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You may feel pressure from others to bend or break the law.

Restate to your "friend" what they are asking you to do. For instance, "You are asking me to break the law by putting my tag on your deer."

  • Does the person continue to try to persuade you? Do they show contempt for your ethics by belittling your choice?
  • If so, that person is probably not your friend and is definitely not a good hunting partner.

The same rule of thumb works for ethical dilemmas. If a hunting partner asks you to participate in unethical behavior, consider whether the person is a good partner for you.

The difference between an act being legal and an act being ethical is simply the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Responsible hunters always follow the spirit of the law.