I just came across a post from WiredToHunt, A Reminder of Our Responsibility As Hunters.
He makes a very good point. Not everyone hunts, and there certainly are a lot of people out there that believe the sport shouldn’t even be allowed. Now I could argue until I’m blue in the face on the morality and ethics of hunting, but what I want to do here is reiterate the point that WiredToHunt is stating. We, as hunters have a responsibility to build and maintain a positive image for this sport that we love.
Some important values to hunt by:
Respect the animal
Never take a shot if you don’t think it will be a kill shot.
Appreciate a kill, an animal gave it’s life to feed you.
Exhaust all options before giving up a search for a hit animal.
Respect the environment
Leave a small human foot print and make sure you pick up after yourself.
Respect your neighbors
Don’t trespass, get permission to hunt on a property.
Also get permission to track shot animals if they wander onto neighboring properties.
We can all work together as a hunting society to prove that we hunt for the love of the sport and our appreciation of wildlife and the environment. A respectable hunter will take the time every so often to review and understand our responsibilities. Before your next trek into the woods take a minute to consider why you hunt and the image you, as a hunter, want to leave on the non-hunting society.