Division of Hunting and Game Management

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

The Division of Hunting and Game Management uses scientifically proven game-management strategies and professional expertise to perpetuate sustainable hunting opportunities statewide, with an emphasis on waterfowl, small game, deer, wild turkey and alligators. The Division also develops rules and recommends wildlife management policies on more than 5.9 million acres of public hunting lands, which provide various hunting opportunities.

Division staff participate in national, state and regional advisory groups to support management and regulation of Florida game species. The Division also manages public shooting sports facilities throughout the state and offers hunter safety programs to teach people hunting laws, ethics, conservation and responsible use of firearms. Persons who successfully complete a hunter safety course may purchase a license to hunt unsupervised in Florida.

In addition, the division oversees Florida’s initiative to recruit, retain and reactivate (R3) hunters and target shooters. R3 in Florida, which is founded on a national initiative, coordinates resources and programs of conservation agencies, industry partners and non-governmental organizations to increase participation in conservation. R3 efforts focus on identifying what people need to become involved in conservation and developing, measuring and adapting programs to better serve those interested in learning to hunt and target shoot. Providing people with opportunities to engage in hunting and the shooting sports helps the conservation funding model remain strong.

Mission

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

Strategies 

  • Manages hunting activities and associated wildlife resources using science-based strategies to ensure that conservation objectives are met and hunting opportunities are sustainable.
  • Develops or expands new hunting opportunities and improves existing hunting opportunities statewide.
  • Provides programs to recruit Floridians as participants in hunting and other wildlife-related activities, retain those already involved in hunting, and reactivate those who have lapsed.
  • Provides high-quality programs for hunter safety training.
  • Manages public shooting ranges throughout the state to safely support the needs of recreational target shooters, hunters and hunter safety students.
  • Brings together hunting interest groups, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, research institutes and the public to consider ways to effectively manage Florida’s game wildlife species.
  • Provides scientific expertise to the Commission so they can make the best informed decisions about managing Florida’s game wildlife resources.

Division of Hunting and Game Management sections

Game Management and Public Hunting

Managing Florida’s wild game populations using science, leadership and key partnerships occurs in this section. Section staff use scientific research to develop sound management practices to conserve wild game species while providing opportunities for responsible and sustainable hunting. The section also develops partnerships, rules, regulations and publications that facilitate safe and sustainable public hunting opportunities on more than 5.9 million public acres in Florida. Section staff coordinate the distribution of rule-related information and publications, provide technical assistance to the hunting public, and work with stakeholders and partners to coordinate support for hunting-related activities on public lands.

Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges 

In this section, programs are offered throughout the state to address the division’s mission. Florida Statutes require most hunters to be certified. The section provides hunter safety courses as well as 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, basic muzzleloading firearms and safety training camps for young hunters. To safely support the needs of recreational target shooters, hunters and hunter safety students, the division manages nine public shooting ranges located throughout the state. Two additional FWC-managed ranges are under construction at Triple N Ranch in Osceola County and Palm Beach County to meet the growing demand for safe, clean and family-friendly public shooting sports facilities.

HGM budget summary

Funding source

FTE

FTE salaries

Other costs

FGTF

 

$695,158

$1,476,384

GDTF

 

$0

$288,017

LATF

 

$525,575

$151,902

SGTF

 

$1,666,996

$2,813,748

Total operating

 

$2,887,729

$4730,051

Total budget

45.0

$2,887,729

$4,730,051



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