Personal Ethics “Unwritten Laws” Set of personal standards Sense of decency
Landowner relations Always ask permission Size of party Do not disturb livestock Do not litter Stay on lanes and paths Limit game taken Do not wear out welcome Offer landowner help Send thank you note
Respect property Hunt in areas away from general public Respect the land Respect opposing views
Show consideration Limit competition Be helpful Do not shoot over limit Observe safe gun handling at all times
Know your physical limitations Do not place your life or others at risk Be prepared for emergencies
Sportsperson and naturalist Recognize and respect wildlife year round Observe “fair chase” principle Skillful in use of appropriate equipment Make use of entire animal
Obey laws Report unlawful acts Cooperate with law enforcement officials Turn In Poachers, Inc. (a.k.a. TIP) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to curbing the illegal taking of Minnesota's fish and wildlife resources.
TIP furnishes rewards to callers, providing information about wildlife violations which lead to an arrest. Rewards range from up to $100 for fish, small game and non- game species violations. The reward for big game and endangered species violations are up to $250. For flagrant or commercial violations, the reward is up to $1,000. Callers may remain anonymous. TIP sponsors the “Wall of Shame”
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Control direction of muzzle. Clearly identify target. Proper ammunition, clean barrel and action. Unload firearm when not using. Leave action open. NEVER point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Never climb a fence, tree or jump a ditch or log with a loaded firearm. Never shoot a bullet at a flat hard surface or water. Store firearm and ammunition separately. Never use mood altering drugs/alcohol before or during shooting.
People are judged by their actions Rules are important. “Slob hunters” do not follow ethics or rules. What is right and what is wrong? Personal beliefs. Law based on what is right or wrong. Hunting organization beliefs.
Work to defend and protect our hunting heritage as a special privilege and noble American tradition. Obey all game laws and regulations and insist that my companions do likewise. Follow safe gun and bow handling and insist my companions do likewise. Acquire marksmanship and hunting skills that will assure clean, sportsmanlike harvest of species. Conduct myself, only after permission is given, as an invited guest of landowner to assure welcome for future hunters. Educate self on benefits of conservation and how hunting is an effective, essential and sound tool for wildlife management. Support conservation efforts that assure rational and sustainable use of all renewable wildlife resources and promotes quality deer herds for future generations. Conduct myself, always, in a manner that presents a positive image of the hunter. Pass along to younger generations attitudes and skills necessary to be a true sportsman and outdoor enthusiast. Encourage all hunters to be responsible and law abiding conservationists to protect and enhance white-tail deer populations with a commitment to this code of ethics, fair chase and good sportsmanship.
Fear of being caught and punished b.To receive a reward c.Be seen as a good person by peers d.To please someone else e.To follow one’s religious or spiritual values f.To uphold the law g.It’s the right thing to do
PrivilegesAn extra benefit given to a person or group, usually based on meeting certain conditions. Powers individuals are given by the government that are protected by the constitution.
Politics Political Appointees Education and experience not necessary Is still a problem today Kaibab Plateau Arizona and Vermont good examples Legislative Action Lobbyists, special interest organizations impact Examples: NRA MDHA
“Bambi Syndrome” Animals given human emotions and intelligence Poachers not hunters responsible for shooting doe Affects anti-hunting and non-hunting public Educational Opportunities Majority of public (non-hunting) do not receive wildlife education Attempts have been made Curriculums P.S.A.’s Television programs