Minnesota Hunter Safety Course

 

Chapter Summary

Wildlife management is a very important aspect of hunter education. It is your responsibility as a responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunter to understand how your actions affect the environment around you, in a positive or negative way.

  • 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, during the least favorable time of the year.

  

  • There are many different wildlife management practices to enhance the land that supports wildlife. You should know what these different practices are.

  

  • Hunting does not endanger wildlife. In fact, hunting is an effective wildlife management tool, which reduces the surplus of wildlife in an area, supports wildlife conservation efforts, and helps improve habitat for threatened and endangered species.

  

  • Hunting seasons and bag limits are determined each year by wildlife management officials who evaluate wildlife populations and carrying capacities. Hunters help these officials and wildlife biologists by reporting their harvests to the proper agencies.

  

  • Be sure you are able to properly identify wildlife before hunting season begins. Know the game you are hunting, and also familiarize yourself with other species in the area that cannot be hunted. It is your responsibility to know and obey all hunting regulations that pertain to the game you are hunting.

  

  • Predators are an important part of any habitat - they eliminate overpopulation of certain species in an area. The amount of predators in a habitat is directly related to the amount of prey in that same habitat.
 
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