Hunter Safety Class and Registration Available Online

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC’s) hunter safety class now is available online as well as on compact disc. Hunters can take most of the classroom instruction without leaving home before taking part in a field day that includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range to earn certification.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 must pass the FWC course or another approved course before purchasing a hunting license. Other states and Canadian provinces with hunter safety requirements accept the FWC course as suitable for hunter certification.

The FWC will continue to offer the traditional version of the course at least once a year in each county. To see scheduled hunter safety courses and sign up, interested persons can visit the FWC Web site at floridaconservation.org, or they can contact the FWC office listed in the phone book and speak to the Hunter Safety Section.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers an alternative-delivery program that allows students to obtain partial credit for the hunter safety course by completing an interactive Internet or CD-ROM program. To obtain a hunter safety course certificate, students must complete the interactive Internet or CD-ROM program and attend a scheduled “hands-on” field day.

The interactive Internet and CD-ROM course was developed in cooperation with seven southeastern states as a means of increasing accessibility to hunter safety programs. Field days are offered throughout Florida. Internet users can click on the “Course Schedules” link then the appropriate region for information regarding field days in their areas. This alternative-delivery format is in addition to the traditional courses scheduled in all of Florida’s counties.

The interactive Internet and CD-ROM course has many activities and questions, including a 50-question test that students must complete. After completing the online Internet course, students must print out the final report form with test results and have it notarized. Then they can enroll in one of the scheduled field days posted online through the “Course Schedules” link. At the field day, students must complete a standard written examination and demonstrate such skills as loading and unloading different types of firearms, safely crossing fences and other activities that all safe hunters should master.

Students wishing to complete the alternative delivery course using the CD-ROM method will need to contact the closest FWC Hunter Safety Office at least two weeks prior to the scheduled course field day. The office will mail a CD-ROM with instructions to students upon request.