Hunting and Fishing Glossary

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Barbel
A slender, whisker like organ near the mouth. Fish that have barbels include the catfish, the carp, the goatfish, Sturgeon, and some species of shark. Barbels are contain numerous taste buds and are used to search for food in murky water.

Basiobranchial
The small bones behind the tongue on which the gill arches articulate.

Batten Down
Secure hatches and loose objects on a boat or ship.

Beam
The greatest width of the boat.


Bearing - The direction to an object from the present location.

Bight
A curved section, slack part, or loop in rope between its two ends.

Blow
Sound deer make when alarmed or suspect or smell danger. Made to alert other deer, to get the danger to show itself and to clear out its nose so it can smell better.

Bow
The forward part of a boat
or
A weapon that shoots arrows powered by the elasticity of the bow. Energy is stored in the limbs of the bow and transformed into rapid motion when the string is released, with the string transferring this motion to the arrow. The bow is used for hunting, target shooting and in the past it was a weapon of war.

Buck Fever
When a deer hunter freezes up at the sight of a buck or does seemingly ridiculous things that ruin his chances of taking the deer. Buck fever is brought on by the extreme anxiety and adrenaline surge that come with finally getting an opportunity after many hours of hunting.

Brood stock
Usually mature fish that are used for producing eggs and fry.

Bulkhead
A vertical partition separating compartments.

Bullet
A projectile to be fired from a firearm. Bullet refers only to the projectile that exits the muzzle and does not include that portion of the cartridge that remains in the firearm or the gunpowder.

Buoy
An anchored float used for marking a position on the water or a hazard or a shoal and for mooring.

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