The Hunter's Role in Wildlife Conservation
Hunting is an effective wildlife management tool. Hunting can help maintain some wildlife populations at lower levels to protect wildlife habitat and personal property. Regulated hunting has never led to threatened or endangered wildlife populations.
Hunters play an important role by providing information from the field that wildlife managers need.
The sale of hunting licenses is a primary funding source for state wildlife agencies to manage game and non-game species.
Hunters spend more time, money, and effort on wildlife conservation than any other group in society. In addition to participating in the harvest of surplus animals, hunters help sustain game populations by:
- Filling out questionnaires
- Participating in surveys
- Stopping at hunter check stations
- Providing samples from harvested animals
- Helping fund wildlife management through license fees