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National R3 Symposium



May 29 – June 1, 2024 – Mobile, AL

R3 LogoThe Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council) is pleased to announce the 2024 National R3 Symposium will be held May 29 – June 1, 2024 in Mobile, Alabama.

Mark your calendars and plan on attending the largest gathering of R3 professionals.

Several hundred representatives from agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and hunting, shooting sports, fishing and outdoor industries across the country will be in attendance.

The History

The National R3 Symposium made its debut in May 2018 in Lincoln, NE, resulting in a groundswell of national focus and efforts to increase the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of participants in hunting, shooting sports, angling, and boating. As the Council prepared for the sequel, the pandemic took hold of the country and two Virtual R3 Forums were held in its place.

By 2022, the Council was ready to reconvene the in-person symposium and hosted the return of the foremost R3 event, May 2-5, 2022 in Broken Arrow, OK.

In Broken Arrow, 220 professionals, ranging from practitioners to CEOs, representing over 100 different organizations in the agency, NGO, and industry space attended. Sessions addressed hunting participation and land access, shooting participation and range access, policy and regulations, technological solutions, social media and marketing, storytelling and mentorship, and diversifying hunting and the shooting sports. In partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Council also hosted a half-day R3 training opportunity. The session helped lay a solid foundation and understanding of R3 principles and strategies to inspire success.

The momentum continued in 2023 with 249 R3 professionals registering to attend and 107 agency, nonprofit, industry and academia organizations represented. Sessions addressed hunting and shooting sports participation, tribal R3 engagement, avidity, What Women Want research findings, industry engagement, hunting regulation complexity, virtual resources available to hunter and shooters and more. The Council and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) continued R3 foundational training and increased opportunities for advanced training.

Join us as we continue to write our history in the R3 movement and the continuations of hunting, shooting sports, and angling for generations to come.

Steven Leath, PhD