Bowhunter Education Course Scheduled for Alachua Co., Florida

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Now you can take the Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing an online, distance-learning component and then attending an abbreviated field day.

Hunter Safety personnel with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said the field day will be Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Newberry Archery Complex in Alachua County.

This field day is designed to be a hands-on, constructive learning experience that will include bow setup and shooting, field walks, blood-trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from tree stands, as well as equipment preparation and survival techniques.

A small fee to take the distance-learning course is payable to the National Bowhunter Education Foundation on its website: Access the online distance-learning course at

Participants can expect to learn all aspects of bowhunting, including:

  • History of bowhunting
  • Safe and responsible bowhunting
  • Preparing for the hunt
  • Shot placement and game recovery
  • Use of elevated stands and other techniques
  • Outdoor preparedness

Students of all ages may participate; however, an adult must accompany those under the age of 16.

Participants should bring all equipment, including bow and arrows.

Students should register for the course in advance by calling the FWC's regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.