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Every hunter has an obligation to fulfill when they enter a wildlife habitat to participate in our hunting heritage.

  • Respect any landowners and all of their respective property. If you are on someone else’s land they need to be aware and you need to have written permission, for your own protection and theirs.
  • Show respect to other hunters and non-hunters, just because you are out on the hunt doesn’t mean you can act like a fool.
  • Give respect to the wildlife and its habitat, you wouldn’t be out there doing anything if it wasn’t for those two things.
  • Follow all state laws and regulations. You need to be aware of them before you go out and do anything, ignorance is no excuse for not following the law and you’ll be prosecuted just the same. For instance, did you know it’s illegal to hunt deer with .22 caliber rifle’s in most states because it’s seen as inhumane to the animal.
  • Use equipment adequate for the game being hunted and be proficient with that equipment. You need to know for a fact that things such as your binoculars work, your knife is sharp, and you know the ins and outs of your gun.

Trapping

Regulated trapping is an important part of modern wildlife management programs. Regulated trapping is the most efficient and practical means available to manage furbearer populations and their associated habitats. I’m sure if you’re here, you’re already well aware of the boar epidemic in the southern states. Even with all of the effort going towards killing and trapping these mean animals, their numbers are still growing and moving around the country like a disease. If you’re in to trapping and really want to make a difference, go try to get some wild boars. BUT be safe in doing so, these animals are not friendly and they will not back down from fighting you.

Regulated Trapping has been successful in the past to minimize localized disease problems, reduce damage problems, support wildlife research projects, and promote restoration of certain endangered species. It can be used on a specific scale to take out dangerous specific populations, but it can also be used wide-spread for a large number of animals.

Fishing

From high-mountain streams, to big reservoirs, to community ponds, Utah has many great places for you to fish. And you’ll truly find variety when you toss out a line, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all of the different fish out there. There are native cutthroats, walleye, tiger muskie, bass and much more!

Arizona is blessed with diverse fishing opportunities, from the large reservoirs to the trout lakes in the mountains, and plenty of low-elevation fishing holes in between. Go out and catch a memory! Even if you’re not an expert fisher, you should be able to have a fun time and at least catch something in these fertile waters!

When it comes to fishing, you need to make a lot of choices before you go anywhere or do anything. You need to choose what body of water you want to fish in, and from that you need to decide what kind of fishing pole is best. A spin pole would be recommended for anyone fishing in bigger still bodies of water. On the other hand a fly fishing pole would be your best bet for any smaller moving bodies of water.

If you take anything from all of this, it’s that you need to plan carefully for any kind of hunting or fishing you plan to do, and you need to be safe. It takes a split second for something to go wrong, and you need to be ready to handle those situations.