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Code of Ethics


1. Respect private property. Always ask permission before trapping on private property. Do not tamper with the property of others on public or private land.


2. Know selective and humane trapping systems, and use them appropriately.


3. Check traps according to current state regulations for the specific trap type, size, and set.


4. Be aware of others using the outdoors, and do not interfere with their activities.


5. Assist property owners with wildlife damage problems.


6. Avoid areas or sets likely to result in the capture of domestic animals.


7. Be a conservationist. Make an effort to not overharvest.


8. Promptly report wildlife problems such as disease, pollution, or habitat destruction.


9. Identify and record all trap locations accurately. Pick up all traps promptly when you finish trapping.


10. Utilize furbearer carcasses for human, domestic animal, or wildlife food whenever possible.


11. Dispose of unused carcasses properly.


12. Provide educational assistance to new trappers.


13. Support strict enforcement of laws relating to wildlife and wildlife habitat.


14. Respect the rights and feelings of others, even if you disagree with them.


15. Cooperate with wildlife management agencies.

As presented by Ethics Committee, September 19, 2015. John Harlow, Chairman

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