Hunting has a set of unspoken rules and customs that all hunters should follow, not just for the sake of the sport, but for the sake of all who enjoy being out in the wild. A break in hunting etiquette is best understood as a transgression against another hunter in which the transgressor gains an advantage, resulting in a relatively large inconvenience imposed upon the transgressed. At all times, these social expectations should be followed to maximize the joy of hunting and give all hunters equal opportunity in the wild.
1. Never give away or steal spots. Too often, hunting locations are stolen by friends or friends of friends when shared. Of course, there is no problem sharing your favorite hunting spots with your friends, but if you do it, and you want the spot to remain a secret, then be explicit. If you take a friend out to hunt with you and you go to your favorite spot, tell them to never take anyone out there – ever. That way, they understand the spot’s significance to you.
2. Don’t bail out at the end of a hunt. If you hunt with a friend, it is courteous to clean your game. Sometimes, friends will lose interest after shooting and try to get out of their responsibilities. It’s always polite to help pluck and skin the wild game you’ve hunted down.
3. Don’t take credit for someone else’s shot. Take credit for every shot you truly get – you deserve it. But if you truly didn’t get the shot, admit it. There’s nothing worse than a friend lying and taking credit for something they don’t deserve. Conversely, if your friend assumes responsibility for the shot, don’t fight with them. Make them assume responsibility for the shot. Let them get the bird. Perhaps that will stop them from claiming your prize.
Source: Petersen Hunting
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