Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Alachua County in August.
The course will take place Aug. 25 in Newberry, beginning at 8 a.m. The specific location for the class will be given to those who register in advance.
The course is conducted using the online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast can access the program on the NBEF website by entering through the Florida portal and completing the online classroom topics, before attending a shortened, interactive field day. The Florida course is at Bowhunter-ed.com/Florida.
“While these courses do not satisfy the hunter education requirements for Florida, it is educational, informative and well worth taking,” said Ashley Lawson, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hunter safety coordinator in Lake City.
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. Students should register for the course by calling the FWC’s North Central Regional Office at 386-754-1654 or by visiting MyFWC.com/Bowhunt. Students of all ages may participate.