Today's Wildlife: Field Identification Guide
As a responsible hunter, you should educate yourself about
wildlife prior to your hunt. The ability to accurately identify
species will make you a better hunter and will increase the
enjoyment of your hunting experience. Consult with your state's
fish and wilflife management agency for legal game species
and their hunting seasons.
Developing wildlife identification skills is a basic requirement
for hunters. Mistakes can lead to illegal harvest of game
or non-game animals. To identify game properly, you must
learn to recognize key characteristics of the animal you’re
Identifying animals accurately can be a challenge.
Sometimes the difference between animals in the same species
such as the size of their ears or distinctive coloring.
Recognizing tracks, scat, food sources, and habitat types
can also help
you identify animals.
A variety of print and visual resources
are available to help you increase your knowledge about
shows that feature hunting and nature topics can also
be a good source of
Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Pocket Guide - Wildlife Identification Handbook
This publication (available from KE Publications) features different species of waterfowl and information on how to identify them by plumage colors, flock patterns, silhouettes and sounds. New handy pocket size with full color illustrations.
Wild animals are generally divided into five groups:
- Small mammals
- Upland birds
- Rare, protected, or endangered species
Other wildlife groups are wetland birds and birds of prey.
Many animal descriptions are accompanied by a map showing
the animal's habitat range. The maps are color-coded as follows: