Minnesota Hunter Safety Course


The Four R's of Ethical Hunters

Hunters are judged by how they appear in the public's eyes. In order to promote a positive image of hunters to the public, hunters must follow the four R's of hunter ethics.

1. Respect for Self

  • Learn everything you can about the game you are hunting.
  • Know and understand why bag limits are set, and adhere to the daily bag limits. Know and respect the legal seasons of the game animals being hunted.
  • Practice marksmanship long before the hunting season to ensure a clean, swift harvest of game animals.
  • Plan and prepare before going on a hunt.
  • Get in shape, both mentally and physically, well before the hunting season starts.
  • Do not drink alcohol or do drugs while firearms are being handled or when hunting.
  • Follow all the safe firearms handling rules.
  • Carry your hunting license and required game tags with you at all times while hunting.
  • Understand that the enjoyment of the hunt is more important than the quantity of game harvested.