Observing the Hunter's Ethical Code
Over time, hunters have developed a code of ethics that is observed to this day.
Respect Natural Resources:
- Leave the land better than you found it.
- Adhere to fair chase rules.
- Know your capabilities and limitations as a marksman, and stay within your effective range.
- Strive for a quick, clean kill.
- Ensure that meat and usable parts are not wasted.
- Treat both game and non-game animals ethically.
- Abide by game laws and regulations.
- Cooperate with conservation officers.
- Report game violations.
Approached by a Conservation Officer
Respect Other Hunters:
- Follow safe firearm handling practices, and insist your companions do the same.
- Refrain from interfering with another’s hunt.
- Avoid consuming alcohol, which can impair you to the point of endangering others.
- Share your knowledge and skills with others.
- Ask landowners for permission to hunt.
- Follow their restrictions on when and where you may hunt.
- Treat livestock and crops as your own.
- Offer to share a part of your harvest with the owner.
- Leave all gates the way you found them.
- If you notice something wrong or out of place, notify the landowner immediately.
- Never enter private land that is cultivated or posted, unless you have obtained permission first.
- Transport animals discreetly—don’t display them.
- Keep firearms out of sight.
- Refrain from taking graphic photographs of the kill and from vividly describing the kill while within earshot of non-hunters.
- Maintain a presentable appearance while on the street—no bloody or dirty clothing.