Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation. Maintaining hunting and the shooting sports is important because of the critical role they play in wildlife conservation. The challenge is not only to recruit new hunters and shooters, but also to retain current hunters and shooters and reactivate previous participants. To address these issues, the commission identifies and removes administrative and regulatory barriers to hunting, modifies public hunting opportunities to accommodate hunter preference, and finds new ways to encourage participation by youth and their families in hunting and the shooting sports.
The commission is continuing to evaluate its COVID-10 response and providing information on the open/closed status of wildlife management areas.
Public Shooting Ranges. Safe and well-designed public shooting facilities are critical to the future of hunting and shooting sports in Florida and are important to a large segment of the public. The commission is committed to safely supporting the needs of recreational target shooters, hunters, and hunter safety students with 10 shooting ranges located throughout the state. To meet the growing demand for public shooting sports facilities, an additional commission-managed range is under construction in Palm Beach County, with funding provided from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. In response to COVID-19, the commission is reopening its managed shooting ranges in a phased approach.
No Net Loss of Hunting Lands 2018-19 Annual Report, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, October 1, 2019.
Websites of Interest
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Inspector General
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Research Publications
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Strategic Plan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service