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Women turning to hunting more frequently

Portage Lake Sportsmen’s Club held their annual hunter education course this past weekend, and as has become the trend lately, many of the 45 students were girls. Member Ed Glowacki says he is glad to see everyone get a chance to pick up the hobby he loves.

Most classes are…call it 50/50. Some are more ladies, some are a little less. That’s a great thing. Our society is 50 percent women. There’s no reason there’s not participation.

Not every girl enrolls to wind up in a blind come November. Glowacki says some are just interested in developing familiarity with firearms.

As other parts of the state see sharp declines in the number of hunters, Glowacki says girls taking part for the first time are helping to ease the drop throughout the Copper Country.

I think the tradition is holding up better up here, but, in general it’s true, there’s not as much participation.

Hunter education classes require one day of classroom instruction, followed by a “field day” that is more hands-on. Each day, the club had at least seven instructors on hand to deliver lessons. Glowacki says that the group has thought about making the course semiannual, but for now it happens just once a year. For other area classes, Glowacki says the Michigan DNR website provides information on the different options available. Hunter education is required before you can bag your buck.

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