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Hunter safety course in Collier Co.

News Release

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course April 1-3 in Collier County. People seeking certification must attend all three days.

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 course will be held at Everglades Conservation & Sportsman Club, 50900-50999 Loop Road in Ochopee.  Instruction hours are April 1, 7-10 p.m.; April 2, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and April 3, 8 a.m. - noon.

To register, go to or call 561-625-5122.  The statewide schedule of hunter safety classes is also 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 of age to all classes. To participate in the live-fire exercises, children under 18 must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

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