Wildlife & Hunting: Overview

Wildlife enhances our quality of life, forms an integral part of the landscape, provides a barometer of environmental health, and can be used in alternative farm enterprises. The key to maintaining diverse and abundant wildlife populations on our farms is providing quality wildlife habitat, by including proper combinations of food, cover, water, and space.

Wildlife management and conservation involves applying ecological knowledge to animal populations and their habitats in a way that balances the needs of the animals and people, and that can be integrated into most farm management programs. Traditional agricultural land-use practices have often been blamed for declines in wildlife populations. While there is room for improving agricultural practices, the fact is that farms and ranches provide much needed habitat for numerous wildlife species--without which hundreds of species would be in trouble.

Managing wildlife on farms and ranches can provide landowners with both tangible and intangible benefits. Tangible benefits include improved wildlife-related recreation for you, your family, and friends, as well as income from providing hunting opportunities, access to other forms of outdoor recreation involving wildlife, and the production of wildlife and associated products. Revenue derived from these activities can provide significant primary or supplemental income and funds to pay property taxes and cover management costs. Intangible benefits from wildlife management include the excitement derived from observing wildlife on your property, the satisfaction of providing desirable habitat for these species, and pride and recognition from making your property a better place.

Through the links found here, you can find information on various wildlife species, how to manage wildlife and wildlife habitat on your farm or ranch, ways of using wildlife as an alternative enterprise, and regulations regarding the use of wildlife in an alternative enterprise.