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Hunter safety Internet-completion courses offered in August

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in six counties in August. (List follows.)

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

The locations and times are:

County          Dates/Times                                                            City

 Alachua        Aug. 1 (8 a.m. until complete)                                   Gainesville
                    Aug. 15 (8 a.m. until complete)                                 Gainesville
                    Aug. 29 (8 a.m. until complete)                                 Gainesville


Citrus            Aug. 22 (9 a.m. until complete)                                 Lecanto


Clay               Aug. 20 (6-9 p.m.) and Aug. 22 (8 a.m. to noon)       Middleburg
                     Aug. 27 (6-9 p.m.) and Aug. 29 (8 a.m. to noon)       Middleburg


Columbia       Aug. 20 (6-9 p.m. and Aug. 22 (8:30 a.m. to noon)    Lake City


Nassau          Aug. 22 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)                                        Callahan
                    With range to immediately follow                                Bryceville


Taylor            Aug. 15 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)                                        Perry


The specific locations for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

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