Congratulations on your decision to explore developing
a wildlife enterprise. While embarking on a new venture
is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. But do not
let this seemingly daunting task discourage you. Remember,
every successful enterprise started somewhere.
Now we are down to the brass tacks! Completing
this section of the module will help you determine whether “a
wildlife enterprise is for you.” Your business
plan is the culmination of the building blocks presented
in this module, including your natural
habitat plan, and legal
Before proceeding further,
- Are your current land uses compatible with a wildlife
- Does the current use of your land’s natural
resources for farming, forest management, or livestock
grazing lend itself to being used for other purposes?
- Are these other uses compatible with recreational
use by paying clients without conflicts or do they
compromises the integrity of your major income-producing
operation? For example, if your major use of
the property is a row crop farm, can you tolerate a
hunting operation during your planting or harvest season
without having a conflict in time and resource management?
- Is your labor force (e.g., family or existing employees)
sufficient to handle additional work?
- Will the new enterprise complement normal down times
in the workload? For example, will someone be
available to guide or direct clients to hunting places
or provide lodging and food for them, if needed, during
the hunting season, or is that a busy time or vacation
time for you, your family, and employees?
If your land and lifestyle is compatible with a wildlife
enterprise, you are ready to complete a resource
Learning Objectives for this module:
By the end of this module, you should be able to:
- prepare a resource inventory that describes natural
resources, equipment and building, labor, and financial
considerations for starting your enterprise,
- understand affordable and effective marketing strategies
to attract and retain customers,
- develop a business plan that will help you decide
whether to start a wildlife enterprise.