Sorry to keep harping on this but I was checking out Connecticuts Water Fowl Guide, I used to live there, and this was in it. I wish Oregon had the same thoughts, and I wish Sauvies would stress numbers 6,7 and 8.
Hunter Ethics: As Connecticut becomes more urbanized, a smaller percentage of our population participates in hunting, and is familiar with the traditions and values associated with hunting. The image that individual hunters portray to the non-hunting community is often the image that is placed upon the hunting community as a whole. Thus, the way hunters present themselves to the public is very important to the future of the hunting tradition.
Due to the high visibility areas that some waterfowlers use, particularly along the coast, it is imperative that hunters maintain the highest integrity and remain responsible while out in the field. Conducting oneself in an ethical and responsible manner includes:
1 Respect property and landowners. Always obtain permission to hunt on private land - this is a legal requirement in Connecticut.
2 Know and obey the laws.
3 Hunt safely. Shoot in a safe direction. Treat all guns as loaded. Always dress appropriately and be prepared for changes in the weather.
4 Avoid potential conflicts with non-hunters.
5 Respect the environment and wildlife.
6 Don't "skybust." Calling waterfowl in to appropriate gun range is one of the greatest challenges and rewards of waterfowling.
7 Don't shoot ducks on the water.
8 If a nearby hunting party is working birds, don't try and call those birds to you.
No Folding Until The Feet Are Down
God Bless Chuck Heston