Hunting and Fishing Glossary

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Hatch
An opening in a boat's deck fitted with a watertight cover.

Hatch box
A box used to incubate small numbers of fish eggs. The hatch box is often located adjacent to a stream, which supplies the box with water but can be part of a totally artificial enviroment.

Head
A marine toilet.

Heading
The direction of travel at any given point in time.

Headway
The forward motion of a boat.

Helical
Refers to the slight angle that vanes and feathers given when fletching an arrow. The helic puts the vanes slightly of from true with the shaft. This causes the arrow to spin which give it better flight stablility and therefore more accuracy.

Helm
The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder.

Hen
An adult female game bird.

Herbivore
Animals that eat vegetation only, no meat.

Hitch
A knot used to secure a rope to another object or to another rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a rope. There are many different types of hitches that can be made with a rope.

Hold
A compartment below deck in a large vessel, used for carrying cargo.

Home Range
That area traversed by the individual in its normal activities of food gathering, mating, and caring for young.

Homing
The ability of a salmon, steelhead, pigeons and certain other birds to correctly identify and return to home or natal stream, following maturation at sea.

Hooking
(aka rub) Marking made by a deer where it rubs the bark off of a tree, usually a small sapling.

Horns
Permanent hard bony growths on an herbivores head that grow throughout the animals life. Horns are the same stuff as hair and fingernails.

Hull
The main body of a vessel
or
The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed or nut.

Hybrid
Results when animals from different but closely related species mate and have offspring that are genetically half one species and half another. Hybrids are often infertile.

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