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Hunter safety course in Miami-Dade County

News Release

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Media contact: Lynne Hawk, 561-625-5122

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course May 14-16 in Miami-Dade County. Attendance on all three days is required for those seeking certification.

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 at the Blue Lagoon Boat Ramp, N.W. 7th Street and 57th Ave., Miami.

Instruction will take place May 14 from 6-10 p.m., May 15 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and May 16 from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Participants can make reservations at or by calling 561-625-5122.  A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes 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 of age 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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