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Highlands Co. Sheriff’s Office, FWC team up to hold hunter safety courses

News Release

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

Thanks to a new partner, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), local hunters needing to take the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Hunter Safety Course will find it more convenient than ever.

“We are very proud to be a part of this unique program that so effectively promotes firearms safety and conservation of our natural resources,” said Deputy Joe Noto, coordinator of training for HCSO.

The next course at the HCSO Range facility on Arbuckle Creek Road is Sept. 29.

Hunters born on or after June 1, 1975, who have reached their 16th birthday must complete a hunter safety course to purchase a hunting license. If you are planning to hunt this season and you have not taken a state-approved hunter safety course, don’t wait.

For those who plan to hunt out of state with a firearm, Florida’s Hunter Safety Program meets legal requirements for mandated hunter safety training in all states and Canadian provinces. The free, 16-hour course covers a variety of topics such as firearm safety, bowhunting, survival and wildlife management. Students receive hands-on experience firing a .22 rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader and bow and arrow.

Students must register in advance and complete e-training and documentation requirements prior to participating. To register for a free Hunter Safety Course, contact the FWC’s Southwest Regional Office at 863-648-3200 or register online at

FWC Facts:
Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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