North Carolina 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.

Practice Marksmanship

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 or fences as your 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.

Do not openly display harvested game