Bear Hunting 101, which will offer first-time and veteran hunters practical bear hunting methods, will be offered on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac. Edward Shaw, park interpreter for Mitchell State Park, will be conducting the introductory class to bear hunting from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, located at 6903 M-115 in Cadillac in Wexford County.
The class will offer practical bear hunting methods, suggestions on positioning a tree stand, baiting, rules and regulations and tips from seasoned bear hunters. All equipment will be provided. Children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an adult.
The bear hunting clinic is being offered as part of the Department of Natural Resources’ Recreation 101 program. Recreation 101 offers year-round programs that recruit top instructors and sports equipment vendors to provide free or inexpensive hands-on lessons with the goal of giving the novice sportsman enough skill and knowledge to begin a new activity.
Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call the park at 231-779-1321. Students will be offered the opportunity to shoot archery at the park’s range. Following the class the interpreter will be on site to assist in tuning in bows or crossbows. Participants are encouraged to bring them along.
The Bear Hunting 101 class is free, however, vehicles entering Mitchell State Park must have a Recreation Passport.
The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan's outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities.