Hunt & Learn Programs

Young woman holding a rabbit with a puppyGeneral Information

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

Mission

The mission of the Hunt & Learn Program is to provide a conservation-based learning experience for new hunters that places emphasis on the future development of safe and ethical hunting skills.

We offer one to three-day Hunt & Learn programs that educate participants about hunting and conservation, along with an opportunity to hunt a specific game animal. Participants will have the chance to learn hunting tactics, game identification, and hunter safety from experts. Our Hunt & Learn courses are geared towards the new hunter that wants a safe and educational learning environment. Both youth and adult programs are available to accommodate a wide range of ages.


Dates

Hunt & Learns

Dates
Species
Location
Cost
Application Due
More Information
Registration Link
Sept. 5, 2020
Dove
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$25
Aug. 1, 2020
Participants will meet at Clybel Shooting Range on Saturday at noon for a safety briefing, basic dove hunting information, and to practice shooting proficiency. Hunting starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. After hunting, participants will learn how to clean their birds with assistance from volunteers or mentors. Hunting will take place at Clybel Wildlife Management Area.
Sept. 12, 2020
Dove
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$25/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Aug. 15, 2020
Participants will meet at the Charlie Elliott Visitor Center for a safety briefing and basic dove hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. After hunting, participants will learn how to clean their birds with assistance from volunteers or mentors. Hunting will take place at Clybel Wildlife Management Area. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Oct. 3, 2020
Squirrel
Moody Forest WMA
3533 East River Rd.
Baxley, GA 31513
$25
Aug. 15, 2020
One-day squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the Moody Forest Wildlife Management Area before 8 a.m. for Squirrel 101, then spend time practicing their shooting and receiving safety training. Hunting will begin at 10 a.m. with a lunch break at 12:30 and end at 5 p.m.
Oct. 9–11, 2020
Deer
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$130
Aug. 15, 2020
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a premier hunting and shooting education facility. The center boasts 6,400 acres and is managed for game species such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This area is centrally located in the state near Mansfield, Georgia making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 lodge-style rooms, conference rooms, and a dining hall. The Deer Hunt and Learn program includes: a safety briefing, deer hunt overview, range time, guided hunts on Saturday and Sunday, a discussion of deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will also learn how to field dress a deer with any harvest. Adults must register with youth. This hunt will run simultaneously with the Youth hunt, giving a parent the opportunity to hunt with their child. While preference will be given to the parent/child pairs, all are welcome to apply.
Oct. 10, 2020
Squirrel
River Creek WMA
871 US-84 BUS
Thomasville, GA 31792
$25
Aug. 15, 2020
One-day squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the River Creek WMA for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Oct. 24, 2020
Squirrel
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$25
Aug. 15, 2020
One-day squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the Charlie Elliott Visitor Center for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.
Nov. 10–12, 2020
Deer
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$130
Aug. 15, 2020
This hunt is women only. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a premier hunting and shooting education facility. The center boasts 6,400 acres and is managed for game species such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This area is centrally located in the state near Mansfield, Georgia making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 lodge-style rooms, conference rooms, and a dining hall. This Hunt and Learn program will be conducted in collaboration with the Georgia Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) program and will be open to women 18 years of age and older. It includes: a safety briefing, deer hunt overview, range time, guided hunts on Saturday and Sunday, a discussion on deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will also learn how to field dress a deer with any harvest.
Nov. 21, 2020
Squirrel
Gaither WMA/Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055

 

$25
Aug. 15, 2020
One-day squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the Clybel Shooting Range for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Dec. 5, 2020
Squirrel
Bullard Creek WMA
Uvalda Landing Rd.
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
$25
Oct. 15, 2020
This is a one-day, single session guided squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the Bullard Creek WMA Shooting Range for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, then spend time practicing firearm proficiency. The afternoon hunting session will begin at approximately 3 p.m. and conclude 30 minutes after sunset (specific time provided at hunt).
Jan. 9, 2021
Rabbit
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$25
Oct. 15, 2020
One-day rabbit hunt. Participants will meet at the Charlie Elliott Visitor Center for a safety briefing and basic rabbit hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2021
Squirrel
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
150 Fort Perry Rd.
Box Springs, GA 31801
$25
Oct. 15, 2020
One-day squirrel hunt. Participants will meet at the Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, then spend time practicing their shooting. Hunting will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Youth Hunt & Learns

These events are for youth ages 12–17.

