Shooting Control Methods
This page contains resources on the kinds of shooting control options available to manage wildlife damage problems.
Two main options are available through the use of firearms:
- Lethal Control: Everyone is aware that shooting can be an effective method of killing problem wildlife. However, shooting can be used in a non-lethal form as well.
- Opportunistic Shooting: involves shooting when the target species becomes available
- Sharp Shooting: Performed under tightly regulated conditions to selectively remove problem animals from a location
- Aerial Gunning: Use of helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft to pursue problem wildlife.
- Harvest Management: traditional hunting as performed during state regulated hunting seasons.
- Hazing: Hazing is used when the sound/noise of the gun firing disperses the target animal without killing or harming it.
Shooting Equipment can be divided into three main categories, firearms, non-firearms, and ancillary devices.
- Firearms: Use gunpowder or other flammable or explosive propellant. Shotguns, rifles fall under this category.
- Non-firearms: Use mechanical or pressure to propel the projectile. Air rifles and compound bows fall under this category.
- Ancillary devices: Include equipment to assist the shooter in hitting the target. Scopes, night vision goggles would fall under this category.
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