to take part in activities to learn about grasslands and pollinators.

Seven Lakes State Park, July 9
Sterling State Park, July 23
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, July 30

Intro to Turkey Hunting Clinic
This “A to Z” class, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will cover everything you need to know to get started hunting wild turkeys, including how to find a location, scouting, calling and gear. There also will be an intro to BB gun shooting, with top shooter awards handed out at the end.

Sleepy Hollow State Park, July 10
Harrisville State Park, July 16
Clear Lake State Park, July 17-18
Wilderness State Park, July 20-21
Straits State Park, July 22

BB Gun Shoot
Join us as we team up with the National Wild Turkey Federation for this intro to BB gun shooting class. Top shooter awards will be handed out at the end.

Palms Book State Park, July 23-24