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.

101 Courses

101 courses contain educational and live-fire components that focus on a specific game animal. The educational component will consist of game identification, regulations, habitat and hunting tactics for the specific game animal. The live-fire component will cover basic firearm safety, effective shot placement and proper firearm selection for the specific game animal.

*The $10 fee will be waived if you are selected and attend the associated hunt.


Dates

Hunt & Learns

Dates
Species
Location
101 Required?
Cost
Application Due
More Information
Sept. 7, 2019
Dove
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$25
Aug. 15, 2019
This is an adult and youth hunt. 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. 14–15, 2019
Dove
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
No
$90
Aug. 26, 2019
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 and a campfire. 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.
Sept. 21, 2019
Dove
Smith Farms
145 Old Stilesboro Rd. SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
Yes
$25
Aug. 26, 2019
Smith Farms host dove hunts on opening day and throughout the season. Smith Farms has dove fields that are planted and managed to increase dove hunting success on the farm. Participants will meet at Smith Farms on Saturday morning and hunt from 7 a.m.–12 p.m. After hunting concludes, applicants will be shown how to clean any harvested birds. Must attend Dove 101 course on 9/5 to be selected for this hunt.
Sept. 28, 2019
Squirrel
Camp John Hope
281 Hope Entrance Rd.
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Yes
$25
Aug. 26, 2019
Participants will arrive at Camp John Hope at 12 p.m. Participants hunt squirrels with guides during the afternoon from 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m. Following the hunt, participants will be educated on how to clean harvested squirrels. This is a partnership hunt with Camp John Hope FFA/FCCLA Center. Must attend a Squirrel 101 course to be selected for this hunt.
Oct. 12, 2019
Squirrel
Lanahassee Creek WMA
2860 U.S. Highway 280 E
Preston, GA 31824
Yes
$25
Sept. 15, 2019
Participants will arrive at Lanahassee Wildlife Management Area at 12 p.m. Participants will hunt squirrels with guides for the afternoon from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Following the hunt, participants will be educated on how to clean harvested squirrels. Must attend a Squirrel 101 course to be selected for this hunt.
Oct. 25–27, 2019
Deer
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA: Fort Perry Area
565 Fort Perry Rd.
Box Springs, GA 31801
No
$90
Sept. 15, 2019
Participants arrive Friday at 4 p.m. at the Fort Perry Area at Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area to attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency. Participants will hunt with a guide 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 field dress a deer with any harvest. Participants will depart by noon on Sunday. Camping on-site is optional.
Nov. 9, 2019
Quail
Falling Feathers at Whitaker Farm
4500 Whitaker Rd.
Harlem, GA 30814
Yes
$90
Sept. 15, 2019
Falling Feathers is a quail hunting destination in Harlem, GA at Whitaker Farms. They offer half-day and full-day guided quail hunts, tower shoots, and memberships. Falling feathers offers seasoned guides who also train and breed quail hunting dogs. Participants arrive Saturday at 12 p.m. to head out in the field to hunt quail with guides and dogs for the afternoon. Participants will be educated on how to clean their harvested birds. Participants will depart by 5 p.m. Camping available nearby at McDuffie Public Fishing Area. Must attend a Quail 101 course to be selected for this hunt. Outfitter website: https://www.facebook.com/FallingFeathersAtWhitakerFarm/
Nov. 12–14, 2019
Deer
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$130
Sept. 15, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is the premier hunting and shooting education facility in the nation. The center boasts 6,400 acres managed for game animals such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 hotel-style guest rooms, conference rooms, and a beautiful banquet hall. Participants arrive Tuesday afternoon at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center from 3–5 p.m. to check-in rooms, attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency at the rage. Participants will hunt with guides Wednesday morning and evening and again on Thursday evening. Wednesday afternoon will include a lesson in deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will be educated on how to field dress a deer with any harvest. Participants will depart by noon on Thursday.
Dec. 6–7, 2019
Deer
Lanahassee Creek WMA
2860 U.S. Highway 280 E
Preston, GA 31824
No
$90
Nov. 1, 2019
Participants arrive Friday afternoon at Lanahassee Wildlife Management Area at 3 p.m. to attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency. Participants will hunt with guides Saturday morning and evening and again on Saturday evening. Saturday afternoon will include a lesson in deer biology, habitat, and behavior. Participants will be educated on how to field dress a deer with any harvest. Participants will depart by 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. Camping on-site is optional.
Dec. 14, 2019
Rabbit
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$25
Nov. 1, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is the premier hunting and shooting education facility in the nation. The center boasts 6,400 acres managed for game animals such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 hotel-style guest rooms, conference rooms, and a beautiful banquet hall. Participants arrive Saturday morning at 6 a.m. for a morning rabbit hunt. Lunch will be provided to participants at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Dining Hall. Participants will hunt again in the evening and depart by 8 p.m. Participants will be educated on how to clean any harvested rabbits. This hunt will be conducted using rabbit hunting dogs.
Dec. 20, 2019
Duck
Skeeter Branch Hunting Preserve
395 Holbrook Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
Yes
$150
Nov. 1, 2019
Skeeter Branch Duck Hunting Preserve, LLC is 250 acres of excellent duck hunting in northeast Georgia just minutes from Hartwell lake, an hour from Atlanta and only six miles from I-85. Skeeter Branch's flooded cornfield's and annual duck release program guarantees a duck hunt of a lifetime. Skeeter Branch offers comfortable lodging for up to twenty people, home cooking, dog accommodations, guides and calling in an atmosphere that is exceptional. Participants will arrive at Skeeter Branch Outdoors at noon and hunt from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. in blind with a guide and a dog. Must attend Duck 101 course to be selected for this hunt. Outfitter website: https://www.huntmallards.com/
Apr. 17–19, 2020
Turkey
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
565 Fort Perry Rd.
Box Springs, GA 31801
No
$90
Nov. 1, 2019
Participants arrive Friday at 4 p.m. at Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area to attend a safety briefing, turkey hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency at the range. 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 Hunt & Learns

