Mitchell State Park - Hunting Whitetails Naturally

Date:  August 22, 2020  
Time:  09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center, 6087 E M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601

Contact: Ed Shaw, Park Interpreter 231-779-1321

whitetail deer buck in forest

Join the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center and Killer Food Plots staff to learn how to trail hunt whitetails and better manage your property for wildlife habitat.

Participants will learn the skills needed to successfully transition from bait hunting to trail hunting whitetails as well as what is known about chronic wasting disease and the risks associated with disease transmission.

This class will cover how to find places to hunt using online maps and gear you will need, and laws and regulations. It will include time in the field with instructors showing you where and how to set up and how to use scents and deer sign to improve your chances of bagging a whitetail.

The cost for this class is $25, which includes lunch, training and materials. 

The class will be held outdoors, and participation is limited to 20 students.

To register for this class, go to 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.

By registering for the class, you are agreeing to wear a face mask at all times. In addition, by registering for the class you agree to submit a health form the morning of the class.

For more information contact Edward Shaw at 231-779-1321 or

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Mitchell State Park.

Please note: Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the class to guarantee a refund.

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