The difference between the novice hunter and the true sportsman is wisdom, which is acquired by the experience gained from making decisions, acting on them, and then seeing the consequences of your actions. This experience and wisdom will help you navigate the gray areas mentioned earlier.
- During your development as a hunter, there are good rules to guide your decision-making. When in doubt, ask yourself:
- Is it legal?
- Is it safe?
- Is it ethical?
- Sometimes, the choice isn't between right and wrong—it's between right and right. These are the more difficult choices.
- As a hunter, always make the ethical choice—even though unethical behavior may be legal. If you do this, it will be easier to live with knowing you did the right thing, even though the results may not have been what you wanted.