Letter to Landowners
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Being a Responsible Urban Bowhunter
After a community studies and approves a bowhunting program, it's up to each hunter to ensure its long-term success. Accept the responsibility and act responsibly.
Always hunt as if you're being watched.
Your actions will speak for all bowhunters. So please make it a good message.
Always demonstrate ethical behavior.
Although bowhunting is not a spectator sport, urban hunting conditions often put the bowhunter in the public's backyard, which might make it seem that everyone is watching. It is imperative that bowhunters exercise strong ethical behavior and be considerate of each other and non-hunters.
1. Always put your best foot forward in appearance and conduct, and always be considerate of others.
2. Never drink alcohol before or while you are hunting. If you encounter anyone during or after the hunt. You do not want to smell of alcohol or have it affect your judgment and behavior.
3. Respect landowners and their land. Meet with them before the season to find out their concerns, and address those concerns.
4. Leave gates as you found them.
5. Find out where the landowner wants you to park your vehicle, where you can hunt, and if the landowner has any special rules. Find out if the landowner will allow you to use a tree stand. Also find out if it's OK to prune shooting lanes, and how they want you to remove a deer carcass from their woods. Ask all questions you might have before hunting! This is critical to good relations with the landowner and the public!
6. Know state and city hunting regulations and obey them.
7. Before hunting, know where you can take a safe shot and where you cannot. Find out what's over the hill, down the hollow, and anywhere else an arrow could go if by some minor chance it ricochets.
8. Take only 100 percent sure shots. It is your responsibility to ensure no animal will travel far after it is hit.
9. To ensure a quick recovery, shoot only when the deer is relaxed and unalert.
10. Be patient and wait after the shot. You do not want to push the deer if the hit isn't quickly fatal. A wounded deer seen running through a backyard or any public place will not send a positive message to anyone.
11. While trailing the deer you have shot, move cautiously and quietly. Do not take a large group to help recover the deer. One or two other people are plenty. Just make sure the landowner allows you to bring another person.
12. Mark the blood trail with flagging or toilet tissue to give you a line of travel. Be sure to remove the markings before going home.
13. If you took a 100 percent sure shot, your trailing should be short. However, if you did not make a good hit, it is your responsibility to not give up the trail until you know your shot was not fatal. You, not a non-hunter, must find the deer.
14. After harvesting a deer, be discreet in how you remove it from the field. If necessary, go out of your way so as to not draw attention to yourself.
15. You might wish to cover the deer with a lightweight tarp while transporting it from the field. The tarp can also be used to cover the carcass to keep it from being exposed in or on the vehicle. Remember, most people don't like seeing a dead animal.
16. The entrails should be buried deep enough so birds, dogs or other animals cannot find them; or carried from the woods in a trash bag. No one wants to see a pile of entrails.
17. If you miss the deer, be sure to find the stray arrow. Never leave it in the woods! A lost arrow can be dangerous to other people or pets.
18. Avoid confrontations, no matter the circumstances. Have knowledge of conservation, the role that hunters play, and the facts supporting hunting.
19. Strictly obey all rules and regulations established for the urban hunt.
This information was excerpted from the “Guide To Urban Bowhunting” published by the National Bowhunting Education Foundation, who promotes responsible bowhunting through education.
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P.O. Box 180757
Ft. Smith, AR 72918
City of Burnsville
Minnesota 100 Civic Center Pkwy Burnsville, MN 55337
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