Knowing the mechanics of hunting is one thing and knowing how to hunt responsibly is another. Hunters have an obligation to be responsible, whether they are hunting for sport or hobby. Taking a wise approach to hunting ensures that the practice will be around for years to come. Set a good example by following these tips.
Step 1: When handling a gun, be careful and use common sense. Do not wave the gun around and never point the gun at another person. Make sure you have a safe backstop before shooting at a target and do not take a wild shot at game. Never prop your chin on an upturned gun muzzle.
Step 2: Take only your best shots, striving for a clean, quick kill. If you do not think you can hit the game and immediately put it down, do not take the shot. Follow up on each shot made, even if it appears to be a missed one.
Step 3: When a kill is made, do not flaunt it. Let good judgment be the guide for when it makes sense to transport game in plain sight. Keep in mind that your decisions may affect the way a non-hunter views the practice of hunting.
Step 5: Keeping the hunting area clean may go without saying but it cannot. Both the camping and hunting areas should be left cleaner than you found them. Carry out and dispose of all trash and other debris that does not belong there.
Step 6: Respect other hunters and non-hunters. Exit quietly if you have set up near another hunter or walked into another hunting area. Avoid losing your cool if runners or bikers travel past the deer stand. Remain patient and wait for the area to clear.
Step 7: Respect belongings of other hunters. Though these folks may not mind if you use their stands, do not tamper with things like ropes, straps, or cushions, and never leave your trash.