Florida’s certified National Bowhunter Education Foundation course is now offered in an online, distance learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast may access the program on the NBEF website, enter through the Florida portal and complete the online classroom topics before attending a shortened, interactive field day.
A student who passes the online test will be issued a qualifier certificate that will allow them to complete the course at the field day. There they will participate in field walks, blood trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from trees stands, as well as equipment preparation and survival techniques.
Students are urged to bring their own equipment to shoot at the field day, but bows can be provided. Students should dress in hunting attire with proper footwear, sandals are discouraged. Arrows should have field tips only, targets for shooting arrows with broadheads will not be available. Students under 16 years-of-age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The website to take the online program is http://nbef.org, click on the distance learning option.
For a list of field days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Hunter Safety and Ranges section or to register for an online or traditional course, go to http://MyFWC.com/Bowhunt, and look through the course schedules for “Distance Learning Field Day”.
The FWC plans to offer one field day each month somewhere in Florida. And while on the FWC website, don’t forget to sign-up early for a hunter safety course. Many are available throughout the entire state during the spring and summer months, but fill up quickly as it gets closer to the hunting seasons. The following 2015 bowhunter education courses are currently scheduled on these dates and locations:
1/31/2015 Columbia County
2/14/2015 Alachua County
5/2/2015 Marion County
12/5/2015 Marion County