Hunting and Game Management
To manage and conserve game wildlife for the future, while fostering safe and responsible hunting.
- Uses scientifically proven game-management strategies and professional expertise to meet conservation objectives and perpetuate sustainable hunting opportunities statewide with an emphasis on waterfowl, small game, deer, wild turkey and alligators.
- Develops rules and recommends wildlife management policies on more than 5.9 million acres of public hunting lands, which provide various hunting opportunities.
- Develops new hunting opportunities and improves and expands 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 (R3).
- Manages public shooting ranges throughout the state to safely support the needs of recreational target shooters, hunters and hunter safety students.
- Provides high-quality hunter safety training and certification through volunteer instruction that includes safe and lawful use of firearms, principles of wildlife conservation, and safe, responsible hunting practices.
- Brings together hunting interest groups, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, research institutes and stakeholders 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.
- Communicates about rules, regulations, opportunities, programs and wildlife management activities related to the division’s mission.
Through these activities, we strive to benefit Florida citizens who use, enjoy and depend on healthy game wildlife.