trappers really do know their stuff. im not much of a trapper. i do it, but i've gone out there all on my own and have been trying to teach myself and learn from books i read. trapping is definitely one of those things you benefit from having someone teach you about. anyway, i just wanted to comment on how i agree that good trappers are some of the most knowledgable outdoorsman out there. attention to detail is crucial. bowhunting is childs play compared to what some trappers observe and do to be good. like was also posted, successful coyote and fox trappers can teach us all a thing or two about scent control. and in Wisconsin, you have to check your traps every day. in fact, you cant leave your traps out over night. i believe legal trapping hours are from 4 am to 10 pm maybe? i dont actually remember off hand, it actually has been 2 years since ive trapped. but last time i trapped, i do recall the rule being that you cant just set your traps and leave them 24 hours, they have to be pulled in for a few hours each night.
but to reply to the actual original post, i have changed in the way i hunt over the years, but im not really sure if i would say my ethics have changed. ive made decisions as a younger, less experienced hunter that went against what i held as the most ethical thing to do, and today i have matured and dont make those same decisions. so my ethics have remained the same, i have just grown and make better use of following those ideals. take shot opportunity for example. i have always known and talked the talk about waiting for the best and most high percentage shot opportunity, but especially as a young lad with little experience, i rarely was able to walk the walk in the heat of the moment. now, i am much more aware of my abilities and what it takes to have a truly high percentage shot opportunity, and i am able to wait for those opportunities now. i shoot a lot less often at game, but i rarely lose wounded game or waste shots like i did back in the day. so for me, my ethics havent really changed, but my ability to back those ethics up with my decisions and actions has changed.