Bowhunter's Course Scheduled

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Hunter Education Section and the Florida Bowhunters Council are conducting a free bowhunting course on Sat., Aug. 31, as part of the annual Bowhunter Jamboree at the Citrus Wildlife Management Area.

The event typically attracts about 600 archers from throughout Florida to enjoy a weekend of companionship and compete in shooting skills using broadhead-tipped hunting arrows.

This year, the added attraction is the FWC's Bowhunters Course. The course is designed to meet the requirements of states that require archers to pass a bowhunting course before purchasing an archery license.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn all aspects of bowhunting. Topics include:

  • So you want to be a Bowhunter?
  • What is the responsibility of a Bowhunter?
  • Preparing for the hunt.
  • When to shoot and where to aim.
  • The hunt.
  • Are you prepared for the "what if?"

The course is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and participants must bring all their own equipment including bow and arrows, lunch, pen or pencil, paper and a chair. The course will take place at the Holder Mine Campsite on SR 581, in Inverness. Take SR 581 to Trail 10; take Trail 10 to Holder Mine Camp Site. Vehicles and individuals with archery equipment are restricted to Trail 10 and Holder Mine Campsite areas only.

Students should pre-register for the course by calling the FWC?s Lake City Regional Office at (386) 758-0525.