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Jim Winslow Retires After 40 Years of Teaching Hunter Safety

After 40 years of teaching hunter safety at Grand River Conservation Club, Range Officer Jim Winslow is hanging up his orange vest.

According to the group’s president, Gordy Hoppes, the Range Officer “takes care of the shooting range and supervises field day activities for hunter’s safety classes.”

Winslow has been passionate about the outdoors, and teaching local youth to enjoy the outdoors safely. According to Hoppes, “Jim was my safety instructor when I was a kid in hunter safety and I am 54 years old now. He has always been a part of our hunter safety program. He will be missed at our club. He will be hard to replace.”

Grand River Conservation Club is a non-profit organization located at 7345 Lyons Road. The group is focused on conservation efforts, hunting rights and rules, and providing a space for members to meet and shoot. According to the association’s secretary Luann Goodman, “We will be celebrating 80 years next year.”

The club’s hall is available for rent for special events, and can be reserved free of charge for a meal or gathering after a funeral. For hall rental information, call 517-647-7771.

Under Michigan law, anyone born after January 1st, 1960 who is interested in hunting is required to take a hunter education course. The state offers three formats, a traditional class in a classroom, a home-study program, and an online course that can be completed at home.

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