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Habitat with water

The wildlife manager can consider firearm efficiency to affect wildlife populations in an area by setting different primitive hunting seasons that often extend beyond the regular firearm season.

  • Primitive equipment takes longer to load and has a limited range, both of which lower the hunter’s likelihood of success.
  • The wildlife manager uses these factors to set special primitive hunting seasons.

The more capable, mature hunter often pursues muzzleloader hunting. This hunter’s first interest is not the trophy but the experience of the hunt, which includes communing with nature. The hunter is able to prolong this enjoyment during the extended muzzleloader season.

The muzzleloader shooter’s participation in the primitive hunting season also may create additional hunting opportunities for conventional hunters during the regular firearm season.