hunting ethics

Hunters typically go through different stages during their lives, from wanting to shoot just about anything to mellowing out and enjoying the experience.

Where Are You Among the Five Stages of a Hunter?

While doing a little poking around yesterday for an upcoming story, I needed to find the information below and after doing so realized it’s always a good idea for a refresher. By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor This “Five Stages of a Hunter has been kicked around since about the mid 1980s following some...

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Poacher Hit with Lifetime Ban for Felony Convictions

Hunters often say “that guy should be put in prison!” for a game violation, or something along those lines including jail, prison, heavy fines, loss of hunting rights or other penalties. Wyoming has tugged on the heartstrings of some of those folks by making poaching a felony. It didn’t take too long for someone...

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What Are Your Hunting Ethics When No One is Watching?

The glorious Michigan bowseason has been blazing along ferociously for 20 days now. Well, maybe not actually blazing everyday, and I guess not really all that ferocious most of the time either. I take every day and every weather condition as it comes and do my best to improvise, adapt and overcome. I’m certainly...

Poaching is a problem throughout the United States. Ohio DNR wildlife officer John Zientek in Huron County displays antlers from a poaching case. Boone and Crockett Club is working with several states in a new program called Poach and Pay that helps set fines for poaching.

New ‘Poach and Pay’ Program Getting Strong Support

MISSOULA, Mont. – Poaching is a crime committed by thieves — not hunters. Those who share in the Boone and Crockett Club’s long support of sustainable-use conservation want those thieves punished accordingly. A 2015 research study by the Boone and Crockett Club found that 92.6 percent of sportsmen support higher fines for those convicted...

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Three Plead Guilty to Beating Deer to Death in Truck

Three men from Georgia pled guilty and were sentenced in Stuttgart (Ark.) District Court last Thursday on charges stemming from a video of one man beating a deer in the back of a sport utility vehicle. The video, posted to social media in late January, quickly went viral, garnering thousands of views in a...

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Alleged Poachers Busted After Leaving Heads by Their Garage

If you’re going to do dumb stuff then you better be smart about it, and it appears two men with bad intent on their minds didn’t heed that advice. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers charged two Washington County men with numerous hunting related violations and misdemeanors after discovering a collection of...

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What’s the Best Weather for Deer Hunting?

Most states offer early archery seasons and in recent years these seasons have featured unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures in the 40s and highs in the 60s might make for comfortable tree-stand vigils, such temperatures literally shutdown daytime deer activity. In fact, the weather’s influence on deer activity has been scientifically documented as a major...

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Double-Dipping Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

A deer poaching case involving a distinctive vehicle, an alert citizen, and a groundswell of public interest has concluded with fines and license suspensions for a Roosevelt, Utah man. A Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) call started it all. In early November of 2014, a concerned citizen called the CAP hotline to report what he thought...

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Poachers Banned for Life After Multiple Violations

Two Tennessee men have been banned from hunting in 44 states for the rest of their lives, fined thousands of dollars and are sentenced to community service for numerous poaching violations in the most severe penalties handed out in the state wildlife agency’s history. Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert violated dozens of state wildlife regulations...

Some hunters wouldn't think twice about shooting this deer while others wouldn't even consider it. Who is right? Both of them, because hunters have to make their own choices and shouldn't worry about what someone else's decision because everyone's different.  (Photo copyright Daniel E. Schmidt)

Step Back Before Spewing Egotistical Hate, Jealousy about Deer Hunting

One of the worst things about hunting and fishing is the egotistical, stupid, ignorant and jealous crap that spews from people’s mouths and fingers online about someone else’s success. Kill a few wood ducks or a small buck? Well, you’re not a “real” duck hunter because those aren’t greenhead mallards! You’re not a “real”...