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Turkey Hunting Code of Ethics

Old 03-27-2006, 09:21 AM
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As a responsible turkey hunter I will[*]Not let peer pressure or the excitement of the hunt cloud my judgement.[*]Learn and practice safe hunting techniques.[*]Hunt the wild trukey fairly![*]Know the capabilties and limitations of my gun or bow and use it safely always![*]Obey and support all wildlife laws and report all violations.[*]Respect the land and landowner and always obtain permission before I hunt.[*]Avoid knowingly interferiing with another hunter and respect the right of others to lawfully share the out-of-doors.[*]Value the huunting expereience and appreciate the beauty of the wild turkey.[*]Positively identify my target as a legal bird and insist on a good clean shot and insist others with me do the same.[*]Share responsible turkey hunting with others and work for the wild turkey conservation.

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:01 AM
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Sounds pretty good to me.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:14 AM
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One to add: A Tom in a tree, is a safe place to be!
No roost shooting!
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:24 AM
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• Explosive or drug-injecting arrows.
• Taking or attempting to take game with live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial lights, nets, traps, snares, drugs or poisons.
• Shooting from vehicles, powerboats or sailboats moving under power. Motors must be shut off or sails furled and the vessel’s progress must cease from such motor or sail before hunters may shoot wildlife.
• Herding or driving wildlife with vehicles, boats or aircraft.
• Hunting turkeys with dogs.
• Shooting turkeys while they are on the roost.
• Taking turkeys by baiting or over baited areas.
• Taking turkeys when the hunter is within 100 yards of a game-feeding station.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:48 AM
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Good JW
- you have covered the bases. Just some other thoughts:

- You bring to mind a point ("hunt...fairly").When I readother posts (usuallyin the acrimonius antler pointrestriction/qdm-related threads),a poster will often argue"if it's legal, then it's none of your businessif I want to ..." (fill in the blank). IF IT'S LEGAL... I am thinking all the while, it is legal in MD (and probably in many other states) to shoot a gob off the roost - yet most ethical turkey hunters consider it "unfair" or anextreme case of poor sportsmanship. It still bothers me to heara shotgun blast the first minutes of legal shooting time (1/2 hour before sunrise here in MD and VA), knowing that the bird was still probably up in a tree.If someone wants a turkeythat bad,they should just go to the grocery store. I know "hunt fairly" is open to the reader's interpretation, but at least it should be understood to preclude shooting a bird still on his morning roost.

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Old 03-27-2006, 11:37 AM
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Another one for ya JW, always, always respect the Turkey and what it provides....Remember, no turkey, no turkey hunting.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:57 AM
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I like it!
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