News Releases

FWC adds Internet option to traditional hunter safety course

News Release

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

Due to public demand, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) added a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Walton County.

The course will be at the Shooting Range, 955 Smith Road, DeFuniak Springs. Instruction is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30. Students must complete the Internet course before coming to class and should bring a copy of the final report from the online portion of the course. The final report form does not have to be notarized.

Individuals wishing to attend the traditional hunter safety course, which the FWC publicized recently, may still register. It is at the same location. Instruction for the traditional course is from 6 to 9 p.m. July 25, 27 and 29, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30.

An adult must accompany children under age 16 at all times. Students should bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes.

The hunter safety course is required before anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, can purchase a Florida hunting license. The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC's regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676.

FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

Learn More at AskFWC