TIPS FOR NOVICE WATERFOWLERS
Hunting Location Code of Ethics
Wherever your Mentor takes you hunting, regardless of whether it is public land or private property, you cannot return to that spot without permission from the person that took you there. Also, remember that you need the permission of the landowner to hunt on any private property.
Always keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in a safe direction! Never leave your gun unattended.
Listen to Your Mentor and Ask Questions
You have been paired up with a knowledgeable and experienced waterfowler. Follow their instructions and ask questions! This is your opportunity to learn.
Respect the Resource
Shoot only when your Mentor tells you. Don’t take long shots. The challenge is to get the birds in close for a good shot. Eat what you shoot.
Respect the Land and the Landowner
Be sure to clean up any garbage and make an effort to retrieve empty shells. Thank the landowner for allowing you access.
Make sure you bring enough clothes to stay warm. Bring something to eat and drink.
Relax and Enjoy
Ducks and geese can be difficult targets even for experienced hunters under the best of circumstances. Do not become discouraged if you miss birds. Enjoy the whole experience of being out in the marsh or field!