Shooting Control

This page contains resources on shooting control options available to manage wildlife damage problems.

Shooting Methods

Two main options are available through the use of firearms:

  1. Lethal Control: Shooting can be an effective method of killing problem wildlife.
    • 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.
  2. Non-lethal Control:
    • Hazing: The sound of gun fire disperses the target animal without killing or harming it.

Shooting Equipment

Shooting equipment can be divided into three main categories:

  1. Firearms: Use gunpowder or other flammable or explosive propellant. Shotguns and rifles fall under this category.
  2. Non-firearms: Use mechanical means or pressure to propel the projectile. Air rifles and compound bows fall under this category.
  3. Ancillary devices: Include equipment to assist the shooter in hitting the target. Scopes and night vision goggles fall under this category.