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Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.





Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Describe the meaning and purposes of fish and wildlife conservation and management.

Scouts should formulate an answer for this requirement prior to the class and be ready to share their work as a part of classroom discussion.


2. List and discuss at least three major problems that continue to threaten your state's fish and wildlife resources.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to share their lists in class.


3. Describe some practical ways in which everyone can help with the fish and wildlife conservation effort.

Scouts will find the use of the Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge pamphlet to be helpful when preparing for this requirement.  It is highly encouraged of Scouts to consider utilizing a Merit Badge Workbook or their own notebook to make notes when preparing for reference during the class for this requirement.


4. List and describe five major fish and wildlife management practices used by managers in your state.

Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to share their list in class.


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.

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.

Only part of one of these components will be done in the class (undetermined as of yet, however either 5B or 5C will likely be the choice)

Scout are encouraged to be proactive and go ahead an choose any one of the components to work on ahead of time. Those having completed the work for any of these prior to the class are encouraged to bring their work and documented proof to share with the counselor their accomplishments. If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof), the counselor will determine what still needs to be done or if the Scout has fulfilled the requirement.


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 on a separate sheet in alphabetical order. Include pictures whenever possible.

Scouts should pick one of the components of this requirement to prepare for prior to the class.  The counselor will facilitate discussion and presentation time for Scouts who come to the class prepared to share their work.  It is unlikely a Scout that comes to the class without any preparation work will have an opportunity of being signed off on this requirement.  Please come prepared.


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 must 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 of 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.

Requirement 7 is NOT planned to be covered in the class. HOWEVER, Scouts who can bring documented proof of completing any of the components of this requirement will have an opportunity to share with the counselor their accomplishments and potentially be signed off, if the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof).


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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015