What You Learned
Hunting is a privilege, not a right.
Here are some rules for good behavior when hunting.
- Ask for permission to hunt on private property.
- Know and follow all basic safety rules.
- Obey all hunting rules and regulations.
- Be responsible.
To show sportsmanlike behavior while hunting, you must have good shooting skills, a basic knowledge of wildlife and wildlife laws, and a positive attitude.
- Know the wildlife laws that are found in the Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Code.
- Remember that a true sportsman behaves ethically.
A responsible hunter has five basic responsibilities:
- Responsibility to the landowner
- Responsibility to wildlife
- Responsibility to yourself
- Responsibility to other hunters
- Responsibility to non-hunters
The duties of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Officer include enforcing all wildlife laws and all other state laws, collecting information on wildlife management and habitat, and presenting programs in the community.
The annual Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet summarizes public safety laws, wildlife conservation laws, and equal opportunity laws.
When hunting, you must:
- Have a hunter education certificate if you were born after January 1, 1972.
- Have a hunting license and any necessary tags.
- Contact the landowner and get permission to hunt.
- Notch the tag and attach it to the animal as soon as it is dead. Then you field dress, making sure you keep the animal clean, cool, and dry.
Poaching is harvesting wildlife illegally. Poachers can be fined and/or jailed along with other penalties. If you see someone poaching:
- Report the violation to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- Do not confront the poacher.
Practice is necessary to become a good shot.
- Practice at an approved location. Make sure you have a safe backstop.
- Practice shooting from different positions.
- Take your time.
- Learn to estimate distances.
Rifles must be sighted-in before every hunt. After three or four shots at a target, adjust the sights.
Shotguns are not aimed like a rifle. To shoot a shotgun, point ahead of the target (lead the target) and follow through after the shot.
Another part of becoming a good shot is identifying your dominant (master) eye and using that eye when shooting and hunting.