How to Become a Hunter Education Instructor

Thank you for your interest in teaching and mentoring the next generation of safe, knowledgeable and responsible hunters in Georgia. 

Volunteer and staff instructors with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources teach over 800 hunter education classes to over 13,000 students each year and we are excited that you are interested in becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor.  

There is a four-part process to become a volunteer instructor:

  1. Application: Please complete the volunteer application and the associated forms and return them to: Walter Lane/2065 Hwy 278, SE/Social Circle, GA 30025/Fax: 706-557-3042/E-Mail:

  2. Background Check: Because our volunteer hunter education instructors work with youth, we run a criminal history background check on all volunteer hunter education instructors.

  3. Training: Please read through the Hunter Education Instructors’ Self-Study Guide and contact Walter Lane when you are ready to begin work on one or more lessons.

  4. Evaluation: The final step in this process is a formal evaluation of your teaching conducted by a Conservation Ranger or another member of the Department of Natural Resources. 

Once you have completed your teaching evaluation, we will issue your Hunter Education Instructor’s Certification. 

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Walter Lane at 770-761-3010.

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