Subsistence Hunting


Subsistence hunting means harvesting wildlife for survival. From Alaska to northern Canada and Europe (including Greenland, above) and in rural Africa, Asia and Oceania, many people still rely on wildlife for food, clothing, income and cultural identity.

  • In some regions, subsistence hunting may be legal only for indigenous peoples.
  • Subsistence hunters treat wildlife with respect, take only what is needed, waste no part of the animal and do not damage the land.
  • To be possible for the long term, subsistence hunting must be sustainable.
  • Read more: different types of hunting and the value of subsistence hunting.