Iowa Adult Hunter Education Course

 

Wildlife Management Practices

Edge Control

Edge Control for Land

Creates habitat for upland birds, small game and some big game. Instead of cultivating right up to the edge of the woods, farmers leave a swath of land around the field to create shelter and food for the wildlife. It is cut every two to three years.

Hunting

Through the sport of hunting, we can manage the population of the wildlife. Hunting maintains the correct number of specific wildlife for a given amount of habitat or area, and will also provide wildlife biologists with valuable information on species and population numbers in a given area. Using this information, hunting regulations and daily bag limits are determined each year for the duration of the season. Bag Limits are the maximum number of game animals a hunter may harvest in a given day or hunting season. Please check with your local regulations to ensure you are aware of the bag limit for the specific game you are hunting to avoid prosecution and/or fines.

Trapping

This reduces the quantity of certain type of wildlife in a given area. Trapping is used for relocating specific game to areas that have known depleted populations.

Food Plots

Food Plots

This creates winter feeding areas for wildlife. These plots are small areas planted with a mixture of grasses and clovers in open areas in the woods and on old logging roads.

Conservation Easements

Private landowners sign contracts agreeing that their land will not be developed.

Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas

Government agencies and private landowners purchase land to preserve the natural beauty and the wildlife present in these areas.

 
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