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Hunter Ethics on Public Land
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The fall hunting seasons are about to get underway in West Virginia, and it’s time for hunters to begin scouting both for game and for places to enjoy their sport, either on private or public land.
“We often talk about getting landowner permission before hunting on private land and the ethical standards that should be followed, but we need to also emphasize hunter ethics on public land,” according to Mike Peters, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).
“West Virginia is very fortunate to have 78 wildlife management areas, eight state forests and three national forests totaling more than 1.5 million acres open to the public for hunting, trapping and fishing. This is more than 10 acres of public land for every resident, licensed hunter.
“It sounds like there is plenty of room for everyone, but chances are, if you hunt or trap on public land, you will encounter other outdoor enthusiasts while afield,” Peters said. “How we conduct ourselves during these encounters may not only determine the success and enjoyment of our hunt but also other outdoor enthusiasts using the same public lands.”
Here are some suggestions that may help you on your next public land hunt to be a more ethical public land user.
“The old adage, ‘first come, first served,’ applies in many situations while using public land,” Peters said. “Just remember – public land is for everyone. As outdoor enthusiasts, we need to treat others using public land the same as we expect to be treated.”