North American Model of Conservation

Theodore Roosevelt believed that society at large, as well as fish and wildlife, benefits if all people have access to hunting and fishing, Hunting and fishing in North America, and the management of our wildlife and fisheries, are characterized by a unique and successful system of management called the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

  • Underlying principles behind the North American Model include the ideas that 1) wildlife is owned by the public, 2) wildlife can be killed only for legitimate purposes and 3) the management of our wildlife resources should be accomplished through science-based management.
  • The model is a concept that distinguishes the U.S. and Canada from many other nations where the opportunities to hunt are restricted to those who have special status, such as land ownership, wealth or other privilege.  

Season 2: Episode 4


Boone and Crockett Club

Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

American Wildlife Conservation Partners

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

presented by TRCP's Conservation Field Notes