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E-M:/ Hoffmaster Hosts 12th Annual Sportsmen For Youth Day

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

August 30, 2005

Contacts: Kenneth Wilson 231-798-3573 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                             	
Hoffmaster Hosts 12th Annual Sportsmen For Youth Day

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park will hold the 12th Annual Youth Day on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organized by the nonprofit group Sportsmen for Youth, this event introduces youngsters to Michigan's outdoor heritage and helps youths discover a greater appreciation for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. 

Sportsmen For Youth, a group of area sporting and conservation organizations including the Grand River chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, Lakeshore Safari Club, Muskegon Bowmen and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, have pooled resources to coordinate the day-long event. 

The event offers hands-on activities and special demonstrations, conducted and supervised by each of the participating organizations will be held in the day-use beach parking area. The events include:

* MUCC offers two wetland programs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

* Park Interpreter Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman will present live Michigan turtles throughout the day.

* DNR Conservation Officer Dave Shaw will be doing a hands-on activity with children to illustrate carrying capacity and deer management.

* Muskegon-based DNR wildlife biologists will have a display of Michigan mammals and waterfowl.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at a ratio of at least one parent or guardian per five youths. All youths will enter drawings for door prizes provided by the sporting organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments are provided free to kids.

Sportsmen for Youth Day activities are free; however, a state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Permits are $6 for the day or $24 for a resident annual permit, which is valid at any state park. 

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Rd,, Muskegon. Take US-31 to the Pontaluna Road exit and go west three miles to the park entrance. Call the park at (231) 798-3711 for more information.

Overflow parking for vehicles with a state park motor vehicle permit is available at the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, three-quarters of a mile north on Lake Harbor Rd. A shuttle will take visitors from this parking lot to the event.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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