Ga DNR: preparation for the hunting season, hunter training courses

Hunters can complete the hunter education course entirely online or participate in an in-class course, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Resources.

“We want to prepare people for successful hunter education before they head to the dove field or the hunting stand, and that means working with busy schedules and different learning styles,” says Jennifer Pittman, Hunter Development Program Manager at Wildlife Resources Division. “For example, if you only have a limited amount of time, online class options may work for you, while attending a class in person may work for others.”

The five available online courses each require a fee ($19.95 to $29.00), but all are “pass or don’t pay” courses. Fees for these courses are billed and collected by the independent course developer. The Georgia DNR classroom course is free.

Successful completion of a hunter education course is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1961 who:

• purchases a seasonal hunting license in Georgia.
• is at least 12 years old and hunts without adult supervision.
• hunt big game (deer, turkey, bear) in a wildlife management area.

The only exceptions include anyone who:

• purchases a short-term hunting license (as opposed to an annual seasonal licence).
• hunting on own land or dependent hunting on land of parents or legal guardians.

For more information, visit or call 706-557-3355.