Hunter Safety Requirements
Hunter safety probably ranks near the
top of anyone's list. Being a hunter myself, as well as
being a husband, dad, and granddaddy, I understand the
importance of safety in any situation.
The State of Florida has a few things
to say about safety:
Hunter safety requirement
- Anyone born after June 1, 1975 cannot purchase a
hunting license without first successfully completing a
hunter safety course.
- Proof of satisfactory completion of Florida's
Hunter Safety Course or an approved course provided by
another state or province is required when purchasing a
hunting license without using the mentoring exemption
- Children under age 16 may hunt with adult
supervision without having to take a hunter safety
- Persons needing proof they have passed the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Hunter
Safety Course can print out duplicate certificates at
Hunter safety course
- Everyone born after June 1, 1975 must pass an
approved hunter safety course before they can purchase
a Florida hunting license.
- Successful completion of the FWC course is accepted
in all states where hunter safety is a requirement to
- Florida's hunter safety course is accepted by all
states requiring hunter certification.
- The FWC offers a Bowhunter Safety Course for
residents desiring to hunt in a state that requires
bowhunter education certification.
- The 16-hour course is free.
- Topics include handling firearms, outdoor ethics,
wildlife identification and management, survival, field
first aid, firearm laws and the Florida Wildlife Code.
The basics of archery and black powder (muzzleloader)
hunting are also taught.
Hunter Safety Deferral Mentoring
- Anyone 16 years or older and born on or after June
1, 1975 can hunt for one season under the supervision
of a licensed hunter, 21 or older, without having to
complete the state's hunter safety certification.
- The "Hunter Safety Deferral" enables those persons
to purchase a Florida hunting license and hunt while
that license is valid.
- Individuals taking advantage of this
try-before-you-buy approach would have to take and pass
a hunter safety class to be eligible to purchase their
next hunting license.
- Hunters with a deferral who pass the hunter safety
training class may hunt without a supervisor provided
they have a copy of their hunter safety card with
- The 2006 Florida Legislature passed the law to give
more people the opportunity to experience hunting. It
is designed to encourage experienced hunters to teach
novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting
skills and respect for Florida's outdoors.
Children and firearms - Florida Law,
Section 790.22 states as follows:
(3) A minor under 18 years of age cannot possess a
firearm, other than an unloaded firearm at his or her
home, unless: (a) The minor is engaged in a lawful
hunting activity and is at least 16 years of age; or
under 16 years of age and supervised by an adult. (b) The
minor is engaged in a lawful marksmanship competion or
practice or other lawful recreational shooting activity
and is at least 16 years of age; or under 16 years of age
and supervised by a parent or an adult who is acting with
consent of minor's parent or guardian. (c) The firearm is
unloaded and is being transported by the minor directly
to or from an event authorized in paragraph (a) or
paragraph (b). (4)(a) Parents or guardians of a minor or
other adults responsible for welfare of a minor who
knowingly and willfully permit the minor to possess a
firearm in violation of subsection (1) commit a felony of
the third degree, punishable as provided in
s.775.082,s.775.083 or s.775.084.
Section 790.174 states in part as follows:
(1) Requires that firearms be locked and/or stored in a
secure manner to prevent minors from gaining access to
them without parental permission and adult supervision.
(3) As used in this act, the term "minor" means persons
under age 16.
Youth Hunting Program:
- The FWC is seeking landowners, hunting clubs,
volunteers and organizations to help grow its recently
established Youth Hunting Program.
- Landowners and hunting clubs are needed to help
host weekend youth hunts, while volunteers are needed
to be trainig as huntmasters, hunter safety
instructors, cooks or guides. Organizations also are
being solicited to help sponsor this innovative
- The program will also benefit landowners by
volunteers assisting them with their management of
deer, hogs and other game species they want to control
on their property.
For COMPLETE informaton regarding Hunter Safety contact
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and get ready for opening day! By Tony Young, FWC (August 2010)
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