Trail Access Advocate
HUNTING ETHICS; SAVE OUR SPORT
RESPONSIBLE HUNTING AND SHOOTING ARE CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO THE FUTURE OF OUR SPORT.
By Del Albright
Hunting is like off-roading or four-wheeling sports, we must do it right if we want to continue to do it in the future. Irresponsible behavior or lack of ethics will get us shut down by the people who do not like what we do anyway. They do not try to hide their mission of shutting us out.
Here are some simple tips to keep our hunting/shooting sports alive.
FIRST: Be ethical; make clean kills and avoid stupid (long, or running) shots that you know you cannot make; and do not ruin someone else's hunt.
For more on Recreation Ethics visit BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.Org
SECOND: Be courteous of other hunters and other land users; think about where you park and how you drive/walk into the area where others are hunting.
THIRD: Be informed by reading about ethics and rules from places like the NRA or TreadLightly! etc.
Visit TreadLightly! for more ideas and educational posters.
FOURTH: Be clean; always pick up your trash and pack it out, including shells and target trash. Leave your campsite better than you found it.
FIFTH: Be safe; follow the gun rules; never point a weapon at anyone (even if you think it's unloaded); and properly store your weapon in your vehicle -- safely and legally.
Set the example for others; pass on the tradition, the right way!