These events are for youth ages 12–17.

Dates
Species
Location
101 Required?
Cost
Application Due
More Information
Sept. 7, 2019
Dove
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$25
Aug. 15, 2019
This is an adult and youth hunt. 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.
Oct. 11–13, 2019
Deer
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$130
Sept. 15, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is the premier hunting and shooting education facility in the nation. The center boasts 6,400 acres managed for game animals such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 hotel-style guest rooms, conference rooms, and a beautiful banquet hall. Participants arrive Friday afternoon at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center between 3 p.m.–5 p.m. to check-in, attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency at the range. Participants will hunt with guides on 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 field dress a deer with any harvest. Participants will depart Sunday by noon.
Oct. 12, 2019
Deer
GA SCI Milner Farm
3290 Waterworks Rd. Commerce, GA 30529
No
$25
Sept. 15, 2019
This youth hunt is in partnership with the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International. Participants will meet at Miler Farm in Commerce, GA at 10 a.m. Participants will be greeted by a Georgia Safari Club International host. Participants will learn about gun safety and range regulations. Next, there will be target practice followed by lunch. Participants will learn about shot placement, when to and when not to shoot, game laws, and tree stand safety. Participants will then be taken afield with their guide for the hunt. After the hunt participants will check-in any harvested deer and take in for processing. Participants will enjoy dinner together and then depart by 9 p.m.
Oct. 12, 2019
Deer
GA SCI Jones Plantation
3580 Broughton Rd.
Newborn, GA 30056
No
$25
Sept. 15, 2019
This youth hunt is in partnership with the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International. Participants will meet at Jones Plantation in Newborn, GA at 10 a.m. Participants will be greeted by a Georgia Safari Club International host. Participants will learn about gun safety and range regulations. Next, there will be target practice followed by lunch. Participants will learn about shot placement, when to and when not to shoot, game laws, and tree stand safety. Participants will then be taken afield with their guide for the hunt. After the hunt participants will check-in any harvested deer and take in for processing. Participants will enjoy dinner together and then depart by 9 p.m.
Nov. 2–3, 2019
Deer
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
No
$90
Sept. 15, 2019
Participants arrive Friday at 4 p.m. at Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area to attend a safety briefing, deer hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency. Participants will hunt with guides on 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 field dress a deer with any harvest. Participants will depart by noon on Sunday. Camping on-site is optional.
Dec. 7, 2019
Squirrel
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
No
$90
Nov. 1, 2019
Participants will arrive at Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area at 12 p.m. to attend a safety briefing, squirrel hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency. Participants will hunt squirrels with guides until 6 p.m. Participants will be educated on how to clean harvested squirrels.
Dec. 14, 2019
Duck
Arrowhead WMA
2615 Floyd Springs Rd. NE
Armuchee, GA 30105
Yes
$25
Nov. 1, 2019
Participants arrive at 6 a.m. Saturday morning at Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area and head to their specified hunting location with their knowledgeable guide. Participants will hunt through the morning and into the afternoon. Afterward, participants will be shown how to clean their birds. The local Ducks Unlimited chapter will help guide participants during this hunt. Participants will depart by 4 p.m. Must attend a Duck 101 course to be selected for this hunt.
Apr. 3–5, 2020
Turkey
Buck Shoals WMA
501 Buck Shoals Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
No
$90
Nov. 1, 2019
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.
May 1–3, 2020
Turkey
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$130
Nov. 1, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is the premier hunting and shooting education facility in the nation. The center boasts 6,400 acres managed for game animals such as deer, turkey, small game, and doves. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. Along with many outdoor activities to enjoy on-site, the center has 28 hotel-style guest rooms, conference rooms, and a beautiful banquet hall. Participants arrive Friday afternoon between 3 p.m.–5 p.m. at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to check-in rooms, attend a safety briefing, turkey hunting overview, and practice shooting proficiency at the range. 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.

