By Lars Dalseide | July 18 2014 12:24

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at DNR shooting ranges

Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at Michigan DNR shooting ranges Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources will once again offer Demonstration Days for mentored youth hunters at its Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges in July and August.

Mentored youth hunting regulations require that hunting devices are properly fitted and appropriately suited to the youth hunter. The Demonstration Days events will give young hunters a chance to try a variety of firearms - rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders - archery equipment and crossbows with help from range officers and hunter education instructors; meet with conservation officers about what to expect while in the field; and try out the DNR's hunting simulator. Participating partners include the National Wild Turkey Federation with its JAKES trailer and Pheasants Forever.

Mentored youth hunters and other young people interested in hunting are invited to stop by between 4 and 8 p.m. on the following days:

Participants will get a free camouflage baseball hat and a backpack full of helpful resources for new hunters. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, and attendees should not bring their own. Registration is not required.

"This is the third year we're offering Demo Days, and we've found that the kids really enjoy, and their parents appreciate, the opportunity to try out different youth-sized hunting equipment," said Dennis Fox, DNR Recruitment and Retention manager. "We want kids' first hunting experiences to be successful, and using a firearm, bow or crossbow that's suited and fitted for them helps ensure that young hunters have a safe and enjoyable time in the field."

The Mentored Youth Hunting program is designed to introduce youth under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing, offering a "package" license for just $7.50. For one low price, youth hunters under the age of 10 can hunt turkey (spring and fall, any hunt period/location, on private or public land), deer and small game, trap furbearers and fish for all species. By eliminating the minimum hunting age in Michigan, the program is geared toward parents and other adult mentors who want to teach children how to hunt and fish, allowing them to determine if and when their child is ready to hunt. To learn more about the Mentored Youth Hunting program, visit www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting.

More information about the DNR's shooting ranges is available at www.michigan.gov/shootingranges.

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.govhttps://www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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