Code of Ethics

We all have a code of ethics we follow and it doesn't seem to matter to some if their own code is right or wrong. Are you ethically minded in your activities?

As you and I go about our daily lives we are often challenged on our beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong. I think most people know within themselves when they see or do something that isn't ethical.

As hunters and gatherers of the land we are considered stewards, it is our responsibility to maintain the planet, to harvest ethically and not exploit our opportunities.

There are many in the hunting and gathering community that do not follow the rules.

3 Point Bull Moose
Not Legal as an Immature Bull

In the picture above it's hard to see that the bull is a 3 X 3 point bull. In British Columbia to shoot this bull during an immature bull moose season would be considered illegal. The non-ethical hunter might shoot this bull before he knows for sure if the moose has the correct number of points.

Identify your target and know exactly what you are shooting... before the shot!

It is those people that break the code of ethics.

  • It is the hunter who takes more than his allowed limit of game.
  • It is the hunter who shoots game that is not in season.
  • It is the fisherman who takes more than his allowable catch.
  • It is the gatherer who takes more than he is allowed.

Of course the list can go on!

Wildlife conservation is very important to all. Non-hunters and hunters alike want to see healthy game populations.
By being good stewards and following a good code of ethics, following the rules set out by governing forces we can achieve sustainable harvest in our world.

We have all seen or heard of the non-ethical outdoorsman. They are the ones who leave their garbage behind from their camping trip. They are the ones who shoot holes in road signs.

They are the ones who shoot game out of season and leave it to rot... just for fun? I don't understand these people. Do you?

I was recently asked a question and I wanted to put it out to you. To see what your opinions might be.
Also I am curious as to what your code of ethics are.

"There maybe a better place to ask this question.  We archery hunt in Ontario on crown land through an outfitter.  We set up camp on a dead end road.  It is also the start of grouse season.
We get a lot of bird hunters to our camp and they have to turn around in a tight spot. What are the hunter ethics or courtesy or common practice as to what kind of sign or notice that we are at the end of the road?  Or no sign-age at all?"

Do You Have a Personal Code of Ethics?

How does your code of ethics affect what you do in the field?

Do your ethics cause you to do the right thing?

Have you witnessed some wrong doing? Tell us about your experiences.

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Guided Newfoundland Moose Hunt 
My friend and I are going up to Newfoundland at the end of this month for a 2 hunter to 1 guide moose hunt. Not sure what a proper amount for a tip ($$) …

Stay the hell out or welcome? 
I would opt to make a nice hand printed sign about 12 by 18 inches out of chartreuse green poster paper, mounted on two stakes at the last possible turn-a-round …

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