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Hunter Responsibility. By:Amanda Porter and John Utecht. Provided by Dr. James Corbett, Lowndes Co. High School GA Ag Ed Curriculum Office To accompany Georgia Agriculture Education Curriculum Lesson 03411-9 July 2001. Objectives.

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Hunter Responsibility

By:Amanda Porter and John Utecht

Provided by Dr. James Corbett, Lowndes Co. High School

GA Ag Ed Curriculum Office

To accompany Georgia Agriculture Education Curriculum Lesson 03411-9

July 2001


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Objectives

  • Students will understand why wildlife laws are necessary in today’s society.

  • Students will understand that moral codes or ethics are just as important to the well-being of wildlife as are the wildlife laws.

  • Students will understand the two types of codes that all hunters should follow.


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Objectives cont.

  • Students will be able to list the three basic reasons for all game laws.

  • Students will learn that there are certain self-imposed rules which all responsible hunters follow before and during hunting.


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Words to Know

  • Responsible-you must answer for or account for your actions.

  • Rights-power to which a person has a just claim.

  • Privileges-exceptional benefits allowed to individuals or groups.


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Hunter’s Code

*compiled by the National Rifle Association.

  • I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission and so conducting myself that I maybe welcome in the future.

  • I will obey the rules of safe firearm handling and courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.


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Hunters codes cont.

  • I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.

  • I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which assure clean ,sports man like skills

  • I will support conservation efforts which can assure good hunting for future generation.

  • I will pass along to new hunters the attitude and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.


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Responsible Hunting!

  • Plan for a hunt by scouting the area*county plat books or tax rolls can give names of rural landowners

  • Use maps and compasses.

  • Know the boundaries of the property they will be hunting.

  • Carefully prepare all hunting equipment before the hunt.


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Hunters Respect

  • Respect the rights of landowners to privacy, security, and safety.

  • Ask permission far in advance of hunting seasons to hunt on private land.

  • Treat property as careful guest should.

  • Offer to work for the landowners in return for hunting permission


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Rights and Privileges

  • Hunting private land without permission is trespassing (you can be arrested and fined for trespassing)

  • Irresponsible hunting practices could cause landowners to close their land to future hunting.

  • Hunters must always leave fences and gates as they found them.

  • Good hunters not only pack out their own litter, but others’ litter as well.

  • Obey laws regarding disposal of game entrails.


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Public View of Hunting

  • In 1978 Dr. Stephen Kellert sampled 3,107 people from every state except Hawaii.

  • 25% of the general public were hunters at one time in their lives.

  • 60% approved hunting if the game was utilized for meat but did not favor it solely for recreation.

  • 40% did not approve of any form of recreational hunting.


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Public View of Hunting cont.

  • Some hunters prefer eating wild game to domestic animals.

  • They feel the taste is better and the meat is healthier.

  • There are no additives in wild game

  • Other hunters want to test, maintain,and improve their skill at finding,tracking,and tacking game.


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Examples of Irresponsible Hunting

  • Poor firearms safety

  • Ignorance of laws and their consequences

  • Behavior that offends others


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Irresponsible Hunting

  • Showing off to impress friends.

  • Bagging game or “limiting out”.

  • violating game laws by taking game out of season, or before or after shooting hours, are poachers.


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Responsible Hunting

  • You must always identify your target and what is beyond.

  • Setting realistic goals and bag limits makes hunting safer and more enjoyable.

  • Know your own limitations and abilities

  • A responsible hunter will think of safety first, and shooting game second.

  • Know and obey bag limits


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Five Stages of a Sport Hunter

  • Shooter stage

  • Limiting out stage

  • Trophy stage

  • Method stage

  • Sportsman stage


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Shooter Stage

  • Missing game in this stage means little to the hunters

  • May be a dangerous hunting partner

  • Wants to pull the trigger and test the capability of his firearm

  • Will talk about the number of shooting opportunities.

  • The hunter talks about satisfaction with hunting being closely tied to being able “get shooting”.


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Limiting Stage

  • Still talks about satisfaction gained from shooting

  • Measuring success through the killing of game and the number of birds or animals shot is more important

  • Limiting out, or filling a tag, is the absolute measure.


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Trophy Stage

  • Satisfaction is described in terms of selectivity of game.

  • A hunter might travel far to find a real trophy animal.

  • Shooting opportunity and skills become more important.


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Method Stage

  • Has all the special equipment.

  • Hunting has become one of the most important things in his life.

  • Taking game is important, but second to how it is taken.

  • Will often handicap himself by hunting only with black powder firearms or bow and arrow.

  • Bagging game is understood as being a necessary part of the hunt.


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Sportsman Stage

  • Satisfaction now can be found in the total hunting experience.

  • Being in the field, enjoying the company of friends and family, and seeing nature outweigh the need for taking game.

  • Not all hunters go through all the stages, or in that particular order.


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Hunter’s Review

1.Define hunter’s responsibility.

Hunter’s responsibility means practicing safe, knowledgeable behavior.

2. What are four of the basic responsibilities of a hunter?

Responsibility to obey game laws,to the landowner, to the land, to the game.


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Hunter’s Review

3. The National Rifle Association lists six rules which make up a hunter’s code. Name their concepts.

1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission and so conducting myself that I maybe welcome in the future.

2. I will obey the rules of safe firearm handling and courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.


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Hunter’s Review

  • I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.

  • I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which assure clean ,sports man like skills

  • I will support conservation efforts which can assure good hunting for future generation.

  • I will pass along to new hunters the attitude and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.


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Hunter’s Review

4. Explain why hunting is a privilege, not a right.

Owners of private land do not have to give you permission to hunt on their land in Georgia.


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Hunter’s Review

5. Name the five different stages of a hunter and explain the major characteristics of each stage.

Shooter stage- Missing game in this stage means little to the hunters, may be a dangerous hunting partner; limiting out stage-Measuring success through the killing of game and the number of birds or animals shot is more important; trophy stage-Shooting opportunity and skills become more important; method stage- Hunting has become one of the most important things in his life; sportsman stage- Satisfaction now can be found in the total hunting experience.


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Hunter’s Review

6. Responsible and courteous hunters respect which three rights of a landowner?

Privacy,security, and safety.

7. Why is it important to preserve positive opinion and change negative opinion about hunting?

So that the generations to come will be able to hunt.


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