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Hunting & Fishing Codes of Conduct

 

Whether an experienced or novice hunter, this Hunter Code is a good review 

 

Respect the Environment & Wildlife

  • Show respect for the wildlife you hunt with clean, killing shots, then retrieving and properly handling your game;
  • Take only what you will use, even if it is under the legal limit;
  • Learn to tread lightly while afield. Use vehicles only on established roads and trails, practice low-impact camping and travel, and pack out your trash, including cigarette butts and spent shell casings; 
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment; and
  • Report illegal activities immediately.

Respect Property & Landowners

  • Always get permission to hunt on private land;
  • Close any gates you open, and never damage crops or property, including fences, outbuildings or livestock;
  • Hunt only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons;
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Alert landowners or land managers about any problems you find on their property;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment; and
  • Share your game with the landowner, or say thank you in some other way.

Show Consideration of Non-Hunters

  • Be considerate of non-hunters’ sensibilities, and strive to leave them with positive images of hunting and hunters;
  • Don’t flaunt your kill;
  • Treat game carcasses in an inoffensive manner particularly during transport; and
  • Be considerate of all outdoor users, including other hunters.

Hunt Safely

  • Exercise caution at all times;
  • Fire your gun or bow only when you are absolutely sure of your target and its background;
  • Use binoculars, not your rifle scope, to identify your target;
  • Don’t fire at game if you can barely see your game/target, ie, if before dawn or after dusk;
  • Never shoot at a sound, a shadow, or anything that you have not positively identified as a proper target; and
  • Wear hunter orange whenever appropriate or required while afield.

Remember that hunting and alcohol and drugs don’t mix

Know and Obey the Law

  • Obtain proper tags and licenses;
  • Hunt only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons;
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment;
  • Support Wildlife & Habitat Conservation
  • Learn more about wildlife and habitat issues, and urge policymakers to support strong conservation initiatives;
  • Pass on an Ethical Hunting Tradition;
  • Attend a hunter education course, and urge others to do the same;
  • Set high ethical standards for future generations of hunters to help ensure hunting will continue;
  • Strive to Improve Outdoor Skills & Understanding of Wildlife;
  • Know the limitations of your skills and equipment, and hunt within those limits;
  • Improve your outdoor skills to become more observant, a better hunter, and a better teacher;
  • Sight-in your firearm and bow, and practice shooting to ensure a clean kill in the field;
  • Learn more about the habits and habitats of game and non-game wildlife and their management needs;
  • Only hunt with Ethical Hunters;
  • Take pride in being an ethical hunter; and
  • Insist that your hunting partners behave in a responsible, ethical manner. Compete only with yourself.

 

Fisherman’s Code of Conduct

Respect the Environment & Wildlife

Show respect for wildlife and take only what you will use, even if it is under the legal limit. Learn to tread lightly while afield. Use vehicles only on established roads and trails, practice low-impact camping and travel, and pack out your trash, including cigarette butts and spent shell casings. Report illegal activities immediately.

Respect Property & Landowners

Always get permission to fish on private land. Close any gates you open, and never damage crops or property, including fences, outbuildings or livestock. Alert landowners or land managers about any problems you find on their property. Share your game with the landowner, or say thank you in some other way.

Show Consideration of Fishermen and Non-Fisherman Alike

Remember that the future of sport fishing depends on other fishermen and people that may or may not care for outdoor field sports. Be considerate of others sensibilities, and strive to leave them with positive images of fishing and fishermen in general. Don’t flaunt your kill. Treat game inoffensively, particularly during transport. Be considerate of all outdoor users, including other fishermen.

Remember, fishing and alcohol and drugs don’t mix.

Know and Obey the Law Obtain proper tags and licenses. Fish only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons. Obey bag and possession limits. Use only legal hunting methods and equipment.

Support Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Learn more about wildlife and habitat issues, and urge policymakers to support strong conservation initiatives.

Pass on an Ethical Fishing Traditions, and urge others to do the same. Set high ethical standards for future generations of those on the waters to help ensure fishing will continue to be an enjoyable Adventure.

Strive to improve outdoor skills and understanding of wildlife

Know the limitations of your skills and equipment, and hunt within those limits.

Improve your outdoor skills to become more observant, and a better teacher.

Learn more about the habits of game and their management needs.

Encourage others to Fish Ethically and take pride in being ethical. Insist that your partners behave in a responsible, ethical manner as well. Compete only with yourself…

 

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