Why a Website on Hunter Ethics and Fair Chase?

Because hunting is too important to be lost over misconceptions and a poor public image due to the unethical behavior of a few.

“Today’s hunter, especially our younger generation, are being exposed to a carousel of negativism aimed at hunting. There was a time when sportsmen were respected within our society for their skills, character, ethics and commitments to wildlife and conservation. It’s time to remind ourselves of those things that make hunting special, so we can show others what we have known all along.”―CJ Buck vice president of communications, Boone and Crockett Club

Over 100 years have passed since sportsmen first adopted a new approach to hunting called “fair chase” that changed hunting forever. We have changed. Technology has changed. Our society has changed. What was once a predominately rural society that hunted and understood the benefits of hunting is now predominantly an urban one, where fewer people have any real contact with the land and its wildlife. We also live in a democracy where the voice of the majority rules. Today, the majority of people that do not hunt or understand hunting, thankfully still do not oppose hunting. This too, can and is changing. If the hunting traditions we cherish, and our systems of wildlife conservation and management that depend on hunting are to remain, what we do now and the image we project will either positively or negatively affect this future.

North American sportsmen were the original conservationists and are credited with the most successful wildlife recovery and conservation system in the history of mankind. Pubic stewardship works because those closest to our natural resources have taken responsibility for these resources. This website is intended to celebrate these successes, as well as be a resource for all hunters to:

  • Highlight the special nature of hunting and to share what it means both personally to sportsmen and women, as well as the responsibilities that go with being a hunter
  • Help promote the values and supports the ethical standards that have long been at the heart of our hunting heritage
  • Offer perspectives on hunting past and present, including the concept of fair chase as it relates to an overall conservation ethic
  • To have the conversation on why how we hunt matters

“When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.”―Dale Earnhardt

Welcome to Hunt Fair Chase.