respects the rights of landowners;
- fosters and understanding for the need for responsible behaviour by all outdoor recreationists;
- encourages better hunter/landowner relations;
- counters non-hunting critics by setting a proactive, positive example of SWF members as good conservationists; and
- boasts and reinforces the SWF’s public image as a leader in conservation and conservation education.
Access to private land is a privilege, not a right, and with privilege comes the duty to act as responsible caretakers and conservationists.
A Hunter’s Pledge
Responsible hunting provides unique challenges and rewards. However, the future of the sport depends on each hunter’s behavior and ethics. Therefore, as a hunter, I pledge to:
By following these principles of conduct each time I go afield, I will give my best to the sport, the public, the environment and myself. The responsibility to hunt ethically is mine: the future of hunting depends on me.
Hunter’s Pledge provided by the Izaak Walton League of America.