The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in four counties in June, including Gulf and Bay counties.


Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.


All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.


Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.


The locations and times are:

Gulf County

June 16 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT)

Gulf Correctional Institution

500 Ike Steele Road in Wewahitchka


Traditional course (must complete both days)

Bay County

June 16 and 17 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT)

Bay County Shooting Range

10900 Steelfield Road in Panama City Beach



Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676.