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While hunting laws preserve wildlife, ethics preserve the hunter’s opportunity to hunt. Because ethics generally govern behavior that affects public opinion of hunters, ethical behavior ensures that hunters are welcome and hunting areas stay open.

Bird hunting with dog

The Hunter's Ethical Code

As Aldo Leopold, the “father of wildlife management,” once said, “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching—even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

Most hunting organizations agree that responsible hunters do the following:

  • Respect natural resources
  • Respect other hunters
  • Respect landowners
  • Respect non-hunters