Become an outdoor family Sept. 21-22

Published 5:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2009

LANSING – Families who want to learn more about how to hunt deer are invited to participate in a two-day workshop Sept. 21-22 hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at Omega Farms in Williamston. Omega Farms is located at 4900 M-52 in Williamston, just east of Lansing.

This is the first in a planned series of workshops to provide families with the opportunity to learn outdoors skills, modeled on the DNR’s popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

On Monday, Sept. 21, participants will check in for the workshop at Omega Farms at 6 p.m. Presentations will include deer hunting equipment and stands, scouting tips for deer habitat and signs, scent control, hunting rules and regulations and deer health. The program will conclude at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, participants will once again check in at 6 p.m. Workshop sessions include firearm and field safety, shooting skills, sighting, marksmanship, clean harvest and caring for your game after the harvest. The program will conclude at 9 p.m.

“This program is designed for families – fathers, sons, mothers and daughters – who want to learn new outdoor recreation skills they can engage in together,” said Dennis Fox, manager of the DNR’s Recruitment and Retention Section. “It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors and participate in our state’s long-standing hunting heritage.”

Cost for the workshop is $20 for each adult and $5 for each child ages 12-17. Costs include all instruction and materials. Light snacks and beverages will be available; however, no evening meals will be provided.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

The workshop will be held rain or shine, and some class time will be spent outdoors. Participants should dress appropriately. Participants are asked not to bring their own firearms. All equipment will be provided.

For more information on this program or to register for it, go online at Pre-registration is required.