September demo days for mentored youth hunters




Mentored youth hunting in Michigan requires that all youth be properly fitted to their firearms. Demo days provide a safe and guided place for adults to get the kids fitted.

Mentored youth hunting in Michigan requires that all youth be properly fitted to their firearms. Demo days provide a safe and guided place for adults to get the kids fitted.

AREAWIDE — Does your young hunter have the right sized firearm?

Mentored youth hunting regulations, new for 2012, require that mentors ensure the hunting device is properly fitted and appropriately suited to the youth hunter. To that end, three of Michigan’s shooting ranges will offer a free demo day in September to help fit youngsters to their firearms.

At each range, kids will get the chance to try a variety of firearms and get fitted with help from gun experts and conservation officers. They will also receive a free t-shirt for attending, and a chance for a free hat if they come back to the range to practice shooting. The events are fully supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Range Partnership Grant Program.

September 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., kids can take part at the Pontiac Lake Shooting Range in Waterford, located within the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County, 7800 Gale Road, Waterford, Williams Lake Road, north of M-59, then west on Gale. 248-666-5406. The range is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a Recreation Passport is required for entry.

September 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sharonville Shooting Range in Grass Lake; and September 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Lake Shooting Range in Bath.

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to offer the new Mentored Youth Hunting program for the 2012 hunting season as an easy way for experienced Michigan hunters and anglers to inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

The Mentored Youth Hunting program is designed to introduce youth under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing, offering a “package” license for just $7.50. For one low price, youth hunters under the age of 10 will be able to hunt turkey (spring and fall, any hunt period/location, on private or public land), deer (two tags, any deer) and small game, trap furbearers and fish for all species.

By eliminating the minimum hunting age in Michigan, the Mentored Youth Hunting program is geared toward parents and other adult mentors who want to teach children under the age of 10 how to hunt and fish. It lets parents determine if and when their child is ready to hunt.

The Mentored Youth Hunting program is an easy way to introduce children to Michigan’s rich outdoor heritage, teach them about the importance of conserving our state’s unmatched natural resources and help ensure that our hunting tradition continues to thrive. Every license purchased means important funding for wildlife habitat improvement and restoration, wildlife research, programs that provide access for public hunting, hunter safety education and much more.

All hunters are reminded that all state DNR shooting ranges are open November 16-September 30, five days a week, Thursday-Monday; Oct. 1-31, six days a week, Wednesday-Monday; Nov. 1-15, seven days a week. For more details: log on to www.michigan.gov/shootingranges.


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