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Hunting Laws Protect Wildlife

To conserve wildlife for future generations to enjoy, wildlife management laws were passed. These laws allow game to flourish by:

  • Regulate hunting seasons to limit hunting and avoid nesting and mating seasons.
  • Limit hunting methods and equipment.
  • Set "bag" limits on the number of animals that can be taken.
  • Establish check stations and game tag requirements to enforce the laws.

Hunting Laws Protect People

As well as ensuring the availability of game for future generations, hunting laws:

  • Establish safety guidelines for hunting that protect both hunters and non-hunters.
  • Ensure adequate funding for wildlife programs by collecting license fees.

Hunting Laws Ensure Fair Chase

The concept began in the Middle Ages when hunters increased the challenge of sport hunting by setting rules that limited how they took game.

Frontier hunter

More recently, fair chase rules were developed to stem public criticism of hunters. An early model was the "fair chase principle" established in the late 1800s by the Boone and Crockett Club, founded by Theodore Roosevelt.

Rules later banned the use of vehicles, airplanes, and radios; electronic calling; or shooting in a fenced area. Many states have made those rules into law.