Registration, accommodation now open for the R3 National Symposium 2023

Washington D.C. – The Council for the Advancement of Hunting and Shooting Sports (Council) has officially opened the registration portal for the 2023 R3 National Symposium.

This year, the annual Recruit, Retain and Reactivate (R3) event is scheduled for May 22-25 at the Albuquerque Hotel in Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Professionals from agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry from across the country will gather for in-depth discussions dedicated to ensuring the future of hunting, target shooting, angling, boating and conservation.

Sessions will address participation in hunting and shooting sports, R3 tribal engagement, greed, What Women Want research findings, industry engagement, the complexity of hunting regulation, virtual resources available for hunters and shooters and more.

“The National R3 Symposium is the largest R3 event in the country,” said Executive Director, Dr. Steven Leath. “Our commitment to emphasizing participation in shooting sports, range access, hunting participation, policies and regulations, and professional development continue to attract strong support from our stakeholders.”

Once again, the Council will host rapid R3minutes where professionals share their best projects, success stories and lessons learned while engaging in a light-hearted little competition. Abstracts must be submitted by April 15 for consideration. Visit the symposium page for more information.

In partnership with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation (RBFF), the Council will also offer basic R3 training. New and experienced practitioners are encouraged to attend at no additional cost. The session helps establish a solid foundation and understanding of R3 principles and strategies and inspires success in implementing R3 programs when they return to the workplace.

Registration for the symposium is $475, $425 if booked by March 31, and includes access to all sessions, social media, and event-provided meals. Visit the symposium page to register.

For more information on the R3 National Symposium, registration, sponsorship opportunities, housing options, and more, visit

The mission of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is to facilitate the promotion and growth of hunting and shooting sports and to educate the public about the contributions that hunters and shooters make to wildlife conservation. For more information, visit us online at

The Council for the Advancement of Hunting and Shooting Sports is supported by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Multi-State Conservation Grant Program and the U.S. Service Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program. US Fish and Wildlife (F22AP00350, F21AP00800, F20AP00182, and F20AP12194)