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Deer Hunting Ethics - Responsible And Ethical Hunting A
Deer Hunters Ethical Responsibility
A sportsman's deer hunting ethics is their own
responsibility. Each and every deer hunter that takes to the
outdoors hunting the whitetail deer must obey and fallow all hunting
regulations and hunting laws for the area they are hunting in; period.
Our hunting ethics, behavior and hunting attitude is constantly being judged by
our peers and the non-hunting public. Public opinion will ultimately decide
if whitetail deer hunting will continue as we now enjoy it.
Ethics and Awareness
We, as deer hunters, are also battling large groups of well
funded anti-hunters. These anti-hunting organizations are always on the
lookout for examples of unethical deer hunting practices that will turn public
opinion against hunting. As hunters, we must practice good hunting
ethics; we cannot give them the headlines they are looking for. Our
ethical and moral conduct must set the example. We must treat with respect,
the sport of deer hunting. It is a privilege that can be taken away from
us if we lose sight of this principle. We also must be willing to
do our part to stop unethical behavior by speaking up.. In Minnesota we have a
program called "T.I.P.", it is the acronym for "Turn In
Poachers". It has a toll free number where a person can call in a
tip about someone who practicing unethical behavior by breaking game
laws. Hunters need to know and understand their states hunting D.N.R.
regulations and laws and abide by them.
A hunter who is a "trophy deer hunter", must
respect other hunters who are only hunting for the meat, or venison, and vise
versa. After-all, a trophy deer is in the eye of the beholder. As
ethical hunters we must respect private hunting lands and not trespass.
On deer hunts, and even on guided deer hunts, always ask
permission to hunt on private property or another hunters private hunting land,
and give sincere thanks for the opportunity, even if denied. A ethical
hunter must respect another deer hunter's right to be hunting in the same
area. If a hunter wonders onto your private hunting lands, and you do not
want them there, kindly explain your situation and ask them to leave in a
respectful manner. Treat other hunters and anybody who may be in your
hunting area as you would want to be treated.
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If you are archery hunting; (or for that matter, the use
of any legal firearm) you must fallow up on any shot you take at a
deer. At times a wounded deer will not show any signs of being hit.
I've shot deer in which the arrow has passed clear through the deer and it did
not shown any sign of distress. No jump, no shock, not even a higher
sense of alertness.
You must not assume you missed just because you didn't see
the deer fall. Sometimes a wounded deer will not leave a blood trail for
the first twenty or thirty yards. At times they will bleed heavily for
the first hundred yards or so, and then just a drop of blood here or
there. An ethical deer hunter will then mark every spot of blood, get on
their hands and knees, look and look again. You should have a day-pack
with hunting supplies; or in your hunting gear, have items that you can mark
the blood trail with. A responsible hunter, who is also an ethical
hunter, will be prepared to spend hours trailing a wounded deer; even come back
the next day if needed. You must make every effort to retrieve a wounded
animal. It's the right ethical thing to do.
Hunting Ethics and Young Deer Hunters
We must mentor young deer hunters and teach ethical hunting
to them. They will learn from out actions. Many times, young deer
hunters will mimic older hunters and do as they do. We must be aware of
this at all times when mentoring a young hunter.