North Carolina Getting Started in the Outdoors (GSO)


Getting Started in the Outdoors (GSO) courses provide specialized, single-topic instruction in big game, small game, turkey, waterfowl, game processing, specialty hunts, and survival and land navigation.

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  • Courses are provided free of charge in all 100 counties throughout the year.
  • Pre-registration is required for courses.
  • Students must bring a pen or pencil to class.

When will I get my card?

Following completion of the course requirements a certification card will be sent, typically within 14 days. Pertinent information is recorded into the agency database upon completion.

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