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Bowhunter education course scheduled for Columbia Co.

News Release

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Now you can take the Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing an online, distance-learning component and then attending a field class in Columbia County.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hunter safety personnel, the field day will be March 31 from 8 a.m. until completed. The location for the field day will be given to those who register in advance by calling the regional office at 386-758-0525.

This field day is designed to be a hands-on, constructive learning experience that will include bow setup and shooting, field walks, blood-trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from tree stands, as well as equipment preparation and survival techniques.

The fee to take the distance-learning course is payable to the National Bowhunter Education Foundation on its website: www.bowhunter-ed.com/fl. You can also access the online distance-learning course from MyFWC.com/Bowhunt.

Participants can expect to learn all aspects of bowhunting, including:

  • History of bowhunting;
  • Safe and responsible bowhunting;
  • Preparing for the hunt;
  • Shot placement and game recovery;
  • Use of elevated stands and other techniques; and
  • Outdoor preparedness.

Students of all ages may participate; however, an adult must accompany those younger than 16.

Participants should bring all equipment, including bow and arrows.

Students should register for the course in advance by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.



FWC Facts:
The Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption encourages experienced hunters to teach novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting skills and respect for Florida's outdoors.

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