Leave No Trace Tips for Hunters
Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Gather information about the area you’re hunting in from the local land manager. Read and follow all hunting regulations.
- Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Always carry extra food clothing and first aid kit.
Travel and Camp on Durable surfaces
- Durable surfaces include established roads, trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
- Good Campsites are found not made. Site alterations are not necessary.
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite for trash or spilled food. Pack out all trash, leftover food, spent brass, shotgun shells, etc.
- Gut piles are unsightly and attract bears. Drag piles away from trails, water sources and highly visited areas.
Leave What You Find
- Do not use rocks, signs, trees or non-game animals for target practice.
- Use manufactured blinds rather than constructing them out of tree branches or other native vegetation. Do not build structures or furniture, or dig trenches.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can’t be broken by hand or locally purchased firewood. Do not break branches off living or standing dead trees.
- Trash does not belong in the fire pit and usually doesn’t burn completely.
- Show respect for wildlife by taking only clean, killing shots, then retrieving and properly handling your game.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Be aware of your “field of fire”. Do not shoot near developed areas, campsites or roads.
- Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. Be aware of your firearm around others.