The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is hosting free hunter education classes for anyone wishing to obtain a hunting certification. While the classes are offered periodically throughout the year all across the state, now is an opportune time to become certified in preparation for the popular fall and early winter hunting seasons. Two of the upcoming classes will give Upstate residents this opportunity.

The eight-hour courses cover a variety of topics, and each class is led by one of the eight instructors certified by the DNR. One of these instructors, Lance Cpl. Henry Barnett, teaches these classes in counties across the upper part of South Carolina.

“Our goal is to teach the students how to be ethically responsible with firearms and understand them mechanically,” said Barnett.

He hopes to instill safer hunting practices in his students by familiarizing them with their firearms and the different types of ammunition.

The S.C. DNR also hopes to minimize hunting-related injuries or accidents through this class. Additionally, the instructors stress the importance of having consideration for both the land and the game.

The course consists of visual and verbal instruction, and ends with an exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, the students can attest that they have the hunter education endorsement of the DNR, Barnett explained. The students are also often given materials to take home, including “Today’s Hunter — A Guide to Hunting Responsibly and Safely,” a detailed hunting guidebook.

The classes are recommended for students ages 12 or older. A parent or guardian must accompany any students below the age of 12. The hunter education course is required for all residents and nonresidents of the state of South Carolina born after June 30, 1979, before a hunting license can be obtained. The courses are also offered by a third-party vendor online at for $19.50.

S.C. Hunter Education Classes in the Upstate


Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mt. Airy Baptist Church
210 Mt. Airy Church Road, Easley
Lunch provided

Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Spartanburg Wildlife Action
137 Halibut Lane, Spartanburg

Register: or 803-734-3995

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