LACK OF ETHICS
You can sometimes work around a hunting partner short on common sense, but one with poor ethics is a real problem. It could put you in jail, even cost you your hunting privileges.
The law is the law, but ethics and morals often fall into that so-called “gray area.” Oftentimes an ethical dilemma has a clear-cut answer, but others may see it differently. So, again, vet partners wisely.
Making an ethical judgment call is easier when you’re alone. Peer pressure can lead to debate, doubt, and impaired judgment. It’s always wise to discuss potential ethical issues well before your hunts. And know the law. At the very least your partner should know and agree to obey all game laws. Duh. And you should, too. If either of you is confused or has questions, refer to Boone and Crockett’s Fair Chase Statement. It reads as follows.
FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.
Wow. That’s pretty broad. Cell phone communication while stalking? Aerial reconnaissance with a camera drone? Electronic scopes connected to a laser rangefinder? Scopes on muzzleloaders during a “primitive weapon” season? Motoring to get ahead of a traveling herd? Cutting across a narrow strip or fence corner of private land to save a five mile hike? There seems an endless number of ethical situations. Discuss them freely and often and you’ll soon determine whether your partnership is worth keeping.
Truly, choosing a hunting partner is a tricky and delicate business. To avoid a messy divorce — or worse — test the waters extensively before diving in with a full commitment to a new hunting partner.
Vetting your hunting partner — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Mark Kayser for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com