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Lansing – The state Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of bear hunting clinics over the next few weeks.

The programs are scheduled for July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 11 at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac.

Experienced hunters and DNR educators will explain the basics of bear hunting. Among them are habitat, gear, stand placement, baiting, rules and regulations, carcass care and hide care.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch and door prizes donated by the Michigan Bear Hunters Association.

It’s part of the DNR’s Outdoor Skills Academy , which offers instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state.

Other upcoming classes will deal with photographing birds, archery, hiking, downhill skiing and snowboarding.

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