Hunter and Conservation Ethics
The Club has long been recognized for its conservation and ethics leadership. The Clubs Fair Chase statement was the cornerstone of the establishment of hunting seasons, bag limits, and the abolishment of market hunting practices at the turn of the century. This legacy will continue through activities and accomplishments in hunter ethics, and ethics for other outdoor users; ethics emphasizing shared use of natural resources to protect multiple options for use and enjoyment, and especially to protect and preserve wildlife populations, public and private land habitats, and associated outdoor recreation experiences.
Recreational hunting is under attack as never before. A principle target is the image of the unethical hunter, a person without respect for wildlife, land, or other wildlife users. In response, a major Club intent under the Fair Chase Code is to advocate an ethic of respect in all hunters for wildlife, land, and other users of wildlife.
Ethical, shared use of the outdoors
Number and effect of proponents of single or limited outdoor use is increasing as competition for scarce natural resources intensifies. Balanced use of natural resources is increasingly at risk as limited use advocates step up their efforts. Recreational hunting seems especially vulnerable. In response, a major Club intent is to advocate an ethic of sharing in all users of the outdoors to preserve all legitimate use options, and promote responsible, shared and balanced use of natural resources.
Goals of the Club
Today the Club will promote outdoor ethics for all people emphasizing shared use of natural resources to protect multiple options for use of enjoyment and especially to protect wildlife populations, public and private land habitats, and associated outdoor recreational experiences. The Club will advocate to all hunters an ethic of respect for wildlife, land and other users of wildlife. To all users of the outdoors, the Club will legitimize options, and promote responsible, shared and balanced use of natural resources. The Club will accomplish its advocacy by becoming a source of information about hunter and conservation ethics and by participating in the resolution of key natural resource conflicts through forums, symposia, workshops and other appropriate means.