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HUNTER ETHICS& SAFETY
WHY HUNTERS EDUCATION?REDUCE HUNTING INCIDENTS
PRODUCE KNOWLEDGEABLE, RESPONSIBLE, ETHICAL HUNTERS
REFRESHER FOR VETERAN HUNTERS
ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF THE HUNTING TRADITION
Why Do We Have Hunting Laws?To conserve wildlife for future generations to enjoy.These laws allow game to flourish by:
Establishing hunting seasons that limit harvesting and avoid nesting and mating seasons.Limiting hunting methods and equipment.Setting BAG limits on the number of animals that can be taken.Establishing check stations and game tag requirements.
Why Do We Have Hunting Laws?In addition to ensuring the availability of game for future generations, hunting laws:Establish safety guidelines for hunting that protect both hunters and non-hunters.Offer equal opportunity for all hunters, whether they use modern firearms, muzzleloaders, or bows.Ensure adequate funding for wildlife programs by collecting license fees.
Texas Outdoor AnnualTexas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual publication will provide you with all of the hunting and fishing regulations in the state of Texas.
Every Hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunters Education Course.
Good for life in all 50 states.
The Hunters Image MattersCAREFUL: A hunters commitment and attitude to basic rules of safety.COURTEOUS:A hunters behavior. To be courteous is to be polite or gracious.CONSIDERATE:A hunters respect for others.CAPABLE: A hunters abilities; including marksmanship, outdoor skills, knowledge level and good judgment.
Hunter EthicsEthics preserve the hunters opportunity to hunt.
Ethical behavior ensures that hunters are welcome and hunting areas stay open.
Ethical Behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching even when doing the wrong thing is legal.
Hunter EthicsEXAMPLE:An animal appears beyond a hunters effective range for a clean kill.
Should the hunter take the shot anyway and hope to get lucky?
Ethical hunters would say NO.
The Hunters Ethical CodeRespect Natural Resources.Leave the land better than you found it.Adhere to Fair Chase rules.Know your capabilities & limitations and stay within your effective range.Strive for a quick, clean kill.Ensure that meat and all usable parts are not wasted.Treat both game and non-game animals ethically.Abide by game laws and regulations.Cooperate with conservation officers.Report game violations.
The Hunters Ethical CodeRespect Other Hunters.Follow safe firearm handling practices, and insist your hunting partners do the same.Refrain from interfering with anothers hunt.Avoid consuming alcohol before hunting.Share your knowledge and skills with others.
The Hunters Ethical CodeRESPECT THE LANDOWNERS!Ask landowners for permission to hunt.Follow their restrictions on when and where you may hunt.Treat all livestock and crops as your own.Offer to share a part of your harvest.Leave ALL gates the way you found them.If you notice something wrong or out of place, notify the landowner immediately.NEVER enter private land that is cultivated or posted.
The Hunters Ethical CodeRESPECT THE NON-HUNTER!Transport your game discreetly-Dont display them.Keep firearms out of sight.Refrain from taking graphic photos.Refrain from describing the shot to or in ear shot of a non-hunter.Maintain a presentable appearance while in public.
Plan and PrepareBe Ready:
Know Your Location:
Prepare for Safety:
Daylight Fluorescent OrangeALWAYS WERE DAYLIGHT FLUORESCENT ORANGEJACKETHATVEST, ETC
FIREARMS 4 MAIN PARTSSTOCK
FIREARM SAFETYWATCH YOUR MUZZLE!
TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS A LOADED FIREARM
BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS IN FRONT AND BEYOND IT
KEEP YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL READY TO SHOOT
CHECK YOUR BARREL AND AMMUNITION
FIREARM SAFETYUNLOAD FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE
POINT A FIREARM ONLY AT SOMETHING YOU INTEND TO SHOOT
DONT RUN, JUMP, OR CLIMB WITH A LOADED FIREARM
STORE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION SEPARATELY AND SAFELY
AVOID ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING OR HUNTING
KNOWLEDGE:Is learning and understanding the basics of safe gun handling and hunting. Before being trained in the skill of firearm shooting, you should know how the firearm operates and how to handle it safely.
SKILLS:Hunting-Related safety skills are gained through hands-on training and practice. It is most valuable to learn these skills from an experienced hunter.
ATTITUDE:ATTITUDE is the most important ingredient in learning. Without the proper attitude, knowledge and skills may be useless.
REMEMBER:LACK OF KNOWLEDGE CAUSES IGNORANCE
LACK OF SKILL CAUSES CARELESSNESS
LACK OF PROPER ATTITUDE CAUSES IRRESPONSIBILITY