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Free hunter safety course in Collier County

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Media contact: Katie Johnson, 561-882-5709

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on April 12 and 13 in Collier County. Attendance on both days is required. The course lasts from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

Students will learn about several topics, including hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibilities before taking the final test. The course also includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range.

The class will be at the Everglades Conservation & Sportsman Club, 950601 Loop Road, Ochopee. This is east of Naples off U.S. 41. For a map, go to the club's website,, and click on “Directions” under “Wild Hog BBQ.”

Participants can sign up at or by calling the FWC’s South Region Office at 561-625-5122. A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes is available at

Parents or legal guardians must accompany children younger than 16 years old to all classes. To participate in live-fire exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised).

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