New York Hunter Safety Course


The Four R's of Ethical Hunters

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.
  • 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.

2. Respect for Others

  • Do not intentionally interfere with another hunter's hunt.
  • Teach others about hunting and share your knowledge of the sport.
  • Do not use foul language or crude behavior.
  • Do not openly display harvested game animals where it might offend a non-hunter.
  • Dispose of the entrails of game animals in a way that is mindful of the general public.
  • Get to know the landowner long before the hunting season starts.
  • Always ask for permission to hunt before the hunting season begins.
  • Obey a landowner's wishes on where to hunt and take care of the land as if it were your own. Leave any gates and fences as you found them, unless directed otherwise by the landowner.
  • Offer the landowner a part of the game harvested.
  • Help the landowner with chores from fixing fences to wood cutting.