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Hunting in Georgia: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in Georgia? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:56 AM

Hunting is a common hobby in Georgia, with many enthusiasts hunting game such as deer, hogs, and even bears. Even though Georgia requires its hunters to take many safety precautions, serious injuries still occur.

According to AJC.com
, "Since the start of the 2007 fiscal year, 21 people have died in hunting incidents in Georgia, according to the Department of Natural Resources [DNR] data."

In order to prevent these types of incidents from happening more frequently, Georgia requires all aspiring hunters to pass intensive safety training courses. However, if you already have a valid hunting license from another state or Canada, you do not need to complete Georgia's safety training.

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In an effort to ease the burden on hunters, Georgia provides several different ways for one to earn their credentials. You can learn more about these at the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division website.

The first option requires hunters to attend a 10-hour, in-person classroom seminar. These are held at multiple locations across Georgia, and should be easy to access for most residents. If however, it's difficult to regularly attend a class in person or if the nearest training is too far away, Georgia offers online classes.

There are four online classes a hunter must pass first, along with paying their varying fees. Upon completing the online courses, hunters have to attend a two-hour review locally in order to become certified.

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After successfully finishing the hunter education classes, hunters have the ability to enroll in hunting development courses. According to the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division website, "In an effort to offer hunter education students a more 'hands-on' approach, the Hunter Development Program will begin offering Hunter Education Field Days in April 2015 as a way for students to supplement their knowledge."

Hunters under the age of 12 do not need a license; however, they are not permitted to hunt at all unless in the direct supervision of an adult with a valid license. It is illegal for a parent to allow their child under the age of 12 to hunt without supervision.

Hunters between the ages of 16 and 25 must present their hunter education certificate upon purchase of a hunting license. They will not be allowed to obtain a license without proof of having passed safety training. However, no hunter of the age of 25 is required to show proof of successful training completion.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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