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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 23 FEB 05
Contact:  Lynn Marla, 517-241-2225

Hunter Safety Instructor Class Planned for Women

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
(BOW) program today announced the creation of the first-ever,
all-women's hunter safety instructor class. The class will take place
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Frankenmuth
Conservation Club.

"There is a great need for more women to become certified hunter
safety
instructors," said Lt. Sherry Chandler, recreation supervisor for the
DNR Law Enforcement Division. "We are looking for enthusiastic women
who are interested in helping expand the horizons and hunting
opportunities for youngsters and non-hunting women."

Hunter safety instructors must be at least 18 years of age and must
have prior hunting experience or have taken a hunter safety course.
Participants will spend time outdoors, practicing safe firearm
handling
skills on the shooting range and learning about tree stand safety. The
classroom session covers hunting rules and regulations, state game
laws
and ethics. Participants must pass a written exam and complete a
one-year mentoring program to become a certified instructor.

The class registration fee is $25. Each participant will receive a
special long-sleeve shirt and several "tools for teaching." Lunch also
will be provided. The Frankenmuth Conservation Club is located at 8415
East Curtis Road in Frankenmuth.

The Michigan Recreational Safety Training Instructor Application and
the Hunter Education Instructor Class for Women registration form must
be completed and returned to the DNR Law Enforcement Division,
P.O. Box 30031, Lansing, MI 38909. These forms also are available on
the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

"The BOW program is very excited to offer this opportunity and we plan
to make it fun-filled and informative," said BOW Program Coordinator
Lynn Marla. "Hunting and outdoor recreation are just a part of our
state's great quality of life. I encourage women interested in hunting
to join us."

Many other outdoor programs for women are scheduled this year across
Michigan. To learn more about this program or additional
opportunities,
contact Marla at (517) 241-2225 or send an e-mail to
marlal@michigan.gov.

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