Hunting and Fishing Glossary

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Parr marks
Distinctive vertical bars on the sides of young salmonids.

Paunch
The deers stomach or belly area.

Pectoral fins
The paired fins at the front and side of a fish, just behind the gill cover.

Pedicle
A bony growth protruding from the head of bucks. The antlers begin growing from the pedicle. Although the antlers are shed every year the pedicles are not.

Peep Sight
A small, usually plastic piece, placed on a bow's string to aid in the accuracy of the shot. The peep sight acts as the rear sight on a gun while the sight pins act as the front. By having the pins centered in the peep the hunter can shoot more accurately because it ensures the line of sight is the same with each shot.

Pelagic
Fish that live in the open ocean.

Pelt
The name for the fur of an animal once it has been removed (skinning) from the animal. Fox, bobcat, Raccon, etc. are trapped for their pelts.

Pelvic fins
Paired fins located below and aft of the pectoral fins.

Pheromone
A chemical secreted by an animal, that influences the behavior of others of the same species, often functioning as an attractant of the opposite sex.

Phytoplankton
Autotrophic component of the plankton that drift in the water column. Microscopic floating plants, mainly algae, that live suspended in bodies of water and that drift about because they cannot swim effectively. The most common groups of phytoplankton are the diatoms, cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates.

Pier
A platform extending at out from the shore to give a mooring location for boats and ships to allow easy access to and from the boat.

Pit blinds
A small trench in the earth that serves as a ground blind usually has wood, plastic or metal sides to keep the sides from sloughing off into the blind. Most often used by waterfowl hunters.

Pituitary Gland
A small endocrine gland that helps control growth, metabolism and maturation.

Plankton
Minute floating forms of microscopic plants and animals in water which cannot get about to any extent under their own power. They form the important beginnings of food chains for larger animals. Plankton can be divided into 3 groups... Bacterioplankton, Phytoplankton, and Zooplankton.

Planing Hull
A type of hull shaped to glide easily across the water at high speed. The shape of the hull provides verticle lift which lowers the amount of water displaced. This allows for much higher speeds and much batter full economy.

Plumage
All the feathers of a bird collectively are called plumage.

Poaching
The act of taking game illegally. Could be any number of reasons from hunting without permission to taking over the limit or other reasons.

Pond
A body of water smaller than a lake, can be artificially formed or naturally occuring.

Port
The left side of a boat
or
a harbor.

Portable stand
A portable stand is a stand that is designed to be light, compact and easily carried.

Predation
Act of hunting and killing another animal for food.

Predators
An animal which eats other animals that it catches and kills itself. An animal that eats meat of other animals that it finds already dead would not be considered a predator.

Pre-rut
The period shortly before the rut when deer are preparing for breeding.

Preorbital
The bone lying in front of and below the eye.

Primer
A device for igniting the powder charge in a modern cartridge of ammunition. The primer produces a spark or fire within the cartridge caseing, which ignites the powder charge.

Prolactin
The hormone that stimulates and maintains the secretion of milk.

Putt
A call that a turkey emits when alarmed or worried.

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