Specialty Hunting Opportunities

Dates
Species
Location
101 Required?
Cost
Application Due
More Information
Jan. 3–5, 2020
Falconry
Clybel WMA
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
No
$110
No due date
Take your hunting to the next level at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center with our Falconry Youth Specialty Hunt! Young hunters (16 and under) and their parents/mentors will explore their hunting skills and conservation knowledge using a bird of prey as a method of take. Participants will take part in three guided falconry hunts on the property and a variety of hands-on education activities to understand the process of becoming a falconer. Cost includes lodging, meals, and program materials. Completion of a hunter education course is required for this class.
For more information and to register, call us at 770-784-3059.

 

The following hunts are held in partnership with 30-30 Ministries. To apply for the following hunts, please visit www.3030ministries.org.

Date
Camp
County
Oct. 11–13, 2019
Deer
Emanuel
Oct. 11–13, 2019
Bear
Habersham
Nov. 1–3, 2019
Deer
Jackson
Nov. 1–3, 2019
Deer
Troup
Nov. 8–10, 2019
Deer
Putnam
Nov. 8–10, 2019
Deer
Worth
Dec. 13–15, 2019
Deer
Houston
Jan. 3–5, 2020
Doe
Lee
Jan. 10–12, 2020
Deer
Dooly
Jan. 10–12, 2020
Deer
Early
Jan. 24–26, 2020
Rabbit
Taliaferro

101 Courses

Date
Species
Location
Time
Associated Hunt
Cost
Application Due
Sept. 5, 2019
Dove 101
Game Management Region 1 Office
2650 Floyd Springs Rd.
Armuchee, GA 30105
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Sept. 21, Dove
$10
Aug. 26, 2019
Sept. 7, 2019
Squirrel 101
Region 4 Fisheries Office
108 Darling Ave.
Waycross, GA 31502
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
 
$10
Aug. 26, 2019
Sept. 28, 2019
Deer 101
Richmond Hill Shooting Range
803 Kilkenny Rd.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
 
$10
Aug. 26, 2019
Sept. 28, 2019
Squirrel 101
Camp John Hope
281 Hope Entrance Rd.
Fort Valley, GA 31030
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sept. 28, Squirrel
$10
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 12, 2019
Squirrel 101
Lanahassee Creek WMA
2860 U.S. Highway 280 E
Preston, GA 31824
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Oct. 12, Squirrel
$10
Sept. 15, 2019
Nov. 9, 2019
Quail 101
McDuffie PFA
4695 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Dearing, GA 30808
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Nov. 9, Quail
$10
Sept. 15, 2019
Dec. 7, 2019
Duck 101
Game Management Region 1 Office
2650 Floyd Springs Rd.
Armuchee, GA 30105
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Dec. 14, Duck
$10
Nov. 1, 2019
Dec. 13, 2019
Rabbit 101
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
543 Elliott Tr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Dec. 14, Rabbit
$10
Nov. 1, 2019
Dec. 16, 2019
Duck 101
Wilson Shoals Shooting Range
2701 Grant Mill Rd.
Alto, GA 30510
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Dec. 20, Duck
$10
Nov. 1, 2019
Mar. 21, 2020
Turkey 101
Richmond Hill Shooting Range
803 Kilkenny Rd.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
 
$10
Nov. 1, 2019

 

*The $10 fee will be waived if you are selected and attend the associated hunt.


Teaching Woman to ShootApplication ProcessHunt and Learn Instruction

  1. Fill out an application:
    Fillable PDF or Printable PDF
    • Applications must have the applicants DNR Customer ID#. If you do not have a DNR Customer ID#, please visit: www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com and click on Create/Manage Your Account to create a new account.
  2. Email completed application to HD.TEMP2@dnr.ga.gov.
  3. Applicants will receive a confirmation email stating that their application has been received.
  4. Applications will be reviewed, sorted, and ranked by DNR staff.
  5. Selected applicants will be notified via email with a selection letter that provides additional details and payment information. Non-selected participants will receive an email letting them know that they were not selected.
  6. Applicant pays the required fee. Upon receiving acceptance of payment information, the selected applicant will be registered and cleared to participate in the selected Hunt and Learn.

We offer a series of programs focusing on the development of hunting skills and conservation knowledge. Experiences range from half-day to 3-day events and are available for youth and adults. 

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