Division of Hunting and Game Management

Diane Eggeman, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
850-488-3831

Mission: To manage and conserve game wildlife for the future, while fostering safe and responsible hunting.

Benefits

  • Provides professional management of hunting activities and associated wildlife resources, ensuring that conservation objectives are met and hunting opportunities are sustainable.
  • Develops or expands new hunting opportunities and improves existing hunting opportunities statewide.
  • Provides high-quality programs for hunter safety training and public shooting opportunities.
  • Provides programs to recruit and retain hunters, especially children and youths, as participants in hunting and other wildlife-related activities. Outdoor recreation during childhood helps develop support for conservation efforts throughout life.
  • Brings together hunting interest groups, governmental and non-governmental agencies, research institutes and the public to consider ways to manage Florida's game wildlife species effectively.
  • Provides scientific expertise to the Commission to make the best informed decisions regarding the management of Florida's game wildlife resources.

HGM uses effective game-management tools and scientific expertise to perpetuate sustainable hunting statewide, concentrating on waterfowl, small game, deer, wild turkey and alligators. The Division also develops rules and recommends management policies on more than 5.8 million acres of public hunting lands that are available for various hunting opportunities. Many division staff participate in national, state and regional advisory groups to support management and regulation of Florida game species. The Division also houses the Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges section, which offers hunter safety programs that teach people hunting laws, ethics and use of firearms at a gun range. Once people are certified, they can purchase a license to hunt unsupervised in Florida.

Hunting and Game Management sections

Game Species Management

Managing Florida’s wild game populations using science, leadership and key partnerships occurs under the Game Species Management section. Conservation and sustainability of species, while providing opportunities for responsible hunting, drive Game Species Management employees, who use scientific research to design sound management practices. Partnerships with other agencies foster sound management practices.

Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges

To put into practice the mission of HGM, programs are offered throughout the state by the Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges section. Florida Statutes require many hunters to be certified. HGM not only provides these courses, but also offers workshops and special events to ensure Florida hunters are well prepared to be safe, responsible and conservation-minded. Specialized courses include Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Advanced Archery and Basic Muzzleloading Firearms. Safety-training camps for young hunters and shooting ranges also are offered.

Public Hunting Areas

The Public Hunting Areas section develops partnerships, rules, regulations and associated publications that facilitate public hunting opportunities on more than 5.8 million acres of land in Florida. The section coordinates the distribution of rule-related information and publications, provides technical assistance to the hunting public, and works with stakeholders and partners to coordinate support for hunting-related activities on public lands.

HGM budget summary

Funding Source FTE FTE salaries Other costs
FGTF   $620,505 $1,251,129
GDTF   $0 $129,450
SGTF   $1,543,870 $2,984,623
CARLTF   $463,880 $66,284
Total operating   $2,628,255 $4,431,486
       
Fixed capital outlay      
Triple N Ranch shooting park   0 $1,400,000
Total budget 45.0 $2,628,255 $5,831,486

Glossary of funding sources



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