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Bushcraft, Survival & Wild Edibles Clinic

June 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Friday: 6-8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join nationally certified interpretive guide, retired fire department emergency paramedic and Cadillac’s own Mr. Edward Shaw, a true outdoorsman in every sense of the word! This unique three-day class will leave you wanting to know more about bushcraft and survival.

Learn the basics of what you need to survive in the event you ever find yourself stranded outdoors, the most important thing you need in any survival situation and how to prioritize your needs to survive. You’ll learn how to navigate your way with tools like a map and compass, along with using some natural features to get you back on track to your destination when no modern tools are available, as well as:

Some wilderness first aid.
How to safely prepare water for drinking.
Plants you can gather as wild edibles and for medicinal uses, along with which plants to avoid.
How to safely start a fire without matches. • How to make cordage (rope from plants) and some very useful knots to know.
How to make a log stove.
How to Identify animal tracks and scat.
But you’re still not done! You will also learn to shoot one of the oldest and truest tools, which propelled human survival here on Earth, the bow and arrow. You will learn from a Level 4 NTS USA Archery-certified coach and instructor, and hunter who has harvested animals from five continents. You will get to shoot a bow at a standard target, and then once you have honed your skills, you will get a chance to do a mock hunt with some life-size 3D animals in a natural setting.

And lastly, you’ll get some very helpful gear to always take with you afield to help you be prepared.

This class is geared for all ages, 8 and up, and is great for the whole family. Come make some lasting memories with your kids, your spouse or a friend, and increase your chances in the event you ever find yourself in an unexpected survival situation.

Cost for this class is $70. Lodging is available at a discount at the Cadillac Resort.

Now onX maps offers a discount for each Outdoor Skills Academy student, and if you decide to keep the app after your free trial, onX will donate a portion of the proceeds to conservation education. A promotional code will be sent via email prior to the class.

To register for this class, go to Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses and click on the “Purchase a license” button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab.

For more information contact Edward Shaw at 231-779-1321 or ShawE@Michigan.gov.

Please note cancellation policy:

Cancellations made any time after processing this reservation until the close of business two weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel after the two-week deadline, no refund will be issued. Students are entitled to any of the materials purchased for the class after the two-week deadline, except materials that have a shelf life.
To receive a refund, you must email ShawE@Michigan.gov with the following in the subject line: “Refund [class name].” A phone call or voice message will not be considered notification. You must email ShawE@Michigan.gov.
You may not switch classes without canceling and reregistering for another class date.
A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Mitchell State Park.

This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills.

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June 24, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing – MDNR
6093 East M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601 United States
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