Michigan DNR offers women's handgun course for a concealed pistol license

The Department of Natural Resources' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering a handgun class for women interested in obtaining a concealed pistol license (CPL). Taking place at the Caledonia Sportsman's Club in Alto on April 14-15, the program will include a basic class for the beginner as well as the course required by state law to obtain a Michigan CPL.

No previous shooting experience or skill level is needed to attend. Participants must be at least 21 years old and are required to attend both days of the two-day course, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Certified firearms instructors from the Great Lakes Outdoor Foundation will teach the class, which will begin with basic firearm safety instruction and will cover the fundamentals of handgun shooting, types of handguns and ammunition. The class will then head to the shooting range, where each participant will get one-on-one coaching.

During the second part of the program, focusing on the training course required by law to obtain a CPL, participants will learn more about firearm safety and personal protection as well as how to select the proper handgun for personal protection and concealed-carry accessories. A Michigan attorney will discuss legal requirements, and three hours of range time will be required.

All handguns, ammunition, eye and ear protection, lunch and beverages will be provided both days. The total cost per person is $175. Class size is limited to 25 women, and those who want to attend must pre-register.

Caledonia Sportsman's Club is located at 10721 Coldwater Road SE in Alto. For more information about the club, visit www.csc.us.com.

For registration forms and information on this and other BOW programs, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, call 517-241-2225 or email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov.

BOW is a noncompetitive program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

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.

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