Hunting Regulations

Humankind has hunted throughout almost its entire existence. While it was once crucial for survival, these days hunting is more of a sport than anything else. Nevertheless, the bonds between man and the hunt remain strong. Individuals who want to retrace this heritage in the United States can do so, as long as they follow certain rules and regulations.

hunting with a dog and a gunIn order to hunt legally, a person will need to obtain a hunting license. Sometimes individuals will have to take a short safety course in order to be awarded their license. Additionally, to lawfully hunt certain animals, you’ll need to purchase what are called “tags.” These tags are used because there is a limited supply of tag animals and it would be unfair to other hunters for a few people to get all the deer, for example. Tags are typically distributed via lottery. In order to hunt migratory birds, hunters must be in possession of a “Duck Stamp.” Regulations on how many of a type of animal hunters are allowed to kill in a single day or possess on a trip vary from creature to creature.

Depending on the animal being hunted or the time of year, there are also regulations surrounding the kind of weaponry and ammunition that are allowed. There are, for example, designated times or areas when hunters can only use bows lawfully.

While hunting may seem counterproductive to conservancy, the fees and taxes levied on hunters fund a lot of conservation efforts across the nation. Excise taxes on hunters generate millions of dollars for wildlife programs.