Dates
Species
Location
Cost
Application Due
More Information
Registration Link
Sept. 12–13, 2020
Dove
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
$90/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Aug. 15, 2020
The Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area is located in White County. This 582-acre property, usually reserved for youth hunting and fishing opportunities, has been opened for both youth and adults during this exclusive dove hunt. Participants will arrive Saturday morning at Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area at 8 a.m. for a safety briefing, basic dove hunting information, and to practice shooting proficiency. Hunting will begin that afternoon followed by supper. Sunday will include breakfast and a mid-morning hunt. Participants will be educated on how to clean their birds. Participants will depart by noon on Sunday. Camping on-site is optional. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Oct. 9–11, 2020
Deer
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$130/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Aug. 15, 2020
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a premier hunting and shooting education facility. The center boasts 6,400 acres and is managed for game species such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This area is centrally located in the state near Mansfield, Georgia making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 lodge-style rooms, conference rooms, and a dining hall. The Youth Hunt and Learn program includes: a safety briefing, deer hunt overview, range time, guided hunts on Saturday and Sunday, a discussion on deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will also learn how to field dress a deer with any harvest. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Nov. 6–8, 2020
Deer
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
$90/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Aug. 15, 2020
The Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area is located in White County. This 582-acre property exclusively offers youth hunting and fishing events. Participants arrive Friday at 4 p.m. at Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area to set up camp, attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency, if needed. Participants will hunt Saturday morning and evening and again on Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon will include a lesson in deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will be educated on how to clean a deer with any harvested game. Participants will depart by noon on Sunday. Camping on-site is optional. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Dec. 12, 2020
Squirrel
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
$25/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Oct. 15, 2020
The Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area is located in White County. This 582-acre property exclusively offers youth hunting and fishing events. Participants are encouraged to camp the evening prior to the event. Participants will meet at the Lake House for a safety briefing and basic squirrel hunting information, and firearms practice, if needed. Dog hunting will begin at early Saturday morning, basic squirrel biology and hunting techniques will be taught mid-day and still hunting will be conducted in the evening. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Jan. 8–10, 2021
Falconry
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$130/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Oct. 15, 2020
Three day falconry hunt for youth. 6 hunters. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a premier hunting and shooting education facility. The center boasts 6,400 acres and is managed for game species such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This area is centrally located in the state near Mansfield, Georgia making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 lodge-style rooms, conference rooms, and a dining hall. The Youth Hunt and Learn program includes: a safety briefing, hunt overview, guided hunts on Saturday and Sunday, a discussion of hawk/falcon biology, habitat, behavior and equipment needed, as well as the process required to become a falconer. Care of harvested game will also be demonstrated. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Contact Amber Barrow or Bruce Thomas at 770-784-3059 to register.
Apr. 2–4, 2021
Turkey
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
$90/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Feb. 15, 2021
The Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area is located in White County. This 582-acre property exclusively offers youth hunting and fishing events. Participants arrive Friday at 4 p.m. at Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area to attend a safety briefing, turkey hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency. Participants will hunt with guides Saturday morning and evening and again on Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon will include a lesson in turkey biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will be educated on how to clean a turkey with any harvested birds. Participants will depart by noon on Sunday. Camping on-site is optional. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.
Apr. 30–May 2, 2021
Turkey
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
$130/person
(adults must register with youth)

 

Feb. 15, 2021
Three-day youth turkey hunt. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a premier hunting and shooting education facility. The center boasts 6,400 acres and is managed for game species such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This area is centrally located in the state near Mansfield, Georgia making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 lodge-style rooms, conference rooms, and a dining hall. The Youth Hunt and Learn program includes: a safety briefing, turkey hunt overview, range time to pattern shotguns, guided hunts on Saturday and Sunday, a discussion of turkey biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will also learn how to dress a turkey with any harvest. Youth must apply and list attending parent/guardian.