Please note: The bowhunter education course does not meet the requirement for an approved hunter safety course needed to purchase a Florida hunting license. See information and registration for Florida's hunter safety course.
Additional bowhunter education beyond what is covered in Florida’s hunter safety course is not required to bowhunt in Florida. If you plan to bowhunt in a state or providence requiring additional training, you can complete the online National Bowhunter Education Foundations (NBEF) course, which is available at the NBEF website.
Upon completion, NBEF’s course provider will send you a course completion card suitable for purchasing a bowhunting license in states or providences requiring this additional training.
To receive a Florida Bowhunter Education completion card, there are limited opportunities to attend a Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing the above mentioned NBEF online course, then attending an abbreviated field day. The field day is designed to be a hands-on, constructive learning experience that includes bow set-up and shooting, field walks, blood trail exercises, safe set up and use of tree stands, equipment preparation, and survival techniques. A small fee to take the online distance learning course is payable to the NBEF on their website. Upon completion of NBEF’s online course and Florida’s field day, you will be provided a Florida Bowhunter Education completion card.
Florida Bowhunting Field Days will be listed as “Bowhunting Only - Online Field Day” on the hunter safety course registration page. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and under 18 must present a signed Parental Release Form. Please dress in your hunting attire; closed toe shoes or boots are required. Participants must bring their personal archery gear. Arrows must have field tips, no broadheads.
For additional questions, please contact your regional hunter safety coordinator.