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Take bowhunter education course in August, September

News Release

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

Florida bowhunters will have four opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in August and September. 

The first course will be held at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports, 12125 New Berlin Road in Jacksonville. The second class will be at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27 by the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, 24880 NW 16th Ave. in Newberry.

The next course will take place Labor Day weekend, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 during the Bowhunter Jamboree in Inverness. The final offering will be at 8 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Lewis D. Whitaker Osceola Shooting Range, 197 NE National Forest Road 278, Lake City.

All courses will be conducted using the new online, distance learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast may now access the program on the NBEF website, enter through the Florida portal and complete the online classroom topics before attending a shortened, interactive field day. The Florida course External Website is found at

People attending the Bowhunter Jamboree at the Citrus Wildlife Management Area near Inverness will have a chance to complete the bowhunter education course field day from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Sept. 3, before the jamboree competition begins.

Tickets to the jamboree are $40 (adult), $20 (youth) and $60 (families) and include a one-year membership in the Florida Bowhunters Council, sponsor of the event. You are not required to pay the jamboree admission fee in order to attend the bowhunter education course. The course is offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Hunter Safety Section and the Florida Bowhunters Council. 

"While these courses do not satisfy the hunter education requirements for Florida, it is 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 that require 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 Bowhunter Jamboree, they should bring a lawn chair for their comfort. Please dress in hunting attire.

Students should register for the course they choose 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 Center External Website can be found at or on FacebookExternal Website

For more information on the jamboreeExternal Website visit

Information and directions for the Jacksonville course External Website can be found at:

Questions about the Lake City class can be directed to the FWC Regional Office at 386-754-1654.

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