Better Get That Hunter Ed Course Now

Anyone needing a hunter education course in Georgia has several options including an online portion or the traditional classroom course.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three options for hunter education: an 8-hour online course followed by a 2-hour review or the 10-hour traditional classroom course.

“Because of the importance of the information learned in a hunter education course, our agency has made efforts to meet the needs of many users,” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division.  “The online courses offer more scheduling flexibility as they can be done at any time of day.  And for those who prefer a traditional method, the classroom courses provide a face-to-face opportunity with instructors.”

The classroom course is free of charge. The three available online courses each require a fee (from $9.95 – $24.95) but all are “pass or don’t pay” courses. Fees for these courses are charged by and collected by the independent course developer. If the online course vendor fees are an obstacle, students can obtain a CD-ROM by contacting their local DNR law enforcement office.

Completion of a hunter education course is required for any person born on or after January 1, 1961, who:

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

The only exceptions include any person who:

· purchases a short-term hunting license, such as the Apprentice License or the 3-day Hunting and Fishing Combo License (as opposed to a season license).
· is hunting on his or her own land, or that of his or her parents or legal guardians.

Successful completion of certified hunter education courses also are good in other states and Canadian provinces. Be sure to check regulations elsewhere prior to hunting for requirements about hunter education.

For more information, go to or call 770-761-3010.