Conservation & Wildlife
Contributions from individuals, groups, or businesses, and corporations ensure that we continue operate as an educational source where people can learn about wildlife and the role hunters play in conservation, as well as current threats on wildlife and the importance of sustainability. We provide a place for the public to visit and explore the variety of wildlife existing today and host events to raise funds for environmental conservation.
There are many ways to get involved and do your part to help protect the future of wildlife.
- Donate to a reputable wildlife organization that has a history of success in accomplishing goals with positive results on wildlife and habitat. These organizations rely on donations to fund their projects. Contributions to W.M.A.C. and other wildlife organization address the pressing environmental matters that we face today so that people can utilize and enjoy healthy land and its resources for generations to come.
- Taking action legislative Acton~ One of the best ways to support is by voicing your opinions to our elected officials. Each day, politicians who make decisions that impact the long-term health of habitat and wildlife populations. Although there are Wildlife conservation originations that exist to promote habitat programs and other wildlife-friendly legislation, it is also important to make sure that our elected officials to hear from you.
- Are you interested in hosting a fundraiser in your community? This can be an exciting and innovative way to generate funds for your favorite cause. W.M.A.C. offers a beautiful and educational space for fundraising events.
There is an endless list of accomplishments; these are just a few examples of the countless programs that conservation groups have achieved- ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION preserved 6 million acres of land since it was first established in 1984. Because of their efforts, elk populations have doubled in size since they began. They have also opened 1000 acres of land dedicated to elk hunting. In Kenya, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY joined forces with local partners to restore a traditional elephant migration route that had been obstructed by agricultural fences and roads. In Minnesota, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY worked with a strong coalition of hunters, anglers, business leaders and conservationists to conserve more than 189,00 of Minnesota’s forest located in the watershed of the Upper Mississippi River, which provides drinking water to millions of people. DUCKS UNLIMITED has reached a conservation milestone with more than 13 million acres of habitat conserved in North America. Despite the anemic economy, through the generosity of WILD SHEEP FOUNDATION (WSF) members, exhibitors, donors, and auction buyers, WSF raised more than $3.091 million to state, provincial, tribal and federal agencies; more than $253,000 to Industry Support initiatives; more than $50,000 to education and advocacy programs; $100,000 to international conservation initiatives; and $65,000 to disease research and habitat restoration totaling $3,560,787.00 to mission programs during the fiscal year which ends June 30th.
Each person has their individual reasons as to why they hunt. However, many would agree that hunters share the passion for nature and the great outdoors. Hunters are the original outdoor enthusiasts, who paved the path to wildlife conservation. There is a common feeling that there is a connection between man and the land whose wildlife it supports, which is necessary for survival. While also many believe they should exercise their rights to go hunting, and put food on the table. Whatever the reasons why a person hunts, one thing is sure, their common respect for wildlife and their views on the importance of sustainability makes hunters among the strongest and most powerful conservation leaders of today!
▶ How Does The Local Economy Benefit Once A Wildlife Rehabilitation Project Is Successfully Completed?
Eco-tourism is an economic incentive that combines conservation with tourism all while benefiting the local people, economy and wildlife. Successful hunting programs are plentiful thanks to the efforts of organizations like ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK CLUB and its programs to restore elk habitat. There are numerous successful elk restorations across the countries that have participated. As a result of these rehabilitation projects, there has been a significant rise in tourism activity, having a positive effect on both the economy, and community. Visitors travel from far so they can enjoy pristine land and all its attractions. They also come to see the changes, participate, and inherit the bounty. For the first time in 150 years someone had successfully hunted an elk! The herds were thriving, and baby calves were being born. It is definitely fair to say that these programs are a win for everyone involved including local community, farmers, and hunters alike.
Theodore Roosevelt is considered by many to have been our country's "Conservationist President”. This is because conservation was one of Roosevelt's main concerns. Many of his personal concerns first gave rise to his environmental efforts after he became President in 1901. Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the U.S. Forest Service and establishing 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, 150 National Forests, 5 National Parks, and enabling the 1906 American Antiquities Act which he used to proclaim 18 National Monuments. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt protected approximately 230,000,000 acres of public land. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Roosevelt is remembered and honored as a great conservationist.
The laws are different in every state, and within each state are more specific laws defining which animals are legal to sell and which are not. In the state of Washington law WAC 232-12-071(2)WAC a person cannot sell, purchase, or barter, the mounts of bighorn sheep or mountain goat, as well as edible and non-edible parts of wild animals, game birds or game fish. However, they may offer for sale, purchase, or barter mounts of other big game animals without a department permit, as long as doing so is not prohibited by federal regulations, and the animals were not knowingly taken in violation of any law or regulation in any jurisdiction.
Wildlife management groups conduct controlled hunts in an effort to restore the balance of plant and animal species in the preserve, and to maintain the native ecology of the forest. In other cases they may conduct a controlled hunt in areas that are not normally open to hunting. Participation is often determined by computer generated random drawings.