Hunter Safety & Education

Hunter Safety Requirement

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, and 16 years or older, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license, unless using the Hunter Safety Mentoring Exemption and hunting under the supervision of a qualified hunter. Completion of a hunter safety course is required to hunt on military bases.

Hunter Safety Courses
Find a program that is best for you and register for a hunter safety course.

Bowhunter Education - Traditional Course or new Online Distance Learning - Register for a Bowhunter Education course near you.

Hunter Education Programs - Look in our Education section for links to educational programs for youth and families.

Youth and Family Hunting Opportunities
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers several opportunities for adults to take youths (under age 16) hunting. Many Wildlife Management Areas allow youths, under adult supervision, to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small-game and spring turkey seasons without having quota permits. Youths also may hunt areas that require a quota permit if accompanied by a quota permit holder, who is 18 or older, provided the quota permit holder and youth share a single bag limit.

Youth and Family Hunting Volunteer Application

Youth Hunting Program of Florida

The FWC and other conservation organizations have joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and very affordable. The FWC sponsors introductory, instructive youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, waterfowl, small game and other species. Hunts include mentors, lodging and meals.


Over 18? Want to give something back to your sport?
Become a certified Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor in your community.

Hunter Safety Volunteer Instructor
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Hunting Incidents Adobe PDF

Take a Free Treestand Safety Course External WebsiteOnline

Contact Your Local Hunter Safety Office

FWC Facts:
You can anonymously report violations of fish and wildlife laws to Wildlife Alert. Call 888-404-FWCC, or #FWC or *FWC by cell phone. You could earn a cash reward.

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