The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering hunter education graduates an opportunity to “give it a shot” for free.
This is offered through a free three-month pass to any of the 18 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shooting ranges in Georgia. Typically, a wildlife management area license, which costs $19, or other qualifying license would be required for shooters age 16 and up.
“A recent study of hunter education graduates showed that 26 percent of them did not purchase a hunting license within the first year of passing the test,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager. “When they don’t get the chance to hunt right away, it is a chance that we have lost a hunter. This range pass is an immediate way to invite them out to give it a shot. They can test out their shooting skills while keeping their enthusiasm strong.”
At the conclusion of their class, each student gets a hunter education certification card. In this offer, the graduation date listed on the card will begin their three-month shooting range pass. According to officials from the DNR, all the have to do is show that card at the range. In addition, during their classroom time students will be given information about the use of the pass and where to find participating ranges.
More information on shooting ranges is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges. Most ranges are open year-round and have rules in place to ensure a safe, family-friendly environment. Many ranges are staffed by DNR personnel or volunteers.
Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/RangePass , or call the Hunter Education office at 770-761-3010.