Many land owners who do not allow hunting on their property will do so because of a bad experience with hunters in the past. Land owners might complain that hunters destroyed property, did not obey their wishes, or did not ask for permission before a hunt. These hunters give the sport a bad name.
As a guest on someone's land, you should do everything necessary to leave the land better than you found it. Always obey the landowner's wishes, leave gates and fences as you found them, and offer the landowner a part of the harvest as a thank-you.
Furthermore, hunting on private land without permission is not only unethical; it is considered trespassing which is against the law. As a responsible and ethical hunter, it is your responsibility to report trespassers to the proper authorities.
A poacher is anyone who harvests game in a way that defies game laws. Hunting without a license, bagging over the legal limit, or hunting outside the regulated season are all considered forms of poaching, which is a highly illegal act. As a responsible and ethical hunter, it is your duty to report any form of poaching. Never try and confront a poacher directly. Instead, contact the local authorities as soon as possible.
Working with Law Enforcement Officials
When approached by a law enforcement official or conservation warden while in the field, be sure to point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction, and wait for their instructions. They will likely ask you to unload your firearm and leave the action open. Hunting licenses must be carried by hunters at all times, and shown to the game warden upon request.