Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course

 

Chapter Summary

After reading Chapter 11, 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:

Habitat

  • An animal's habitat must have four resources: Food, Water, Shelter and Space

Carrying Capacity

  • The carrying capacity of a piece of land is the number of animals that the habitat can support all year long.

 Bag Limit 

  • Regulation methods such as hunting seasons, bag limits and license quotas are used by game managers to harvest the surplus animals in a population.

  

  • A hunter can participate in game management and help to sustain populations by:
  • Completing surveys and questionnaires when requested
  • Checking in at Game Check Stations, and 
  • Providing samples of your animals when requested.

 No Trespassing 

  • Hunting on private land is a privilege. It is illegal to hunt on land posted with "No Hunting" signs without first obtaining permission from the landowner. As a responsible hunter, you should always ask permission to hunt on private land.

 Landowner 

  • There are many ways for hunters to help improve hunter-landowner relations, such as asking permission to hunt on private land, offering to help the landowner, and talking to the landowner well in advance.

    

  • The three main reasons why hunting methods are regulated are: to ensure equal opportunity, to guard against dangerous practices, and to ensure fair chase.

  • Ducks and geese are examples of migratory waterfowl. Puddle ducks are hunted as they fly to or from feeding in grain fields. The most recognized example of a puddle duck is the common mallard duck.

  

  • Three basic principles of wildlife conservation are:
    • Protect the Breeding Stock,
    • Harvest the "Surplus" Wisely, and
    • Balance Animals and Habitat

 
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