You Can Help!
Because wildlife can’t speak for itself, hunters (and other interested people) must speak on its behalf. Here are some things that you can do:
- Stay informed. Learn about the impacts of land use decisions on wildlife.
- Become involved. Attend meetings, get to know the people responsible for making decisions, and become a positive voice for conservation.
- Follow-up. When decision-makers make decisions that benefit wildlife, let them know what great choices they made. When they make bad decisions, don’t make them your enemies, but let them know that you hope they’ll consider wildlife next time.
In some areas, biologists ask hunters to report the kinds and numbers of animals they see while hunting, or to provide samples from their animals such as teeth or wings. These parts are used to age the animal and determine its health. In Montana, hunters are required to stop at check stations to report their kill and their hunting activities. Sometimes hunters are asked to answer a few questions about their hunting activities when they buy a license, or they may receive a written survey in the mail asking about their hunting activities. This information is vital to biologists and managers, and your help in providing information is important. The future of hunting greatly depends on the continued participation of hunters in efforts like these.