Just in time for alligator hunting season, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering two free courses required for Florida hunters.
On September 22nd and 23rd at the FWC regional office in West Palm Beach, people interested in hunting can attend the traditional, hands-on Hunter Education Course required along with a license to hunt in Florida and beyond. The 2-day course satisfies the legal requirements in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Firearms, ammunition and other materials will be provided but students should bring a pen and paper. The FWC will also be holding a Bowhunting Course for those interested, on September 15th at the same location. For this course you must bring your own bow and arrows.
Anyone born after June 1st, 1975 is required to take at least the education course in order to hunt in Florida. Some species hobbyists are allowed to hunt during their seasons include the alligator, bears (yes, there are some bears in Florida), Burmese pythons, deer, doves, quail, duck, rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, wild hogs, and furbearers including raccoons, bobcats and river otters.
The education course on the 22nd and 23rd will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and you can register online here. To sign up for the bowhunting course on the 15th from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. click here. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
FWC regional office location: 8535 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412.