Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge


Fish and Wildlife Management




  1. Describe the meaning and purposes of fish and wildlife conservation and management.
  2. List and discuss at least three major problems that continue to threaten your state's fish and wildlife resources.
  3. Describe some practical ways in which everyone can help with the fish and wildlife effort.
  4. List and describe five major fish and wildlife management practices used by managers in your state.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Construct, erect, and check regularly at least two artificial nest boxes (wood duck, bluebird, squirrel,
              etc.) and keep written records for one nesting season.
        B. Construct, erect, and check regularly bird feeders and keep written records of the kinds of birds
              visiting the feeders in the winter.
        C. Design and implement a backyard wildlife habitat improvement project and report the results.
        D. Design and construct a wildlife blind near a game trail, water hole, salt lick, bird feeder, or birdbath
              and take good photographs or make sketches from the blind of any combination of 10 wild birds,
              mammals, reptiles, or amphibians.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Observe and record 25 species of wildlife. Your list may include mammals, birds, reptiles,
              amphibians, and fish. Write down when and where each animal was seen.
        B. List the wildlife species in your state that are classified as endangered, threatened, exotic, game
              species, furbearers, or migratory game birds.
        C. Start a scrapbook of North American wildlife. Insert markers to divide the book into separate parts for
              mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Collect articles on such subjects as life histories,
              habitat, behavior, and feeding habits on all of the five categories and place them in your notebook
              accordingly. Articles and pictures may be taken from newspapers or science, nature and outdoor
              magazines; or from other sources including the Internet (with your parent's permission). Enter at
              least five articles on mammals, five on birds, five on reptiles, five on amphibians, and five on fish.
              Put each animal in alphabetical order. Include pictures whenever possible.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Determine the age of five species of fish from scale samples or identify various age classes of one
              species in a lake and report the results.
        B. Conduct a creel census on a small lake to estimate catch per unit effort.
        C. Examine the stomach contents of three species of fish and record the findings. It is not necessary to
              catch any fish for this option. You may visit a cleaning station set up for fishermen or find another,
              similar alternative.
        D. Make a freshwater aquarium. Include at least four species of native plants and four species of animal
              life, such as whirligig beetles, freshwater shrimp, tadpoles, water snails, and golden shiners. After
              60 days or observation, discuss with your counselor the life cycles, food chains, and management
              needs you have recognized. After completing requirement 7d to your counselor's satisfaction, with
              your counselor's assistance, check local laws to determine what you should do with the specimens
              you have collected.
  8. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent's permission), learn about three different kinds of work done by fish and wildlife managers. Find out the education and training requirements for each position.

Fish and Wildlife Management Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.