What You Learned (cont.)
Most hunting organizations agree that responsible hunters:
- Respect natural resources by leaving the land better than they found it; following game laws and the rules of fair chase; and striving for a quick, clean kill.
- Respect other hunters by following safe firearm handling practices and avoiding alcohol before and during a hunt.
Responsible hunters also:
- Respect landowners by asking landowners for permission to hunt, treating livestock and crops as their own, and leaving all gates the way they find them.
- Respect non-hunters by not displaying animals they’ve harvested, transporting firearms out of sight, and not wearing bloody or dirty clothing.
Poaching and arson hurt all Missourians. Poachers steal your opportunity to hunt, trap, or fish legally; and arsonists can destroy property, deplete community funds, and take lives.
Hunters typically pass through five distinct stages of development.
- Shooting Stage—The priority is getting off a shot, rather than patiently waiting for a good shot.
- Limiting-Out Stage—Success is determined by bagging the limit.
- Trophy Stage—The hunter is selective and judges success by quality rather than quantity.
- Method Stage—The process of hunting becomes the focus.
- Sportsman Stage—This is the most responsible and ethical stage where success is measured by the total experience.