Respect Other Hunters
- Handle all hunting equipment safely, and insist your companions do the same.
- Discuss all important aspects of the hunt with your hunting companions, such as when and where to meet and what hunting area is assigned to each hunter.
- Refrain from interfering with another person’s hunt.
- Avoid consuming alcohol, which can impair you to the point of endangering others.
- Share your knowledge and skills with others.
The “Rule of First Blood”
The “rule of first blood” establishes a fair way to determine who can claim an animal that has been shot by two hunters. Although it may not have legal grounds, its strength and enforcement lie directly with understanding and true sportsmanship by all responsible hunters.
- The first hunter to place a shot in an animal’s vital area, which draws enough blood to leave a trackable trail and thus has a good chance of bringing the animal to his or her possession, may claim the animal.
- Conversely, if the first hunter feels that the wound was superficial in nature and recovery of the animal was not likely, that hunter should give up claim to the game if another hunter brings it to the ground.