Planning And Developing Quota Systems To Manage Hunting Pressure On Hunt Areas

Excessive hunting pressure on Florida Wildlife Management Areas during the early part of hunting season necessitated a system of control on number of hunters. Systems were developed to issue a limited number of permits to applicants on a firstcome, first-served basis. FORTRAN and COM PASS computer programs were used to enter data and issue permits in I system while manual sorting and mechanical'imprinting were used to issue permits in another system. A review of all 50 states revealed a variety of methods of application acceptance, processing and permitting. Planning and methodology including steps, time frame, and costs to implement a controlled hunt system are discussed. Recommendations based on collected data and past experience are presented.

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