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Hunter Education Course

Below you will find information regarding the Hunter Education Course offered in Midland, Penetang, Tay and the surrounding area by GBHA. 

All PAL Course, Restricted PAL Course and Hunter Safety Course dates are posted on our events calendar and will be listed in our monthly bulletin. 


If you have any questions regarding firearms courses, licensing or you wish to inquire about upcoming course dates or fees, please contact:

LARRY FARRIS at 705-529-6364

Georgian Bay Hunters & Anglers believes in always trying to provide a better learning experience. We are committed to your success and ensure plenty of time for one-on-one instructor-student interaction. 

Our courses are offered at competitive rates in our own GBHA clubhouse. Most students enjoy our smaller class sizes and casual, more comfortable setting with amenities like a wood-burning fireplace, complimentary coffee & doughnuts, plus large, modern washrooms. 

We get a lot of positive feedback on our courses since, wherever possible, our instructors use PowerPoint presentations with embedded video clips, etc. Our students tell us they find it to be a better learning experience when compared to other facilities where instructors often just read from the book or simply use overheads for the whole day.


Hunting is an ancient tradition and an integral part of our cultural heritage. The ancestors of today's human populations ensured our survival by hunting for food and clothing.


Today hunting is still an important activity for millions of people around the world. For many, it is still an essential method of food gathering. For others, hunting is a recreational activity that provides an opportunity to further friendships and camaraderie, an opportunity to experience nature and relax in the outdoors and to make an important contribution to conservation. Responsible hunters support the many rules that have been established to ensure that our wildlife populations are sustained and that hunting remains a safe activity.


The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources administers the Ontario Hunter Education Program in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. In 1960, Ontario became the first Canadian province to establish a mandatory Ontario Hunter Education course that included safe and responsible hunting training.


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.



Don't be fooled by unauthorized Firearms Safety Instruction Agencies!

Always ask for an Ontario Designation Number (ON#) Issues by the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO).
Training conducted by an unauthorized person will not be recognized by the CFO & you will not get your license.


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!

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