WE'RE STILL LEARNING ABOUT THE OUTDOORS
On August 8, 2015 Team Wild Michigan's Sara Marie, Russ Bartel and Duran Martinez, attended a 1 day seminar with the focus being on Michigan bear hunting. The class at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing center in Cadiallac, MI, was headed up by Ed Shaw, MI DNR Interpreter of the Michigan DNR. The emphasis on proper baiting, hunting methods and laws surrounding the subject was presented in a manner that made it easy for all attending to come away with the much needed information to increase their percentage of success in the field.
Special guest Bob Garner, formerly of Michigan Outdoors Television, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony that was the official opening of the DNR Outdoor Skills Acadamy. Also in attendance was Steve Berry. Steve is the first Pro Staff member that is responsible for
helping to educate people of all skill levels to become more successful in the outdoors.
We hope that you will visit this great facility and see what so many have worked so hard at to make sure all have the tools and education needed to ensure a positive experience in Michigan's outdoors.
MI DNR Interpreter, welcomes the bear hunting class and gives some background on the Cart T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bob Garner, long time co-host of Michigan Outdoors Television, talks about Carl Johnson and what the center means to present and future Michigan sportsmen and women.
Bob Garner and Ed Shaw cut the ribbon and officially welcome the Outdoor Skills Academy.
Duran Martinez, Bob Garner, Ed Shaw and the OSA's first Pro Staff member Steve Berry, with commemorative pieces of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo Credit: Francis Majszak
Some of the various ingredients needed for making your own bear bait and cover scents included the basics. Liquid smoke, molasses and even powdered Jello and Kool Aid.
Ed Shaw demonstrates how to make a "bait ball" using some very basic ingredients.
The outdoor portion of the bear hunting class included a couple of different examples of bait set ups.
Ed Shaw demonstrates the hollow log method of bear baiting.
The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, will loan fishing gear, and teach you how to use them, free of charge. They will also provide bait if needed.