Michigan: Get Ready for Spring Turkey Hunting and Walleye Fishing Seasons

Spring Turkey Hunting
The DNR’s Outdoor Skills Academy will offer a spring turkey hunting clinic Saturday, April 23, at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac.
Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Lansing, MI -(AmmoLand.com)- As part of its Outdoor Skills Academy, the Department of Natural Resources will offer a turkey hunting clinic April 23 and a walleye fishing clinic May 7 at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac, Michigan.

“With spring turkey season just a couple weeks away and walleye season opening soon after that, these classes are a great way to get ready to hit the woods and water,” said DNR park interpreter and Outdoor Skills Academy Director Ed Shaw. “Whether you’re a beginner who wants to learn something new or an experienced hunter or angler who wants to brush up on your skills, the clinics are designed to help you have a successful and enjoyable outdoor experience.”

Turkey Hunting Clinic – Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.

The Outdoor Skills Academy welcomes the National Wild Turkey Federation for the academy’s first wild turkey clinic. This A-Z class on how to hunt wild turkeys will cover everything you need to know to get started, including how to find a location, scouting, calling and gear. Running four to five hours, the clinic will be held both in the field and in the classroom. The cost for this class is $25, which includes lunch and a 2016 turkey patch. Preregistration is required.

Open Water Walleye Clinic – Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.

This four-hour class will go through how Outdoor Skills Academy pro-staffers Steve Berry from Church Tackle and Matt Peterson from Fishbones Custom Lures spend their days chasing trophy walleye. The class will cover everything from which rod and reel to use, to how to use your electronics. DNR staff members also will be on hand to answer rules and regulations questions. This class costs $20.

The Outdoor Skills Academy is a new DNR program focused on developing and honing outdoor recreation skills, with classes offered at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center. To learn more about the Outdoor Skills Academy or register for a class, visit www.michigan.gov/outdoorskills.

The Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center is located in Mitchell State Park, at 6093 E. M-115 in Cadillac. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.

About the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.