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Posted: February 9, 2017 12:43 p.m.

Field Days provide students the ‘next step’ in hunter education

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Students with a completed hunter education course “under their belt” are eligible to attend a Hunter Education Field Day.  These “hands-on” learning experiences give students a chance to build on the knowledge and skills gained in their initial hunter education course.

“While all of the hunter education courses available to Georgia students provide a beginning knowledge of hunting safety, firearms and other equipment, it is not usually a field experience,” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager for the Wildlife Resources Division.  “Field Days allow the student to handle a bow, a muzzleloader, rifle or shotgun and to test out safe ways to turkey hunt or navigate in the woods – it really solidifies the experience much more than the course alone, and is a great compliment to the initial instruction.”

Field Days include a live fire opportunity and field exercise and are designed for students who have completed and passed a hunter education course.  Potential Instruction sessions include a combination of two of the following activities: rifle, archery, muzzleloading, orienteering, wildlife identification and tree stand safety.

Hunter Education Field Days typically take two hours and are available across the state.  Those interested will need to register at GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com. The Field Day events are free of charge.  However, it is possible that the venue for the event may have a parking or usage fee.

For more information, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/education/fielddays.   

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