The Hunt and Fair Chase
"Fair Chase," as defined by the Boone & Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over such game animals.
Use of any of the following methds in the taking of game is considered Unfair Chase.
- Spotting or herding game from the air, then landing, pursuing & shooting
- Herding, pursuing or shooting game from motor boat or motor vehicle
- Use of illegal electronic devices for attracting, locating, or observing game, or for guiding hunter to such game (check state & provincial laws)
- Hunting game confined by fences or enclosures, or game transplanted solely for the purpose of commercial shooting
- Taking game illegally or using illegal methods against regulations of the federal government or any state, province, territory or tribal lands
- show respect to landowners & managers
- respect wildlife
- obey wildlife laws
- be courteous to other hunters
- be courteous to those who don't hunt
- clearly identify your target
- don't be influenced by peer pressure
- remain ethical and safe at all times
o Follow Fair Chase Ethics, Ask Yourself.
Is it legal? Is it right? Is it safe?
Fair chase allows the hunter to pursue game, using hunting skills, knowledge of wildlife & outdoor savvy, without putting the game animal at an unfair disadvantage. Below are examples of what is considered fair and unfair hunting practice for just one species.
Fair - Using decoys & calls to hunt turkeys
Unfair - and/or illegal - shooting the turkey out of the roost tree