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FWC names Eddie Childs as Florida’s Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

News Release

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

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Eddie Childs, Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year,
offers advice during the annual Women’s Handgun Safety Day in April 2014.
(Photo by Steven Robbins, FWC)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting April 16 in Tallahassee named Eddie Childs of Orange Park its 2014 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year – an award given to the volunteer who significantly advances the cause of safe hunting through extraordinary service in training and education.

Since 2013, Childs has volunteered to teach the state’s hunter safety course, which is required of anyone born after May 31, 1975, who wishes to obtain a Florida hunting license to hunt unsupervised. He is an instructor in Clay and Bradford counties. During the 2014-15 year, Childs helped teach nine hunter safety classes and a bowhunter education course, which certified a total of 479 students.

Besides being a husband and father of three children, and spending so much of his free time with the state’s hunter safety program, Childs volunteered at the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament, Women’s Handgun Safety Day and on two youth hunts with the Youth Hunting Program of Florida.

Childs, who served nine years in the U.S. Navy, also is keenly interested in getting more minorities involved in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.

“What makes Eddie so special is not only his willingness to volunteer for numerous events but to work hard to make each one memorable,” FWC’s North Central Regional Hunter Safety coordinator Steve Robbins said. “With his effervescent smile and can-do attitude, Eddie is a tremendous asset to our program and any event where he helps out.”

Because Childs received the award, he represents Florida in the running for the national title of Federal Ammunition Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.

Anyone interested in learning how to become a volunteer hunter safety instructor can go to and select “Volunteer.”


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