Boone and Crockett Club | Fair Chase Statement | Wildlife Conservation | Deer Hunting | Elk Hunting | Big Game Hunting

FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals.

Fundamental to all hunting is the responsibility to conserve wildlife natural resources, especially game species. Hunting involves the regulated harvest of individual animals in a manner that conserves, protects, and perpetuates the hunted population. The hunter engages in a one-to-one relationship with the quarry and his or her hunting should be guided by a hierarchy of ethics related to hunting, which includes the following principles:

The Fair Chase hunter:

1.Knows and obeys the law, and insists others do as well

2. Understands that it is not only about just what is legal, but also what is honorable and ethical

3. Defines "unfair advantage" as when the game does not have reasonable chance of escape

4. Cares about and respects all wildlife and the ecosystems that support them, which includes making full use of game animals taken

5. Measures success not in the quantity of game taken, but by the quality of the chase

6. Embraces the "no guarantees" nature of hunting

7. Uses technology in a way that does not diminish the importance of developing skills as a hunter or reduces hunting to just shooting

8. Knows his or her limitations, and stretches the stalk not the shot

9. Takes pride in the decisions he or she makes in the field and takes full responsibility for his or her actions


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