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Hunter safety courses offered in April

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in five counties in April. (List follows.)

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. Traditional course students must complete the entire course in person.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

The locations and times are:

Online-completion Courses

April 15 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club, Palm Bay

April 1 (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
The Gun Shop Inc. & Gun Range, Leesburg

April 1 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Ocala Conservation Center, Silver Springs

April 4 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and April 6 (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Orlando

April 11 and 13 (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Gander Mountain, Lake Mary

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the Ocala Conservation Center at 352-625-2804.

FWC Facts:
The Florida panther, Florida's official state animal, is one of the most endangered animals on earth, with an estimated 100-160 adults and subadults remaining in southern Florida.

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