The Department of Natural Resources hosted its first ever bear hunting academy on Saturday at Pocket Park in the Escanaba Fairgrounds.
The free academy drew 16 people who came and went throughout the day. Topics included bear habitats, techniques, strategies, gear demonstration for bear hunting, safety and regulations. The class was very interactive, with most questions having to do with best locations for hunting, baits to use and safety requirements.
"It's all geared towards public service, and now we're reaching out to introduce individuals to the sports that are available and the recreational activities that are out there," says Rob Katona, recreation specialist. "It's more of a service to the public for those that are interested to take advantage of that and a good opportunity to learn."
A majority of the people attending the class had never hunted for bears before. The DNR hopes to continue doing classes like this to help raise awareness for hunting safety.