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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.

Respect Landowners:

  • 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.

Respect Non-Hunters:

  • 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.