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Hunter safety course in Collier County

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Media contact: Gaby Ferraro, 561-625-5122

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course Sept. 8, 9, 11 and 19 in Collier County.

Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and wildlife identification, among other topics, before taking the final test. The course also includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range.

The first three classes will be at Golden Gate Fire Station No. 71, 100 13th St. SW (south of Collier County Estates Library Branch). On Sept. 8 and 9, instruction will take place 5:30-9:30 p.m.  On Sept. 11, it will be 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Sept. 19 session will be 8 a.m. - noon at BSA Camp Miles, 38751 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda. Instructors will provide driving directions during the earlier sessions. Attendance on all four days is required for certification.

Space is limited, and reservations are required by going to or by calling 561-625-5122.  A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes also is available at

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years old to all classes. To participate in the live-fire exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

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