Monitoring, Education and Compliance
Government agencies work with landowners, hunters, and other wildlife management organizations to monitor and survey wildlife activity and populations. This research is critical in establishing annual hunting seasons, bag limits and other hunting regulations.
Agencies and organizations set up public education programs that ensure the non-hunting public is well-informed about hunting as an effective wildlife management tool. Through these outreach programs, and with the help responsible and safe hunting behavior, negative views on hunters and hunting in general can be changed completely.
When hunting certain game animals, you may be required to report the harvest to the managing wildlife agency in your area. For instance, after harvesting a moose you may be requested to send in the jawbone as evidence of the harvest. Biologists use this evidence to determine the animal's age and other characteristics.
Biologists routinely tag animals as part of monitoring research. If you harvest an animal that has an identification tag or band, you should report the harvest immediately to the local wildlife management agency. At the end of the hunting season, ensure to send in hunter license returns and post-hunt surveys. Data collected is used when considering hunting regulations for the following year.