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New hunter-ed grads get free passes at shooting ranges

POSTED: January 28, 2013 10:47 a.m.

SOCIAL CIRCLE — Hunter-education graduates can “give it a shot” with a free three-month pass to any of the 18 Department of Natural Resources shooting ranges in Georgia.
Typically, a wildlife-management area license or other qualifying license would be required for shooters age 16 and older.
“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 receives their hunter education certification card.  The graduation date, listed on the card, is the beginning of their three-month shooting range pass. They need to show the card at the range.  
Students also will receive information about the use of the pass and where to find participating ranges during their classroom time.  
More information on shooting ranges can be found at  Most ranges are open year-round.  Many ranges are staffed by DNR personnel or volunteers.
For more information, go to or call 770-761-3010.

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