Georgia DNR Hosts Shotgun Patterning Days to Prep for Turkey Season

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Give it a shot! Turkey season opens March 24th. Are you ready? 

The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are hosting “Give It A Shot!,” shotgun patterning days in February and March. Choke tubes and ammunition options will be available to test with your shotgun.  

Testing different types of choke tubes and ammunition is essential to developing the tightest pattern for your shotgun,” says Walter Lane, Wildlife Resources Division’s hunter development program manager. “Successful turkey hunters pattern their shotgun before they take to the woods. These events will give hunters - from novices to the most seasoned -- an opportunity to test out different products, talk with veteran turkey hunters, and interact with other sportsmen and women.” 

“Give It A Shot!” dates are: 

  • Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Paradise Public Fishing Area (Berrien County); From Tifton: East on US Hwy 82 for 8 miles to Whitley Road near Brookfield; follow signs from US Hwy 82 to the area
  • Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shooting Range (Jasper County); From Mansfield: South on GA Hwy 11 for 2.7 miles, left on Marben Farm Rd. Follow the signs
  • Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range (Hall County); From Gainesville: Take Hwy 365 north 11 miles; turn right on Mud Creed Rd., go 1 mile, turn left; go 0.1 mile, turn right on Yonah Rd.,; go 2.1 miles, area on left. Follow signs.

Volunteers from Wildlife Resources and the NWTF will assist hunters during this event.  Hunters should bring their own shotguns and can also bring ammunition or choke tubes of their own they would like to test. Paper targets will be provided. 

“Give It A Shot” is FREE, and shooters are exempt from needing the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) during the events. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, contact Walter Lane, hunter development program manager, at or 770-761-3010.