Hunter safety cour­ses set for fall dates in Polk

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - From Staff Re­ports

Hunt­ing sea­son is al­most here, and the state’s Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will once again be of­fer­ing cour­ses in hunter safety to lo­cal res­i­dents.

The first round of classes is sched­uled for Tues­day, Sept. 15, and Thurs­day, Sept. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the J.L. Lester Wildlife Man­age­ment Area on An­ti­och Road, Cedartown.

A sec­ond round of classes will be held Tues­day, Oct. 6, and Thurs­day, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the J.L. Lester WMA as well.

All the hunter safety cour­ses on­site are free, but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

Those in­ter­ested in sign­ing up must visit g o hunt­ge­or­gia. c o m. Fees may ap­ply for those who wish to take the cour­ses online.

State law re­quires that res­i­dents and non­res­i­dents of Ge­or­gia born on or af­ter Jan. 1, 1961 must suc­cess­fully com­plete a hunter ed­u­ca­tion course prior to pur­chas­ing a sea­son hunt­ing li­cense, ac­cord­ing to the state DNR web­site.

“How­ever, a hunter ed­u­ca­tion course is not re­quired to pur­chase an ap­pren­tice li­cense or a three-day combo hunt­ing/fish­ing li­cense.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion in hunter ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses that has been cer­ti­fied or man­dated by any other state wildlife agency or Cana­dian province will be ac­cepted. Hunter ed­u­ca­tion is not re­quired to hunt on one’s own land or land of a par­ent or guardian,” ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on the DNR web­site.

For more in­for­ma­tion about hunter safety cour­ses and state hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions, visit the DNR Wildlife Re­source Man­age­ment site at www. geor­giaw­ildlife. com.

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