FWC offers hunter safety internet-completion course next month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in seven Northeast Florida counties during September.

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must always accompany children younger than 16.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation.

The dates and times are:

Alachua: Sept. 11 (8 a.m.) Gainesville

Baker: Sept. 11 (8 a.m.) Macclenny and range to immediately follow in Lake City

Clay: Sept. 16 (6 p.m.) Green Cove Springs and Sept. 18 (8 a.m.) Graham

Columbia: Sept. 18 (8 a.m.) Lake City

Duval: Sept. 9 (6 p.m.) and Sept. 11 (8:30 a.m.) Jacksonville

Nassau: Sept. 25 (8 a.m.) Fernandina Beach

Suwannee: Sept. 11 (8:30 a.m.) Live Oak

The specific location for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/hunting, then clicking on “Hunter Safety” or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

Youth between 12 and 17 years old who successfully complete a hunter safety course can learn more about conservation and experience hunting through the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program. Check out the calendar for safe, educational, mentored youth hunts. In addition, hunter safety course graduates can participate in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge program. YHEC events are designed to teach youth aged 18 and younger about leadership, safety and conservation while building skills and knowledge related to hunting, map and compass, wildlife identification and target shooting. Find and register for YHEC events.