Responsibility, Safety Skills, Knowledge, and Involvement
Since its beginning, hunter education has helped improve hunter compliance and behaviors. By educating hunters, we are able to help prevent firearm shooting and hunting accidents. Hunter education also strives to instill responsibility, improve skills and knowledge, and encourage the involvement of beginner and veteran hunters. Responsible, ethical behavior and personal involvement are both essential to the survival of hunting.
A knowledgeable and skillful student of hunting will never be a true hunter unless he or she also behaves responsibly. Responsible behavior includes courtesy, respect of others and of wildlife, and involvement. Responsible hunters educate themselves before entering the field. They do not take wildlife illegally or act carelessly. Responsible hunters obey hunting laws, hunt fairly, practice safety rules, and wait for a clear shot before shooting. How you behave and how other people see you will determine hunting's future.
Hunting-related safety skills, including equipment safety, are gained through hands-on training and practice. It is most valuable to learn these skills from an ethical, experienced, and safe hunter.
Knowledge is learning and understanding the basics of safe gun handling and hunting in addition to knowing laws and regulations. Before being trained in the skill of firearm shooting, you should know how your equipment operates and how to handle it safely.
Part of the process of becoming a true, responsible hunter is becoming involved in efforts to maintain hunting as a respected sport. That includes teaching others, working with landowners, and cooperating with game wardens. It also includes supporting conservation organizations that help preserve habitat and promote wildlife management.