Hunter safety courses

The FWC offers free hunter safety courses across the state.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in the live-fire exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

Students must attend all sessions to receive their certificate. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete this classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. The locations for classes will be given to those who register in advance. Students are encouraged to bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes.

A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes and a link to the online part of the course is available at Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the appropriate FWC regional office.

Northwest Region, Panama City 850-265-3676

North Central Region, Lake City s386-758-0525

Northeast Region, Ocala 352-732-1225

Southwest Region, Lakeland 863-648-3200

South Region, West Palm Beach 561-625-5122

Class locations/dates/times subject to change. Number of students in each class is limited and classes fill up quickly. Call or check online for most up-to-date information.



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