The Department of Natural Resources is offering an Introduction to Handgun Shooting class through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program in Linwood, near Bay City, on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hosted by Linwood-Bay Sportsman’s Club, with instruction by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), this popular class teaches women all of the basics of handgun safety and use.

The morning session will include an overview of handgun safety and the opportunity to shoot (live fire) .22 LR handguns. After lunch, the IDPA will set up a scenario where participants will shoot on the move while using cover. Women will also have the opportunity to shoot larger-caliber handguns.

All firearms, ammunition, and eye and ear protection will be provided. Attendees are asked not to bring their own firearms to this class.

This is not the class required by law to obtain a concealed pistol license, but is a great prerequisite course for those who are considering obtaining a CPL.

Cost per person is $25, which includes lunch. The class is first-come, first-served, and class size is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register early. The registration deadline is Feb. 21.

Linwood-Bay Sportsman’s Club is located at 1643 E. Linwood Rd. in Linwood. For driving directions or more information about the club, visit www.linwoodbaysportsmans.com.

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

BOW is a noncompetitive program for women, 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.

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