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2 bowhunter education courses offered

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Florida archers will have two opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation-certified bowhunter education course this summer, offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Hunter Safety Section and the Florida Bowhunters Council.

The first class is at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry on Aug. 10, starting at 8 a.m. The second course is the morning of Aug. 31 during Labor Day weekend in Citrus County and coincides with Bowhunter Jamboree.

Both courses will be conducted using a new, online, distance-learning format prior to the field day. Bowhunting enthusiasts are required to complete the online portion of the program first, to prepare for the field day portion; it is available now at by selecting “NBEF website.”

Once you have completed the online portion, you must then register for and attend one of the two shortened, interactive field days.

The second bowhunter education field day is during Bowhunter Jamboree at the Citrus Wildlife Management Area, near Inverness, on Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Tickets to the jamboree range from $20 (youth) to $50 (families) and include a one-year membership in the Florida Bowhunters Council, sponsor of the event.

“While these courses do not satisfy the hunter education requirements for Florida, they are educational, informative and well worth taking,” said Steve Robbins, FWC Hunter Safety coordinator in Lake City.

Previous jamborees have attracted approximately 600 archers, who test their skills with broadhead-tipped hunting arrows in a shooting competition.

This year’s added attraction is the FWC’s bowhunter education course, designed to meet the requirements of some states for National Bowhunter Education Foundation certification prior to purchasing a bowhunting license.

Participants can expect to learn all aspects of bowhunting including:

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

Participants must bring their own equipment, including bow and field-tipped arrows. At the jamboree, they should bring a lawn chair for their comfort.

Students should register for the either course in advance by calling the FWC’s North Central Regional Office at 386-754-1654 or by visiting Students of all ages may participate.

Additional information for the Easton Newberry Archery Park can be found at or on Facebook at

For more information on the jamboree, visit

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