In August of 2005, more than 200 stakeholders convened in Orlando for a two-day Summit on the Future of Hunting in Florida. The Summit resulted in the creation of this new, non-profit organization in 2006, The Future of Hunting in Florida (FHF). The organization was created in part to help reverse the trend of declining hunters in the State of Florida. FHF was formed for the purposes of:
- Recruiting and retaining hunters in Floridal
- Promoting and strengthening ethics and conservation;
- Increasing access and opportunities for citizens and visitors to hunt on public & private lands in Florida; and,
- Building a unified, strong coalition of hunting organizations.
“The Future of Hunting in Florida will be a strong voice for the overall hunting community in Florida,” said Bill Marvin, Chairman of the Board and also a National Board member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “We hope hunters and those who want to learn how to hunt will join our organization to make sure our hunting heritage is passed on to future generations.”
Over the last three years, FHF has leased 2,050 acres south of Wewahitchka, Florida from the St. Joe Company for the exclusive purpose of hosting youth and Wounded Warrior hunts. Over that time, FHF has hosted over 28 youth hunts involving over 225 kids and eight Wounded Warrior hunts involving over 60 Wounded Warriors. Many of the youth and Wounded Warriors had never experienced hunting before. The weekend hunts also involved shooting clay targets and teaching the benefits of hunting and promoting good ethics, sportsmanship, safety, and conservation.
For more information about this organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mr. John Fuller at (850) 509-4099.