Unwritten hunting label: This is something that can be a deciding factor in whether you are having a fantastic time in the woods or a terrible time. Some inexperienced or new hunters may violate fighter etiquette in accidents due to lack of time and knowledge in the field. Others do it just to make you angry or maybe give them an edge over other hunters while hunting an animal. Regardless, there are unwritten rules of etiquette that are important for safety and respect for other hunters. Here are some of them: But these unwritten rules are just that: unwritten, preserved only in group memory, passed down by tradition, and enforced by peers or themselves. And while some of the unwritten rules of hunting are nearly universal, others vary between regions of the country, even between regions of a state, and sometimes depending on the game being pursued, with tradition coloring most of these codes. Most hunts on public lands are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are exceptions (an assigned area in a national nature reserve for waterfowl hunting immediately comes to mind), but usually the early riser gets the place. Sooner or later, you will be beaten in your place.

When that happens, I have a plan B in mind. When I meet the other hunters, I wish them a quick “Good luck” and I go as quietly as possible to my other location so as not to disturb their hunt. Then there are the unwritten personal rules, which are determined according to the individual hunter`s private sense for ethics, honor, tradition, ritual, and what constitutes fair hunting. That said, here are my top 10 unwritten hunting laws for public lands. If someone hits you at a glass point or a hunting ground in general, well, it is! DO NOT put your butt right next to them and start glazing and chasing the same area. The unwritten rule of thumb is to leave said person or people and give them plenty of space. Next time, get up earlier and hit them there if you really want to be there. The same goes for trees and blinds on the ground. If another hunter is around, you`ll have to find another place. If you see a random person shooting and hurting an animal, don`t be the idiot who comes in and kills the animal just because you see a simple opportunity to label it. Instead, take the approach of helping that person finish the animal they slaughtered, or retreat and allow the person to follow the work they started and try to finish it. Tracking and killing an injured animal is part of the hunt and every hunter must do it at some point in his life if he hunts enough.

If you hunt in a group where several people have tokens, decide in advance whether you agree to your hunting partner shooting an animal you have injured when the opportunity arises, and vice versa for the other hunters in your group. This will help you avoid quarrels or hurt feelings. And yes, although the actual written rule is that the last person to shoot can keep the animal, we take the unwritten and superior law. Especially if you hunt with others, let your equipment choose. No one wants to waste valuable time hunting while you`re repairing or limping because you didn`t bother to break your new boots. No, there is no seemingly rational basis for this or for many of the rituals/rules that hunters themselves impose. Take the one that was applied a few minutes later, when a swarm of canvases came out of nowhere, burned deep above the water, and dove into the lures before my two hunting companions and I could lift our shotguns. We let the birds be.

Legally, we could have shot the ducks on the water or jumped and shot them as they flew away. But we have a personal rule: ducks that enter decoys without us shooting them are taboo; You get a passport. These countries belong to all of us, and within the parameters of the hunting and fishing season, some road closures and very few other restrictions, we can come and go as we please throughout the year. I cut my teeth driving out of western public lands both in my home state and in many others.