Responsibility to Non-Hunters
Just about everybody enjoys the great outdoors, but not everybody who goes outdoors is a hunter. Remember that photographers, bird watchers, backpackers, mushroom pickers, day hikers, and others also spend time afield during the fall months. Following a few simple rules can make sure they enjoy their outing as much as you want to enjoy your hunting trip.
Since few non-hunters will wear hunter orange, don’t assume that you have a safe shot without clearly identifying your target and your backstop! Remember how far your shot or bullet can travel through or beyond your target!
Be considerate of non-hunters and their personal feelings. Some people become frightened when they see firearms, and you must be particularly careful about how you carry firearms whenever you are afield or traveling to hunt in your vehicle!
Don’t display game animals in a careless manner. Many people—hunters and non-hunters alike—are offended when they see apples, beer cans, and other assorted trash spiked onto elk or deer antlers. You have every right to be proud of your animal, but use common sense and be respectful of other people’s interests and feelings.
Know your responsibilities…and dress and act like a responsible person! Remember: The responsible hunter is an ethical hunter.