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Courses & Education

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers offers hunting and firearms courses in Midland. We currently offer the PAL Safety Course Firearms Safety Training, the Hunter Education Course and the Restricted Firearms Safety Course. Please see below for some information regarding these courses. 

 

Please Note* The law still requires you to have a PAL to acquire and or possess a firearm. A POL is still required for the possession of a firearm. Please remember to check the expiry date on your outdoors card, PAL and POL. Don't let your cards expire!

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The Firearms Act requires that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES (CFSC) and pass the tests or challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course.

 

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories, national organizations with an ongoing interest in firearms safety, and many firearms and hunter education course instructors from across Canada. This course was developed to meet the mandatory requirements set out in subparagraph 106(2)(c)(i) of the Criminal Code of Canada and came into effect January 1, 1994. As a result of the Firearms Act, the firearms safety training that is provided to firearms owners and users required modification. The revised CFSC, which was implemented on February 1, 1999, reflects the new legislation and focuses primarily on non-restricted firearms (rifles and shotguns). The legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the CFSC and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course. Topics covered in the CFSC include:
 

  • The evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions;

  • Basic firearms safety practices;

  • Ammunition;

  • Operating firearm actions;

  • Safe handling and carry procedures;

  • Firing techniques and procedures;

  • Care of non-restricted firearms;

  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and

  • Safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms.
     

Please see our Events Calander for upcoming dates. For more information or to enroll, contact Reid Belfry @ 1-705-209-1702

*Note: Individuals who wish to acquire restricted firearms must also take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the tests or challenge and pass the CRFSC tests without taking the course.

 

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The PAL, Restricted PAL and the Hunter Education Courses are typically held from 7:30 am until approximately 6 pm on weekends throughout the year. 
 
Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming dates. For more information or to enroll, contact Reid Belfry @ 1-705-209-1702

 

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GBHA offers the Hunter Education program.

 

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources administers the Ontario Hunter Education Program in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. 

 

The Ontario Hunter Education Program will assist you in understanding the natural world and become a knowledgeable and responsible hunter. The program provides introduction information about:

  • Ecosystems and wildlife management

  • Hunting laws and regulations

  • Hunter responsibilities

  • Identification, biology, management of and hunting techniques for big game, small game and waterfowl.

  • Hunting and survival equipment

  • The hunter's role in society

 

The program also reinforces the firearms safety information contained in the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.

 

New hunters of all ages must take hunter education training and pass an exam before they can purchase their first hunting licence.

More than one million individuals have successfully completed hunter education training.

 

Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming dates. For more information or to enroll, contact Reid Belfry @ 1-705-209-1702

 

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In accordance with the Firearms Act, a new firearms safety course focusing on restricted firearms (primarily handguns) was developed and implemented on February 1, 1999. The legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire restricted and/or prohibited firearms must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). They must pass the tests OR challenge and pass the CFSC and the CRFSC tests without taking either course.

 

Topics covered in the CRFSC include:

  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions;

  • basic firearms safety practices;

  • ammunition;

  • operating handgun actions;

  • firing techniques and procedures for handguns;

  • care of restricted firearms;

  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and

  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms.

 

Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming dates. For more information or to enroll, contact Reid Belfry @ 1-705-209-1702

 

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Events & Inquiries

GBHA is proud to have members from across Simcoe County. If you are a hunting enthusiast, fishing enthusiast or conservation enthusiast contact us at Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers. If you are looking to get involved or help the club with fundraising or other events check out our events page!