Impacts of Hunting on Duck Populations

The wood duck and other species of waterfowl were spared by reducing overharvest caused by unregulated hunting. The comparison of scientific investigations to duck hunter and law enforcement agent questionnaires revealed considerable controversy over the impacts of hunting and hunting regulations on duck populations and harvests. More reliable data on legal and illegal harvest, cripping loss, and nonhunting mortality are necessary for the orderly management of all species of ducks. The literature agreed with hunter/agent questionnaires-illegal kill and hunting ethics are significant issues. They indicated that violating duck laws had been socially accepted. Suggested solutions were: increased field law enforcement, stiffer innovative sentences, and more hunter involvement in ethics education. A video presentation titled, "Changing Traditions" was edited from selected hunter interviews.

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