Chapter 13 Summary
After reading Chapter 13, you should have an understanding of various wildlife management practices, and the actions of an ethical hunter. Let's review the important points of this chapter:
- An animal's habitat has five crucial components: Food, water, cover, space, and arrangement.
- The carrying capacity of a piece of land is the number of animals the land can sustain without damage to the habitat or the animals.
- There are many different wildlife management practices to enhance the land that supports wildlife. You should know what these different practices are.
- Hunting seasons and bag limits are determined each year by wildlife management officials who evaluate wildlife populations and carrying capacities.
- Predators are an important part of any habitat - they eliminate overpopulations of certain species.
- There are many reasons why hunting laws exist. The primary reasons are protection of others, protection of wildlife, fair chase and fair distribution.
- Hunters are valuable contributors to wildlife management practices. An excise tax used to fund wildlife restoration is collected every time someone purchases a box of ammunition or a firearm.
- Personal ethics is what you use to determine the right thing to do in a given situation.
- Always follow the four R's of hunter ethics: Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for actions, and respect for resource.
- The public is more critical of hunter behavior than of hunting itself. When out in public, the way you dress and act is important.
- When hunting on private land, always ask permission, and obey the landowner's wishes.