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Hunter safety requirement

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 must complete a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license enabling them to hunt without supervision. Children under age 16 may hunt with adult supervision without having to take a hunter safety course. Persons 16 and older who have not completed a hunter safety course can use a Mentoring Exemption enabling them to purchase a license and hunt within the supervision of a mentoring adult who is at least 21 years old. Persons needing proof of course completion can print a duplicate certification card at

Hunter safety course

Everyone born on or after June 1, 1975 must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license that enables you to hunt without adult supervision. To learn more about these and other programs, visit us at

Hunter Safety Deferral Mentoring Exemption

Anyone 16 years old or older and born on or after June 1, 1975 can hunt under the direct supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years old or older, without having to complete the state’s hunter safety certification.

Individuals taking advantage of this try-before-you-buy approach must complete a hunter safety class to be eligible to hunt on their own.

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