DNR's Hunt and Learn Programs

Wildlife Resources Division is pleased to continue its series of programs focusing on the development of hunting skills and conservation knowledge.

Children, ages 17 and under, and their supervisors are invited to a weekend of hunting and classes in a variety of skills-based and conservation-focused programs. Classes will include the appropriate basics of squirrel, deer, rabbit, quail, falconry or turkey hunting, how to care for harvested game, and more. Hunter Ed classes will be offered for anyone who has not yet taken the course. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time set aside for hunting!

Adults and children over 16 must possess current hunting licenses (see current state hunting regulations and fishing regulations for more information). For license purchasing information, click here.

Due to the popularity of the Hunt and Learn programs, we are now offering different levels and means of advancement for the programs.

All three level hunters can be accommodated at all Hunt and Learn programs. Participants must have completed Level 1 to advance to Level 2 and likewise to Level 3.

  • Beginner (Level 1) - A participant's first hunt or second hunt. These are new hunters with little to no experience. It is recommended but not required that participants have attended a previous Hunt and Learns, Youth Hunter Education Course, Family Day at the Range, Advanced Widllife Camp at the FFA Center, Charlie Elliott Shooting Sports Camp or 4-H BB/Archery. Only the youth may hunt, and they must be accompanied by an adult. The squirrel and falconry hunts are the best hunts for first time hunters with no experience. However, we offer level 1 for all Hunt and Learn programs.
  • Intermediate (Level 2) - The next step for young hunters after entry level hunts. Participants must have participated in a previous Hunt and Learn Level 1 program. Both the youth and adult can hunt at the same time if the guides and Hunt and Learn coordinator are confident with the shooting proficiency.
  • Advanced (Level 3) - Participants must have participated in a previous Hunt and Learn Level 2 program. Both the youth and adult can hunt without a guide. However, they must stay together during the hunt.

Upcoming Hunt and Learn Programs:

Big Red Oak Plantation Shooting Preserve:

  • Squirrel - Sept. 27-28 (Level 1, afternoon hunts) - $25 per person, 4 hunter max
  • Quail - Oct. 4-5 (Level 2, afternoon hunts) - $315 per hunter, lunch included, 4 hunter max
  • Dove - Oct. 22 (Level 2, afternoon hunt - $20 per youth

Big Red Oak Plantation is located at: 8428 Greenville Street Gay, GA 30218. Lodging is available $55/night/person without meals. $100/person/night with meals (breakfast and dinner). Contact Lisa Bashaw 706-977-0281 to arrange lodging accommodations. A 5-stand is available for practice and warm-up as well as a 100-yard range for squirrel hunters to sight in. Both youth and parent should have Hunter Education cards and proper licenses. To register for these hunts, contact Mark Swords at 678-332-8461 or mark.swords@dnr.state.ga.us.

Smith Farms:

  • Dove - Sept. 13 (Level 2, morning hunt) - $40 per youth, 20 youth hunter max

Smith Farms is located at: 590 Covered Bridge Road Taylorsville, GA, 30178. Both youth and parent should have Hunter Education cards and proper licenses on hand. To register, contact Caleb Griner at 678-332-8636 or caleb.griner@dnr.state.ga.us.

Red Fern Plantation:

  • Dove - Oct. 11 (Level 2, afternoon hunt) - $20 per youth

Red Fern Plantation is located north of Statesboro. More detailed info on the hunt available upon request. Both youth and parent should have Hunter Education cards and proper licenses on hand. To register, contact Matt Stewart at 912-478-5740 or matt.stewart@dnr.state.ga.us.

Gopher Plantation:

  • Squirrel - Jan. 24, 2015 (Level 1, morning hunt) - $20 per person, 10 hunter max

Gopher Plantation is located between Douglas and Waycross. 5-stand shotgun range shooting included. More detailed info on the hunt available upon request. Both youth and parent should have Hunter Education cards and proper licenses on hand. To register, contact Matt Stewart at 912-478-5740 or matt.stewart@dnr.state.ga.us.

Additional Hunt and Learn workshops are scheduled to take place at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA: http://georgiawildlife.org/CharlieElliott/LearnToHuntFish.

 




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